Something that I’ve been interested in for a while is the idea of having a routine to my work and prayer, such that I don’t feel rushed and stressed, and that everything gets done, and my relationships with God, family and friends don’t suffer.
Here are some great articles that have influenced my thinking.
On getting up early:
This is going to be a big one this year. I’d really like to start getting up at 5 or 5:30, and using that time for prayer and/or study, so that I can relax with my family in the evenings, and actually contribute to family life, by cooking dinner, chilling with everyone, etc.
Five reasons you should wake up early: http://brandonvogt.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-wake-up-early/
A night owl asks if it is objectively better to get up early: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jennifer-fulwiler/a-night-owl-asks-is-it-objectively-better-to-get-up-early/
Admitting that I can’t do everything:
I’m going to have to take stock of all the things I need to get done, prioritise them, and make sure I don’t underestimate how long it takes to get stuff done. I really like the idea of scheduling in extra time for a leisurely breakfast outside on the veranda in the crisp morning air!
Making God the focus of my day:
I obviously won’t be able to incorporate all these ideas, but it’s great food for thought.
The Domestic Monastery: http://www.conversiondiary.com/2012/11/the-secret-of-the-domestic-monastery.html
Prioritising the Liturgy of the Hours: http://www.conversiondiary.com/category/special-series/liturgy-of-the-hours
The last link is actually a series of posts, so if you keep scrolling down you will find there are quite a number of articles on this topic.
(Lots of these come from Jen Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary, if you hadn’t noticed. Her thoughts on deliberate, intentional change of lifestyle from a Catholic perspective are ones I really identify with.)
When I’ve decided on a definite plan, I’ll let y’all know! One things holding me back is that I haven’t found a job yet, and uni hasn’t started, so I can’t completely plan my week out.