I used to start work at 7am. Not being a morning person meant that my mornings were very frantic. I considered it a successful morning if I was able to get out the door and to work on time. I didn’t like it. My schedule changed to working from 8am-5pm and I decided to keep my regular routine of getting into Seattle at 7am, so I could have some time in the mornings to read, enjoy some coffee or maybe even exercise. This has been very nice, but I was feeling like my mornings could be a little more productive if I was a little more intentional. It is easy to waste an hour in a coffee shop – I want to put that hour to good use. I came up with the following schedule for myself (Warning: cheesy titles ahead – it’s the way my brain works – sorry).
On my bus ride into Seattle I usually read whatever book I am currently reading – usually on my Kindle. Once in Seattle at about 6:40am I spend about 15 min reading the Bible. I have been in Proverbs and Job lately, but am going to get back on a regular reading plan soon. This one from Downtown Cornerstone looks great.
There are a lot of people in Seattle. This in my morning to spend talk to one (or more) of them. Those who know me know that I am not exactly an outgoing social butterfly, so this day can be a challenge. It has however turned out to be something I look forward to on Mondays. So far the people I have talked to have been the first person that asks me for money. Very interesting conversations to be had about needs, wants, and Jesus.
This is my time to look at the days and weeks ahead and do a little planning. This is time to make sure my calendar is up to date. I can also quickly go over our budget and goals and see how we are doing. Also a good day to schedule meetings for the week ahead with my peeps.
This is time to stop and praise God for who he is and what he has done for me. This is something I have always struggled with in the past. Well, not even struggled with – just straight up neglected. For the first time in a long time I have actually been praying for others and seeing God at work through it. It is amazing. I usually spend this time at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park. It is a great place to walk around and enjoy God’s creativity in creation itself and through others creations. I will have to find a good alternative once the rain returns…
This day is my day to read and study. I am currently reading Erasing Hell, by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. I also like to go over my notes from Sunday’s sermon and pray in preparation for community group on Thursday evenings.
Friday mornings are set aside for following up and reaching out to the peeps in my life. If you are awaiting an email from me you may see it Friday morning. This is an area I am trying to grow in. Basically you will see me in the coffee shop typing out something or getting social on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc…
My days are not completely set in stone. I am not afraid to mix it up here and there (a good morning snuggle session with my wifey is always nice), but this is a helpful template for me. It reminds me of all of the areas I need to grow in and keeps me from getting too comfortable and lazy in areas that I tend to favor. Like my great grandpa used to say, “everything in moderation.”
Note: I am still trying to figure out the exercise part. That will be another post I guess… Until then I have baseball.