Do you know someone that never seems to be with you even when he or she is with you? It’s a bit disconcerting, isn’t it?

I’ve been sharing five principles of time management—attitudes toward the value of your time and managing it well and here is principle number four:

4. Time management is being present in the moment.

Here’s what I mean. If you’re in a meeting or a conversation with others, whether business or personal, and you’re paying attention and focused on what’s being said or decided or asked, that means that you’re making good use of that time.

I think of a Pastor in my church who has many responsibilities—many balls in the air all the time. But when I’m in a meeting with him, discussing whatever issues I need to have his input, he is totally with me in that conversation, for however long we need. He is present in the moment, as though this is the most important thing on his calendar for that day—which it probably is not!

Another friend on the board of The Christian Working Woman is a very successful lawyer with that same wonderful characteristic. Steve is totally present in the moment, never letting his mind go to other issues while he’s talking to you. No doubt that is a trait that has contributed to his success, but it also is a time-saving habit. You eliminate mis-communication, additional conversations, and other time-consuming things because you’re present in the moment

This is an attitude that we can all develop. It does not come naturally for me but I’m becoming more and more aware of its importance, and therefore more intentional about being present in the moment with the people in my life. It not only will save you time it will improve your relationships. It’s a dynamite characteristic to develop.

In Ecclesiastes wise Solomon wrote: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10a). Do what is right and do it to the very best of your ability. Have you ever prayed about being a better time manager? Why not? As you ask for help, the Holy Spirit will bring things to your mind throughout your day—reminding you of the importance of managing your time wisely. It makes a difference for now and for eternity.