Down Time

Jeff  —  December 30, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is what every day has looked like since being in California.  No emails…no to do lists…no appointments…just time with my family to relax and prepare for the new year.  For the past several years I have had the opportunity of taking the week between Christmas and New Years off.  This is a week where I recuperate from the end of the year rush as well as take time to think ahead and set goals for the future.
As I am currently coming to the end of a great week off, I hope to begin January with important tasks accomplished.

Take a breather

Since I love sports analogies, this one resonates with me.  In the same way an athlete needs time to rest and prepare for the task that lies ahead, I must take time to rest from the busy season that I have found myself in so that I can regain strength to perform well in all areas of life.  Specifically, I hope to finish strong as I will receive my masters degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Since school has been so demanding, this week is a much needed rest.

Look back

This week is a time to reflect on the past year’s events and evaluate myself.  I can honestly say that I did many things well.  However, there are many areas in which I need to grow.  If I don’t take time to look into the rearview mirror, then I may overlook areas in my life that are not as good as they could be.

Look ahead

Looking back is only helpful if one purposes to look ahead.  During this week I hope to highlight key areas of my life where I desire to see the most growth and put a plan in place so that I see that growth occur in 2012.  These are what some would goals, but what I am speaking of is more detailed that simply writing goals down on a piece of paper.  More on this to come later.

For now I must finish drinking my Starbuck so that I can take that nap that I have been meaning to take.  Then it is off to dinner with family and a night of fun I am sure.  I love this week!

What do you do so that you are ready for the new year to start?  Leave some suggestions in the comment section. We could all learn from your insight.