The number of very productive and helpful blogs on the Biblioblogs list causes me to wonder: How do they do it?
First of all, it is nearly impossible for me to keep up with reading all the posts I want to (not to mention the rabbit trails they lead to). Many of them are well researched and notated, how do the authors find the time to be so productive online? What about teaching or other jobs? I look at my own set of circumstances and sometimes feel overwhelmed or frustrated at my attempts to work on various projects. I want to know how some of you manage your schedules and how you prioritize.
Here’s my situation:
- I work 20 hours a week. Occasionally during that time I can be online, but mostly not.
- I want to swim/bicycle/run several times a week. Exercise is a priority and I am trying very hard for it to not be crowded out (as has been easy to do in the past).
- I am married and have extended family very nearby. This means that there are things we do together that add events into my schedule. I am very grateful for family time and even for the opportunity to teach several of my young grandchildren Hebrew starting in August.
- We own a house. My deck is currently in pieces waiting for me to finish putting it back together. There is a garden to tend. My husband helps with household tasks, but the bulk of that responsibility is on my plate (for various reasons).
- I have a dissertation to finish!
- I have several other writing projects. These include some reviews I am writing, three papers for presentations in the fall, and research/analysis/writing for a section in a book.
- Reading, reading, reading. This is not a chore, but finding the time to do it sometimes is.
- I have a blog (obviously). My list of draft posts is rapidly growing, while my list of published posts grows slower than I desire.
- Sleep and rest. I’m convinced that 8 hours of sleep is physiologically (and mentally) best, but how to fit it in seems to elude me.
- Working on Hebrew.
I also like to bake bread, make tofu, and cook. Add to that Church, visiting friends, hiking, and things like shopping at the Durham Farmers’ Market and you start to see that my list of “priorities” greatly exceeds the amount of daily time I have.
OK, so how do you use your time? How much do you sleep? When do you read (and how much)? I want to hear from people like John Hobbins, Mike Aubrey, Jim West, Ros Clarke, and Daniel & Tonya (to name just a few). Be practical. I need to learn from you!