My daily agenda yesterday looked something like this:
Do my Greek homework; make flashcards for new Greek vocabulary; write a blog post; study for Greek quiz; make t-shirts for the baseball coaches; get a birthday gift for a friend; buy birthday gifts for Luke’s parties this weekend (and so on…and on…and on…but you get the point).
If I were a time management expert, I would skillfully walk you through my day and give you a lesson on how you, too, can be awesome at nailing productivity.
But that would be a joke, because instead of wisely accomplishing one task at a time, I ditched all of it and went to Hobby Lobby instead. Apparently I couldn’t live another day without pumpkins on my front porch and fall flowers on the kitchen table.
(Larry shot down the purchase of hay bales as part of the front porch decor, but that’s another story altogether.)
I can’t decide if the core issue I’m dealing with here is time management and establishment of priorities, or if I’m so compelled to keep up with the porches around me, that I lose sight of what’s important inside my own house.
Probably a little bit of both. But since I have a myriad of things to talk about regarding the latter, let’s stick with the off-kilter priorities for today.
I can sit here all day and tell you my priorities are A and B…but if my time is disproportionately spent on F and G…well, I’m out of whack and need to realign my actions to match my values.
In other words, pumpkins and bowls of candy corn are fantastic, but I’m not sure they are critical to fulfilling my purpose in life.
On the other hand, Biblical literacy (via seminary studies) and writing are right up my alley. These are the two places God has clearly and undoubtedly marked out for me at this point in my life. So it’s probably a good idea to focus on doing these two things well before I use critical production hours (i.e., the hours between 8:00-3:00pm when Luke is at school) to decorate my porch and such.
Where was all this brilliance when I set my textbook aside to pull up the Hobby Lobby coupon?
Unfortunately, this genius awareness didn’t hit me until I realized that All The Important Things were left undone in the midst of my orangey harvest time excitement.
In the midst of a minor breakdown over my time management failure, Luke told me the biggest focus of his life right now is on how to write his signature. Because of course it is.
My initial reaction to that was to smile, nod, and say something motherly; but then it dawned on me to probe into that a bit.
Me: Why are you working on your signature?
Luke: Because I’ll be signing baseballs one day.
Okay, so we all know that only the best of the very best will play in the majors…so I’m certainly not suggesting this so that you can start saving for season tickets.
Rather, this: Luke spends time on the things that get him to his end goal. While I could argue that his time is better spent working on his knuckle change-up than on his handwriting, his overall focus is on those things that get him where he wants to go.
Maybe his mother should do the same…even though this means I probably won’t be spotted at Hobby Lobby on a weekday afternoon in the near future. (But my Greek test scores will be thankful, so there’s that.)
And for crying out loud, I face this particular lesson at least 8 times a year; so watch out because one of these days I’m going to be really good at it. Perhaps I’ll even give lessons. (Eh, probably not…since I seriously can’t think of anything more boring.)
I’m curious, though…what is your Hobby Lobby? Or are you the one who should give us time management lessons?
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