Upon starting a new subject at university my new class was given an interesting instruction. Everyone was asked to bring their phones to the front of the room and leave them there for the duration of the tutorial, two hours, as an experiment.

After two hours we were told to check how many notifications or messages we had received during that time. We were then asked to reflect on the urgency of the notifications and consider whether they could have waited until we decided to check our phones rather than us responding to the notification sound instinctively.


After the experiment I asked myself the following question:

How much time do I waste unnecessarily on daily tasks which are just distractions from my goals?

Some people might instead lose time by watching TV, procrastinating, or hanging out with negative people etc. However, this time could be put towards something they want to achieve.


Often you will hear the excuse ‘I don’t have enough time’ used to justify a goal being unaccomplished. Certainly, people can have very busy lives, but it is important that you aren’t sacrificing healthy goals in exchange for meaningless ‘lost time’.

Challenge yourself next time you don’t think you have enough time to achieve a goal (e.g. eating a healthy meal, exercising, or spending time with God), to analyse your life to see if you are losing any time on an unnecessary daily task or unhealthy behaviour which can be changed.


The bible is filled with verses of encouragement, such as the following, because God wants us to live fulfilled and healthy lives.

Verse for healthy eating and exercise –

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

Verses for dedication to study or work –

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

– Proverbs 13:4 (NKJV)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

– Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Verses for overcoming self-doubt –

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

– Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)


Verses to overcome procrastination and improve time management –

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

– Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.

– Proverbs 14: 23-24 (NKJV)

Verses to inspire a closer relationship with God –

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.

– Psalm 120:1 (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.

– Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

– Romans 8:31 (NKJV)


No matter what challenge or distraction you are trying to overcome you can be assured that God is with you (Joshua 1:9).


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

– Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

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