I recently quit my job to be at home with my two children and to open up a business. I have list upon list for every part of my day: groceries, shopping, meals, cleaning, schedule, to do, assignments, and activities with the children.
I am a person who must write things down. Mainly, in part because I need the reminder but also because I am goal-oriented; and secondly, if I didn’t, these thoughts would be twirling in my mind distracting me throughout the day. This way, I can put them aside, ridding the struggle of keeping bits of information in my mind.
I won’t lie, it’s hard work. Discipline is required to achieve anything and discipline is not achieved through idleness. I don’t want life to simply pass me by. I want to seize it and make it mine. How about you? What mark do you want to leave? What has been on your mind that you have left by the wayside?
I want: my family to be safe and secure; a home filled with comfort, good food, warmth, smiles, good times, closeness; to provide the best education for my kids, to love them unconditionally, to encourage them, to have fun with them; to be my husband’s best friend, to dream together, to generate wealth to pass onto our children; and simply, to be the best me possible.
Life is not what happens to you; you happen to it. You have a choice to live out your life the way you see fit. I realized my choice and made the decision to do something about it. I set out by writing down all that I wanted—how I envisioned myself, my family, my lifestyle, my mood, and so on. I thought about every facet of my life and made a list of these things. Each morning, I read them out loud to myself and slowly, these statements have permeated my thoughts and have changed me.
I studied what I was after and made a daily schedule that would enable me to focus on those items that would get me to where I wanted to be. I wake up extremely early but it’s necessary to allow me this alone time before my children wake up. I have designated times for putting into practice what I want to achieve. Each and every thing I wish to have, I have made a part of my schedule. This way, they have become a priority and I am sure to see results. Talking without doing is useless. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)
My “To do” list is a bit lengthy perhaps, but I update it every day or every other day. I cross off each task by hand as I go and simply print out a new list at the beginning of the day. Each task is written down in no particular order; however, I go through my list and think about possible deadlines, special circumstances which change my schedule, and overall priority of that task. I then number them according to priority and stick to that. When tackling your tasks, don’t do the easy ones first! Complete them in matters of importance. If you don’t, then what’s most important will always be on the backburner. I have a designated time in my schedule for completing these tasks.
I won’t bore you with all my lists, but you get the gist. My lists are essential for me to keep on track. I have copies of my lists in different parts of the house so that I can refer to them. The bottom line is this: The key to all is discipline. I can choose to “just do it” as Nike so eloquently puts it or I can sit idly, merely talking about my dreams and letting them fall by the wayside. If I let my dreams go, I will have no one to blame but myself. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
The good thing about discipline is that it only requires one thing—discipline. It all comes down to: How bad do you want it?