Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wasting Resources

Of course, I am all about knowing what my resources are and how I can properly using them. You girls know that :)

But, I have noted lately that I have to be as equally aware of how I waste my resources on a regular basis!  And I do, alot!

Some things I have noted myself, that I feel dont use my time resources the BEST ...

* TV..that is big one for me. I waste alot of time watching things that dont refresh or nurture my resources!
* The internet ...yikes ...I have really be guilty of this as of late. I have so enjoyed blog hopping, tip searching, book researching, emailing, facebooking ..etc. BUT is not always the best use of my resources
* Reading ..I love to read, and have been known to read a great book straight through lunch for my kids, or sacrifice puzzle/game time with my little ones to finish a chapter!
* Being on the phone ...talking to girlfriends is great, but it is not always the best use of my resources at a particular time

Now, I want to stress that these things in and of themselves are good things, and often ways that they can refresh our resources and help us to manage our limited resources well.  But, not always.

I can also waste resources in other ways, by thinking on negative things (mental resources), over or undereating (physical resources), not sticking to my budget (financial resources), piling up laundry on my couch til I have more loads than I can reasonably handle at one time (cough, cough) ..etc.

I have learned to use my stress as a guide when considering the misuse of my resources ...if I start feeling tension or overwhelmed while I am doing things I mentioned, I ask myself if it is because there is something more important, more appropriate, more productive or generally better that I should be doing.

If God has given me everything I need, then I gotta make sure I am using everything properly and not misusing it when He has intended something different with that resource.

Argh ..I am preaching to myself here! I have wasted quite a few resources the past several days as I have been having a hard time getting motivated to do some of the things around my house that needs doing, have been fretting over things I have no control over, spent alot of time on the internet ....

What about you? Do you have any "resource waster" confessions to make?


  1. When I saw your post title, Ephesians 5:16 immediately popped into my head (Thank you, ACE homeschool curriculum! :P ) :Redeeming the time because the days are evil.

    I am currently struggling to give my "sleep" resource proper use - by going to bed earlier so I can wake up and get a few things done - earlier!, so I can use my day better... and you know the cycle :P

  2. I've been working on (and struggling through) decluttering and destressing. Last night as I was surfing the web, mostly blogs, my hubby said that even blogging can be just cluttering my mind and time. He know I try to just go to meaningful, helpful blogs, but then I hop, hop, hop..... and before long I've been on the computer way too long. Then I go to bed TOO late and am grumpy and hard to wake up the next day.


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