August has often seemed more like the New Year for me rather than January – as the start of a new school year kicks off alarm clocks set before the sunrise, different morning and evening routines and additional activities to manage. And, the multitude of new planner options that line the shelves called my name.
I enjoy setting up a recently purchased organizational tool. The anticipation of pretty pages, elegantly penned lists and appointments brings a big smile to my face. I may be one of the few that love to see the month at a glance as well as each day spread in actual paper. One season I gave in to the pressure of only using the calendar on my phone. This was a very brief season for me. I need to flip the pages, count the days or weeks and plan with a big picture in mind. So, back to my planner I went.
Now, being the organizational spirit that I am, you can imagine that I am also a lover of to-do lists. Yep, I am the one that will add something I may have forgotten to the list even after it was completed so that I can enjoy the satisfaction of marking it out or checking it off!
Recently I have discovered that I must be careful to not define my days or myself by my To-Do list. The activities that must get accomplished each day can easily define our actions, who we interact with or the attitudes with which we approach the day.
I am trying a To-Be list. You begin by identifying the gifts and the character God has placed uniquely into your personality or choose an attitude approach ahead of the week that will direct you before the To-Do list begins.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Your list may look something like this: joyful, kind, focused or determined. From the list chose one for the week. Write it at the top of your To-Do as a reminder to face the weeks To-Do with the Christ-blessed To-Be.