Principles of Energy Management

Who manages your life? Wally summarizes his thoughts about the differences between time management and energy management.

Time management Energy management
I own my time and must manage it well. Power in us. God owns me and my time and I must always do His will. Power in Him.
I must make priorities and follow them. I must submit to God and His purposes.
If I use my time well, I can accomplish a lot. I recognize that I cannot do anything of myself.
By managing my time wisely, I can be successful. Rallying untapped human potential. By heeding God’s counsel, I can bless His children. Accessing underused divine power.
I need to take charge of my schedule. I need to submit my will to His.
I deserve a good life. I am less than the dust of the earth and an unprofitable servant. All that I have, all that I am, and all that I hope for are gifts from God.
Organized priorities Educated conscience: Asking God: What do I need to do?
Advance self and goals. Advance God and His purposes.
Time management may give us a well-ordered life. Submission to Jesus provides us cleansing, transformation, and eternal life.
Inventory. Prioritize. Organize. Faith. Repentance. Obedience.
Patron saint: KorihorAnd many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime. Patron saint:Joseph SmithTherefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed. D&C 123:17
God: SatanAND I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying–Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. Moses 4:1 God: The Lord Jesus ChristBut, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me–Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever. Moses 4:2And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22

*Note: This post is in response to the discussion of “Plugs in the Nurture Pipeline“.

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  • Reply Kristen April 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I like this. Maybe I’m missing the obvious, and I also have my own idea about why, but can you tell me why you call it ‘energy’ management?

    • Reply admin April 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm

      Good question. We sometimes talk about time management–which is ironic for eternal beings. I figure that the big problem is not a shortage of time but a shortage of energy (interest, vitality, etc.). So I figure that when we let God guide our lives, we get the important things done. He gives us the energy and the guidance to use it.

      Maybe there is a better name. Any suggestions?

  • Reply Charmaine April 17, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I like to call it “Motivation Management” I always said that if I could come up with a motivation pill I could be the richest person on earth. Well, I think you have the pill right here. When we turn out life over to God motivation and energy flow. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and there are days that I don’t feel well but I am amazed what I can do anyway if I have prayed, read my scriptures and just let God move me to do amazing things because I knew I didn’t have it in myself. I saved an article about the preponderance of Mormon scientists in a study that has been done for years. Oh yes, spirituality is energizing.

    • Reply admin April 18, 2008 at 9:18 am

      Yep. Motivation management is a good name for it.

      I enjoyed your observation. When we feel close to God, all things are possible. It is no wonder that Satan wants us to depend on ourselves. We aren’t very good at doing God’s work.


  • Reply Kristen April 17, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Yes, I agree. It is energizing, uplifting, comforting and, I think, FUN!

  • Reply Lynn April 22, 2008 at 6:13 am

    I wandered over here from Meridian. I’ve put a link to your newest article, there, into the draft for my post for tomorrow. I’ve also put a link for this blog into my blogroll.

    Thank you for helping me to see life and the gospel and my own mindset from a fresh perspective. It’s like sitting down to dinner with my best GuyFriend and figuring out what works, and what doesn’t.

    [One of the fresh-faced, *earnest* ones entering the autumn years, with more time to ponder and cultivate and be more effective. The mundane stuff goes into my Franklin Planner. The important stuff goes onto my blog.]

    • Reply admin April 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you, Lynn. Just this morning I got an e-mail from a dear friend whose wife died three years ago. Every step of the way he has found ways to feel blessed. That gratitude is what keeps us grounded!


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