This tip from Claire Keeling has made a tremendous difference in my family’s routine! Think about it… I make a “to do” list daily and I’m sure that most moms do too, otherwise they wouldn’t offer so many diffferent TO DO lists in all different styles at Target! But we unconsciously expect our young kids to keep track of their “to do” lists in their heads or, put the expectation on ourselves to keep track FOR them!
One of my friends I can always count on for a good laugh sent me a Top 10 Priorities list the other day. Not unlike David Letterman’s lists, it was funny. But beyond the humor, what struck me was the very real benefit of taking one’s own life, complete with loved ones, work, interests, dreams, goals and aspirations and being able to sum them up, simply stated into ten lines of text. The next real challenge, not for the faint of heart, is to then label them 10 – 1, ascending in rank from lowest to highest priority. And then if you really want to live by these new priorities you have set for yourself, you will share them with someone close to you. We all need reminders every now and again and if we don’t share them, how can we be accountable for them? So once you have your top ten, post them on your magnet board, write them on little pieces of paper and hide them all over the house but definitely be sure to share them with a friend.