Know Thy Time

The first step toward more effective use of your time is not making a new schedule but analyzing your old one.

Peter Drucker is one of America's foremost consultants on business management. He has written over twenty books on the subject, including Managing For Results, The Effective Executive, and Management: Tasks, Practices, Responsibility. Since 1971 he has been the Clarke Professor of Social Sciences at the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California.

Professor Drucker has also done some thinking on the use of management in the local church. He has done consultations on management questions for several religious organizations and has spoken about management and ministry to divinity students at the School of Theology at Claremont.

"Know Thy Time" is an excerpt from Drucker's book The Effective Executive, published by Harper and Row. It is obviously aimed at a business audience, so not everything applies to local church ministry. But we think that, with some judicious translation and editing, you can distill a lot of valuable information on the stewardship of time for the church leader.

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From Issue:Spring 1982: Time
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