When my husband was a grad student, former procrastinators, his desk was in the open center of our apartment. I pretty much drove him crazy with my interruptions. Finally one day, he grabbed a ball cap and held it up.
“You see this hat?” Nod. He yanked it onto his head. “When this hat is on my head, you may not speak to me.”
It worked! All I had to do was look in his direction and see if his pate was covered. If the hat was on, my tongue was still. He could work because I left him alone. (To his credit, he did not abuse the system.)
What’s your biggest challenge during this COVID-19 confinement? Maybe you have toddlers, school children, and employment competing under your roof. Your situation could be like ours was – a set up for clashing needs and wants.
Establishing or maintaining a structure or routine for the day is beneficial whether you live alone or have a busy houseful. Dressing for the day, maintaining chores, preserving work time. Routines help settle us and provide direction. They help hold us steady.
An introvert friend feels need for alone time. An extrovert friend, though with family, craves more people. Does employment still require attention? Is there lack of work and lack of income? Some situations are more serious than others. But each challenge calls us to pay attention to our God. Let’s not put Him off as we manage our difficult circumstances.
My biggest challenge is mild – but significant for someone prone to procrastinate. Mine is overcoming distraction away from goals because “I have extra time now.” Who knows? Though I projected eleven months for this photo segment, I still need to diligently focus now. It’s prime time to bear down.
To meet our challenges, we seek the Lord above all. These also help us manage: Updates without a constant stream of news. Technology – without making it life. A sense of humor. (I need a haircut!) Respecting and serving others.
What’s your biggest challenge? How do you deal with it?