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Time Management, Ritual, and Liturgy

Peter Bregman from Harvard Business Review here suggests an 18-minute daily ritual to keep you stay focused:

  1. Begin your day by spending 5 minutes planning and setting your priorities for the rest of the day,
  2. Pause 1 minute every hour (for 8 hours) to check your progress and refocus,
  3. At the end your day spend another 5 minutes reviewing what had happened and learn from your mistakes.

He says: “The power of rituals is their predictability. You do the same thing in the same way over and over again. And so the outcome of a ritual is predictable too. If you choose your focus deliberately and wisely and consistently remind yourself of that focus, you will stay focused. It’s simple.”

Many people have a distaste for liturgy, thinking it is dull and suffocating to the spirit, but few realize the formative potential of an ordered ritual. Gordon Smith (former associate professor of spiritual theology at Regent College) once said that liturgy can make sure our worship is rightly offered to God and not self-indulgence or worshipping our own contructs. It is important because it is in worship that our theology is formed. Ritual is not a problem. Empty ritual is.

Related Books:
David F. Ford, The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life (Zondervan, 2002)
Simon Chan, Liturgical Theology: The Church As Worshiping Community (InterVarsity, 2006)
Kendra G. Hotz, Shaping the Christian Life: Worship and the Religious Affections (Westminster John Knox, 2006)

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