I recently came to the conclusion that it was indeed time to get back into the right rhythm of life. So much has gone on in recent months that have made things kooky in terms of something of a daily routine. It was like mixed measures — a 9/8 or 6/4 tossed into my typical 4/4 routine (I apologize for this blatantly lame music theory analogy, but its pretty accurate).
I need a renaissance of routine, comprised of the following elements (at least these…)
- Bible / Journal / iPod – scripture meditation, prayer, listening. This was happening but not with much discipline or intention. It just kind of happened whenever. Not very Matthew 6:33. I was seeking… but maybe second or ninth instead of first. I’m not a big fan of lockstep devotional time but I do need the discipline to keep me in line.
- Workout -which feels like the crappiest thing at the time but pays off for the rest of the day/week/life. I was back in the gym today for the first time in months. Some of my best iPod moments have been on an elliptical machine.
- Book of the Day – having the project of reading/re-reading/skimming a book a day seems daunting but it’s an easy rhythm to get into. Got this idea from several sources when I was younger; now I can hopefully be one of the sources. I know firsthand that I get dumber by the second if I’m not being challenged by prose.
- Quadrant II – Steve Covey, you’ve made us highly effective enough to know how screwed up we are. I haven’t spent quality time in Quadrant II in a month, and I’m feeling the pressure. By the by, Q2 is where you’re spending work time on things that are “Important, Not Urgent”, meaning that they need to be done but not in a 5 minute time frame. We typically trend toward Q1, which is “Important AND Urgent” — PANIC! at the term paper.
- Flywheel or “Frisbee” golf. Gotta get out there and improve my game.
- Pranks which my world is hurting for. Superintendent needs packing peanuts in his file cabinet or something. I don’t know. Post your ideas here.
So that’s that. I hit Apple+Control+Reset on Saturday night and so far it’s going pretty well. It’s good to have the compass reset — to the glory of God.