Summary: Leaders invest their time in what produces the greatest return.
The Ultimate Timing
Leaders invest their time in what produces the greatest return.
It is said that the leader of an organization gets paid the highest salary in the corporation for making only 2% of the decisions. And that very simply is his or her job description.
"We will have all eternity to celebrate the victories, but only a few hours before sunset to win them." -- Amy Carmichael
Without the limitation of time, there might be no need to prioritize. But time limits you and forces you to make choices.
The more time you spend on the wrong things, the less time you have to invest in what’s right - the longer it takes to succeed. But when you learn to spend your time wisely on the things that bring your life the most fulfillment and success, you often end up with time to spare.
If our spouse is the most important asset we possess, we don’t want to wake up one day to find that we’ve spent more energy in making a living that making a marriage. We might just find that we get what we’ve worked for and lose the rest.
If our children’s preparation training for life is important to us, if we are a loving and concerned parent, we will spend time, energy, effort in training them or else we might wake up one day to find that our own children are thrown into life’s storms without the equipping to handle them.
In short, being successful is not about how hard you work; it’s about how smart you work.
A man was told that if he worked his very hardest, he would become successful and rich. The hardest work he knew was digging holes, so he began digging huge holes in his backyard, each one bigger than the one before. But in the end, he didn’t get rich; he got a backache. He spent a lot of time working hard, but the work had no purpose.
[ACT 6:1 (quickview) ] In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.  So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.  Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them  and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."  This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.  They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.  So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
ORGANIZE OR AGONIZE
We never outgrow the need to prioritize. It is something we keep doing whether we are leading a family, small group, pasturing a church, running a small business, or leading a billion-dollar corporation.