For a while, and by that I mean practically my entire life, I have been plagued with a severe case of super terrible time management*. Oddly, this didn’t translate too terribly much into my work life, but it has permeated my personal life for far too long. So, for the last year I’ve been reading blogs, books, and anything I could get my hands on to get myself on track.

The great thing about these kind of searches is that one typically receives enlightenment from the most unexpected places and for me it was signing up for Ramit Sethi’s 20X Your Potential email course. Day 1 was a physical challenge in which I held (mostly) a plank for 21 minutes, it was brutal! Day 2 started a more internal/mental approach and was essentially a day to set a long term goal that you’ve been avoiding. One of the steps was to meditate on that goal. Let me say first that I’ve been meditating on and off for a while now and though I believe it helps me in a lot of ways, I had never had a light bulb moment… until this past Tuesday. I’m not going to get into it here, but to put it simply, I see things in a slightly different way and it has made things much more clear and doable.

Now let’s skip to today, Day 5. The challenge was to give back, to do something for others instead of for yourself. Wow! This used to be something I was good at and let fall to the side. When I lived in Charlotte I volunteered at Animal Care and Control, I gave blood every eight weeks, I did a lot more than I’m doing now which is almost nothing. So now I’ve been challenged and it’s time to step it up.

On March 22nd I’ll be attending a volunteer orientation for Animal Care & Control
On March 26th I’ll be donating blood and setting up a regular schedule going forward
Today I donated through Kiva
On Monday I’ll be contacting my local ALS chapter about donating time

This internal shift feels good and I plan to make the most of it. What about you? What do you feel good about? I need to know!

*I once completed and entire Social Studies Fair the night before it was due. Ugh!

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