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Time Management—Deciding What Matters and What Matters More

By Mormon.org
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What Matters More?

Are your daily decisions a mental tug-of-war between spending time on two or more things that really matter? If so, how do you decide what matters and what matters more?

No Regrets

Patients who have become terminally ill have shed light on common regrets felt in the final weeks and days of life. In this article a hospice nurse shares the the top five regrets expressed by her dying patients. Much can be learned from her words “It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.”

Spending time on people rather than things is a great way to live without regrets. When you reach the end of your life, will you be content with how you’ve spent your time? Broadening our view past today, this week, and even this year can help us choose to spend our time in ways that minimize possible future regrets and help us get the most out of every moment.

If any of us received the news that our time on earth was being cut short, we would likely refocus on our loved ones and spend our remaining time making sure they knew of our love for them. In truth we are all dying, but while we are, let us live in ways that bring us closer to God and closer to one another. Each moment we have is a precious gift that can be used to express love and strengthen relationships.

The Savior's Example

The Savior taught by example how to spend time on what matters most. The scriptures say He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). He focused on others. He loved them, taught them, succored them, and healed them. He gave them hope and encouraged them to follow Him. He promised blessings for their obedience. These same blessings are available to us when we choose to spend our time in ways the Savior did.

Jesus Christ was the only person to ever live a perfect life—the only person in history whose complete life, example, and teachings we can safely follow. By living as He did, we can live without regrets. We can look at the things that compete for our time, and it will be easier to decide what matters more simply by asking ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”

If you’re not sure what Jesus would do, we invite you to take the time to get to know Him. You can begin a meaningful study of His life and teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon today.

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