I have such a busy life! We all do! For the last few years, I have
begun journaling, or in essence, purchasing inexpensive notebooks and
penning all that pertains to me. It has helped me keep my sanity. I
also call this project, "Ny Life in a Notebook." Keeping everything
in the notebook, divided into categories, helps me not to have to
worry about forgetting anything, because it is all in the notebook.
As you begin your new school term, there are a few things that I have
thought of that may be helpful, particularly as it relates to master-
minding and strategizing your life via journaling:
1. Set up a tentative schedule for your life on paper. Think it all
out on paper, and try to come up with a feasible plan. Include
everything, from what time you will get up each morning, to what you
will have for meals, to study time....etc. Write it all in your
notebook, and change as necessary.
2. Schedule time for yourself: exercise, relaxation, meditation,
hobbies, etc, whatever is relaxing and healthy, that nourishes mind,
body and spirit. We need to treat ourselves wholistically, as we
endeavor to treat our clients.
3. Cultivate inspiring friendships. Encouragement by those who
really care about you goes a long, long way. And then, reciprocate
by encouraging others. Everyone needs encouragement. And it is more
blessed to give than receive.
4. Take a good hard, brutally honest look at your life. Are there
weeds, or hindrances that have caused you distress in previous
semesters? How can this be counteracted this school term? Get rid
of any bad habits or baggage that serve as a weight, so that you can
be free to give your all to your goals.
5. In your notebook, constantly revisit your goals and update, as
necessary. Ask wise friends to help you if you need to. Do whatever
is necessary to succeed.
I was SO very encouraged by the Olympians this Olympic season. They
kept their eyes on the prize, and with years of perseverance,
determination and stick-to-itiveness, pressed forward. We need to
have that same determination, pushing ourselves, with God's help,
onward. Have a greatly successful school year this term!