Step 3. Prioritising your to-dos
Just a quick recap if you didn’t get to read last weeks post.
The reasons why journaling is so good, is that it frees up space in our minds so that we are able to find solutions to problems. Also to let go of worries and see things clearer, to come up with new ideas which unfold on paper. To get your day started off right with all the things you would like to do that day (or the following day). The next step was to look over your journaling and highlight your todos.
Here are 5 steps to planning
Step 1. Journal
Step 2. Highlight your to-dos
Step 3. Prioritise your to-dos
Step 4. Schedule them into your planner
Step 5. Do them
A free journaling page you can use below
Ok so now that we have Journaling and highlighting done, your page is full of things you need to do. Next step is to write
- down all your to-dos on a new piece of paper or in your planner
- number the most important tasks in order of importance.
Now, bear in mind step 2 is no easy task to do if you are someone who loves lists and feels good after crossing something off. If you are a list builder you might have things on there that are easy and quick to do. These tasks make you feel as if you have done loads, which you have, but more than likely they aren’t the things that will get you further. Don’t worry I do this to and often, just to make me feel better.
You might even feel that you have way too much on your plate and that you would love to just crawl back in bed. If that’s you, then take a look at your list and use a red pen and start crossing stuff that can wait.
Always ask yourself, is this really something that I want to be doing? Is this something that will bring me a step closer to my goal or dreamy life. Remember what you wrote in your journal, about how you really want to spend your day. Was it really spent cleaning up after the kids and picking the undies from under your daughter’s bed? Or was it to sit down and write a page of your book or working on your website?
Did you write in your journal that you wanted to stay indoors and work or work on your story outside? Is phoning up 10 clients going to get you a step closer to your dream vacation or is folding the washing? You choose!
I know all these things need to be done. But do you have to do them or can your daughter? Do you really have to take the dog for a walk or can you son? Do you really have to fold your kids washing if they aren’t going to be put away in the cupboard, or can they do that?
Know what’s important to you!
My aunt once told me years ago, that, as a woman, you have to learn to be selfish! I thought she was crazy when she told me that. Put yourself first she told me, if you don’t, no one else will. Know what you want out of life, remember it is also your life and you have the right to live it the way you want to. At the time I thought she was crazy, my kids come first and what will the neighbours say? Were the things that I replied in my head. It took me a while to understand that she was right. If I wasn’t going to put my dreams first who was. Not just that my kids benefited from my so-called selfishness. I was able to make more money and they were able to do things that other kids their age couldn’t, like change bedding. My son came home from a school trip with more money than he left with. He was the only one able to put sheets on his bed and made money helping his schoolmates. He was so proud when he came home.
So, know what you want, your reason why you want it, then schedule your day the way you want it! Never feel bad for wanting a good life, never feel bad for wanting more out of life. Have your schedule reflect the way you want to live life. Have your priority list do the same.
I know it’s not easy to change things all at once. Just a little at a time. Jack Canfield said do your 5 things every day to get to where you want to be. If 5 things are too much just do 1 to start off with. 1 thing a day to get to the life you want to have.
Start with your to-do list.
Cross all the crapy things off that you don’t want to do. Believe me, you will feel better. Then do the EAT THAT FROG by doing the most important thing first. You know the one that needs to be done but you will hate doing it. Once it’s done you can go off and do the fun things that are on your list.
What no fun thing on there????
Then go back to your journal and find that fun thing you have always wanted to do. For me, it was walking the dog in the woods. I have been wanting to do that for years and never got around to doing it. Now that one of my fur babies has died, I promised myself that I wouldn’t wait any longer. I know walking in the woods doesn’t sound like much, but for me, it’s a place to remember, a place to find peace. But there was always something more important stopping me from going. So this past Sunday I took Edd and walked in the woods.
Time for you to prioritise.
There is a cool planner out there” weekview” which will help you to remember your most important tasks.
Happy planning Dear, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below.
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