For me, if the days list doesn't fit on an index card, I'm setting myself up for frustration and potential resentment and disappointment. As the holiday season nears, my ideas grow in disproportion to my available resources (time, energy, and money). You too?
As the needs and wants (mine and everybody else's) grow in volume, I have begun to practice "brain dumping". I make my lists, prioritize the most important parts and review it with Grace throughout the day; knowing I really did serve the best I could.
My assessment was somewhat adapted from David Allen's work; I hold the list against the following questions so I can participate more fully and effectively. If I'm carrying more than is reasonable, I am less adaptable and creative. At the end of the day, all the items are crossed off...but not always because they were accomplished.
As I review the list, I ask:
Did or will I...
- do it?
- delay it? (if so, when and then add it to the calendar then)
- dump/delete it? (releasing the idea and expectation)
- delegate it? (who could do this for me and make arrangements)
The increased Peace that I have experienced with this practice has been a gift. Reflection, as I teach so often, is a valuable tool that brings wisdom into our perspective. I "zoom out" and look at a month then begin each week with reflection and assessment to progression of my commitments, desires and relationships. (My Passion Planner helps me immensely with this!)
I've learned to trust my intuitive guidance more as I plan and reflect. Rarely does life unfold as I thought it would...often though, it's better.
May your season be brimming with joy, hope, and wonder.