I’d like to share with you something I wrote in my journal recently.
“Everything on my calendar is a promise to the universe to fulfill my greatest dreams and desires.”
After I wrote that, I had to sit back and read it several times. Is that really true for me?
After looking at my schedule, I can see that for the most part, yes! The meetings and activities in my calendar really do reflect some of my greatest dreams and desires.
And because I’m not perfect, there are some dreams and desires missing from my calendar. Now, I can make room for those things.
Here’s an actual week from my calendar:
You can see that I have the Kansas City Chiefs in there because I enjoy watching the game with my husband. It’s not really about the game. It’s about having fun with the love of my life.
I have things in there for my role as COO with Ron Henderson & Associates. I love my job and everything on the calendar for my job is a deadline. It’s a commitment to my team to work towards making things easier or making more money.
I have things in there for The Assistant Files. It’s a coaching business I want to continue to grow and I love writing this blog and helping executive assistants achieve their own potential as well.
I myself am enrolled in a coaching program to better myself and to become the person I want to be.
And I have some vacation time in there. My parents and I went to Carlsbad Caverns and spent some time in Albuquerque together. I am very lucky to be able to spend time with my parents as an adult. I know many people whose parents are no longer here and I am grateful for all the time I can get with them.
You’ll notice that my entire day isn’t blocked. There are things that come up during the day that I want to be able to handle without too much stress in having to move things around on my calendar. I can easily fit in Quadrant I activities while still honoring my Quadrant II activities.
What’s not on my calendar is exercise. I do actually exercise four days a week; I just don’t have it on my calendar. If my calendar is truly a representation of my dreams and desires, I could put exercise on there.
I could also put time to read, journal, and think. I find great value in these activities and I do them sporadically, but not with the regularity that I would like.
And I also believe I could put time with my husband in the evenings. We often spend a few hours cooking dinner, watching TV together and discussing the day’s events or plans we’d like to make. Why isn’t that in my calendar? I’m thinking it’s because time with my husband and time spent exercising are habits and thus I don’t need reminding to do them!
Still though, I’d like to be able to look back at my calendar to see where I’m devoting my time. Even if I simply put activities on my calendar after the time has passed, I’ll have a record of what I did during those times. Wouldn’t that be fascinating to see?
What about you? Is your calendar a reflection of your dreams and desires? Are you spending time on the things that matter most? If not, how come? And what can you do to change that?