Time. It is one of the most powerful four-letter words in the world, and one of the most scarce in the volunteer’s world. I have learned one of the best ways to find more time is to take some of the time you do have and plan ahead.
Wait! Don’t leave. I know what you’re thinking. “I would love to plan ahead, but who has time?”
We don’t. At least, most of us don’t. There is all ready more to do than you can possibly get done in your day. Your to-do list is so long it could be bound into a paperback book. And now I’m telling you that you need to take a couple of hours out of that all ready jammed schedule?
But I promise, if you will “take” some time now to plan ahead, you will “make” that time back and even more!
Planning ahead allows you to:
Pray and hear from God on how to present your lesson
Just being able to meditate on the upcoming lesson and theme allows God to speak to your heart about how those lessons apply to your kids. He inspires our thoughts and anoints our words.
Buy and prepare any needed lesson materials ahead of time
You won’t need to make a Walmart run every day to get what you need. As a bonus, if you know what your theme is going to be a few weeks or months out, when you see related items at a clearance price, you can get them and boost your budget as well! More time & money!!
Give others the opportunity to serve
When you know what you will be doing next, you can give some of the prep work to willing volunteers who can take it home, work on it, and bring it back to you the next week. It’s easy to find people willing to do that. Not so easy to find people who want to come to your house at midnight on Saturday and help cut out craft activities for the next day!
Try it. Even if it’s just one hour. Take time out and plan as far ahead as possible. At first this may just be for the next week. See if it doesn’t make a world of difference. You will feel less stressed and your more efficient use of your time will give you that initial planning hour back, plus some! Soon, you will be able to plan out the next month, then the next quarter, and before you know it, you will have the entire year mapped out with themes and lessons.
And if you get further than that, you can help me!