Thursday, November 6, 2008
G -- I've been most consistent here. Several weeks before we started this, I began sitting with my daughter (20) each morning for some scripture reading and application. We've continued that faithfully and it has provided stability for me in this part of our quest. Grade: A
R -- Reading, listening, etc is not generally difficult for me, as I am a voracious consumer of ideas. Our quest for 30 GREAT days though has helped me improve my selectivity. By nature, I tend to be pretty indiscriminant -- wasting much time on materials that are NOT all that intellectually stimulating. Pretty consistent here too. Grade: A
E -- This has been the most visible change for me. I hate just about all forms of deliberate exercise except raquetball, swimming, and occasionally softball -- and rarely make time even for those. But I've done fairly well at taking time from my lunch breaks for a brisk walk outside. Grade: B- (but most improved!)
A -- Nearly a total miss here. Just seem to run out of time / energy / opportunity before I get to this most days. I did, just last night, get started on my intention to create some instructional screencasts on Linux topics though. First effort was too long -- but it was an effort. More to come! Grade: F
T -- It's been a pretty hectic and distracted time for me. Between the Election, Halloween, and an atmosphere of uncertainty at work I've had trouble focusing and performing at my peak. Grade: B-
In all, though, it's been a good thing. I'm forming habits that will help me be more the man I want to be. If you haven't joined it yet, I'd encourage you to consider it. Finish out our 30 days with us -- or start your own count. Spread the word -- and have a G.R.E.A.T. day :-)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Almost back up with everyone. After a weekend of watch cars turn left at a blistering 185 miles per hour for 800 miles I spent the entire day in bed. No really. I woke up after 8 a.m. and stayed in bed til 5 p.m. Got up to do the one thing on my task list for the last day of vacation (see below) and still managed a G.R.E.A.T. day. Let me approach this is reverse order today.
T - Tasks: My one job was to go pick up the dog from the sitter. I needed to get out of bed so I did. Dog is home and doing well.
A - Art: Managed a solid 30 at the six string. I now have 4 songs I can pick at with the 5 chords I know. Believe it or not, this is fun.
E - Exercise: 40 minutes on a brisk walk in the non-daylight saving time evening of this cetral Texas indian summer. I promise some cardio...some cardio. And while walking...
R - Read: ...that's right, I got further on my reading in ROTH. Good stuff.
G - God: Spent some of this beautiful evening just having a conversation with the creator. His presence was evident.
I hope you are getting as much out of this exercise as I am. I've discovered that I do alot more of the reading area then I have given myself credit for. I listen to 3-4 podcasts daily that all fill me with great thoughts from other people. I want to discipline actual reading more but I do get this area covered pretty well. This is an observation I had missed previously.
Catching up after a weekend at the races. I hope you had a great weekend.
G - God: Saturday I got to review Psalm 5 while sitting at the track getting ready for the Nationwide race. All I have to say about that is David is a warrior for sure. Sunday oddly enough the day got rolling early and went late into the night and I didn't get dedicated time hear.
R - Read: Continued on both Saturday and Sunday to get through Renovation of the Heart. Slow steady plodding and a great deal of insight from Dallas.
E - Exercise: For those who have attended a NASCAR event, I don't have to explain this area for Saturday and Sunday. But for those of you who haven't, I easily walked 3-5 miles in those two days and that does not include the 30 flights of the bleachers at the track. I got my exercise in.
A - Art: Managed some time with the guitar both days and I am developing some respectable pads on my finger tips.
T - Tasks: Saturday was about the the Nationwide race and some time with my high school and college buddy, Jim. Sunday was about the Sprint Cup race and hangin with my racing crew. We had a blast both days and my daughter got to watch her favorite drive win on Sunday.
In the end Saturday was G.R.E.A.T. inspite of the Longhorn loss and Sunday was R.E.A.T. My first miss on this adventure. I expected some and we keep marching on.
Hey, how are you doing?
