- In the music team at church (3 hours Thursday, plus an average of 6 hours Sun)
- My Wed night cell group (3 hours), and writing Bible studies for them (6 hours)
- Monday night cell group (3 hours)
- Tuesday night NAVS group (4 hours)
- Gym (3 hours)
- Church leader's small group (3 hours every 6 weeks)
- Crazy random church events that I keep on getting roped into.
- My two thesis supervisors to do my presentation (about 16 hours total including prep) and write a paper (heaps of hours)
- Lecturer of MATH171 for tutoring 7.5 hours a week.
- Lecturer of ENME211 for tutoring CAD 3 hours a week, and marking about 20 hours of assignments (must do before 23 Aug, giving me two weeks)
- Lecturer of ENCH263 for marking 40 exam papers - probably take about 30 hours total (must do before 23 Aug, giving me two weeks)
- God - trying to do 20-30 hours a week of recording music - needless to say this is not currently not happening at all
- God - trying to do the whole morning quiet time/prayer/bible reading thing, also not currently happening much
- Youth music team - heaps of hours
- Cajz - trying to get album made and released (this is also taking plenty of time)
- Friends - I think I have to make time for friendship in here...
*sigh* I can't do it all... I'm not doing even close to all that - it's just not possible. When I've finished the marking, presentation, and paper perhaps things will settle down a little. But I've been holding out for the music thing for sooooo long - we're talking 2 years of planning to do this... and now I have the chance and my time is being hungrily eaten by all these other nice things. Is it good to spend 2 years building up to a project and then not getting a chance to do it because you had your time too spread over other things?
Church is eating up my time like an insidious lizard with a large gluttonous mouth, and I am starved.
Don't get me wrong, I want to do all that I'm involved in... for different reasons. But I can't help but think I need less responsibility. But what do I do? I guess youth music team is probably the first to go - they just assume I'm able to play whenever they want at 5 hours notice anyway, cursed cell phone technology. Wed night cell group is probably the next, as much as I love teaching them and learning myself, and possibly NAVS. I might just flag the thesis paper - it seems unrequired at this state. I might also be able to palm off some marking - that would be nice, but I need the cash because I'm trying to be self-sufficient this year. The Cajz thing remains on the back-burner as always, regrettably along with spending time with God and the Bible.
Ideally, this is how I'd break down my week:
- 35 hours music
- 10.5 hours tutoring - no marking
- 1 hour each day with God and the Bible (7 hours)
- Monday night cell (3 hours)
- Tuesday NAVS (4 hours)
- Church music team (6 hours)
Perhaps I shall have to not be so overcommitted, as it is driving me literally mad. Perhaps I shall have to strike down the time-gluttonous church lizard and give my stupid marking the old heave-ho... go back to being broke, go back on my committment - that sounds so wrong - it's not a committment unless you're committed to it... *sigh again*
I wouldn't have trouble if my music committment was for someone ELSE... that would be easy to defend spending the time when it's for someone else. But I am my own master with recording music, and others don't see any responsibility there - "no, you don't need to commit yourself to your own work - only someone else's," they think... "Sure, God might be saying 'do music', but I better to what the church wants first... and if there's no time left well that's too bad."
It happened to my sister... she ended up feeling like she was no longer serving the church, but chained to it. It's happened to a few other people I know in music teams and ministry. Surely it shouldn't be like that?
That's another hour gone, =) I best get to work.