How do you find the time to work on a project that will move you to a new level?

TENNIS AND THE IMMORTAL SOUL (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Look for ways to find time to work on projects that benfit you.


You get into the morning train with your newspaper, and you calmly and majestically give yourself up to your newspaper. You do not hurry. You know you have at least half an hour of security in front of you. As your glance lingers idly at the advertisements of shipping and of songs on the outer pages, your air is the air of a leisured man, wealthy in time, of a man from some planet where there are a hundred and twenty-four hours a day instead of twenty-four. I am an impassioned reader of newspapers. I read five English and two French dailies, and the news-agents alone know how many weeklies, regularly. I am obliged to mention this personal fact lest I should be accused of a prejudice against newspapers when I say that I object to the reading of newspapers in the morning train. Newspapers are produced with rapidity, to be read with rapidity. There is no place in my daily programme for newspapers. I read them as I may in odd moments. But I do read them. The idea of devoting to them thirty or forty consecutive minutes of wonderful solitude is to me repugnant. I cannot possibly allow you to scatter priceless pearls of time with such Oriental lavishness. You are not the Shah of time. Let me respectfully remind you that you have no more time than I have. No newspaper reading in trains! I have already “put by” about three-quarters of an hour for use.

Now you reach your office. And I abandon you there till six o’clock. I am aware that you have nominally an hour (often in reality an hour and a half) in the midst of the day, less than half of which time is given to eating. But I will leave you all that to spend as you choose. You may read your newspapers then.

I meet you again as you emerge from your office. You are pale and tired. At any rate, your wife says you are pale, and you give her to understand that you are tired. During the journey home you have been gradually working up the tired feeling. The tired feeling hangs heavy over the mighty suburbs of London like a virtuous and melancholy cloud, particularly in winter. You don’t eat immediately on your arrival home. But in about an hour or so you feel as if you could sit up and take a little nourishment. And you do. Then you see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on; you take a stroll; you caress the piano.... By Jove! a quarter past eleven. You then devote quite forty minutes to thinking about going to bed; and it is conceivable that you are acquainted with a genuinely good drink. At last you go to bed, exhausted by the day’s work. Six hours, probably more, have gone since you left the office--gone like a dream, gone like magic, unaccountably gone!

That is a fair sample case. But you say: “It’s all very well for you to talk. A man *is* tired. A man must see his friends. He can’t always be on the stretch.” Just so. But when you arrange to go to the theatre what happens? You rush to the suburbs; you spare no toil to make yourself glorious in fine raiment; you rush back to town in another train; you keep yourself on the stretch for four hours, if not five; you take her home; you take yourself home. You don’t spend three-quarters of an hour in “thinking about” going to bed. You go. Friends and fatigue have equally been forgotten, and the evening has seemed so exquisitely long (or perhaps too short)! And do you remember that time when you were persuaded to sing in the chorus of the amateur operatic society, and slaved two hours every other night for three months? Can you deny that when you have something definite to look forward to at eventide, something that is to employ all your energy--the thought of that something gives a glow and a more intense vitality to the whole day?

What I suggest is that at six o’clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know), and that you arrange your evening so that it is not cut in the middle by a meal. By so doing you will have a clear expanse of at least three hours. I do not suggest that you should employ three hours every night of your life in using up your mental energy. But I do suggest that you might, for a commencement, employ an hour and a half every other evening in some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind. You will still be left with three evenings for friends, bridge, tennis, domestic scenes, odd reading, pipes, gardening, pottering, and prize competitions. You will still have the terrific wealth of forty-five hours between 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday. If you persevere you will soon want to pass four evenings, and perhaps five, in some sustained endeavour to be genuinely alive. And you will fall out of that habit of muttering to yourself at 11.15 p.m., “Time to be thinking about going to bed.” The man who begins to go to bed forty minutes before he opens his bedroom door is bored; that is to say, he is not living.

But remember, at the start, those ninety nocturnal minutes thrice a week must be the most important minutes in the ten thousand and eighty. They must be sacred, quite as sacred as a dramatic rehearsal or a tennis match. Instead of saying, “Sorry I can’t see you, old chap, but I have to run off to the tennis club,” you must say, “...but I have to work.” This, I admit, is intensely difficult to say. Tennis is so much more urgent than the immortal soul.

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) What is a project or endeavor that you could work on after school that would be beneficial for your future growth?
2) Describe what you would like to be better at by this time next year?

Part Two (Procedural)
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2) Use your first name and last name initial in the name field
3) Type: gilpin.k12.co.us in the URL field
4) Type your comment as indicated above
5) Use the Select Screen Shot function on your Chrome to take a screenshot of your comment and then upload the screenshot to the Google Classroom assignment and turn it in.
6) Publish your comment on this post

38 comments:

  1. Something that i could do after school that would be beneficial is eat more healthy food or work out. At this time next year i would like to be able to pay attention more

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  2. Football is a project that might be beneficial to my future growth. I would like to be better at writing by this time next year.

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  3. My project or endeavor is to be more active during the day hours but not the night hours since I am so hyper and fidgety during the night hours that when I get home I crash on the floor and fall asleep wake up a second time then I go back to sleep then wake up in the morning more tired but in the afternoon I am fully awake that is my achievement . At this time of year I want to be better at getting work done faster in a confined amount of time so I try my best to get my work as fast as possible so when I get home I can have some time to my self or sleep .

