Well, I’ve started a new 30 Day Challenge: Create a To-Do List every night before midnight.
Here goes my first To-Do List (11:48 p.m.):
- Finish Conference Call Calendar
- Contact Andy and Dave about Elective Class changes
- Make sure my schedule is lined up for sessions and elective classes
- Do 3 Division Leader Podcasts
- Monitor 1 Coach
- Clean up paperwork
- Submit Coach Success Checklists to HR
- Vermotion email with Jeff
- Bryan C. (10:30 a.m.)
- Jessica (4:00 p.m.)
- Interview with Dan P. (5:00 p.m.)
- Review notes from eHarbor meeting – send reminder email to team
- Email (10 minutes morning)
- Email (10 minutes mid-day)
- Email (10 minutes afternoon)
- Cases (morning)
- Cases (afternoon)
- Review Q2 Goals
- Ship all the DA stuff
- Charisma Blog Post
- Jazz N Place Blog Post
- Follow up with Charisma, Jazz N Place and Pointe – feedback
- Follow up with Dave – Blog World
- Follow up with UVFL – Link and Image to David R.
- Email to Looie – check amount and next year plan
- Write and deposit $2122.35 check for gas reimbursement
- Email orders
- Work on new site (30 minutes)
- Talk with Bobby about deal – 2nds at $55 – $60 with taps installed (256.593.1955)
- Process Denise A Kirby Order
- Post Mike Curtis interview
- Detailed Map for Aspen Derm
- Follow up with Cameron – Zagg
- Publish Muhammad interview
- Schedule Nanny interview
- Schedule Tumbleweed interview
- Chat with Dean about design for UCR
- Chat with Jordan about programming for subscription site for BWE09
- Chat with Dan S. about Becky’s new site (cost, time frame, etc.)
- Email gas details to Cheryl
Whew! That’s a boat load of stuff to do! I think I’m going to make a form or something that I can do on paper or at least do online but then print off and check off as I go.
Spiritually I feel I’ve been slacking a bit lately. I’ve been too busy to do anything or look at things that I shouldn’t, but I feel spiritually hungry: I haven’t been listening to anything worthwhile on my way to work, I haven’t read any scriptures or talks, and I haven’t been saying my own personal prayers or even couple prayer very consistently. Things I have been doing include playing with the kids, helping out around the house (we had a great night tonight cleaning up the back yard, emptying out the sand box because we’re going to attempt to sell it at the garage sale this weekend).
You don’t have to be a Latter-day Saint—you don’t even have to be religious—to see the repeating pattern of history in the lives of God’s children as recorded in the Old Testament. Time and again we see the cycle of righteousness followed by wickedness. Similarly, the Book of Mormon records that ancient civilizations of this continent followed exactly the same pattern: righteousness followed by prosperity, followed by material comforts, followed by greed, followed by pride, followed by wickedness and a collapse of morality until the people brought calamities upon themselves sufficient to stir them up to humility, repentance, and change….One of the great lessons of this historical pattern is that our choices, both individually and collectively, do result in spiritual consequences for ourselves and for our posterity. (Learning the Lessons of the Past , M. Russell Ballard)
I think I need to ask myself these questions:
- Am I learning from the past?
- Am I headed down the "Pride Cycle" path?
- What do I need to do every day to make sure I avoid repeating historical mistakes?
I’m grateful for Becky and the kids. I’m grateful they are patient and love me despite my imperfections. I’m grateful for my job – it’s at my job that I fear pride the most – the "better-than box" mentality at times.
I need to pray for humilty, appreciation for all that God has blessed me with, and a strong desire to keep myself "morally straight".
I look forward to this new 30 Day Challenge. Journal writing will be part of the challenge too.