When I attended Gulf Coast Community Church in St. Petersburg, FL, the pastor, Jerry Cisar, taught a class on how to study the Bible. We lived many miles away, and we were not able to attend every session. Just recently his daughter posted a similar teaching on her blog Read Cook Devour. She is an amazingly gifted writer among other things, and I highly recommend reading her blog.
Here is a link to Stephanie Smith’s 12 Habits to Cultivate a Meaningful Quiet Time.
I have found it difficult to remember everyone for whom I need to pray. Check out my prayer page for resources to get organized.