On a day when an unsolved mechanical problem called my manhood into question and my son’s bed broke (I was able to fix that one), I am wondering …
How do you do it all?
I am asking because I struggle. I look at the things I am supposed to do and I fail regularly.
Here are just the big things on the list.
- Work is a must, of course, and it takes time and effort to be good regardless of your calling. A 40-hour week is a luxury I know many of us can’t afford. The time card may say 40, but the after hours emails, texted questions, reports and planning adds another 10.
- You’ve got to give your best to your family. I’ve been hearing the phrase “quality time” since the day my oldest was born, and it is something I know we all want to provide so pencil in playing with the kids.
- Faith is important, so church gets a permanent spot on the calendar. And I don’t want to be one of those folks who sits in the pew and does nothing, so add more hours.
- I am not sure how anyone can have knowledge of the needs of the community and not try and make a difference, so there has to be time for charitable efforts.
- I am blessed to have a roof over my head and vehicles to get around town, so that means maintenance. Mowing the yard, plunging the toilet, changing the oil … there’s always something to do.
- And that’s just the sometimes maintenance stuff. My wife bears the brunt of the housekeeping chores like laundry, dishes, shopping, etc.
- Back to church … I hear all the time that I’m not praying enough and not studying my Bible enough, and that is true. So mark out an hour a day for those.
- The simplest way to stay healthy is to eat right and exercise. Mark it on the calendar because if you don’t, you’ll die.
- I also read where we are all stressed too much, so relaxation needs to be a priority for health reasons. Got to schedule downtime.
- Americans don’t get enough sleep and that’s a fact. Should get 8, but at least try for 7.
And these are just the things to stay caught up. If you want to improve or advance in some way, like going to school, the list gets longer.
This also doesn’t include any of the random items that come up and land on the “must” list, like extended family emergencies.
Sorry for the ramble, but most of my days feel like a ramble … so how do you do it?