#AdventWord 2019: 3 Time

2014 07 31 sculpture in the city Time here becomes space

Today’s #AdventWord Time made me think of plans, calendars and schedules. It won’t surprise anyone who knows me that I have multiple to do lists, calendars for each ‘hat’ or role/client, not to mention lists of lists. They’re all reviewed regularly, in theory so nothing falls through – although of course it does. As I trust the calendar – it can mean that things go wrong when the calendar is wrong…. but that’s all part of life!

I see the schedules, checklists and calendar as creating space, I don’t spend time wondering what I’m doing today as it’s already planned. I trust that the past-me who sat and planned out the week, knew what they were doing, and that there is margin included for all the extras that appear in my day.

When I do mentoring I tell my clients to be nice to the future-you who will be grateful for the work you are doing now. Preparation and thinking now will mean less work later, thinking through and creating policies and procedures at a time where there isn’t a crisis is so much nicer than doing in the middle of one after all.

When I do clerk support – I supply a calendar spreadsheet (download it from here), which builds up to be a record of what needs doing when, and when it was done. Most maintenance jobs – whether physical or administrative repeat on a schedule and once that’s recognised you can put it onto the calendar and it will remind you, so you don’t need to remember. Although you do need to look at the calendar of course!

Atul Gwande’s book the Checklist Manifesto showed that a checklist makes even the most efficient and accurate person or team that bit more efficient and accurate. Important if you are a surgeon or pilot, but also important whatever you are doing.

Donate & Get a Book

LTW-500I have just finished this book and found it fascinating. I’ve read the previous two books and enjoyed them as well.

Todd asks really good questions and gives examples of the types of situations he’s found – all of which make you think about how you structure your life and work.

For this book I took part in the author led book club which has deepened the experience. I took notes, have quoted pieces to clients and even linked this to the journalling I’ve been doing with my Qf&P reading.

“Work, then, becomes about more than checking off tasks and pushing through projects. Instead, it is a means to carve a place in the world and create value that lasts.”

As a Quaker trying to balance work and spiritual life to ensure both infuse the other I’ve found this book and the process of working through it inspiring and valuable.

So, I’ve recommended it to several friends already – and now to you.


Well, there now is a good reason to buy the book on Thursday, October 15th. Which is this Thursday.

Why then?

Todd Henry will give away his royalties and match them for any copy sold that day.

From the Todd Henry website – click the link to find out more about him and this project.

I’m donating all of my royalties from copies of Louder Than Words sold on October 15 to International Justice Mission, to help give voice to the voiceless around the world.

I’m even matching them (up to 1,000 copies), which means I’ll donate $5 per book sold.

Will you help me?

You can download the first couple of chapters from Todd’s website for free – and if you like it.

Please consider buying a copy on Thursday and sending a copy of the receipt (removing any financial identifiable information of course) or a copy of the email if you’ve bought it on-line to Todd.

I make no profit from this post – but wanted to share the book and the donation details.

There will be posts that use the ideas I’ve enjoyed in the book I’m sure.