We all want to do what is most important in a day! Check lists are impersonal and they don’t get to the heart of what is happening TODAY. Recently, I felt inspired to try a different approach to goal setting. It takes a few minutes of pondering and prayer each day, but it is so worth the effort.
I came up with four questions I ask myself each day. The answer to those questions is how I create my “deeper list” for the day. They are based on what is truly important to me.
I ask myself questions so I don’t forget the people and only focus on the tasks. The questions I ask have to do with what I consider my top priorities in life. Your questions will be different than mine, but here are a some options:
How will I seek to get closer to the Lord today?
How can I show love to my spouse today?
What can I do to spiritually bless my family today?
In what way can I help someone feel God’s love?
What can I do to improve my home environment?
What do I want to learn today?
I feel like this sort of questioning allows for inspiration. If I just write, “read scripture” on my list then it might just be a task, but if that is how I choose to get closer to the Lord then it is purposeful.
I know I will feed my family dinner, but how will I spiritually bless my family today? It gives me time to pause and consider what small thought or act could help build faith.
I want a strong marriage so why not ask myself how to help my husband know I love him.
What can I do to improve my home environment? That answer might be a cleaning project or playing calm music or decluttering or teaching a lesson on compassion or any number of things.
May your checklist turn into an inspired quest.
Inspiration comes to those who quietly seek it!