Create Top Ten Lists – Tip #54
After doing a “summer to do list” (see week three of Living It for details and the nearly completed list below) we decided to make some goals for the next 4 months. We had originally planned to do some top ten lists but we had so many things that we decided not to limit ourselves. Our summer goals were only 8 weeks in length and since we didn’t complete them all we decided that we would let go of some, carry some over to the next list and create some new challenges for ourselves.
Rather than waiting for New Years Eve to make resolutions we decided to squeeze in another 100 challenges before 2015 creeps up on us. I am, by nature, a home body that would happily watch movies and pop popcorn. As the cold weather approaches, I resemble more of a bear than a human. I eat more, sleep more and am less motivated to do things that require me to have enthusiasm, drive or energy. I am hopeful that this list will change all that as the summer list really did motivate my whole family to take on new challenges, try new foods, take risks and do things other than play Minecraft and sit around the house listening to my kids tell me they were bored (I think I only heard that a record 3-4 times all summer)! The other, unexpected, thing that happened was that I realized I was teaching my kids to also focus on the journey. We never talked about getting all 100 done or even had that as a goal. Instead, we focused on the activities and checked off the list each week at a time we were all together. I also learnt a lot about enjoying the moment and learning that is okay not to do it all. I often try to be all things to everyone and love nothing more than seeing a completed “to do” list (a sickness – I know!).
So, if you are looking to talk to your kids about their hopes, dreams, encourage them to take risks and step out of their comfort zone this activity is definitely for your family and perhaps just for yourself.
* Make the list together
* Post the list in a high traffic area for everyone to reference it
* Focus on the activities rather than having the goal of accomplishing it all
* Include things that you were going to do anyway, things that are quick and easy, a few things that you have always wanted to do and a few things that will ensure you all spend time together
* The list isn’t carved into stone, edit it as you go if you need to (you can see our summer edits below on Summer To Do list)
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