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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Regaining My Focus and Do-ing More

I failed. 

I failed to manage my time well this past week. 

I failed BIG TIME in the willpower department.

I failed to put my priorities first and allowed my time to be frittered away by things of little consequence.

I procrastinated.

I let my husband down by putting something off so that I ended up doing it when I should have been spending time with him.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not trying to diminish the importance of the necessary things I did accomplish.

Everyone was fed.  School got done, we even learned stuff outside of the “scope and sequence.”  Some outside of the ordinary things that came up got done.

But DO-ing isn’t about just accomplishing what really must be done.  That’s part of it, of course.  And it’s certainly helpful to finish the “musts” in a timely manner so I can move on to other things without having the pressure of undone musts weighing me down.

Yes, the musts do count.

But DO-ing, at least as I’ve envisioned it, goes beyond that.

The musts will always, always be there.  And they have to be done over and over again.

I have to constantly remind myself (am I the only one?), that at the end of my life, it’s not going to matter much if my school books were organized or my refrigerator was cleaned. 

The reason those things matter now is because they contribute to our overall quality of life.  They aren’t the end goal, but a means to help us toward what we really want to do.

Now, it’s true, that there are going to be days, weeks, and even months that all I can get done is the bare basics.  Because life constantly throws us curve balls.  I’m not beating myself up or minimizing the importance of all that I got done this past week.  I did good things.

But, because life does throw us curve balls,

and sometimes even hurls mile-wide meteors at us…

it’s all the more important to make the very best of the free moments that I have.

Who knows what tomorrow brings?  Do I want to leave this world remembering the last thing I said to my husband was, “I’m almost done with this blog post, almost…” and then spent another hour on it and ended up going to bed at an indecent hour never having had that heart-to-heart?


With those things in mind, my goals this week:

  • To stick to my schedule, it will keep me free (I’ll share this schedule some time when I’m done tweaking it)
  • To check my email a maximum of 2x a day and to spend no more than 1/2 hour on it
  • To finish school by 3 pm each day and to be totally immersed in it when we are doing it
  • To not violate the time I’ve set aside for my husband with inconsequential stuff
  • To start one or more creative projects that I’ve been meaning to DO
  • To develop a blog schedule for the next month or so and get all these ideas and obligations out of my head and organized on paper

There will be little things that must be done each day and those are things that I can fit into the appropriate slots in my schedule.

Now, tell me how you are do-ing!


  1. In your post you said you that you failed in the willpower department. I don't think we can do these things we set out to do by will power but by God's grace. We need to lean on Him not on our own ability.

  2. Yes, agreed. Perhaps be more accurate to say that I failed to heed His gentle nudging.

  3. I'm right there with you, Susan, on the failing to sometimes hear God's nudging and not seeing the true priorities of life. But, I'm making step by baby step. (Like deleting LOTS of pitches for things like book reviews that suck up my time!)

  4. I understand the need for scheduling and keeping one on task. However, don't be too hard on yourself when this doesn't turn out like you want. I figure that's how life is. You do what you can do, do it well, and what you haven't done yet, well don't dwell. I think the stress of not getting everything done really stresses a person out.
    Hope you have a great week.


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