I haven’t been happy with myself lately. I feel like I’m not managing my time very well. I’ve got all these things going on and I feel like I’m doing all (well, maybe most) of them very crappily.
I’ve gotten a bit behind in my GTD system, which could be part of the problem. I skipped my weekly review for I don’t know how long, and it hurt. I got back on track this week, so hopefully I can make some good progress next week.
As a result of this poor time mangement, blogging has suffered.
I’ve lacked any creative energy lately as well. I realized it’s (probably) because I haven’t been reading much. Just picking up a book on Thursday made me feel better. Literally, picking it up, not even opening it. I plan to do some reading for pleasure today.
I have enjoyed watching college basketball, which is probably the one thing that is taking up more of my time than I realize.
I’m picking Tennessee to win tonight.
Duke disappointed me last week.
I want to go to the Final Four sometime in my life.
My friend from high school, Matt Kingsley, is the center for the Stephen F. Austin basketball team and was on Fox Sports Southwest Thursday. It was fun to watch him on TV.
I have become increasingly interested in the political race lately. I’m not so much interested in the candidates or the”politics” of politics (if you get what I mean), but with policy. It intrigues me the different ways that people want to try to “fix” the problems in America.
I have taken pride over the last few years that I had gotten past the conservatism of my youth and become more moderate. But now I think I really am a conservative. And I’m not talking about abortion, war, and federal marriage amendments. If I could sum up my position, it is “less government is better.” While I think many of the things politicians want to do are good things, just because they are good doesn’t mean that the government should do them.
I’d like to do some reading about some of this stuff, but don’t even know where to start. I need to talk to Noah, the political science major.
I think I’d like to run for some kind of public office some day. Well, scratch that. I think I’d like to be in public office some day. The schmoozing required to run does not appeal to me at all. Which means that you’ll probably never see Matt Cleaver in office. But who knows?
Speaking of reading more about political type things, I’ve decided I want to expand my reading to include new genres. I need to start some kind of reading program. I really enjoy reading theology-type books, but I need to expand past that. In an ideal world I would have five books going at once:
One theology/ministry book for pleasure
Another book for pleasure
A book related to my ministry at Hope
A book to review for ymexchange.com
Reading for class
Yeah, don’t know if I can swing five books at once. I guess the key would be setting aside specific time in my week to read the appropriate books so two or three of them don’t sit on my nightstand for 3 months.
Speaking of class, I am taking my first online couse for my degree program. It is a survey of the prophets. Right now we are reading two books. I don’t like one. The other is okay. We’ll see how this online learning business works out.