Have you ever felt overwhelmed? I have. Several months ago, I lay in bed one morning feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of thinking about everything I needed to do. Suddenly, this question rose up within me, ‘What would a good day look like to you?’ Instantly, two tasks that I needed to accomplish sprung to mind. I knew that if I got those two things done, it would be a good day. The feeling of being overwhelmed lifted and I was able to get up with purpose.
As reprieving as that was, I quickly learned that the question ‘what would a good day look like for me?’ had to become a lifestyle. So, I chose to become intentional about planning my days. I want to share with you three of the changes that resulted from that decision:
- A morning routine (high 5)
- Intentional thankfulness
A morning routine (high 5)
I knew that an early morning routine was critical to success but, I didn’t take joined up action towards implementing a morning routine until about four weeks ago. I call it my high 5.
- Consistently praying and spending time with God
- Listening to a faith-filled podcast
- Exercising on my exercise bike (while listening to a podcast)
- Reviewing my goals and dreams
I used to laugh at my sister and a former colleague about their propensity to write lists – no more! Their lists were their plan – they had more wisdom than me. I used to use my paper diary to plan until the week before last but, I discovered that I only listed the overall task. Now I use an online planner that allows me to schedule a task then break it down into achievable and, realistic steps with deadlines.
Sticking with planning, I have found areas where I can automate tasks. For example, I can plan outfits up to a week in advance which saves time and angst in the morning. Professionally speaking, I can schedule media posts reducing the time I spend on social media.
Oprah Winfrey said “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Psalms 100:4 says
Implementing a morning routine (high 5), planning and being intentional thankfulness has brought me closer to defining what a good day would like for me.
What would a good day look like for you?
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