Know thyself

Hello, my name is Donna and I’m an introvert.
To some that may be a surprise and others not.  Since taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test last year and discovering this about myself, I’ve done quite a bit of research and study on the topic of introversion and have been enlightened and encouraged on many levels.

This cartoon tells the story pretty good…

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For me:
I need to be alone to recharge although that doesn’t mean that I’m not social…especially if you also have a jeep :)

Being “on” socially for an extended time exhausts me.

Silence can be golden…don’t take it personally…I’m not good at chit-chat…but get me talking about something I’m passionate about and look out!

I’m not shy…quite the opposite…I just prefer my own company sometimes :)

But I digress.  
One of the greatest gifts from this last year during all the research is the affirmation of quiet time and learning how to journal.

I’ve known for years that I do best if each day is started in quiet time…some mornings as much as two hours before I encounter another human being.  I use this time to pray, study and piddle around.

Yes, piddling is one of my most favorite activities:)

But I’ve also learned to journal.  Not Dear Diary kind of journaling but rather writing down my goals and desires for each day and reflecting how the day went…did I get done what I wanted?  What went well?  What do I need to change?  What patterns do I have?

Some things I’ve learned this past year as a result of journaling:
Writing down goals and objectives keeps me accountable.  I’ve implemented Agile Results into my planning and it has changed my life (for reals).  Each month I determine what I want to accomplish that month and then each week I determine what I want to accomplish that support those monthly goals and then finally each day I determine what tasks support the week/month goals.

How can I be so disillusioned on how much can be accomplished each day??  I seriously over estimate on a regular basis but now I am starting to recognize it and stop.  Only took a year!

Intentions are just that…intentions.  Unless I have a plan and make time on my calendar it probably won’t get done.  You don’t have time…you make time. I’ve started making appointments for certain projects to assure that time is made for the important tasks.

Eat the frog.  Do the hardest thing you have on your plate first thing in the morning…it builds momentum for the rest of the day.

So I’ll leave you with this and would love to hear from you on your own experiences with planning, journaling and quiet time…

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.— Psalm 90:12

Time is the only resource we can’t renew – heavily value your time and know where it’s going.
— Unknown

Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.
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