The Strangest Thing

I have noticed the strangest thing.

The more “free” time I have, the harder it is for me to get things done.

Since I left my job at Thomas Nelson three weeks ago, I have felt more behind than ever. My inbox certainly isn’t anywhere near zero. My blog has been for-all-practical-matters abandoned. And my life, and my home, are just plain messy.

I wouldn’t say I have been wasting time…exactly.

In fact, my priorities seem crystal clear.

For once in my life, I haven’t been all about “getting things done.” But rather “loving others well.”

And so I’ve chosen waiting in line in the Texas heat so that my three nieces can experience the magic that is an In-N-Out burger,  juggling two leashes and my favorite 3-almost-4 year old for an evening stroll around the block so that the dogs can go “poopie”, and listening to Macon {the 9-year-old skeptic} and Anne Shelton {the 7-year-old daredevil} recount their first-and-totally-epic trip to Six Flags Over Texas.


And hopefully the other things can wait…

Do you have a hard time getting things done in your “free” time?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://bohemianbowmans.com/ Jessica

    Yes!  I have definitely noticed this about my free time.  My personality errs on the side of lazy though.  The more time I have, the less I focus it productively. :/

  • Joy

    I’ll let you know in two weeks when my vacation is over!

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Happy vacationing!

  • http://amykiane.typepad.com/ Amy Nabors (@amykiane)

    This is my struggle as a stay at home mom who works part time. All the projects I want to do just never seem to get done. Self discipline is not my strongest trait.

  • http://www.fredmckinnon.com fmckinnon

    Free time?  What’s that!?

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Haha! Quit your job and you too can find out ;)

  • http://www.thistreasuredlife.com Amy D.

    It was easy for me to get things done when I was working. As soon as I quit, that went out the window! 

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    It is a hard balance isn’t it? Seems when there is less structure it’s harder to keep up with goals and tasks… but, I’d say that life is way better when it’s that blend of experiences and execution. Live it up. Enjoy the moments. The other stuff will get done, eventually. :)

  • Anonymous

    I get jack squat done when I have too much free time! That is what I have struggled with ever since quitting my job to stay home last fall. I have yet to find the “new balance” that I keep seeking. I like what you’re saying about focusing on loving people instead of checking off a to-do list. I’m going to think about that one some more…

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Maybe the “new balance” is unbalance. :)

  • Lisa Whittle

    Love this, Lindsey.  And SO relate. :)

  • http://patalexander.com Pat Alexander

    Lindsey, I have this problem when there is not the rigorous travel schedule that I am used to is not in place as it has not been all of this year due to various health issues in my family. There are not the usual hard deadlines that I must reach each week to get on with next week. While I still have customers and I am working I find it difficult to stay focused and not be distracted by the many other things available for me to do except cleaning my house. Always has been last, probably always will. It is always here when there is nothing else to do. Enjoy the break and embrace life. I had almost forgotten how.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is….yep. The less I have to do, the less I get done.

  • RoniGayle

    I have such an incredibly hard time! I have taken off the last two weeks to get myself together emotionally and feel about where I began. Oh well. Guess that’s the way it goes.
    Best of luck to u Lindsey!

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Roni!

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    That’s what I’ve realized since leaving my job 2 weeks ago!  I have made some good choices and caught up on some of the things that need to get done but then there are other things that need my focus that have been left by the wayside.  Since I set August 1 as my unofficial “buckle down” date, I’m not too worried about how my days are filled.  A routine will happen soon enough.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Yeah Leigh you totally get it. I told myself I could have these few weeks “off.” But I am not sure what that means. Part of me feels guilty for not looking high and low for what’s next. 

  • http://www.movingthroughlife.wordpress.com Joseph

    So true.  It goes with money too.  The more you make, the less you seem to have.  The less you make, the more you seem to gather and save.

    Sounds like life is going well.  

    BTW…Was that you I saw the other evening with the Davis clan at Mexican in Bellevue?  Thought it might have been a Lindsey sighting…still trying to figure out who everyone is within the Crosspoint Clan :)

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Yep that was me with the Davises and Brewsters. Had to see everyone before I headed to Texas!

  • Ian

    What’s that quote: “If you want something done, give it to someone who is busy.” Seasons of rest are important though, sometimes that’s what we also need to really hear God.

    That’s a lovely photo of you – there’s some real joy in your eyes and smile, so this rest must be doing your heart good!

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Ian. I have never heard that quote before but it is so true!

  • http://twitter.com/littlebit91284 Kiersten Johnson

    I went from woking on my degree to graduating and then moving in with my aunt and uncle to take care of my grandma who is terminally ill. So I went from accomplishing a lot to nothing at all. Even though I all the free time in the world I still can’t seem  to do anything. I totally related to it!

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Taking care of your ailing grandma sounds like doing a lot to me. But I understand what you mean. 

  • http://writinginparenthesis.wordpress.com/ Jacqueline Gardner

    Oooh yes! It was that way in college (the more credits/extracurriculars I had, the more I got done) and it hasn’t changed. I finished an internship in May and am beginning a new job in August…which means I’ve had “off’ most of the summer. That certainly hasn’t done much for my productivity! Although things will go back to crazy this fall, I’m looking forward to checking off some to-do lists.

    P.S. Found you b/c of Don Miller’s retweet and you are now one of my favorite people. Love your stuff.

  • http://writinginparenthesis.wordpress.com/ Jacqueline Gardner

    Oooh yes! It was that way in college (the more credits/extracurriculars I had, the more I got done) and it hasn’t changed. I finished an internship in May and am beginning a new job in August…which means I’ve had “off’ most of the summer. That certainly hasn’t done much for my productivity! Although things will go back to crazy this fall, I’m looking forward to checking off some to-do lists.

    P.S. Found you b/c of Don Miller’s retweet and you are now one of my favorite people. Love your stuff.

  • http://writinginparenthesis.wordpress.com/ Jacqueline Gardner

    Oooh yes! It was that way in college (the more credits/extracurriculars I had, the more I got done) and it hasn’t changed. I finished an internship in May and am beginning a new job in August…which means I’ve had “off’ most of the summer. That certainly hasn’t done much for my productivity! Although things will go back to crazy this fall, I’m looking forward to checking off some to-do lists.

    P.S. Found you b/c of Don Miller’s retweet and you are now one of my favorite people. Love your stuff.