I’ll Do it Tomorrow by Stephanie Nickel
Please excuse me while I do a little self-reflection. Who knows? You may even be able to relate.
Since coming back from holidays, the following items have been on my I’ll Do It Tomorrow List:
- I’ll stop watching so much TV.
- I’ll stop checking email and Facebook constantly.
- I’ll start the day with prayer, Bible study, and exercise.
- I’ll prepare a meal plan—and stick to it.
- I’ll get back to editing and writing daily.
- I’ll stop waiting for inspiration and devote myself to the creative task at hand as I would any other.
- I’ll stop giving in to my adult ADD tendencies.
And here is how I intend to go about making Monday my Tomorrow:
- Start each day with prayer, Bible study, exercise, and a healthy breakfast.
- Put out meat to thaw in the morning.
- Check email and social networks before I start work, during my lunch break, and after my workday is over.
- Devote each day to one or two paying projects.
- Write a devotional for HopeStreamRadio and one or two blog posts each day. Scatter these projects throughout the day after I’ve completed one- or two-hour sessions on a paying project.
- Read either fiction or nonfiction 30-60 minutes each day.
- Cross something off my Procrastination List each week.
- Watch TV only with my family. Watch only one episode of Switched at Birth each day.
- Odd as it may sound, I must also practice stillness. It seems my thoughts are always flitting from one to the next to the next. Too often this means I leave a project undone. I don’t always have to be doing something, but when I am, I must be disciplined enough to stick with it.
How You Can Make Today Your Tomorrow
- Create a list of priorities.
- As much as possible, plan your To Do List to reflect those priorities.
- Whenever possible, complete the day’s tasks in order of priority. If that isn’t possible, at least do so in order of importance. Sometimes an externally imposed responsibility (i.e.: a project for work) or an unforeseen circumstance can reprioritize your day.
- Be willing to do a little self-reflection of your own. Too much can make us self-centred and that’s not a good thing. But too little and we’ll just keep plugging along without any real sense of direction or accomplishment.
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