Friday, October 31, 2008
Early entry for Day 3 as I'm heading this evening to the NASCAR races in Ft.Worth this weekend. So far day 3 is a G.R.E.A.T. day. Hope you are having a great day too.
G - God: Once I got up and around this morning I got to spend some real time with Psalm 4, and guess what? This is the "Evening" Prayer of Trust in God. Go figure. I was focused for some reason on vs 6 and 7.
Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say.
I have God's more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day"
Awesome thought for a great day.
R - Read: Did a little multitasking here. More in Renovation of the Heart while taking care of weekend needs. I could bore you to death on this book or I could simply get you to read it. Today the focus was mostly on the problem of modernity and humanism.
E - Exercise: I got the day rolling with about 20 minutes of Yoga. Once my non-vacation, normal life comes back during election day next week, I will make sure I add some cardio to this effort.
A - Art: Today a solid 30 minutes on the six string. Taught myself two new songs that should carry through the weekend.
T - Tasks: Today I needed to get some things ready for the weekend and make sure the dogs are covered while we are on the road. Everything is pretty much ready to go.
I will be at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and may be sketchy in my updating. Incase I don't get to it, could some of you keep the conversation going for me? Have a fun and safe Halloween and a great weekend.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
- God - Spend 20-30 minutes with God. This can be done in any number of ways and I will not attempt to nail down specifics here. Could be prayer, meditation, praise and worship, silence and solitude, or any other number of methods. The point is to spend the devoted time with God daily for 20-30 minutes or longer.
- Read - Read 20-50 pages of a good book. In order for me to grow and develop, I need to take time daily to expose myself to stimulating ideas from other people. My mother is a copy editor for a publishing company and always grouses about how little her adult children discipline and simply enjoy reading books. Now, I will be liberal here. An audiobook satisfies reading a good book for my purposes. I may even treat a trip to the movie theater as a book reading. I don't want to get hung up on the specifics of books here as much as I want this to represent exposing myself to the stimulating ideas of other people.
- Exercise - Spend 20-30 minutes in physical exercise. I've already explained the roundness of my shape and the lack of conditioning that is now manifesting itself in the form of high blood pressure. I simply ignore this area of my life. For this 30 day effort I want to reignite this part of my life. I will again be liberal here. There are lots of ways to get exercise in. I do not wish to make this whole great day thing difficult, but I do wish to see myself moving toward the things that are beneficial for my life.
- Art/Skill - Spend 30-60 minutes practicing my art or improving my skill. My wife picked up a guitar for my 41st birthday. I've started learning to play it, but I want to keep pushing myself here to really learn to play for my own enjoyment. I've opened this up to skill because anything that one wants to learn or improve at could be considered art. Art is often about reaching down inside of who you are and discovering what you are capable of or could share with the world around you. If I were a welder, I might want to practice turning that skill into it's maximum potential. If I were a juggler or wanted to be I could learn to improve this skill into something that truly inspires me and those around me. Maybe its quilting or darts or skydiving. Does it inspire you? Does it inspire others? If yes, it's art. For me, for now its the Takamine G-series in the corner of the room.
- Tasks/Todos - Manage the priorities of the day. For some the Todo list is the pinnacle of significance in the day. While it is important, this is an attempt to lower that importance from the top to the middle of the priority list. For some, the tasks of the day are overwhelming and hard to face. While it may seem overwhelming, we all know a little planning and attention to the job at hand can really help us get ahead in life. I will be loosely following the Demming Cycle of Plan, Do, Check, Act. I'm simplifying it for my purposes to Plan, Do, Review. Plan my tasks daily, Do my tasks, Review the results. The advice of Ivy Lee to Charles Schwab to number the daily list by importance and do them in that order is the practice I want to attempt here.
- Join me and try to have 30 great days of your own while I'm having mine. Come to the site and share how it's going for you.
- Come to the site and see how I'm doing. As I am going through this you could come encourage me. If you are trying to have your own 30 great days, then we can encourage each other.