First of all, I know I didn’t get these downloads for you last week – it ended up being a crazy week and so something had to go and in this case…it was blogging about our activity. Which actually brings me to our lesson on Time Management! I’m going to divide it up into parts because I think it will be too long for one post. Today, as you can see, is Part I. We’ll see how many parts it actually ends up being once I add the Organization Fair report as well. By the way – that was so fun and fabulous! But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. I will talk more about that later – let’s get back to our Time Management lesson.
When Jason and I were in college, we met while in the student government program. There were 4,000 student volunteers who ran all of the activities and service programs at BYU at that time. It was unheard of to have so many students involved in the student government program, but Jason and I both count ourselves lucky to have been a part of that experience because it taught us something. Even in our volunteer positions, every event, every service program, every experience that came out of BYUSA was planned with a model called “Planning With a Purpose.” You might say that by the time our years were finished at BYU (including our last one where Jason was Student Body President), we had practiced this model of planning dozens and dozens of times. It became a part of us and it has influenced our lives in ways we never imagined or even thought about back in our college days.
our BYU days - only 17 years ago!
“Planning With a Purpose,” to me, is the ultimate time management skill. When we talked about time management at our neighborhood ENT activity, we did not assess the latest “Busy Mom Calendars,” or determine how to use our clocks more effectively. We taught how to use “Planning With a Purpose” because, and you’ll find this out once I explain it, it helps us all determine what is truly needful in terms of how we spend our time and then helps us get from Point A to Point B in that effort. You will find that it is similar to methods of planning taught by Franklin Covey and other groups because the principles work. This “Planning With a Purpose” model was taught to us like you see it here – but with my own tweaks that I have learned throughout the 20 years I have been using it.
The “Planning With a Purpose” model works in every situation and for every problem, issue, concern, or event you are trying to make happen. If you are trying to figure out how to get your kids to do their chores? Go through “Planning With a Purpose.” If you are planning your family vacation….go through “Planning With a Purpose.” If you are trying to change a personal habit that you have? Use “Planning With a Purpose.” Whatever the situation, this works. And once you figure out how to use it, you will see that it can help you sift through how you are spending your time so that the important things (the things you truly value) rise to the top and the unimportant things get left behind.
I’d like you to download this handout and follow along with me as we go through learning about “Planning With a Purpose.” Just click on it and you can print it out and work from it very easily. Notice how it also can be cut in half and inserted into your ENT notebooks as two pages.
Determine What You Value
The first thing we have to establish when we plan with purpose is determining what we value. Ask yourself what you value and write it down on your worksheet. This can be anything – big or small. Just identify the things that are truly important to YOU. You can also do this as a family, as a couple, as a team at work….whatever. I have things that I value personally but then Jason and I have things that we value as a family. When we had our first committee meeting for our Every Needful Thing program, we determined what we valued and now, for every activity, we go back and make sure that what we are planning is in line with what we value. It keeps us focused on the right things.
part of our "Organization Fair" displays
Some of the values that we had when we listed them as a group during our activity last week were: family, quiet time, one-on-one time with each child, date night, a clean house, God, etc. You can see that this was a group of mothers making this list, can’t you! I know that before I became a mother, the things that I valued looked a little different than they do now. That’s the beauty of creating a list of values – it is what YOU value. Not what your neighbor values or your mother or your friend. It’s for you to decide.
Now, after you have your values determined, we can move on to steps 1-3. The important part about deciding what you value FIRST, is that everything you decide after that should come back to those values. It is a simple way to make sure that how you are actually spending your time coincides with what you value because you have already established a list of those values.
Steps 1-3 will be in our next post – the continuation of our time management lesson. Over the next couple of days, I want you to think about these values more and refine your list so that it truly reflects what is important to you.
I’ll see you next time, with your value lists in hand!
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