We don’t often hear about successful people making mistakes. Few people admit the struggles they face, whilst they face them. Far be it from me to make this blog another example of someone who has it all together.
I’m going to do some thinking “out loud” in this post. See if it helps me come up with some solutions.
The Problem: I feel as though I have too many daily-habits and things that I expect of myself to achieve/get done. For some reason, perhaps because of being overwhelmed, or even because of a fear of being overwhelmed…I’m doing less than what I was previously. Even bed-rock habits (those I’ve been doing consistently for years) are being missed.
The Question: So what is it that I feel I have to achieve/get done on a daily basis? [Clarify – someone wise once said we ‘fear what we don’t understand’ – so let’s try and be specific]
- Bible Read Through (a book of the Bible a week/3-4 chapters/day, 20mins)
- Journaling (10-20mins)
- Exercise (45-60min 3/week)
- Running (60-90mins 2/week)
- Bible Study (around 30 mins)
- Other Study projects (Spurgeon‘s Lectures, Greek, Writing 45mins)
- Blogging (?…not enough experience, roughly 45mins/post)
- Book Work – Editing (45min chunks)
- Creating Resources (45mins)
In all that works out as: 220+90=310mins a day = 5+hours….on top of that I have a full time job and people I’m discipling/meeting with.
Okay, that is an unreasonable expectation.
The Next Question: Clarifying ‘why’ I “need” to do each of those a) so regularly b) at all.
- Bible Read Through (a book of the Bible a week/3-4 chapters/day, 20mins) Part of my dynamic relationship with God, a means by which I encourage others to pursue God’s heart through a resolved and deliberate attitude towards the church..
- Journaling (10-20mins) Part of my relationship with God and the foundation for how I carry out the various offices of my life.
- Exercise (45-60min 3/week) My life’s example to encourage and inspire others to pursue God’s heart + health reasons
- Running (60-90mins 2/week) Ibid.
- Bible Study (around 30 mins) Maintaining a posture of receptivity and learning, wise stewardship of the gifts God has given me including teaching, also part of my relationship with God.
- Other Study projects (Spurgeon‘s Lectures, Greek, Writing 45mins) Ibid
- Blogging (?…not enough experience, roughly 45mins/post) Stewardship, a posture of vulnerability, lays a foundation for future book work, practice writing skills
- Book Work – Editing (45min chunks) Ibid
- Creating Resources (45mins) Ibid
Not entirely helpful. But what I did notice is that there is a lot I am doing to teach others. Since aiming for more than I can handle is resulting in doing less than I can handle…I will reduce.
Work in progress – list:
- Bible Study
- Book Work
New total: 40+60+90+45=190+45=235 … still not convinced its realistic….
Blogging and Bible Study…What if, blogging becomes an evening activity “when I feel like it” and Bible Study is done intensely one-two slots each week? That sounds more workable.
So new total: 145mins roughly each day = roughly 2.5hrs…= totally manageable. I wake at 5, finished by 7.30.
Daily Habits: BRT – Journaling – Exercise/Running – Book work
And I can over invest in one of those tasks each day by half an hour or so, rather than try and cram in more.
Weekly Habits: Ad hoc blogging (sorry readers!) and 2/week intense Bible Study sessions.
Brilliant, the way is clear. Will review after a week.