How can I better prioritize my time to include things I need to do for my health, finances and work of writing?  (6/3/11, 10:37 pm)

So I have thought about this for quite awhile now and I’m ready, I think.  In other things, I make to do lists but the things I’m talking about here are things that don’t actually have daily to do lists associated with them.

For instance, health.  My to do list for my health includes making all my doctor appointments. This is easy because I do have that on my calendar and thus my to do list.  Eating healthy.  Believe it or not the problem with eating healthy is eating.  It’s not the opposite. Since I had gastric bypass in 2004, I have lost a lot of weight. Now that I can eat more, I choose just what I want to eat at the time, not what is best. This is not an over abundance of food, but things that are easy, that I can eat.  The healthy balance is not there.  Drinking my protein shakes with fruit and added veggie powder is the key I think.  Also not eating the bad stuff like sugar is another key.  So those are stated on the the to do list.  Scheduling my exercise each day on my to do list and keeping that appointment like I would anything else is the key that portion, I think.

Finances has to do with what I do for a living and also how I manage the finances.  This has not been a problem until we started trying to pay off the mortgage in five years.  The key here is not focusing on a set thing that has to be done every month but being flexible within the perimeters.  It is also a strict policy against buying anything on impulse.  On my to do list each day must be time to get the paperwork for my business done. This falls behind because it is my least liked area.  I will set at least one hour a day for this.

The work of writing is getting much better almost to the exclusion of the above area that has to do with what I really make my living at which is running a small group home.  The monetary aspect is needed now. It is much like a tightrope.  I must do the one in order to do the other.

Bottom line is the key is putting these things on the list to do.  I’m going at following the to do list. But not so good on doing the over-arching things. (6/5/11, 7:01 pm)

#Trust30 Day 4:  That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (ie I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (ie How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.