At work, we have a meeting every single morning, in which the entire office circles up, and we each share something that we learned the day or week before, and we each share our highest priority for the day.
We say, "Today, I will …" and insert that priority. I was told after my first day that it's not "I'll try," or "I'd like to" — it's "I WILL."
And for the first couple of weeks, my turn in the morning huddle made me feel very awkward, because I felt like the things I was learning and prioritizing were very basic compared to what everyone else — who had all been there for far longer — were learning and promising. So I was feeling panicked, and now, every day when I learn something new, I write it down immediately so I won't forget, and therefore I never panic anymore about what I'm going to say. I make sure that I have the following day's "I learned" and "I will" written down before I go home for the day, so I am never unprepared.
I realized last night that I was applying this mentality to my life, too. I keep a to-do app on my phone, filled with things that may or may not actually happen, because life. (I mean, honestly, I've had "get wills notarized" on there for over a year. I finally just removed it because it was bugging me to have to look at it everyday, but I still need to do that at some point.) But I took Elliott up to my mom's house this weekend, so that she won't run out the door and run away forever when the realtor shows the house. I told Matt that my first and biggest priority when I returned was that I wanted to vacuum the stairs, because then they likely wouldn't need a deep-clean vacuuming again.
And as I was putting the vacuum cleaner away last night, I had that WHOOOOAAAAA moment, where I realized I was applying my work life to my home life, and that I might actually really like that concept of having just one big priority you must do each day, and taking care of that first. It's easier for me to swallow tasks one at a time, instead of worrying about all the things I have to get done, so I really liked the idea of picking just one.
What's on YOUR to-do list? How did you spend your Sunday night? (Hopefully you did something more exciting than vacuuming. I'm sorry I'm so boring.)