Category Archives: time

feeling empty…

I have been working at Panera bread this morning and have been getting so much done!  I think I’m going to try to work here a half-day a week or so, my productivity is through the roof!

I had gotten into the habit of keeping my e-mail inbox at 0 by creating archive folders, and sorting everything that came in, putting things that didn’t require followup in the archive folder, and flagging the things that needed followup, and working through the flagged folder (mac os x mail… nice!)
The last few weeks I’ve just been inundated with mail and just got snowed.  So this morning I have plowed through it and went from 405-ish e-mails with 95 unread to 0 e-mails with 0 unread in my inbox.  
I can’t tell you how this frees my mind.  I can conquer the world now!!
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Posted by on October 18, 2007 in busy, random stuff, time


Glitch in the matrix

I’d like to announce that there is a glitch in the matrix. This is seriously for me a big big deal. Today I (after several days of working to get ultra organized) developed a system for organizing e-mail and getting caught up and managing new e-mail. This is the first time I’ve seen this since when I first booted my mac… when I left for vacation I had 6607 messages in my inbox.

MY INBOX HAS 0 IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Jesus!
I’m using the smart mailbox feature to flag messages that I need to follow up on and the rest I dump into archive so I still have it…


Your day off…

I’m doing some research for a little project I’m working on and thought I’d do a quick poll. This research is primarily targeted towards pastors and their day off. I’d love it if you’d answer the following questions (and thanks in advance):

1. How do you typically spend your day off?
2. What are some ways you’ve been able to creatively spend your day off?
3. Do you struggle throughout the week with the inability to stop thinking about work (church and ministry)? If so, how do you combat that and get your mind focused on family/other things?

I’d be interested in hearing anyone’s thoughts. I have a real hard time not thinking about church stuff and it seems like it’s an ongoing project, “it’ll slow down after easter” type stuff. Anyone else struggle to “turn it off”? Anyone else’s wife or husband ask “will you focus on us?” or “you’re with us, but your mind isn’t”.

Looking forward to you’re response.


Posted by on May 10, 2007 in busy, church stuff, health, time


Wasted Time Part 1

Several of our staff and elders recently read through “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper (I did not due to some other reading commitments for school). We just did a series in church in January on that subject.

Recently I’ve been thinking about what I’m doing with my life. I realized recently that I have 9 months left of my 20’s. What have I done with them? Where did I screw up? What did I get right? Did I waste my 20’s or were they years worth remembering and celebrating? The next few days I’m going to explore some good things and bad things about my 20’s, and what I’m planning on doing towards and into my 30’s. What about you? Are you making the most of each decade? Do you live sick with regret or silly with celebration? What do you need to change to ensure that your life has the most impact possible in the next decade?

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Posted by on February 12, 2007 in goals, time