Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Day 1: Want To Do VS. Need To Do (or: The Urgent VS. The Important)

Day one of 31 days to a Balanced Life has been a little crazy.  And not balanced at all.  I did get everything on my to-do list done except this post.  I had planned to write it this morning before the kids woke up...but I took too long getting out of bed.  Lazy me: 1, Balanced me: 0.

I read a Writers' Digest article by Jaimie Engle a few days ago, right before I decided to do this series, titled: Balancing Act: How to Life Life as a Wife, Mother, & Writer.  So many of the tips she mentioned resonated with me.  It was exactly what I needed to read, at exactly the right time.  So a few of my posts will be about my attempts to make use of Jaimie's advice.

First I wanted to talk about prioritizing.  Specifically, separating my duties into two or three lists.  I am awfully good at neglecting the necessities of life for either things that are urgent or things that are more fun.

My Need-To-Do List (The Non-Negotiable)

  • Feeding my family
  • Grocery shopping
  • Homework with my daughter
  • Preschool work with my son (that boy thinks every letter of the alphabet is "A")
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Editing (my current contract, and my volunteer work)

My Want-To-Do List (The Important, but these can be put off when necessary)

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Fun dates with either my husband or my kids or both
  • Visiting with friends
  • Laundry
  • Blogging
  • Exercise (although I think my husband would argue this should be in the first list)
  • DIY house projects (Top of the list: Painting our bedroom and closet)

The Unimportant (The tools of procrastination)

  • Creative projects (knitting, sewing, etc)
  • Baking
  • Decorating
  • Long soaks in the tub
  • Watching movies, etc
  • Browsing the Internet aimlessly
  • Pinterest

Ok, so now that I've made these lists, what do I do with them?  I'll have to think about it and let you know tomorrow.  In the meantime, I'd love to know: How do you motivate yourself?  It's something I've honestly never figured out.  Help!

Intro: 31 Days to a Balanced Life

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