SkyGirl Posted January 5, 2017 Report Share Posted January 5, 2017 Chapter 6: The Master of Time In my last challenge of 2016, I focused on listening for the whispers of The Voice: my mortal enemy, the beautiful and deadly spirit who wants to seduce me, bind me, and keep me forever his unhealthy, sleepless, anxious, powerless slave. He is known by many names - in the land of my narrative character, Sky Elvenword, he is known as Caranthir Aranwas, the undead elf-king who can speak to her mind or attack her body ... in my world, he is known by a far more sinister name, and his potential for destruction is much greater. One of The Voice's most successful methods of sabotaging my plans and ruining my goals is distraction and lack of disciplined time management. Watch a movie while you do your homework - you deserve it after such a long day. Check Facebook real quick before starting work - someone might have messaged you and need something. Stay up and knit just a little later tonight - an extra fifteen minutes won't hurt anything. And thus minutes turn into hours, and important habits like getting enough sleep, exercising, and preparing nutritious meals fall by the wayside; and I am left tired, unprepared, scarfing down cheap white bread or spending my hard-earned money on convenience food. *** I have been grabbing a few minutes here and there in the midst of frivolous vacationy activities back-to-school prep to use the new planning worksheets and map out my most important goals for the first part of 2017; and I have found that most of them involve an element of time management. For example, I really want 2017 to be the year that I stop scraping by on 4 or 5 hours of sleep - I want a good, solid 7.5 hours of sleep every night so I am fresh and focused during the day. As I started creating my subgoals, I realized that small steps like preparing my lunch right after dinner or laying out the next day's outfit right after work could make getting ready for bed a shorter process, helping me get to sleep more quickly. This same thought process goes for my other goals too, like starting to go to the co-rec once a week or reading through my Bible in a year. Each goal on my list is something that The Voice desperately wants me to give up on, because each of my goals will make me stronger and braver and bring me closer into fellowship with my King - but just like Gandalf said, "Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." And that is how I plan to dodge and fight The Voice when he tries to derail me in 2017 - with small tweaks. Small prayers. Small moments taken to remember what is most important and what needs to be set aside. *** I'm planning to give the new Rising Heroes program a try, so I won't list my goals in their final form until I see what that is all about. But here is the first set of my "big picture" goals that I would like to accomplish in 2017: Consistently get 7.5 hours of sleep every night. Consistently eat mainly whole foods for dinner 5-6 nights per week. Read through the Bible in one year. Walk 1,000 miles. Climb the rock wall at the university co-rec twice. Walk (or run?) one 5K. Get A's or better in every class. They're all about time management. Make time to go to the co-rec. Make time to fix dinner. Make time to study. Make time to study the Bible and pray about what you read. And making time means weeding out the less important things like Facebook, television, and daydreaming that gobble up my time. Let's do this. 4 Quote SKY ELVENWORD NOBLEHEART The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 52 Jesus-follower | Writer | Encourager | Resident Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Geek "Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers Link to comment
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