After a week of `holy leisure`, it`s difficult to get back to the routine. It`s especially difficult when tasks have been left undone and emails have piled up. Where to begin? How to begin? My mind is as cluttered as my desk.
The promise of a new year brings with it resolutions and hopes of doing things better. For me, doing things better will require a greater focus. It will require serious winnowing; separating the wheat from the chaff. It will require knowing what to let go, so precious time and energy can be used more wisely.
Okay, enough of the vagueness. What does this mean in concrete terms? I know that I need to be more intentional in fighting the cyber-sirens that lure me to my computer, my iPhone, and my iPad for hours each day. I want to write more. Reading is a vital part of the writing process, if it is focused. But it`s so easy to get tangled in the web of `just one more click`! Surfing the internet can be a great source of research and inspiration. It can also numb your mind and overfill your mental hard-drive with useless information.
I also need to adopt some simple organizational strategies. And, I do mean simple ones. I`ve always avoided task lists, due to a deep fear of being overwhelmed by all that has to be done. If I can`t see it, I won`t worry as much! I admit this is not a good modus operandi. I`m still over-whelmed, and the tasks don`t get done. Perhaps if I list my tasks, I can also have the satisfaction of checking them off.
And, most of all, I need to seek the stillness; to allow the mind and heart to listen to God within. Busyness too often impinges on quiet time. Yet, a quiet soul can better face the craziness with grace and wisdom.