A checklist for being present and making progress
- Listen for purpose. Be still. Get quiet. What am I called to do with this life, this day?
- Plan for progress. Commit to the day in writing. Map the hours. Revisit and revise as needed.
- Nourish and exercise your body. Eat well. Limit toxins. Stretch. Move. Breathe fresh air.
- Work on something big. Lay down a legacy. Move closer to the goal, by strides or inches.
- Finish something small. Harness the power of done as often as possible. Break the big things into small things.
- Improve your space. Toss clutter. Take the cup to the sink. Play music. Light a candle. Paint the door.
- Nourish and exercise your mind. Read books. Strengthen focus. Limit junk.
- Help someone. Look for the first and easiest opportunity to be of assistance. If it’s hard, it’s probably not that helpful.
- Thank someone. Also usually obvious and easy.
- Show and Tell “I love you.” Hug and kiss. Connect, a little or a lot. Everyday.
- Rejoice. Revel. Make joy and play a priority. Have adventures.
- Rest. Recharge my brain and body as needed.
Since I took up journaling again last year, I’ve been gradually refining a daily self-checklist for being present in the moment, while making progress toward larger goals. There are lots of ready-made productivity checklists out there, compiled by people whose minds are better at marching in a straight line than mine, but this one is tailored to my own meandering bent, and the need to keep it very simple. You are welcome to borrow or share it, or tell me about your own daily “do’s.”