I think it is time for all of us to go back to school. I look back on this summer and see a lot of fun times with the fam, but also a lot of lazy days. While part of me loves laziness, part of me feels guilty about being so un-industrious. I didn’t write enough, I didn’t exercise enough, I didn’t do any deep cleaning of the house as I’d planned.
I think I function better when I have more structure in my days, but every summer I plan to stick to a schedule, and then I don’t. When I’m working, I somehow get it all done. When I have down time (as in the summer), I let laundry pile up, am lazy about cooking, and surf the internet aimlessly. I’ve been thinking a lot about time management and how I can do better with that without being a time-Nazi, and in keeping with Orthodox ideas of time. (More details on that here.)
My goals are at least 30 minutes of writing every day, at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, and a few minutes of personal prayer/reflection time every day. I also would like to infuse liturgical time into our household more.
The thing is, I’m not sure I want to be one of those schedule-maniacs. I want to keep in mind that time cannot be contained or controlled, that time is a gift, and if something scheduled gets messed up or left undone due to another event, all of that is part of the gift.
And after scouring the internet for a poignant quote about time with which to close this post, I found this little gem:
One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.
– Chinese Proverb