Those who know me, they will understand that I am usually organized. I have lists everywhere, a planner colored for the month ahead, a diary (digital and/or paper) reflecting what's coming up, where I need to be, what needs to be purchased and bills to be paid.
It's Important to Plan
With the busyness of life in our modern society, it is important to plan - at least have some idea of what's coming up, what bills need to be paid, and what appointments must be attended.
It's easy to say, "well, I get to that when I feel like it," and for some, I guess that works.
However, having a plan of action helps to lower stress levels, and ensure we get to those important appointments and events on the right day and at the right time. Can you imagine missing your child's special day at a school event or forgetting an important medical appointment?
Planning can be simple, or, depending on your work, voluntary positions, and demands on your time, more complex. By planning at least, the basics, you can find ways to free up portions of your time so that you can invest in family, learning, relaxing, spiritual growth, and assisting in the community.
Over the years, lists...yes boring lists...have been my go-to, the lists ticked off have provided reassurance and have sometimes been used to prove that certain jobs have been completed. More than once, producing my list has proven that time-sensitive deadlines were met.
Just having a tick-and-flick list can ensure you accomplish what's necessary to be completed on a certain day or meet a deadline. Ticked-off lists help to visually show there has been movement on the given task and give a sense of accomplishment. You can use a list to break down a large job into smaller blocks of work, so you are not overwhelmed.
Never stop learning! If you stop learning, you are not breathing! Learning is life-long. Perhaps taking on a new role is daunting but gather around yourself trusted people to affirm and encourage you as you step out.
A positive environment where you are encouraged to experience innovative ideas and challenges can bring a spark that fans into a flame of creativity. Imagine what your creativity can bring to a not-for-profit group or your workplace? You may just have the idea they need to progress into a new and exciting pathway of growth!
Planning, having a list, continuing to learn - living life to make a difference!