How often do we ignore the things we value, doing things that are not really important to us at all? Hours spent wasted in front of smut TV while our children play by themselves and the housework goes undone; yeses to so many commitments that we cannot perform any of them to the best of our ability; faith never fully delved into, never completely integrated into our lives.
Purposeful living: knowing where you want to end up and how to get there and acting on that knowledge. This month's challenge is to make a Road Map for your life, and it may be the most important challenge you accept.
Download my free Values and Life Map worksheet and spend some time contemplating what you value versus what you make priority in your life. Order your values from most important to least important. What activities are important for you to do in light of those values? Then write out what you want your life to look like in 20 years: your finances, your family, your social relationships, your personal and career goals, your physical and spiritual goals. What 10 year goals should you make to get to that 20 year vision? What 5 year goals will help you attain the 10 year goals? Continue making 1 year and then 3 month goals.
Use this life map to measure your priorities and activities. You can spot those activities that aren't helping you reach your goals and remove or reduce them, and include more of the activities that will take you where you want to go. Periodically, examine your life. Are you keeping the things you value most top priorities in your life or have other unimportant interests taken over? Are you heading in the right direction or have you made a wrong turn somewhere? Are lower priorities taking precedence over higher ones?
Keep this page in your homemaking binder for easy reference whenever you need a little motivation or a gentle reminder to get on track.
The Modern Housewife