To-do lists, shopping lists, packing lists, this list of lists.
There's something satisfying about writing out a list and then checking it off. Actually, not so much checking it off as much as crossing it out with a big black marker. If I still had my to-do lists from college, that's exactly how they looked - handwritten lists on whatever paper I could find with big, black marks completely obliterating the task underneath.
These days, without classes and homework to keep track of on top of work, I'm not making as many lists. I also have so much more free time than I'm used to (I know, I graduated a year ago, but I'm still not completely accustomed to it), but that doesn't mean I'm accomplishing more. I'm hesitant to start any classes, huge projects, or theatrical endeavors because of the job hunt, but I still have all this personal time I could be doing a lot more with (and writing cover letters ALL the time does not make me very happy).
I just had to figure out my priorities and "schedule" my time accordingly.
My priorities these days can be summed up into four categories:
- Come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
- Build strong and successful relationships with my friends and family
- Become the best me I can be
- Be happy
Now, I've seen "life lists" and "bucket lists" and there are all sorts of things I know should do, but those are always daunting. If I'm supposed to do everything, I'll never feel like I get anything done.
So, when Eilonwy and I stumbled on this feel good list from a woman who started it as part of her depression therapy, I fell in love. I was inspired. And for my own personal Family Home Evening,I even started with a prayer, I designed a joy list of my own.
Everything on my joy list falls under one of my priority categories, and all of them fall under "Be happy". It leaves plenty of room for the other necessities in life (groceries, laundry, cover letters), but ensures I'll make time each week for the things that are truly important. As necessary, I'll edit it from time to time (as soon as I get an apartment with a bathtub, take a bubble bath is going on the a la carte menu).
Here's to a happier life!
What would you put on your joy list?