Coronavirus Shelter In Place: Time Management Strategies to be a Good Steward In This Challenging Time

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that in 2020 the world would be rocked by a global pandemic known as the Cornoavirus. Schools in many parts of the world, including where I live in New York City are shut down for weeks. The office where I work at is shut down for at least three weeks. Many companies that are not shut down have practically their entire workforce working from home. Churches are shut down. Just about every professional sporting activity across the world is shut down. Conservative estimates are calling for a 20% unemployment rate in the United States, which is Great Depression numbers. This is literally like some type of pandemic movie that you would watch on Netflix or one of the streaming movie applications.

Many locations throughout the world are employing policies such as Shelter In Place, Stay At Home and Shelter At Home. Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States announced that Los Angeles residents should expect to be confined to their homes until at least May AND that they should be prepared for even longer.

For those people who think this is a hoax and that they don’t need to take this seriously, you are making a big mistake. I personally know several people who I have been in contact with who have either been diagnose with this disease or who at least are experiencing some form of illness. While yes, it’s true that most people will recover, the problem is most places in the world simply don’t have the medical infrastructure necessary to handle the large amounts of people who could potentially need assistance if we have too many people who get sick at the same time. This is why people are making a big deal of this and rightly so and this is why you should be taking it serious as well.

Now with that in mind, with many of us restricted to our homes for at least a couple of weeks and potentially a couple of months or more, this situation is going to create a significant amount of free time that didn’t exist before. Bare minimum, if you are working from home, you will at least save time commuting back and forth to work. Some of you, that might be 30 minutes a day due to a 15 minute commute each way. Others of you, like me we’re talking about as much as 5 hours a day saved because you have a 2 and 1/2 hour commute each way to your job. Others of you, like myself are completely out of work. My job is not currently equipped to be able to be worked at home so I’m currently not working at the moment. On top of that, my fantasy sports business is completely shut down because there are no sports.

With all this additional time at your disposal, the question is what should you be doing with it?

Some people are going to spend their time watching Netflix, playing video games, arguing on Facebook, watching YouTube videos and eating snacks. I can appreciate the temptation to do that. Quite frankly, I will definitely be doing some of that myself. I played Fun Run and Roblox with my kids for almost two hours today. Unfortunately I can only play with them remotely due to my exposure to the Coronavirus so I haven’t had the chance to see them in person in over two weeks. I also got the chance to play some Civilization VI, which is something I never get to do due to how busy and hectic my regular schedule is. So if your schedule has been hectic and now you have all this free time, I can absolutely appreciate you wanting to relax and enjoy yourself and I will be doing that myself.

However, I also submit to you that you have a unique opportunity here in this very moment. You have an opportunity where you are potentially looking at more free time than what you might ever have for the rest of your life. With this much free time, this is a golden opportunity for you to invest some of it in improving your life in some way, shape or form.

The question is, how do you plan to steward this time?

In the book of Ephesians Chapter 5, verses 15-16 it says “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

These are certainly evil days where we have a virus that has currently inflicted hundreds of thousands of people (that we know about) with cases doubling in some areas every couple of days. However, these are also days where you have a huge opportunity to make the most of your time.

I want you to relax and enjoy yourself as much as you are able to during this time because you might never get this much free time again. However, in the midst of that relaxing, I also want you to make the most of your time and capitalize on it.

So how can you capitalize on this newfound free time?

On my Facebook page and Twitter account, I put out a challenge to my friends and followers and I’m going to put out the same challenge to the readers of this blog. Name ONE thing that you have been putting off because you don’t have enough time that has the potential to improve your life. It could be spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, your relationships, or even just something that will make you happy. Once you have identified what that thing is, I want you to commit to yourself that you are going to accomplish that one thing while we are currently restricted to our homes.

One person said that they were going to get their mortgage loan officer license. Another person said that they were going to study for their investment license. Me personally, I’m using this time to get this blog going again and I’m also launching a stewardship podcast as well. In addition, I’m launching a coaching program as well to help people to become better stewards over their time. This is a golden opportunity for you to be able to accomplish some things that you wouldn’t have been able to accomplish otherwise. Take advantage of it and make the most of it.

The reality is we don’t know how long we are going to be restricted in this fashion and once that restriction is over, we will go back to work and back to our regular daily routine. No longer having the gift of free time like we have at the moment. Even more sobering, we don’t know how long we have to live. People are dying from this virus. People are also still dying from heart disease, cancer, accidents, non-corona related respiratory disease, strokes and other ways as well. Use this time wisely and be a good steward over it because once it’s gone, it’s gone and you won’t get it back.

Roosevelt Cooper –

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