Oh, Monday- How I Adore Thee!

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…behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I know you are thinking I am off my rocker with a title like Oh, Monday- How I Adore Thee, but it’s the truth. Mondays are a Planner Person’s dream come true. There you have the whole week ahead of you, fresh…new, unmarred! Nothing has happened to mess up your weekly view or perfect planning. Of course once the alarm goes off, all bets are off. But stay with me in the moment for the newness of the week. Cast your vision. Look at those 7 beautiful days stretched out before you, and take a breath.

As a coach for many years, as I would sit with a new client, I would ask them to do an exercise for me. It was their homework and trust me it did not take long before most would realize how seriously I took that little assignment . Let’s just say those who were non-compliant found that extra squats, lunges and “un-timed” planks would appear on the day’s Fitness Training Menu. “Oopsy, sorry, I forgot to start the timer, just keep holding that plank and tell me all about  that homework assignment you did not do for me.” I found that most of my students would quickly see the wisdom in doing the homework assignments I requested.

What was that homework assignment you wonder? The homework  was to plan the ideal day and week in detail. However it included looking at commitments and must do’s as well as well as the idealistic expectations and want to do’s. I did this to gain a perspective of the individual’s life so that I could help them overcome obstacles that might hinder their ability to meet their fitness related goals. This little exercise combined with conversation gave me a “quick peek” into their schedules,  general perspective,  attitudes and pre-conceived ideas. In a word I was able to quickly see their priorities. This allowed me to effectively guide them, create a realistic program of exercise and to plan for short and long-term success in light of reality.

The reality is, life happens while you’re busy making your perfect plans, friends. So when it’s Monday you are in a beautiful position to plan well and plan your priorities for the week. What are your priorities? What matters most to you? We cannot do everything. We have to choose what we will strive for today. This week. In light of what is most important for this time of our lives.

Tomorrow and this week, I will be touching more on this topic…doing what matters in light of now and forever. Living your mission, keeping first things first. But for now…It’s Monday! Do you know what your priorities are?

pri·or·i·ty

noun \prī-ˈr-ə-tē, –ˈär-\

: something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first

priorities : the things that someone cares about and thinks are important

: the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with

 

 

A Practical Tip: Ponder your ideal day and week. What are your have to do’s for others, and self. What are the want to do’s. Make sure you write them in your planner (if you haven’t already). Notice what you are leaving out. If you have been wanting to read, write or get to the gym, walk outside for ten minutes, pray for 15…have you included it specifically in your plan? Planner? If not , why not? Write it down, and you are more likely to get it done.

A  Quote or two to Ponder:  “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”  ~H. L. Hunt

 

A  Prayer for  Today:  Lord, you are the Maker of Mondays and every day, I receive from your hand this day with thanksgiving- whatever is given or withheld. I ask for the ability to prioritize what matters most in light of your Truth. Guide me into the right priorities and perspective today according to your good purpose. I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

 

This is Day 6 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips

I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!

I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.

Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me. 

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I pray this series is a blessing to you. 

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Becky Wilkinson Perry
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 11:26:27

    I am enjoying your posts!

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  2. April Yamasaki
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 11:46:09

    Thanks, Dawn – this is a great way to start my week!

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  3. Shelby
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 11:58:03

    I cannot tell you how happy I am to find another Monday-lover! The bright shiny start to a new week full of possibilities — intoxicating (in a good way)!!!!

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  4. lynndmorrissey
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 12:13:48

    Wow, another great post, Dawn. I love you, of course, but honestly, I had no idea the depth to which you would take planning. This is about a lot more than practical tips on how to keep a planner! You are delving into the realm of God’s will (really), because He wants us to live a life of priority in light of His purposes! I thnk your quote is really provocative: What am I willing to *exchange* for my priorities? The implied is that if I exchange something for my priorities, I exchange something of lesser value, and I can never retrieve the time I have *wasted* on it. Wow! Lots to ponder. I really want to schedule a walk today, but I”m stuck waiting for the stove guy. Yes, interruptions happ;en, and one’s gotta eat, right?! =]
    Love you!
    Lynn

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  5. kelrohlf
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 15:05:26

    Dawn- I have my planner in hand…starting out a little later today…because my priority was to get my workspace in order today…my little art studio had become quite cluttered and my art supplies were spilling into the rest of the house, which really doesn’t bother me too much, but I am going into a week of teaching, so I need space to prepare…all that said I want to go try your homework (lest I have to do an untimed plank…lol) See you tomorrow! Love-Kel

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  6. Jacque Garner
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 19:02:39

    Oh my goodness, YES!!!!! We are so meant to be friends! 🙂 I love Mondays. I never understand all the Monday posts on FB about how dreadful Mondays are! If I had a job outside the home I would probably feel differently. Haha. But I’m always ready to go on Monday. By Wednesday? Meh.

    I have been very guilty of doing my “want-to’s” before my “must-do’s”. Sigh. I’ve been better since starting this 31 day waking up early challenge, though!

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  7. Trackback: Introducing Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips – October 1-31 | Enthusiastically, Dawn
  8. Tami @ This Mom's Delight
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 17:01:30

    The quote to ponder has me thinking “what must I give up” to reach my health goals? A great quote and I’m writing it down.

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