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This year has been a hectic year.  It is only to get worse!  I have the following occurring in this year alone:

  • Son getting married (this week)
  • Daughter getting married
  • 25th Wedding anniversary
  • I turn 50
  • I am starting a new Part-Time Job
  • I am trying to start a new service at church
  • I am running a half-marathon
  • My youngest daughter is an Indian Princess (lots of outings)

Add to this all of the other stuff we do in life, and you get the picture, I am busy.  The only way I know how to combat this problem is planning.  I do so much better when I plan.  You must plan!  Why?  Because if you don’t plan your life, someone else will plan it for you!

I have gotten out of the habit of planning weekly, succumbing to the tyranny of the urgent.  I have found that when I don’t plan the week, I am unable to get the big rocks in and the little rocks move out the more important things I need to do.

So here are ten steps to plan your week:

  1. Set aside a block of uninterrupted time
  2. Block all of the places you HAVE to be and the things you have to do
  3. Determine the 3 – 5 most important things to get done, and then schedule them into your calendar
  4. Your faith and family are the most important things in your life, so schedule them before you schedule anything else.
  5. Schedule as much as you can, meals, exercise, reading and even TV watching
  6. Schedule “To Do” time into your schedule.  All of those tasks that need to be done can be scheduled into a time slot during the week.
  7. Schedule down time, if you don’t you won’t have any.
  8. Show your schedule to your spouse or significant other and see if your schedule is realistic.
  9. Now actually FOLLOW your schedule
  10. Evaluate weekly.

It takes me less than an hour and saves many more, do it and see how it can help you.  When I don’t plan I waste more time and spend more money.  Try it with your menu and anything else in your life where you need to be disciplined!

Let me know it goes. Until next time, peace.



Planning Your Next Year with Purpose!

A new year is almost upon us, have you done any planning for it yet?  If not, why not?  Research  shows that we get more done, are more productive and achieve our goals at a higher rate when we plan our time.  Not only do we need to plan our days and weeks, but we need to set yearly goals.  Have you set yours?  We only have a month until the end of the year, if you don’t plan, someone will plan your life for you!

So with that in mind, here are some ideas for you to get started.

Start with the year in mind.  What do you want to accomplish in the next year?

  • I am running a half and full marathon, but to get that done I have to start planning now.
  • I am pushing 50 (next October), so I need to think about my diet.  My wife and I have started a diet plan, counting calories and lots of veggies

 Your financial well-being, how is it?

  • How much do you want to save?
  • How much do you want to invest?
  • How much do you want to give?
  • You need to plan ahead, budget

Personal Growth?

  • Are you growing as a person?
  • What books are you reading?
  • What websites are you learning from?
  • What can you do to be better than you are today?

These are just a few of the areas you need to start planning for now? There are others:

  •  What if you started off the year with a clear plan and purpose?  How much better would 2014 be than 2013?
  •  Or perhaps you need to continue your growth from this year.

If that is the case, the time is now to get started.  Don’t waste the time around the holidays, use it to plan a better 2014.  Need help?

Contact me and I would be happy to help you in 2014.

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This past week my wife and I were having a, well, discussion.  It lasted for a few days.  Actually there was no discussion because we both were disgusted with the other.  As is our want, we finally came back together with a note written.  My wife was the first to write me (I am too stubborn I have been told).  I reciprocated.  I was not very happy when I read her note.  She dared criticized me, can you believe it.

After I got over my righteous indignation I came away realizing she was correct.  In a nutshell, she told me I am too serious and don’t take the time to have fun.  I got to thinking about this and I realized she was right (as she normally is).  I don’t, we don’t, take the time to have fun.  You see I am a school teacher and a part-time youth pastor.  I am busy!  I don’t have time for all of this frivolous stuff we call fun Continue Reading…

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I know that last week was the first week of the New Year, but for me, the year begins today.  I teach school and this is the first day of the new year for me.  So I have always treated the the first day back to school as the first day of my New Year!  I have several plans and goals for the year (I will post later), Continue Reading…

Plan, Plan, Plan

November 25, 2012 — Leave a comment







I had a great Thanksgiving!  My sister was here along with her husband and kids.  Aside a mystery “vomiter” we have a great time.  I smoked a turkey (podcast about it, click here to hear) and Missy made all of the trimmings.  We did our usual, “What are you most thankful for this year” at the dinner table and settled into a glorious meal sure to make the skinniest among us fat.  After dinner I retired to the living room for football and promptly fell asleep.  I was up early, but did awake long enough to see the Cowboys lose.

However, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to plan for next year Continue Reading…


November 16, 2012 — Leave a comment














It is hard to achieve anything without commitment.  You can want something very badly or say your purpose is for that thing, but without the commitment to act on it, you will never achieve it.  Often things sound good, I want to lose ten pounds, but saying it don’t make it so.  You must commit to acting upon it to achieve it.

If you read my previous post you may know that I am doing a “Radical Experiment” through my youth group at church.  We read the book Radical and doing the challenge at the end of the book.  You can read about it here. We had nine of us wanting to get “radical” but most have not followed through with the commitment it takes to get radical.  The idea is great and potentially life-changing, but it takes commitment to see results.  It is like a workout regimen, unless you commit to doing it even when you don’t feel like it, Continue Reading…

how-muchHappy Birthday to me. This Thursday I turn 48 years old.  It doesn’t seem possible to be two years from that magic age of 50.  Who ever thought about being 50 when you were in your teens, twenty’s for even thirties.  Now I struggle keeping those ten pounds off, worrying about my retirement and cajoling my children to become responsible adults.  What happened to that young man who stayed out late and got up late.  Now I am rarely in bed past 0630 and often am asleep by 10:00.  But that is okay, it happens.  But what shouldn’t happen is that life beats you down.

I have been thinking about “How Much” lately.  How much more time do I have?  How many new things can I do?  48 means I have fewer years to live than I have already lived.  So in the next few days I will be posting some of my “How Much’s” and encourage you to join me, no matter how old you are.

The plan is to set some goals by 50, two years for me, and see how many I can achieve.  A hint, one includes a motorcycle.  We will see.  I don’t want my purpose to be waiting for retirement in my older days, I want to be the most Purposefulu in the next 40 years.

I have three books on my coffee table right now.  I plan to read each one to find more purpose in my life. Each is one that represents three of the four core areas of life:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual
The three books are:

Well, maybe the Dave Ramsey book isn’t directly related to and area, but it is a sub area. After all the area of finances is what drives most Americans.  After all, we spend four years in college to earn a degree to earn some money.  And most of don’t handle it very well once we get it.  This book teaches us how to handle money better, so I am re-reading it.

As for the other two books: Radical and Body For Life, are books that deal directly with Spiritual and Physical realms of life.  I did the Body for Life years ago and had remarkable results.  I am not feeling great physically, so I think it is time to jump start my system.  I took my blood pressure tonight, and it is too high.  I have gained some weight and it is time to get serious.

As for the book Radical, well I started reading it and quit, why?  Too challenging to me at the time.  I am in a dry place, spiritually speaking, so it is time to shake up my spiritual system too.

Where are you in these areas of your life?  Could you use a jump start?  Find a book, a system or create your own and shake it up.  If you don’t do it for yourself no one else will.  So here I go, I am eager to see what the future brings.  Come with me and see what you can do to change your life and gain more purpose in your life.








I talked about my goals for the summer and my plans in podcast #7.  Well here they are:

Summer Goals

  • 3 camping trips
    • Ft. Davis
    • South Llano
    • Guadalupe Park
  • Golf – Teach
    • 20 rounds
    • 10 with boys
    • 5 with girls
  • Reading
    • Tribes
    • Leaving Ruin
    • Teach like a Champion
    • Crush it
    • Platform
    • Halftime
    • Graceful
    • Poke the Box
    • Patriots Guide to American History
    • Rework
    • The Art of Noncomformity
    • EntreLeadership
    • Margin
    • Thou Shall Prosper
  • Learn to make wordpress themes
  • Learn to make apps
  • Organize Photos
  • Reengage with 3 friends
    • Friend #1
    • Friend #2
    • Friend #3
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Let me know how you plan to use your summer by leaving a comment below.





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