Most days we have too much to do, too much on our plate so to speak. If we continually fill our lives with things to please others or only do those things we think we should do, our lives become unfulfilling and mundane.
Think of life like a Thanksgiving plate. I’m confident that on Thursday you’ll be selective about what you put on your plate so that you’ll have room for all your favorite things. If you fill up on rutabagas and parsnips just how much room will you have for sweet potatoes and pie?
Live your life like you fill your Thanksgiving plate – be selective about how you spend your time – and you’ll be more satisfied and fulfilled.
It’s surprising to see how many of my clients are traveling at this time of year. So much is going on that sometimes people tell me they wonder if it is even worth the effort to get out of town. Add to that the stress of re-entry and it’s no wonder our vacations don’t do such a good job of sustaining us. Of course I have a solution – and it is in that old fashioned form of a list.
I’m all about lists supporting you in getting the right things done, and we do that by creating zones in the list. For travel the list I suggest looks like this:
To make it work for you do as follows:
Find a note pad
Divide it into 4 sections and label them as follows:
Must Do Before – put tasks here that MUST be done or you can’t get on the plane
Like To Do Before – put tasks here that would help you enjoy your trip more if you were to get them done before you leave
Do ASAP When Home – put tasks here that really need to be done when you get home
Do When Home – put the other stuff you think of here
Focus on the “Must Do Befores.” If you get those done move to the “Like To Do Befores”
Like everything else, when you are clear about what’s most important then doing it is easier. And when you get on the plane you will feel peace. Hope you have a great trip.