Designing My Life


I am currently a part of my first book club. Ever. My friend Kat is facilitating it and I really do love being a part. Even if I had to read 8 chapters in one sitting because I was so behind. We are reading John C. Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. 

My favorite chapter is one where he discusses designing your life. This quote is how he starts off the chapter.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

John Maxwell shares his tradition that every December he reviews the past year. He pulls out his calendar and goes through all the events and activities of the past year and then evaluates the way he spent his time. He actually goes hour by hour through the previous year’s agenda.

I’m following his lead. No, not hour by hour. More looking at the blocks of time I spend on different activities , commitments and hobbies. DId I get a good return on my time both personally and professionally? What do I want to do more or less of in this coming year?

I am at the very beginning, but the one thing I am sure of is that I want to create more in 2013. In fact, I want to make it a point to create something everyday. Whether it is blogging, design, art projects with my kids…creating refreshes me.

What should you do more or less of in 2013?


December 10, 2012 · 7:02 pm

4 responses to “Designing My Life

  1. I need to carve out more electronic-free time. I get so caught up in what others are constantly saying and thinking and tweeting that I rarely have any original, creative thoughts anymore. It’s negatively affecting my art and my writing.

  2. I want to do things with more excellence. This past year, my motto was “Do as little as possible, as well as possible.” Finally, now that it’s December, I’ve gotten the first part down – I don’t feel like I have too much on my plate.

    Now, for 2013, I want to do what I do – better. I want to be more wise and disciplined with my time. Intentional about working AND resting. Maybe I’ll even read a grammar book or two…so my writing won’t be filled with random punctuation marks. Maybe.

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