Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
Changing Your Personal Time Zone
By Evan Nehring
Picture your life as a country with two time zones. Dr. Ben Lerner talks about two distinct time zones which compete for your time, energy and attention. Zone one is the Emergency Management zone and it fills the outside or margins of your life. Zone 2 is the Time Management zone and it fills the center of your life.
Zone 1 and Zone 2 grow and shrink as they contend for supremacy. As one grows the other shrinks, although neither will ever be completely eliminated.
In the Emergency Management zone, days are filled with crises and deadlines that most likely determine how you will spend your time. You don’t typically wake up and think of what’s necessary to create time for exercise, good nutrition and peace with God. You wake up thinking about the things that need to be handled immediately!
Time spent in the Time Management zone is centered on discovering and working on your God-given mission. The focus of Zone 2 is proactive decision-making based on what you believe and where you want to go. This is the zone of change and growth and well-being.
Zone 1 is Stress Management. Zone 2 is Peace Management. When you’re cruising in Zone 2, even the work is relaxing, because it brings peace to your spirit knowing that you’re doing the right thing and things are working.
The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work. (Proverbs 12:24, The Message)So how do we get to zone 2? We reduce Zone 1 emergencies by working on Zone 2 planning. Find the Zone 1 emergencies that are consuming your time and apply some Zone 2 proactivity.
- Often late? Take time to plan and organize.
- Too many doctor visits? Invest in a healthy lifestyle.
- Car always breaking down? Plan your auto maintenance schedule?
- Job dissatisfaction? Sharpen skills with education and coaching.
A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done. (Proverbs 12:27, The Message)
 Dr. Ben Lerner. Body by God (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003), 289-301.