Monday, April 16, 2012

Where Were You Between the Hours of 9-12?

Monday morning Greetings!

Today we start our quest for managing our time—instead of time managing (or mismanaging) us.  It makes sense for us to start with current practices.  Here's the exercise in Kent Holland's book, Working on Purpose that we're following.  We may add some evening hours to the list.  We'll try not to "cheat" and do a better job than we normally would.

According to Kent, we'll be surprised to see where our time goes.


Exercise 4
Keeping Track of Where the Time Goes

      Do you find yourself wondering at the end of the day or week, “Where did the time go?”   To seriously evaluate how you are using your time, keep track of what you do each day for one week.  Make a list.  Three times each day, jot down as bullet points everything you’ve done in the preceding hours. 

What I did from 9 a.m. to noon:

What I did from noon to 3 p.m.:

What I did from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.:

This is the only exercise we'll do for the week, but we'll post excerpts from the book on Wednesday and Friday.  That's the "plan" anyway!

It's 9:15 as we write this—so far, so good.  On the other hand, it can only go downhill from here.

What are you all up to?  Do you have one time-segment where you do better/best?

Till Wednesday,
Maddie and Lisa 

PS: When we have time (hopefully today), we'll be making a special tab to store the book info and exercises. 


  1. Definitely need to manage my time better! -Jessie W.

  2. I'm always wondering where something went to - time, my purse, toothbrush, my mind. There's just so much to keep track of!

  3. 'Do you find yourself wondering at the end of the day or week, “Where did the time go?”'

    Very seldom. For too long, I knew. (work, or down a drain.) When I got out of that trap, I didn't care. Now, I just live (on purpose), so I still don't so much care. (This is an over-simplification, but the Chiks don't need a book here.)

    What do I mean by "living on purpose"?
    - I love on God.
    - I love on myself. [1]
    - I love on others. [1]

    So... I worship, I talk with God, I hang out with God, I hang out with my wife, we have dates, I read, I write, I hug people, I take people out to eat, I talk with people, I pray with and for people (including strangers in line at the grocery store, servers at restaurants, etc.) [2]

    At the end of the week, it's not so much "where did the time go?" as it is, "Wow, the week is over? How did I do so much this week?" Occasionally there's a week of just relaxing, in which case it's just, "Ahhh... that was nice. Now who can I go hang out with?" and it's back to normal.

    Maybe that sounds weird, or pious, or otherwise odd. I don't care. It's just my response to God and who he is and how much he loves us. Of course, it wasn't until I really began to get all that, that this became my life... Before that it was, "Carp! Another week gone! Did I actually do anything?"

    [1] Per Jesus, we are supposed to love others as ourselves. Contrary to what the Church has taught for a long time, this means we have to love ourselves (which is different from being lovers of self).
    [2] When I say "I: here, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's my awesome wife and me.

  4. Definitely need to manage my time better!

  5. I want to be in line next to Miles!

  6. I have to admit to enjoying the option of working--or not that came with retirement. Life is so much simpler. Of course, there are still things that I have to take care of, but I don't need the book. Years ago it was a far different story!