Aug 25, 2023Liked by Miriam Hoffman

This is great. Gonna make me start thinking about why I have a list of habits to complete everyday. If I’m just going through the motions of an action, am I really getting the whole point of what the activity is trying to get to me?

Good stuff!

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"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

-Ephesians 5:15-17

I am struggling with the temptation to play video games again, as it is a way for me to escape reality in a desirable way, however I know it isn't productive. I have my systems unplugged and in storage - and my son occasionally will play, but we all love watching shows or games instead of interacting with each other. I am on Substack following you, Eric, Malcolm, and Ben to attempt to be more productive and interact with others in a meaningful way.

Have you continued eating breakfast with others, and what other meaning do you hope to gather from other routines in your life?

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Nicholas, I love that verse from Ephesians! Thanks for sharing your own journey here, too. I've found it helpful to focus on the outcome of a specific activity in its context, not necessarily labeling activities as inherently productive or unproductive--sometimes it's valuable for me to take time to watch a movie with my fiance, but at other times it would be a waste, such as if I did that instead of spending time working on my church's new building.

I have had some more breakfasts since then! Another routine I'm establishing is what I do when I get in my truck each time throughout the day since I spend a lot of time driving in my new job. Typically the first segment of driving I spend listening to some podcasts that help me refresh and get my mindset right for the day, and soak in some introvert time. Usually other drives throughout the day I spend calling teammates and mentally preparing for whatever other meetings I have. My next goal is to establish a better routine for the end of the workday to keep all my follow-ups organized.

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