Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time Budget

We had our visiting teacher over today after church. She gave us a wonderful message from the March's Ensign (you can see the VT message here). Sister Goa said something though that has been running through my mind all evening, she said that Satan has realized that he can't tempt us with the bad things like smoking, drugs, and drinking. So instead he has begun to tempt us to do "good." Now at first that doesn't sound very bad, it even sounds like a good thing, hey Satan's on my side! But upon referring to the talk entitled "Good, Better, Best," given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the October 2007 General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (you can read it here). You discover that what Satan is doing is not in the best interest of you and I. He is tempting us to be not the "best" of our abilities.
I think that this has been running through my mind over and over this afternoon because I realize that it is very true for me, not that my days are always filled with bad activities, but they aren't filled with the best activities either.
What does this have to do with time budget? One of my areas that I am not doing the best at is time budget, I spend much too much time on facebook, twitter, playing games and other such things. I am starting a new goal, a new rule, every night I can not be on facebook after 9pm and have to turn my computer off at 10pm, unless I am working on my class. I am hoping that by making this new change/goal that I will be able to accomplish 2 things: that I will be able to go to bed earlier and receive the sleep that I need (lately I have been going to bed between midnight and 1, not a good thing when I should be getting up at 7) and I hope that with the time that I am not using my computer that I have been that I will be able to fill my time with more scripture study, pondering, prayer, conference talk reading, and other wholesome activities meant to build my testimony and help me to become the best that I can be.


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  2. I have to be better about time management too! In an effort to get through the end of the semester, I had J.J. change my facebook password!! So I can't get on unless he signs me on and that's usually once a day (and sometimes not even that much!). I'm pretty proud of myself, but I still need to be a whole lot better. Good luck with your goals! You can do it!

  3. You nailed it on the head, Beth!! You said exactly what I've been thinking and feeling. This electronic age we're living in has sneaked in and slowly taken over our lives and our minds... Confusing us and filling our minds with things that aren't necessarily bad, but not the "best." I too have been thinking about making changes and using more self control on the computer. You've inspired me! Thank you!!