Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Day's Drafts

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." ~ Psalm 90:12

Do you ever feel like you’ve been busy all day, but don’t get much, if any, accomplished?  I find planning and to-do lists very helpful.  And very discouraging when I don't get everything marked off.  Recently I came across this really neat planner (attached below) that I would like to share.  It's been most helpful to me in not only planning and writing to-do lists, but prioritizing those to-dos and organizing my day.
Taken from "A Holy Experience" Blog

1. The Day's Dire - the 3 most pressing needs to tend to
I don't feel obligated to do 3 (although I certainly have at least 3 dire needs!).

2. The Diner - the menu?
Meal Planning is definitely something I need to work on!  Along with cooking in general.

3. The Domestic - the household tasks
These are the chores not done daily.

4. The To-Do - tomorrow's Dire's and Draft
This step is SO important to avoid getting distracted from the task at hand.  I think of so many things that I need to do throughout the course of my day.  Instead of stopping what I'm doing, getting distracted to accomplish what I just thought of, I simply jot it down here and plan on doing it tomorrow.  I find these distractions are what make me feel like I've been busy all day without accomplishing anything.

5. The Definites - the things definitely done every day
I really like the water glass icons!  Keeps water intake on the forefront of my mind since I see it every time I look at my planner.

6. The Dailies - the daily rhythm
Here I document all those mundane chores that get done almost on auto-pilot mode (except cleaning the litter box.  That takes a little more motivation!).

7. The Doxology - looking for gifts to give Him thanks for today
This reminds me of a line in a VeggieTales song - "A thankful heart is a happy heart."

8. The Day's Draft - draft out when during the day you'll do the dires, dailies, domestics, and to-dos
This organizes all those lists!

The first week of implementation has proved productive.  Maybe it has been more mental, since my house is still a mess!  I feel accomplished and things are getting done.  That's important.  And I'm also remembering this quote:

"The accomplishment of a day
isn't so much about accomplishing goals but abiding in God,
and this is the thing that needs remembering."
~ Ann Voskamp, author of The Holy Experience Blog ~

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