Seminary Time Waster #6: Saying “Yes” to Every Request

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Seminary students who can’t say no give permission to others to waste their time. We’re nice people. We like to say yes. Jesus knew this. He advised us, “Ask and it shall be given to you.” (This verse is not primarily about prayer; it is about human interaction.) He knew that people’s default response to any request is yes. If …

Seminary Time Waster #5: Disorganization

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A common frustration about seminary is all the balls you have to keep in the air at once. Seminary coursework alone can have you managing several multi-step projects with their own timelines and deadlines. Add to that your job, family commitments, and whatever ministry you’re serving in. It’s a lot to keep coordinated. In the midst of this, being disorganized …

Bash Your Television into a Million Pieces (Seminary Time Waster #4)

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The average American watches 4 hours, 35 minutes of television every day. (Center for Screen-Time Awareness, 2007 Fact Sheet) Annually, that’s 1,673 hours. Can you believe it? Almost 10 weeks a year, just watching TV. It is a waste of your life! We understand the need for a little entertainment or down-time, but TV is a time waster that must …

Be Unavailable. Like Jesus. (Seminary Time Waster #3)

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Seminary Time Waster #3: Interruptions and Task Switching. The kind of study you are doing at seminary requires deliberate and sustained thinking—the kind which is impossible in high-interruption environments. You should aim in your study time for long, uninterrupted blocks of time. I’d recommend a minimum of 90 minutes. You should have enough time to get “into the zone” of …

The Internet Sucked Away My Life: Seminary Time Waster #2

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Technology has given us the Internet, and the ability to instantly communicate worldwide. Wonderful isn’t it? It has also given us email in-boxes full of spam stupid forwards you’ve seen a thousand times already. access to millions of webstores where we can spend all the money we don’t have video games, the most fun way to waste your life other …

Procrastination: Seminary Time Waster #1

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We’re all very well acquainted with the problem of procrastination. Putting off things that we do not enjoy or are dreading is a very human temptation, but is completely self-destructive. Here are a few practical tips on overcoming procrastination. Some of these tips will work well for you, others won’t. Pick and choose as you will. Don’t think so much, …