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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Week 25: Five Tips to Re-Enter Your Life

2013 Week 25: Five Tips to Re-Enter Your LifeBig projects have a way of throwing off our groove.

Two months ago today I walked into City Hall and bought a permit to reroof my house. Two days ago, I finished. Throw in three work weeks in Madison and a very rainy spring...well, it's finally done.

The challenge has always been getting back on track with life goals and purpose.


But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2013 Week 25: Five Tips to Re-Enter Your Life

By Evan Nehring

Big projects have a way of throwing off our groove.

Two months ago today I walked into City Hall and bought a permit to reroof my house. Two days ago, I finished. Throw in three work weeks in Madison and a very rainy spring...well, it's finally done.

2013 Week 25: Five Tips to Re-Enter Your Life

The challenge has always been getting back on track with life goals and purpose. A two-month detour can completely wipe your destination off the map! Not to mention what a two-year or two-decade detour can do.

The rough re-entry alternative leaves us four-wheeling through some outback wilderness wondering what happened with our life mission. The smooth re-entry alternative is navigating the on ramp and merging at freeway speed back onto the road to our God-given dreams. I've had versions of both. Here are some tips for you and me to re-enter our lives smoothly:

1. Truly Finish the Detour

It's painful to work through the final stages of our big project. In school we call it senioritis: the lethargy that sets in as you long for what's on the other side of the finish line. This is discipline. This is character. Push hard to the tape and finish with championship effort!

2. Avoid Lumping Everything into the Big Project

Finish strong, yes, but don't try to extend the crisis mode you've been living in. If there are small projects that can be broken off and placed into your routine, do that.

I've got to rework my roof gutters. It's never been a part of my plan, but they just don't fit the same with the new roof. I've broken off a new project to replace the gutters. I don't need special equipment. My roof will not leak. This can be done in routine so I can swerve back onto the freeway.

3. Never Let Go of the Big Picture

As I've sweated long days up on the roof, I've listened to hours of podcasts and music which stoke my fire for my kingdom calling. I've found windows of opportunity on rainy days to connect with my long-term plans. I've pursued the presence of God and enjoyed the presence of family.

My heart has always been on the freeway.

4. Mark Your Re-Entry on the Calendar

This is what I'm doing today. I declare to myself and to my world that I'm back. Your re-entry might involve a celebration. Celebrations are a great way to re-enter.

5. Do the Stuff

Because I've taken inventory of all my life commitments, I can now re-engage like the gears of of a performance transmission locking into overdrive. I may need to adjust my timelines a bit. We'll see. But all of my commitments are intact:
  • My core values remain.
  • My 3-5 year vision remains.
  • My 1-3 year projects remain.
  • My immediate projects and tasks are all still queued up.

It's time to do the stuff! With this blog post, I re-enter my life.

Here's the week 25 version of my goal updates for 2013.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

June has been crazy. I've lived on the roof, almost literally. So Saturday, Colleen and I stopped at McDonald's on our way to pray for a friend. I said, "Huh, well I wonder if this will be our June date." We agreed that it was kinda nice. Breakfast and cold coffee on our way to do a God thing.

January to June...check.

2. Lose 37 pounds.

In all of this physical activity, it's been difficult to use the WeightWatchers point system. How many activity points do you get for busting and sweating 13 hours in a day? So I've eaten much more liberally, and I'm still down one more pound! That makes 26 for the year and 11 to go for my goal of 37.

Plan: Continue to rest the strained knee to full health. Maintain WeightWatchers nutrition plan.

3. House projects: Finish Organizing Upstairs Office

Alright, I'm bringing this project back online. Goals for the next two weeks:

  1. List on eBay five pieces of equipment for sale. It's stacked in the corner and I'm updating my studio gear to be more digital.
  2. Cover and install my new bulletin board by my writing desk.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

Detoured, not deterred. I've reworked my writing timeline and actually tightened things up a bit. I'm determined to hit it even harder than before and push to the end! My next deadlines:

  • July 1 for The Lecture Hall: Worldview chapter
  • July 8 for The Library: Academics chapter
  • July 15 for The Campus: Juggling Demands chapter

So section three would be complete by July 15. 

5. Complete the new roof project.

Wahoo! This is done! I'm replacing it on this list with another big and pressing project:

5. My Epic Ambulatory certification project for work

I won't put work projects on this list typically, but most of this will be done on my own time...and the sooner the better.

I have one project and two tests to finish. Goals:

  • Complete the project this week.
  • Take the first test next week.
  • Take the second test in two weeks.


Setting goals really fires me up. These are aggressive! I'm off the roof and I'm ready to rumble!

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Comments are always welcome!

Have you been detoured from your life plans lately? What has worked to help get you back on track?
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