To-Dos And What’s Important
Use paper and pencil that’s ok. Use a computer app. That’s also ok.
What you need is a list of what you know is important. Important to you….
Joe told me, “All I do is try to have me some fun and help someone along the way.” These outcomes felt right. Good enough…. I got to thinking. What else?
I added learning to my short list. No fancy distinctions made. No demands that the learning be fun. How about the learning may be useful. Can be useful or it adds to my well-being.
This idea of putting tags alongside of my actions slapped me in the face. Go to Sunny Farms, a favorite food store could carry all these tags or perhaps only one. Acquiring good food contributes to my well-being and Catharine’s. Going to the store is helpful to our family.
Slapped In The Face
I added a few more life sustaining qualities to my list. For a few months I assigned qualities to my action/tasks. Then came the reconning. Made a list of important qualities and added up the tags.
Helpful… I said helpfulness was important. True? Why was it on the bottom of my list?
My reaction, umm… that is interesting. Ok or not ok is the question? Change desired or not….
Make the list. Don’t make picky hooey just make the list. Try it out. You discover a mixture of qualities and outcomes. So what….
My list became my lists. I work with the current one.
Try It Out
Name three or more qualities you aim for.
What is next in your day? How do they fit with your values?
“My first interview was with eighty-eight-year-old folk artist Marcia Muth… ‘Your life does change as you get older,’ she told me. ‘You get into what’s important and what’s not’.”
― Ashton Applewhite, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism