I have spent today de-cluttering at home. Physically that has involved sorting through lots of our personal filing and other junk that for some reason we have kept. Who knows why cos most of it is now in shredded piles or just in the recycling.
I have also done some much needed sorting of some work files, which I brought home with me yesterday in an attempt to keep focused on just that task. I find if I start on a de-cluttering or filing job at the office, some bits of what I am tidying set me off on another task and I never get the original task finished. Anyone else like that?
So anyway, I got all the piles shredded, tossed out or filed and also got my email inbox down from 60 emails needing attention to just 20 which aren't urgent and will just stay in the inbox for reference for a while or until something is resolved. Until I get the next influx, but hey...
Pretty pleased with myself, but it's no where near as tidy as this office in the picture
...which I'm glad I didn't read about before I started on this task today otherwise I might have given up before I got going!
But once again, the issue of minimalism and decluttering rears in my mind and it is so clear to me how frustrated I get when my work and head space is not in order...once I had done the filing, sorted the piles of stuff and prioritised what was left, I whizzed through my inbox at record speed cos I knew where certain bits of info where and I didn't need to waste time on the searching.
My plan from today:
Set aside days for sorting, filing and decluttering on a regular basis, not just when it seeps out the front door.
Get much more of my work material in an online format - only print where necessary.
Acknowledge to others that I work better this way - and be accountable.
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You really have to read this post - for me it summarises so much of the frustrations of Twitter as a medium of connection with others but also shows just how much we need this kind of immediacy to actually engage with the issues. Tim Leeson in this brilliant post talks through a whole heap of issues with a keen mix of humility, certainty, a wee touch of arrogance but none the less insightful and deserving of a snippet of your time...comments welcome, on Twitter and on here!
"I recently criticised comedian Tim Minchin on Twitter:
be hanging out with my daughter and working in the quiet moments (and evenings, and early mornings!) It's amazing how you can work your 37 hours around times when no-one else is awake!!
I've blogged over at www.funkydoofamily.blogspot.com about some of what we've been up to for fun this weekend...take a look!
Andy has some cycling trips planned this week: a full day today up Colchester way and an overnighter on Wednesday to Lowestoft.
So, I'm working around Matilda and I have arranged a few playdates for her so I can get my teeth into a couple of other 'start of term' projects that require less distraction!
As well as just being at home, playing and chilling and doing crafts and watching TV, we're going to make the most of our Barleylands season ticket on Thursday and towards the end of the week, doing some baking for my dad's 60th this weekend.
I'm feeling pretty on top of things work-wise having had some good stints in the office last week, although I had a few 'desirable' projects like collating my Youthwork magazine back-catalogue so I could find things a bit easier - but that might not happen!
I also have a new boss, as Basildon Deanery, which is half of my job, has a new Area Dean. So one of my afternoons this week will be spent with Margaret who I know well already. It will be good to chat and pray and set some priorities for the start of the new academic year.
So, that's my week - what about you?? How's it looking? Any exciting things happening? Work or fun - or both??
After my visit to Pilgrimage in early June, I have been thinking a lot about church/Jesus planting, particularly through a small group (in Order of Mission/LifeShapes language this is a Huddle).
One of the other delegates from the conference, who I referenced in some of my other posts has recently added to his blog with this post about How to Plant a Church. It brings together, in a really practical way some of my own wondering and thoughts about 'how do we do this?'
All this thinking goes on in the midst of Andy's continuing exploration of ordained ministry in the Anglican Church - we had an important meeting as a family yesterday - as well as in the crazy humour of the new Rev sit com on BBC2 which premiered last night! A series of crazy contrasts...and yet the call to the church, in it's variety remains.
Reading Rachel Marzalek on Revise Reform today got me thinking about my love or otherwise for the Anglican Church...it's an ever fluctuating relationship! She writes of an experience on the streets and praying and choosing to engage with those around her - including a Christadelphian lady. She embarked on her afternoon with only £1.50 in her pocket and her feet and mouth and ears as a resource. Her conclusion challenged me to think about the Church of England as a 'mouthpiece' and whether I am indeed grateful for that...I've copied her final paragraph her for you but would encourage you to read the whole post:
I need to unpack all of this, think about what it is God is doing using the Church of England as his mouth-piece, very grateful that he is and that it is something unthreatening to most people. I am left reflecting on the generosity of our faith, its ability to listen to others, its hermeneutical openness and its great process of discernment, the traditions of the last two thousand years by which we have arrived at our doctrine. I am grateful that the voices are many, that the view of God is wide and expansive, that those theologians each reveal something which we can wrestle with. I am grateful that I do not have to follow the interpretation of one man a couple of hundred years ago but that the Anglican faith has wrestled and listened and considered and continues to do so. I am grateful for a living God, who lavishes his children with Spiritual blessings, who is powerfully at work in our lives so that we can feel it, that his word is a living word, pointing to Jesus Christ and that we come to understand it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
wife to Andy, mum to Matilda and Isaac, Youth Ministry Adviser for the Anglican church in Essex, loving life and tea and organising...!