My Daily Dozen

January 29th, 2013

 A checklist for being present and making progress

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Daily Dozen

  1. Listen for purpose. Be still. Get quiet. What am I called to do with this life, this day?
  2. Plan for progress. Commit to the day in writing. Map the hours. Revisit and revise as needed.
  3. Nourish and exercise your body. Eat well. Limit toxins. Stretch. Move. Breathe fresh air.
  4. Work on something big. Lay down a legacy. Move closer to the goal, by strides or inches.
  5. Finish something small. Harness the power of done as often as possible. Break the big things into small things.
  6. Improve your space. Toss clutter. Take the cup to the sink. Play music. Light a candle. Paint the door.
  7. Nourish and exercise your mind. Read books. Strengthen focus. Limit junk. 
  8. Help someone. Look for the first and easiest opportunity to be of assistance. If it’s hard, it’s probably not that helpful.
  9. Thank someone. Also usually obvious and easy.  
  10. Show and Tell “I love you.” Hug and kiss. Connect, a little or a lot. Everyday.
  11. Rejoice. Revel. Make joy and play a priority. Have adventures.
  12. 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.”

6 Responses to “My Daily Dozen”

  1. Schmutzie says:

    1000%, by which I mean that I love this.

  2. Tamara says:

    I guess I go through a similar kind of check list in my head everyday Kyran, and try to always make 9 & 10 my priorities. – even if there are days when #10 may be through gritted teeth ;)

    Thanks for sharing this, I always appreciate seeing one of your posts!

  3. Jen says:

    ” … 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.”

    This defines my problem with checklists. I want (likely need) a checklist to use as a daily guideline, but when they are more oriented for checking things off even if they have an abstract bend to them, it tends to set me up for tiny failures every day if I don’t accomplish them. Tailoring one for myself that is more goal oriented and less task, similar to what you’ve done, might be genius. Now to be patient enough to tailor it slowly.

    • Kyran says:

      I’m working on a free printable version that you can tuck into your journal or planner, with lots of room for tailoring. Watch this space. :-)

  4. Sheryl says:

    I’ve come back to read this several times. It’s very helpful.

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