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I was happy to get the email from Harold Shank. Harold and I
had been friends for years, but weâ€™d sort of lost touch.
Now he was editing book reviews for the Christian Chronicle,
and he wanted me to write one.
A lot of books were coming out on time management, organizing
and simplicity, and he would send them to me--to keep--if Iâ
€™d review a few. I had written a book on time management
decades earlier--one of the first to come out in the church. I was
pleased to learn that Iâ€™d been something of a pioneer and
flattered that my efforts hadnâ€™t been forgotten. Also, it
meant free books! How great was that!
Of course, I was doing my monthly website, and because that
made me seem like something of an expert to my boss at
Westchester Healthy Start, he had me putting together a website
for our nonprofit. I was working on a grant (but then, Iâ€™m
always working on a grant. Thatâ€™s my job.) I got a
freelance editing job for Pepperdineâ€™s business department
website and was working on the 990 tax form for Healthy Startâ
€™s first filing year. I was having the family for Thanksgiving
dinner, but everyone was bringing food, so all I needed to do
was the turkey.
In other words, while I was reading books on time management,
organization and simplicity, I was struggling to apply them to my
own life. I did manage to get the Chronicle review done among
all the other activities. Most of the books were very helpful, but
in the process, I shifted my focus from time management to
simplicity. It became less about specific methods for getting
things done and more about finding ways to simplify my lifestyle,
about finding peace.
I hope youâ€™ll find peace this year, as you consider the
articles on managing your time, organizing your possessions and
finding peace of mind. Iâ€™d love to hear from you about your
experiences with time and organization, and especially how you
find peace in this hectic, often stressful world. Just write me at b.