Highlights on Living

Today’s six month highlight list includes posts for life management and general tips.

  1. Advanced Directives
  2. Don’t Take Things so Seriously
  3. Taking Care of Your Teeth
  4. GIGO
  5. Personal Mission Statements
  6. Scheduling Priorities with Covey Video
  7. Dating
  8. Crucial Conversations
  9. The Melting Pot of Ideas and People
  10. Tennis Ball Uses

Mission Statements

A few years back I was in a course that had its participants construct a personal mission statement.  I had only seen them for corporations prior to that moment.  While I do forget about it from time to time, I  always come back to it.  It has focused my mind when trying to make decisions and has given me an additional sense of purpose.  It also ‘has my back’ in an unexpected way.  It has given me the strength to make decisions that I felt others would think silly or just wrong.  However, in my mind, I knew the decision was true to my mission and therefore a net positive.  To create it, I began by identifying my various roles in life (ex: sister, daughter, employee).  Then my weakness and strengths.  What would I want others to describe me as?  I looked for inspiration and found it in a quote from Gandhi (or as one website suggests not really him).  My mission statement:

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Healthy Scheduling

I sat down yesterday and wrote down a list of things that I wanted to accomplish during the week and about how long each item would take to complete.  I then marked how much time I would have to spend on things like work, commuting, and sleep.  Now, I have never been that good at math, but my guess is that 26 hours is a little more than 24.  There is not much wiggle room during the week.  I had to sit down and prioritize my activities.  How many of us have used the excuse “I don’t have time for that” when it comes to working out, eating right or spending time with loved ones?  I went back and looked up this video about how to manage time.  Don’t you just love how you can find anything on the internet!  I have found it most useful in adjusting my perspective in how to plan for the important things.  If you or someone you know have ever had difficulty with time management, it may be helpful to you.  Put first things first and the rest will fill in where it can.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I know how very precious it is.