Thursday, September 17, 2009

Don't waste any time!

I've been meaning to post about this for a few days, but haven't had the chance until now. This is an idea I adapted from the diligence booklet (I posted about it a few days ago).

For a week, keep a list of what you have been doing every half hour. For example:
For the last half hour I have been:
6:30-Getting up...etc.
7:00-Quiet time
7:30-Breakfast, helping siblings get ready
9:00-Helping siblings with school
9:30-Practicing an instrument
etc. etc. etc.... :D

This is just an example list I came up with. Also, I did not do this for a week, I did it for a day. :D It was very eye-opening, but I just couldn't remember to do it every half hour for that amount of time.

After reading my list, I was fairly satisfied with what I had accomplished that day, but did notice that there was some wasted time in there. Sometimes for me, the problem is waiting for other people. If we are going to do a character lesson or some school thing all together, we often have to wait for someone to finish practicing or to finish math... etc. It doesn't give me enough time to start something else, but it is too much time to just sit there waiting. If no one needs help or anything like that, I try to keep a book or something else I can do for any amount of time sitting nearby. That way I am not wasting any time while waiting.

Thanks for reading!
Serving the King,


Anonymous said...

I've tried this before. I never realized how much 'dead' time I spent before that- however, when I resisted 'dead' time the next day, I found myself exhausted! It sure is hard trying to keep yourself busy. I've found that I have to stop and read or something every so often so I don't get crabby at night.

Sorry for the long comment!

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Marissa and Andrea,

Thank-you for following my blog! I sincerely hope you will be blessed by it.

In Christ Alone,


Lindsay said...

Great post, Marissa! I might have to try your idea, because it's so easy to waste time during the day. Thanks for the post! :)

~ Love,

Jenna said...

Diligence is something that I struggle with from time to time...thanks for the encouragement!