What does putting the daily pieces of your life together while balancing the past, present, and future mean? We all have various responsibilities in different areas of our lives that are present and/or future concerns and may involve past history as well. A couple of examples may be staying in touch with long-distance friends or relatives, various cleaning tasks around the house, maintenance of home appliances, and so on. So how can we manage our lives in a way that makes sense and where we keep track of what is important before negative outcomes occur?
Steps to Planning
Here is where the saying applies, " When we fail to plan, we plan to fail."
1. When dealing with multiple responsibilities where something important can be forgotten, lists are a practical solution. For myself, I create various lists to help me keep track of different responsibilities. I have a weekly activity planner, monthly activity planner, a daily calendar that covers the whole year to put appointments on, a task list that is not time-sensitive, and a task list that is time sensitive, goal cards for personal growth, and a goal notebook for growth in personal passions.
2. We need to read our lists, planners, and goals on a consistent basis. Each person needs to come up with what "consistent" looks like in their lives. This could be weekly, monthly, etc. Looking at these consistently keeps tasks, goals, and plans fresh in our minds so that we can work on them or change and refine them if needed.
3. Yes, we do need to add, delete, change, and refine our goals daily. This is all part of the growth cycle. Various tools can be used to help in this activity. Some examples of these tools are a personal recorder, pen and notepad, and time to transfer these various items to master lists.
Balancing the Past, Present, and Future When Considering Daily Planning
When dealing with multiple responsibilities with limited time, we need to use systematic neglect to a point. But we also need to weigh in our minds each and every day "What are the most important concerns today?" This is a new perspective and way of living that I'm only now learning to do. There are basically four or five "pitfalls" on the path to learning this relatively daily and spontaneous outlook and skill.
- Some of us forget past lessons and, as a result, risk present and future mistakes.
- Some of us live so much in the past that we miss the present opportunities right in front of us.
- Some of us are so consumed with planning the future that miss the present again.
- Some of us are so caught up in the present that we neglect planning for the future.
- Finally, some of us are more comfortable with certain areas of our lives and, as a result, we completely neglect other areas. For example, we may enjoy our social time, but not like to clean and maintain our homes. This, of course, will eventually result in untimely expenses and potential health risks.
Remembering Every Day is a New Day
Every day is different and discovering the pieces that need to come together in the present creates some variety and possibly adventure. This definitely is a skill that needs time to develop, so go easy on yourself if you are struggling to get it.
Bringing It All Together
There are basically two major steps to managing our lives daily. Creating, reading, and refining lists, goals, and activity planners. Balancing all areas of our lives and the past, present, and future when coming up with a spontaneous plan for each new day.
So do you have lists, goals, and activity planners to keep you aware of what needs attention and what needs done when? Do you read your lists and goals on a consistent basis? Have you developed the skill of spontaneously planning each new day? If you are still learning, what can you improve on and how? Overall, what are you doing well and what do you need to grow in relating to putting the daily pieces of your life together while balancing past, present, and future?