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Some years ago I received a rather nice notebook as a Christmas present. It was a hardback book and inserted amongst the note pages are photographs of my family. It was a nice gift that I didn't want to waste, so I pondered about how I might use it.
I decided to use the book as a book of lists, designed to motivate and inspire me. A book that is for me personally, and captures ideas for my life.
I have numerous sections in the book ...
There is a section on health and fitness, that has some goals (which I can modify with time). This section contains some ideas about health and fitness related activities and goals that I might be interested in over time. What kinds of activities, stretching, cardio and weight bearing exercise that might work for me. Over the years I have used this to develop some routines that keep things interesting for me, mix up the type of exercise and are reasonably balanced.
I have a section for travel ... I add places of interest over time and it helps me to understand where are places that truly interest me that should be on my bucket list, and where are other places that might be of interest. It is also neat to look back at the places I have been and remember the good times.
I have section about work ... what I enjoy, what intrigues me, what strengths I think I have and what I am not so good at! This helps me to think about the future and what I might enjoy doing with my time after Eagle. It also helps me to understand where I might need help in my current role.
I have section devoted to writing. This is something I enjoy so perhaps I might write a book or two. This section contains some book ideas, along with some details that I add from time to time ... plots for novels etc.
I have a section for hobbies ... things I do now, and things I might do in the future.
One section is devoted to things that make me smile. I will add to this section every few months, but every time I read it it lifts my spirits. It is a great tool for anyone to use when having a bad day, or going through a rough patch.
The whole idea of the book was to capture ideas as they came to me and to have one resource that might help me to plan my life. It has been an interesting exercise, and one that I highly recommend. It is like capturing your goals in one place, adding some prospective goals over time and having all of the relevant data to determine what is important to YOU ... in one place.
Of course it doesn't need to be on paper, it can be digital ... but I enjoy the book, leafing through it, pondering the entries and flipping back and forth. I find it helps my creative thinking. I also like the fact that I can pick it up any time, and do some thinking about the various topics in it.
Over the years the book has become much more than a book of lists, it became a blueprint for my life. It has helped me to focus on what is truly important to me, and helped me get clarity of my life.
Try it ... it might just work for you too!
"I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say." Flannery O'Connor
Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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