Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What the Bible taught me about my job . . .

A few days ago, I was studying the creation of the world. As I did, I said a prayer that I normally do when I study the gospel. I asked the Lord to help me learn something applicable to my life. I don't know what I was expecting, but I got something.

As I pondered the creation, it hit me. It's all about ORGANIZATION. Lately I've been worried about going up for third year review here at Oklahoma State University, and I've been trying to get some articles out. Quite frankly, it's been overwhelming. I can't seem to focus long enough to get ANYTHING done, much less the articles. And the other day one of my former graduate students, Chris Duke (who writes EdTechatouille and MUVE Forward), called me about how you go about getting things done. I told him I didn't know, but when he found out he should let me know. Well, as I read about the creation, I began to think about how HUGE of a task it must be to create a world. Bear with me here: It would be too much to think I have to create the world today, but if you think: today I have to separate light from darkness, it isn't so bad. Organization will help take the overwhelming out of it all.

The problem is I'M NOT AN ORGANIZED PERSON. Not even close. I've also used that as an excuse why my office is messy or why I'm not a "detail person," but now I realize that it's not an excuse at all. I have to do what I have to do.

Along those lines, today I ran across the following video about organization and time management.




It doesn't necessarily give me anything that I'm going to implement in my own life, but it seems that the Lord is really trying to teach me something here. I remember taking classes from David Merrill and he talked about scheduling time for everything, and he did. He checked e-mail once a day (and I assume he still does). I tell you what, I'd sure have a lot more time if I checked e-mail only once and my feedreader only once.

What do you do to stay organized?

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