I have been pondering the shifting sands of life lately. I have given a lot of thought to new directions and paths. I have come to realize, no I have come to remember something important about myself. Perhaps it is because I have moved quite a few times in my life. When things get all doldrum-y feeling, I become eager for change. When you relocate you get the chance to re-invent yourself.
Of course, we can do that even without relocating. This year I have done at least twice as much tutoring as in prior years. That means a whole lot more students get the chance to grow, learn, and improve. That is a very good thing, and for me it is an honor and a privilege. Of course, time is finite, and increased work hours means everything else gets less of my time and attention. That leaves me depleted. A depleted Kate is not a good thing.
I have been struggling like a horse fighting the bit in his mouth. I failed to realize that the bit is SO important. With the bit, he can be led up and down those treacherous mountain paths. So where is God leading me? Oh yes, He is leading me to serve more. Those students and their families have needs.
What about me? Ah ~ I think that here is the key. I need to FINALLY learn to apply one of my favorite lessons to myself. I tell my students to break impossible, burdensome tasks into smaller pieces. I tell them to get their study sessions into the size that fits their attention span. I, too, must learn to do the same. I must learn to manage my own time.
You see, it is easy to get things done when I have endless spans of time. Then I can lollygag and meander, and almost accidentally accomplish things like cleaning, filing, keeping track of things, de-cluttering, organizing, handling correspondence, errands.
It is easy to set aside time to blog, pray, exercise, and sing a little song when I have big stretches of free time. But as you know, when I have little free time it doesn’t happen. I am frozen like a deer in headlights.
My challenge to myself is to find ways to take advantage of SMALL chunks of time. To put it, as my mom has always said, “a good 20 minutes”. If I figure out a strategy for that this week, I may start pulling together a regular post about that each week.
What about you? Have you found a way to break tasks into 15-20 minute chunks? Let’s share those ideas today!