Monday, January 18, 2010

Categorizing Your Day

Welcome to a new day! Today is a day full of new challenges, new opportunities and maybe even a few new experiences. As I was lying in bed this morning thinking about the best way to spend my vacation day, I realized that each day consists of the same four categories: the ‘have to’, the ‘want to’, the ‘need to’, and the ‘get to’.

The ‘Have To’
We are all extremely familiar with this category! These are the things in our day that have consequences if they are not done. Things like grocery shopping, paying bills and waking up at 0 dark 30 so you can get ready for work or school.

The ‘Want To’
We all love this category! This is the fun stuff that we get to put in our day, the things we really enjoy. These can include (but are in no way limited to) taking a nap, watching a movie in the middle of the day, chatting with friends on the phone, spending the day at the lake, getting a massage…ahhh, the list goes on and on!

The ‘Need To’
In this category fits all the things that almost fit into the ‘have to’ category but technically do not have black and white consequences if they’re not done. This is more of a gray area of daily requirements and is the biggest category for things we procrastinate doing! Things like exercising, writing notes to friends, doing the laundry, washing the dog…if it could be put off for another day, it would fall in this category.

The ‘Get To’
Now we’ve reached a curious and unique category in our day. This category is a combination of all the others, but its contents depend entirely upon your point of view. For example while making dinner for your family may be in the ‘have to’ category, getting to try out a new recipe would fall into the ‘get to’ category. ‘Wanting to’ meet a friend for lunch may soon become a ‘getting to’ category if your schedules line up.

We fill each day with a combination of all of these categories. The key is to balance the ‘have to’ with the ‘want to’ and the ‘need to’ with the ‘get to’ so that we can enjoy the life we’re given. True, some days will be more full of ‘have to’ then ‘want to’ but you must allow yourself another day to let ‘want to’ be more prevalent. There is nothing more draining then a life filled with ‘have to’ but there is nothing more fruitless then a life filled with ‘want to’. Purposefully creating a balance in your life will help you to remember the true purpose for your life!

Be blessed,

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24


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