Earlybird Was Right
By Debbie Faulkner
If you feel you have time to leisurely read
this column instead of skim it, this short
article probably isn't for you.
it's for people like me. People who feel prodded along by
too many things to do in too little time. People who regularly
repress little stabs of guilt about undone chores, unread
books and unphoned friends. People who are disappointed
that their busy schedules crowd out time to smell the roses.
always known I should do something about my busyness problem.
Self-help books on exercise, relationships and spiritual
disciplines, for example, have been helpful. But I've avoided
time management materials. Once I knew a time management
consultant who was a high-voltage, kinetic, Type-A personality
who always seemed to be in a hurry. That experience has
kept me away from time management books and seminars for
the past decade.
the problem of managing my time better persisted. Recently,
however, I've started something new, thanks to a recent
job that required that I be at my desk at 7:30 a.m., Monday
astonished I could actually do decent work so early. I was
equally astonished I could make it through to lunch without
slumping over my keyboard. And I was amazed at how much
I was getting done.
the job was completed, I decided to continue my early morning
habit working in my office at home. This is becoming my
new routine: be at my desk at about 7:30 a.m., maybe read
the paper for a half hour, then switch on the computer.
Again, I am amazed how much work I get done. I also notice
that working an extra hour in the morning energizes me instead
of tiring me out.
now I'm endeavoring to turn this new earlybird routine into
a habit. That will take a bit of time and effort, backed
up by prayer. But already I've noticed other changes sprouting
of their own accord because of this one small resolve to
start my day earlier.
instance, I've always made "to do" lists each
day, but now I find prioritizing my tasks comes more easily.
The number of unphoned people in my life is dropping.
seems to have eased up a bit too. I feel more in tune with
the invisible but real pace of life itself. Maybe that's
how farmers used to feel who left for their fields at sunrise
and returned home at sunset - satisfied. That feeling seems
to be growing for me, along with acceptance. A good day's
work, thoughtfully planned and prayed about, is fulfilling.
little wonders also impress me more often these days. Besides
smelling the roses, I'm also savoring more sunsets, trees
and clouds. Not so preoccupied with the undone, I'm freer
to feel life brushing against my face.
contentment, if that's what it is, isn't static though.
Out of it are welling new ideas and energy. Dreams and possibilities
are becoming fun to entertain gain.
all those possibilities don't look nearly as inviting at
6:30 a.m. when my alarm rings.
getting up a bit earlier change your life? I know it's changing
mine. Your timesaver may be different from mine. In fact,
it probably will be unique to you. The challenge is to realize
what it is. What little secret is life trying to share with
me, you may find the next step you need to take in time
management won't come from a book.
I told a friend that I was writing this article on time
management, he thrust a time management classic into my
hands. I did glance at some of the chapter titles - "Breaking
the Time Barrier", "Shield Your Energy",
and "The Birth of Vision." Someday I might read
those chapters, but right now I'm intrigued with my new
washable, plastic wall calendar. I've had it for over a
year, but only recently felt the nudge to put it up. Just
yesterday I started to jot down the obligations and opportunities
life seems to be mapping out for the next few months. Starting
to chart my life with a colored felt marker looks like it's
going to be fun.
Faulkner is a freelance journalist. For more information
about her writing services, contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org