There is this problem I have never been able to solve.
Every day should begin with prayer, and the right place for it is the first slot of the day – though in this winter season it is too dark to read in the first slot of the day, but if prayer and Bible reading are too long postponed, the reality is they may get pushed out of the day altogether. So, as near the first slot as light permits.
Everyone should take exercise, and my work is very sedentary. The best hour for my exercises is the first slot of the day – it makes sense, because I can exercise in my leggings and vest (undershirt not waistcoat), then wash and dress afterwards. If I wash and dress first, the day tends to take off and I don’t get my exercise done. It’s important to exercise before breakfast, too.
On the days when the Badger is home (he works away in Oxford half the week), I like to have breakfast with him, because once the day takes off we hardly see each other. He gets up early, and has his breakfast in that first slot of the day.
On an average day (like today) I need to space out my writing stints, to allow gaps for thoughts to develop and wise reflection to work like yeast through the pieces in hand. Today I have three writing tasks on the desk – a magazine article, then two Bible studies of a series. This evening, the Badger and I are travelling to London for the launch of a book he published, for which I acted as outside editor. We must catch a train mid-afternoon. So my writing tasks need to be in the bag by mid afternoon. Any time from 8am onwards, the day is peppered with interruptions. Today a tradesman is coming to lay a concrete base in the garden (more on that another day), the Abel & Cole veggie box will be delivered, and I must speak with my beautiful mama on the phone about the jaunt we have planned for her tomorrow morning (she is very excited about this). So it’s really important I get one of the three writing projects completed in the first slot of the day, to leave enough time realistically to complete the other two.
Do you see the problem?