Rosa’s monthly ho’ohana for October is a great one: closure. As in, what’s left on your 2005 to-do list that still needs doing?
Year-end closure? In October?
But follow Rosa’s line of thinking: with November and December full of holidays, and other end of year to-do’s, October is a great month to lighten the load in preparation for the new year.
She is challenging her readers to choose a project that’s nagging them, commit to finishing it, and take the steps to complete it. By the end of October.
I’m game – I’m reorganizing my home office space so that it works better for how I’m currently using it. Ready, set, go!
Rosa’s nudge is getting me off the dime on this project. I found I
could choose and commit quickly. Making this commitment to myself
another thought to mind: how can I apply this principle daily, not just
monthly, to help me make choices and move forward with integrity?
It suddenly came to me: if the activity I’m considering – in my
work, or at home – doesn’t promote or improve my health or the health
of my family, I’m not going to do it.
Working part-time as a consultant and coach, I have a limited number
of hours to work, and a number of clients and projects to track and
attend to. It’s important that I use my limited time well and
effectively, so that I’m not finding my work encroaching on my other
priorities as a mom of young kids. I recently outlined all my work
projects and commitments and the hours I will dedicate to each one.
Whether something promotes my or my family’s health (physical,
emotional, financial) is a bit broad, and may leave a little too much
room for interpretation, but I think it may work. Here’s a sample of
how I used this idea last night:
Watching TV? No.
Drinking a glass of water instead of eating a bowl of ice cream? Yes.
Taking some time for myself to read and reflect? Yes.
To know what I’m choosing, that I have a choice, that I’m actively
choosing my life, rather than blindly accepting the status quo: Yes.
What helps you choose your life?
What criteria matter to you?