Put it on your calendar. 

That’s what I suggested to a friend about his desire to spend time reading the Bible. That’s because I decided to try it myself. I’ve talked before about my morning coffee with God. It’s a good time, not out of obligation but necessity. I need to look at the Bible in the morning.

But I realized recently that although I get up every morning at 5:30, my specific time of sitting in the chair is pretty loose. I can sit for a long time in front of the computer before I sit in the chair. And that sitting in front of the screen isn’t particularly helpful.

So I decided to put a couple of appointments on my calendar. God at 5:45, writing at 6:00. My phone buzzes and I’m reminded. And I move to the chair, away from the computer.

You know the feeling. There are appointments that you want to keep and you set an alarm to remind you. It’s not that you don’t want to go, but that our brains need help. It’s not out of a sense of obligation but a sense of needing to be reminded of this commitment in the middle of the fog of early morning.

It may not work for you. It may feel too structured. I understand. But I know that I can forget to go home without setting a reminder. I can forget our weekly staff meeting, a couple of weekly mentoring conversations, and other commitments unless I set a reminder.

So I’m remembering to read and listen better these days. And by scheduling writing time, after 6 months of procrastination, I finally reproofed and fixed some little things in the print version of A Great Work (my Nehemiah book).

Let me know if you’ve tried something like this.

 (I got the idea of scheduling even these routine acts from this sermon about getting control of your schedule by Bill Hybels.)

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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