Monday Motivation: create a plan. How to craft a plan with options so that you have a working goal that moves you towards. your best days and best life. It starts with a plan. Do you have a plan for this week? If not try these suggestions:
Monday Motivation – Create a plan
Create a plan, basic and simple. Monday through Friday first. Decide what is most important, and jot down that time frame. Next write down the basic time frame-8 to 4, or 9 to 5. This takes the main time block and puts it in place. As a believer, I pray a simple prayer “God help me!” Help me see what I need to see, find out what I need to find out, so that I can do what I need to do.
Once the Monday through Friday plan is realized, write down what the weekend looks like. Work? Sports? Household chores? Even in the midst of the mundane, time can be set aside for things you want to do.
When you create a plan, go from your time frame to your schedule. For example if you go to church, or Bible study, write that in. I buy groceries on Fridays, because that is convenient for me and the other days are filled in my schedule. So I write it on my schedule. However that can change if my husband and I get asked to go to dinner on Friday evenings after work. Write in the extra things that take up time in the week. This helps to show what time is realistically left. Work is usually around 8 hours, while dinner usually takes up 1 or 1 1/2 hours. That is my time frame. There is a reason I do all of this!
I do this because there are things that I want to do. Things that take purposeful action and planning. I have an Etsy shop that I have to check orders daily, package and ship items, communicate with customers. I love what I do, but I have to make time in my day to do these things.
I often create options which are spaces in my plan that I have created. This gives me room for phone calls, talking with someone about something, or going over personal and work emails. The spaces are time slots really that aren’t filled. If I schedule my days, and my appointments back to back, I often get frustrated when something comes up I didn’t plan for.
Most people don’t schedule this in but all these things take up time. Or the unexpected. A flat tire. Getting gas in the car, stopping to eat and or taking something back to the store and having to wait….longer than you planned for.
I have often thought “how come I didn’t get anything done?” Am I the only one who thinks where did my day go?
Create a Working Goal
I create small and big goals. My little goals are “to do lists” that are personal and work oriented. I write down my goals- laundry, clean or wipe down the bathroom after getting ready. Buy groceries with a list. Pay certain bills on certain days (paydays), etc. Basically this is my to do list.
I make big goals with this thought in mind:
What do I want to accomplish?
What do I need to do to accomplish those goals?
Big goals for me- becoming smarter and more knowledgeable in several areas. So I. read, watch a how to video, listen to books and podcasts while folding laundry, cleaning the house, driving, etc. My goals are focused and theme oriented. And my goals change with every season. Once I become more knowledgeable in one area and learn what I needed to learn, I move to the next area that needs attention.
Personal growth for me has accelerated in some areas I never even considered as a young mother. I work full time now and my time is accounted for at an office. Rather than making more time, which none of us can, I try to be smart with my time.
Do what I need to do quickly so I can do what I ‘want’ to do.
Because I have a small business, I normally work on it in the mornings before work or on the weekend. I do not work after work because my tank is depleted and I am not creative nor do I have energy after 6:00 pm.
Reasoning for Creating a Plan
The reason for creating a plan, creating options and creating a working goal is to move you towards something in your life that you value and want. Rather than just living each day with a to do list mentality, you can have an overall mindset of intentional living hat moves you towards becoming a person that you want to be. Valuing purpose and destiny.
I Need to Accomplish More
When I grew up I believed I wanted to go to college to get a degree in music that would later equip me to work in the music department at a church. I knew I needed to accomplish more, but I did not get the degree in music due to several circumstances beyond my life’s control.
However I got a degree in Social Work/Counseling which was not wasted as I now work in those areas in a medical office. I was also a music director at my home church for over 25 years and fulfilled my destiny in what I yearned to do. Re routed? Yes, but not wasted.
My daily plan is pretty simple. Just like you would fill up a car to get where you need to go in your journey, I fill up my inside. My spirit, my soul, my heart, my mind, my thoughts.
I have a daily plan which starts with coffee and spending time reading God’s word, praying, and listening to incredible worship and praise music. This fills up my tank so that I can pour out all day long. I don’t believe you can run on empty for very long. Therefore, filling up is key to having a sustainable and strong heart.
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These are my thoughts on this beautiful fall day.
Be inspired. Fill up. Take good care of yourself. And hope for more. 🙂