My Intentional Life Journey: Component No. 2 ~ Organize Yourself

Being organized makes change easier to accomplish.   Haven’t won any awards lately for your supreme organizational skills?  That’s OK!  Take what I have and use it as is or modify it to how you prefer to use it. This will help you save time and maybe even a few brain cells.   🙂

So, before we get too far in our program, I suggest you put a couple tools in place to get ready for all the fun.  I use these tools regularly to stay on top of not just the family journey, but also my own.  Pick and choose what will work best for you!

1.  The Family Notebook

This notebook holds the family’s goodies.  You can keep information in here that is handy to have during the Family Meeting; like the Family Meeting Agenda, copies of each individual’s goals for accountability purposes, meeting and house rules, lesson plans, and anything else the family finds of value.

2.  Individual Family Member Notebooks

Each family member needs a place to keep their own materials.  There are several worksheets and documents used throughout the program.  The individual notebook is the ideal place for keeping these items together.  We keep the following items in our notebooks (many of these items you will be introduced to as you move through the components of the program).

  • Guide Me With Inspiration – To be covered
  • Lessons in Progress – Life Lessons that you are working on
  • Lessons Learned – Life Lessons you feel you have incorporated or mastered
  • My Goals
  • My Ideal Week
  • My Journey
  • Relational Accounts
  • Where I’ve Been – Old copies of My Life Journey Worksheets

3.  Family Calendar

We can be intentional and supportive of one another by knowing what everyone’s day has in store for us.  Each week we review the schedule for the coming week.  I have always maintained a master calendar of all family activities on my Outlook calendar (color coded by person/activity) and on an At-A-Glance Weekly Calendar.  The At-A-Glance calendar is hand written and is kept where everyone can see it.

Once I became a user of a smart phone, I started syncing my Outlook to my phone.  Handy-dandy!  Now that everyone in the family has a smart phone, I send out calendar invites, so that everyone has what information they need at their finger tips.

Even though we all have digital access to necessary calendar info, we still review the schedule and discuss any logistical issues, so no one is left out in the cold waiting for a ride or something along those lines.  😉

4.  Book of Lessons

Pretty easy concept – we keep all our life lessons organized by category in this notebook, so we can reference them again later.  Need an attitude check?  Not a problem, we have all sorts of information in the book to get us back on track.

5.  Notes of Inspiration and Other Lessons Learned

There is a wealth of resources available in the form of videos, webcasts, teleconferences, and podcasts.  Since most of these do not furnish notes, we make our own and them file them in this notebook for referencing.

6.  Reading Notes

Books . . . another abundant resource for living your best life.  Whenever one of us (normally me) reads a good book with plenty of knowledge to be shared, we take notes.  We use the notes as a tool for presenting what we learned to the rest of the family.  And yes, you guessed it, the notes are then stored in our “Reading Notes” notebook.

Now that you are organized, you are ready to jump into the good stuff.  Later this week, I will begin to post about Component No. 3.  This is component covers a lot of information and begins your process to developing habits of an intentional life.  If you are ready to make this commitment, start thinking about when you can set aside some time to work through this next component.  🙂

Question What topics would you expect to have in your Book of Lessons?  Please share your answer in the comment section below.

*** This post is just one in a series of many covering the aspects of the My Life Journey Program.  To learn more about the program, click here. ***


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