good life by brooke petermann
Part of cultivating a good life is using my time wisely.
I am deep into my third round of completing a 101 goals in 1001 days challenge. The way this project works for me is in offering pre-planned projects to work on when I have available time. I use it as a resource list for filling my days with worthwhile activities.
Without a plan, any downtime that I found would likely be whiled away in the never-ending lands of Instagram, Bloglovin’, or Pinterest.
Here’s how it works: Every three years (or thereabouts), I write a list of 101 things that I would like to accomplish in the next few years. I don’t write the list all in one sitting. I usually add and subtract ideas for a few weeks until I have a list that feels in balance with all of the facets of my life and also has a nice mix of both big and little goals.
Big or small, trivial or important, my one aim is for the accomplishment of each goal to add value to my life.
I understand that some people like to choose only a few goals to focus on at a time (and that is totally legitimate), but I love having a long list because I am a bit fickle with my time and interests. I will often spend a long afternoon or even a week totally focusing my free time on one activity. The next week, I will hop to a different project. The third week I could be back to the first or starting project number three. Having 101 different goals to work toward, covering all areas of my life, means that I can almost always find something on my list that fits with my current interest or motivation.
Having a lot of goals also means that I have a lot of room for success. A long list equals a lot of opportunities to get things done and crossed off. Each time I cross something off my list, I feel great and I am motivated to do more. Again, my long list is a helper in this process; I have a sizable list of options to direct that extra jolt of energy toward.
Crossed off goals serve as proof of my progress. I love reading through my list to see all that I’ve already accomplished. It helps me to remember that using my time intentionally pays off.
My goal list plays a big part in my day-to-day life. It keeps me on track and it keeps me moving forward. Using my time purposefully means that my spare moments add up to a better life – a life of purpose and a life on purpose.
Brooke Petermann is a part of our 2015 Creative Team. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Brian and two sons Sam and Eli.