To-Do lists and New Year’s resolutions have much in common. We realize that something needs to be done, we resolve to do it (really, this time!) and we write it down. Somewhere.
You already know how this story ends, don’t you?
By January 31 you are running around muttering to yourself and to everyone who can hear you that you have so much to do and are always running behind. New Year’s resolutions are just Bah! Humbug! anyway.
You don’t find the words “planning” and “passion” in the same sentence very often. Could that be a reason our plans often fade into history with the month in which they are made?
What if you planned your passions? Or impassioned your planning?
To-Do lists and action plans should reflect the fundamental passions and drives of your life. Why do you get up in the morning? What do you live for? Love, making an important discovery, helping people with good health or relationships, raising children well, pursuing a hobby or sport – all of these and more can be values that motivate us and inform our action plans.