Last night I had a dream that I had a speaking engagement in another state and I'd missed all of the flights. I would have to drive, but I was cutting it close to being able to make it on time. Due to an unstable internet connection on my phone, I couldn’t find the address in my email, and I wasn’t able to load any of my map apps. I kept having to stop so I wouldn’t end up going the wrong way. Without connection, we may end up traveling in the wrong direction. Knowing where you want to go is the definition of vision and knowing how to get there is your mission. We usually only think of these terms in the broader sense related to strategic planning for businesses and organizations. I’ve even had clients think about these personally and write mission and vision statements to guide their lives. What if we made this even more simple and applied it to our daily tasks and how we distribute our time and energy? You may find yourself overwhelmed with an ever-growing to-do list that rolls over from day to day picking up new items like the blob. The truth is, when you did not complete them on the day you wrote them, the world did not end, so there are some things that can wait and some things that you can delegate. Map the list of things you feel you must do each day against your mission and vision. Are they aligned, or are they distractions that divide and subtract the valuable time that could be allotted to your greater purpose? What if we reframed or reimagined how we engage with time? Here are a few strategies that will help you to redirect and reconnect to self and your purpose: Buffer Blocking. We often feel rushed, anxious and unproductive because we schedule meetings and tasks back-to-back or overlapped. Anything you do deserves time set aside for preparation, transition, and reflection. Depending on the task, literally block off anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour before and after to give yourself time to do important things like hydrate, get your basic needs met, account for circumstances beyond your control during a commute, or simply to rest and reset your brain for the new task ahead. Priority Sort. There are several ways to do this, but the simplest way is to put all of your tasks, responsibilities, and projects on separate Post It notes or index cards. Now that they are liberated from your ever-growing list, you can lay them out, move them around, and sort them in order of priority. By looking at them in this different way, you’ll discover what can wait and what you can delegate. Grant Yourself Grace. It’s ok to not be ok. It’s ok to take a break. It’s ok to put things down and pick them up another day. Grant yourself the grace and patience that you so graciously give to others. Remember, you are not a robot. This week I challenge you to reimagine time. It’s time to stop ticking off tasks and reconnect to yourself and your greater purpose. What is really important? What really matters? What can you delegate? What can you release with love? After answering these questions adjust what you give time and energy to accordingly.
I am investing my energy wisely.
I am open to projects that are in alignment with my purpose.
I am spending my time in service to people and projects that connect me with my soul.
Master Your Mind + Master Your Body + Master Your Money = Manifest a Life You Love Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide