Young Women Lesson 44: Using Time Wisely

Manual 1; Excerpt from "Good, Better, Best," by Dallin H. Oaks

Discussion Questions
• What guidelines might help us prioritize the demands on our time?
• In what ways might better time management affect our lives?
• How can we overcome the tendency to procrastinate?
• What is the difference between idleness and rest?

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Supplement is an excerpt from "Good, Better, Best," by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, October 2007 General Conference:

A childhood experience introduced me to the idea that some choices are good but others are better. I lived for two years on a farm. We rarely went to town. Our Christmas shopping was done in the Sears, Roebuck catalog. I spent hours poring over its pages. For the rural families of that day, catalog pages were like the shopping mall or the Internet of our time.

Something about some displays of merchandise in the catalog fixed itself in my mind. There were three degrees of quality: good, better, and best. For example, some men’s shoes were labeled good ($1.84), some better ($2.98), and some best ($3.45).1

As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best. Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all.

Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best. 

Read the full talk, "Good Better Best."

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