Friday, February 09, 2007

A day in your life.

Mike Bird has posted his daily routine... I thought I'd do the same. I think this speaks for itself.

6.55 Radio turns on. Lies in bed for half an hour listening to the news and morning, talking to my wife if she is conscious. Pondering what the day will hold.

7.30 gets up, gets dressed, eats breakfast and reads the paper.

8.30 gets on bus. I read theology on the bus that is not related to my PhD.

9.15 at work. Checks e-mail, reads some blogs, checks some internet news pages. Start "working"

10 -10.30/10.45 Tea Break. If something interesting is discussed, might be even longer.

10.30/10.45 - 11.15 Work.

11.15 - 12.30 or longer Lunch. I make it a point never to do less than an hour of lunch. I consider this the most important part of the day. Lunch discussions are on of my main sources of inspiration for work and life. I consider long lunches my most important counter-cultural activity.

12.30-15 Work. I usually need a break at some point here, maybe to go to the library or just surf the net.

15-15.30 Tea break. If work has been good - longer break.

15.30-16.15 Work. Usually ends with ten minutes or so of doing whatever feels interesting at the moment, reading articles on the net and so on.

16.15 - 17 Bus home. More reading.

Evenings consist of Karate practice 2-3 times a week, Band practice now and then, whatever extra projects I have going on. If my wife and I are both at home, we try to spend time together. No tv. Some blogging perhaps. In summer garden work.

In bed by ten. Asleep by eleven. That hour can be spent in different ways.

I have been constantly ahead of schedule on my PhD project. I consider myself to be very disciplined. People just work too much.


Ben Myers said...

It sounds a lot like my daily schedule when I was doing my PhD (except that I also watched TV in the evenings) -- and, like you, I was always well ahead of schedule with the dissertation!

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering about the place of worship and prayer in the practise of theology. Can you do theology without praying? It doesn't appear to be a part of your everyday - how does that work through for you? M

Patrik said...

Prayer is difficult.

Bro. Bartleby said...

I would suggest that Tuesday at 8 a.m. you leave the newspaper unread, then if the weather is friendly, sally forth and stroll about the garden that surrounds your home, contemplating God's creations, perhaps touching and smelling these creations, but if the weather is too unfriendly, stroll about the house and peer out the windows and see if you are able to empty your head of busy thoughts for 15 minutes. Then on your bus ride pause to consider all this to be a prayer, a prayer in action, a prayer lived out, a prayer without words.
Bro. Bartleby

ruZl said...

"I consider long lunches my most important counter-cultural activity."

based on that quote alone, i would vote for you as minister of theological affairs in a future country yet to be created.

thanks for your blog and wishing you much energy & fresh insight with your PhD.

adios and go well.


David said...

Patrik. Yes, people do work too hard. Is it wrong to enjoy the good things God gives in the here and now? Time with family, friends, dog, music and coffee is great (not necessarily all at once -intense!). I like the theology, but life is more than that (cue fierce disagreements). Thanks for the refreshing blog and Radiohead stuff. For a minute there I lost myself...