Spirituality & Personal Growth
The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending informational resources for all bishops. Spirituality & Personal Growth focuses on specific resources such as:
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Work-Life Balance & Personal Growth
Tech hardware adds to the pile of junk that sparks no joy in our lives. Everyone has a drawer full of ancient cellphones, tangled-up wires and earphones that are never touched. And the things we do use every day, like charging cables strewn around the house, are an eyesore. So here’s a guide to tidying up your technology physically and digitally, including tips from professional organizers.
Most of us manage our time the same ways: by writing to-do lists and prioritizing the items on those lists. We decide upon our priorities by assessing the relative urgency and importance of our tasks. But there’s a third criteria to consider: significance. Rather than asking “What’s the most important thing I can do today?”, ask yourself “What’s the most important thing I can do today that would make tomorrow better?”
We are a society almost totally under the power of the ceaseless, obsessive American work ethic. We forego vacation time, anxious to prove that we’re indispensable. We drive ourselves to burnout. The demon is chasing us over a cliff. Abbot Philip and his brother monks manage to tame the demon of this work ethic by limiting their labor while they pursue higher goods. We who live in what monks simply call “the world” need to learn their strategies for spiritual combat.
How to gain control of your free time
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."
In this archived interview, Eugene Peterson discusses the trend toward "clergy self-care." He says the most important thing he did as a pastor was, rather than "protecting" himself from his congregation and their needs and demands, he sought to foster a collaborative relationship.
At a time when technology seems to offer more and more ways to organize busy lives, this refreshing article credits the simple pocket notebook as the best way to gather and process the information overload we experience every day.