Stuff

How much “stuff” do we just accumulate?

Where does this all come from?

How much “stuff” do we just accumulate?

shelves full of "stuff"
Not a pretty sight.

Sometimes I buy something, with great intentions of how I will use it, and yet … it never gets used.

Solution

The only solution I’ve found has been to either give it away to your local thrift store or to just toss it in the trash.

Tough love? Maybe, but it has worked for me.

What have you done when you’ve reached your “there’s too much” breaking-point?

On The Bench

What do we do when our “normal” routine gets interrupted?

Waiting

Have you ever had something side line you from your normal routine? Something like:

  • An extended illness
  • A car “challenge” that left you without transportation
  • Losing your job
  • Being dumped by your significant other

Our routine is interrupted; our lives are thrown out of sync.

Olln Hall Bench
Used under CC-by-nc-sa permission.

This Summer

This is kind of how I feel this Summer. I’m not where I was. I’m not were I had planned to be. But here I am.

So what can I do?

 

Redeem The Time

We can make good use of this time. We can be productive. The key is to be creative.

So, what I’ve done is to get very involved. I’ve stepped up my service in a number of areas. I’m serving a whole lot more in almost every organization to which I belong. I’ve gone to two, sometimes three, events almost every weekend. I’m continuing to be sensitive to when God speaks into my life. In the mean time, I’m having fun.

Question

Have you had a time when your “normal” was interrupted? What did you do?

 

The Forgotten Productivity Tool

The Telephone

How many times have I gotten into an e-mail flurry back and forth with one other person?

How many times have I also CCed people who “might” be interested?

My  wise boss (who is one of the unfortunate recipients of the “might be” CCs) has “encouraged” me to PICK UP THE PHONE and call the person rather than e-mail back and forth.

Since practicing this discipline, my productivity has gone up.

What is your favorite productivity tool and why?