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  4. Something i could do after school that Would benefit me is I could Do more chores to try to have more responsibility witch would be a good thing because then when i am grown up i wont be sitting on a couch all day watching television. Next year at around this time i want to be better at Checking to see if i have anything to do every night and morning so i wont have anything due

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  5. basketball is project that might be beneficial to my future growth. I would like to draw better by this time next year

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    1. basketball is project that might be beneficial to my future growth. I would like to draw better by this time next year

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    2. something that i could do after school that is beneficial is i could work on my polaris RZR and this beneficial for me because i could learn more about mechanics. and what i would like to better this next year is i would like to do better on my grades.

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  6. One thing i can work on after school to benefit my future is on football to get better so I can eventually do it as my career in the near future.I would like to better at not getting so distracted by little things and pay attention to my Teachers talk

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  7. One Project I work on after school is a science project. Its about a cell and we have to recreate a plant or animal cell. It would be beneficial for my future because if I wanted to be a scientist of something, I would already know what the cells look like. One thing I would like to be better at by this time of next year is to not get distracted as much.

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    1. something that i could do after school that is beneficial is i could work on my polaris RZR and this beneficial for me because i could learn more about mechanics. and what i would like to better this next year is i would like to do better on my grades.

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  8. Something that I could work on is my tackling for football. I would want to get better at my offence for football for next year.

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  9. One thing that I do and should cotinue doing is playing football. This is benificial to my future growth because it can teach me teemwork, toughness, ethics, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

    This time next year I would like to become a better linebacker. This entitles being faster, smarter, and stronger.

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  10. I can maybe do more reading. The thing to be I want to be better at is art because i like to Journaling.

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  11. I would like to be better at math. like fractions and everything.

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  12. Something that I could work on is my tackling for football. I would want to get better at my offence for football for next year.

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  13. A project that may be benificial to my future growth would have to be writing. Whether that is a novel or a short story, it would benifit my possible career as a writer. I want to get better at creating some real good word flavoring when I write.

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  14. A project that I want to start working on after school that would be beneficial to my future growth would be either continuing on the thriller novel that I have been adding on and off for the last two years or possibly continuing on my art to spread to a more professional level.By this time next year I would like to be better at my language and speech skills so that I may be able to express what I need and want in a persuasive and proficient manner.

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  15. Something i could work on after school to benefit my future growth is time management after practice I procrastinate of finishing my homework.One thing i want to be better at this time next year is not procrastinating things that need to get done.

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  16. Working on my truck that will allow me to learn skills of mechanics and have a car to drive

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  17. A project that could grow in the future could be social studies. to get stronger and faster for football,and get better grades.

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  18. My project would be wanting to practice motocross and stay in shape for motocross. I would be qualifying for the laretalenz to become a pro in motocross.

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  19. One of my future projects would have to be professional gamer and or tester. One of the ways i could improve myself to become a pro gamer is practice a lot. I hope to be better with school and gaming itself. I grew up with nothing but games and school. These are the only ones i want to improve.

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  20. One after school project/activity that could help my future would be volleyball, art and math. specifically math because it's my favorite subject.

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  21. I could work on studying the drivers handbook so I might eventually get my learner's permit or work on drawing hands and feet so that I can properly draw them. I would really like to be better at playing the ukulele, digital drawing, and painting by next year. Also, possibly being better about keeping my room picked up, maybe.

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  22. Working on my car after school is something very important to me. Without it, I couldn't get to school. I would like to be better at cutting trees down by next year.

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  23. A project or endeavor I want to work on after school that would be beneficial to my future is working on my interior design portfolio. By this time next year i'd like to better at designing homes.

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  24. Something I could work on after school to benefit my future is competition jumps and moves for cheerleading. By this time next year, I would like to improve my math knowledge.

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  25. A project I would work on after school is my computer that I am building with my dad. This would help me in my future by having a home computer to edit and make my Youtube videos better to get more views to get more money from ad revenue. I would also have the knowledge on how to build a PC, which could help with certain job applications.

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  26. A project or endeavor I want to work on after school that would benefit my future growth would be practicing my approach, passing, and other hitting skills for volleyball. I would like to be able to hit in front of the 10 ft line next year.

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  27. Something that I could/do work on after school is my cardio by running around my neighborhood with or without my dogs. By next year I want to be able to run around the neighborhood 3 times without stopping.

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  28. Something that I could/do work on after school is my cardio by running around my neighborhood with or without my dogs. By next year I want to be able to run around the neighborhood 3 times without stopping.

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  29. I Really want to get better at making a new engine by myself and like take it apart and put it together and make a car run on my own Or I want to get better at taking guns apart and cleaning them. Because I want to get better by this time next year so I can be prepared for when I go to the army so I can make it where I can make it where I can work on the humvees and the tanks and jets and so I can clean guns for people if they need it cleaned.

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  30. Something that I could work on after school is my M-M-A and my physical fitness. Something I would like to be better at by the end of this year outside of school is my driving knowledge of the road.

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  31. A project i would work on is getting a job. This in the future help me by supplying money. i would like to get better at multitasking.

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  32. A project or endeavor that I could work on after school could be volleyball. I want to be able to hit into the corners that I want to be. I want to also be able to block the ball and put into other parts of the court. This is also something that I would be able to be better at by next year.

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  33. After school, I could work more on Math and get better at it. At this time next year, I want to be at least decent at Math.

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  34. Something that I could work is my tackling and practicing and studying my plays for football. I also want to get better at getting better grades in school.

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