One of my biggest challenges as a BT (I dislike the initials “BT” and “FFB” and rarely, if ever, use them in discourse. However, when it comes to typing, I’ll take whatever abbreviation I can get!) is deciding how to properly divide my time and effort in to the numerous areas wherein I need to “catch up”. There are just so many areas and so little time. For me that often leads to the Jack of All Trades Syndrome with me investing small amounts of time into many different areas such as hebrew comprehension and pronounciation, jewish history, gemora, hashkafa, mussar, etc. Throw that in with your job expectations, familial responsibilities, dating, recreation, hobbies and, of course, blog writing.
Sure, this is a challenge for any frum jew but as a BT you sometimes can’t help but feel like you need to make up for lost time and there is no time with which to do it! I have a friend that place “organization” near the top of his list of what he davens for on Rosh HaShanah. He explains that with organization so much more can be accomplished and so much stress can be dissipated. Easy answer, now go try and do it! (If you saw the piles of papers surrounding me on my desk as I write this you would really be laughing).
So, I’m up for some advice on organizational and time management tools, something like the “Sheva Habits of Highly Effective Baalei Teshuvah.” (Rabbi Lam: If you are reading this sheva means “seven” in Hebrew) Help me out.