Five Week

Last week was college visit week so because of that I did not write a blog. But I promise this will make up for it. Last week I visit College of the Ozarks, which was very interesting and informative. Some quick fun facts: C of O has the nick name Hard Work U because of the work ethic that is in the foundation of the school. Each student is required to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus workstations and two 40-hour workweeks during breaks. The neat thing about C of O is that you can graduate debt free. This idea blows my mind and makes me think, “Would I want to live in Branson for another four years?”

The college visit was fun and all but time to get down to business and hear what I learned this week.

And before I tell you what I learned. Mystery Monday! We played bigger or better. If you don’t know what that is the basic gist of it is that you start with something small, we started with a paper clip, and you ask random people to trade something for sometime bigger or better. My group got about four trades in before we ran out of time and we ended up with this sweet dragon. We didn’t win the overall contest but it was still fun!

This week we learned how to manage time, money, and ourselves. All of these talks were very helpful and I can’t wait to see how much more productive I can be. I learned that managing time is very important. What we do with our time has eternal significance and if we don’t manage our time, our time will manage us. (Which we don’t want.) Also, if we want to maximize each day we need to prioritize our schedule. A quote from C.S. Lewis that I enjoyed said this… “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever they do, whoever they are.” On Wednesday we got to hear from Adam Martin about managing our money. The main thing I took away from it was the program Mint. If you haven’t heard of Mint, it is the best free way to manage your money and it’s all online. It has so many cool features that seem never-ending. There are inward, outward and corporate disciplines that we learned about for managing self. The Inward Disciplines are meditation, fasting, prayer, study, the outward disciplines are simplicity, solitude, submission, service and the corporate disciplines are confession, worship, guidance, celebration. Discipline is the main ingredient to managing self.

Until next time.