This morning I opened my !daily context in rmilk and discovered that my daily reminder task was empty. I took it as an opportunity to walk through the natural planning model and re-purpose the task. Please take a look inside my brain and review the process I went through.
It is Tuesday June 23rd; year of our Lord 2009 and my reminder task is blank! Most likely an accident caused by milksync, outlook and deleting things on my Blackberry but I have to say, as we all know there are no accidents and I have to accept this as such; not an accident. So let's think... What do us or in this case I do when a task is wiped clean. Renegotiate the task using the natural planning model.
The natural planning model is 5 steps.
1. Purpose and principles (why and under what rules)
2. Desired outcome (best possible "what" that exists because of the actions included in the project)
3. Brainstorming (long list of ideas, this is a mindsweep but also revolves around steps 1 and 2. What are all the ways to get to 2 using 1?
4. Organizing (taking the what is useful from 3. and organizing it into a timeline, project plan, list, etc. Creating a form for the project).
5. Next actions (listing the next actions and organizing them by context)
After typing up the 5 steps of the natural planning model I begin to think that there should be a step before step 1. I am going to call that step 0 - Current reality.
0. Current Reality - what is true? What is my existing truth that I plan to build upon with this project/goal/vision etc.
So, first off I am going to get started.
0. Current reality - What is true?
What is true that is relevant at this time?
I am 30 years old; slightly overweight on the brink of major change (I know this through a feeling. I have an active prayer life and in the past have suffered from anxiety which results in some controlling tendencies. I am in a great relationship, have an awesome job and am constantly working on improving and getting better. When I am not fighting I am training is one of my favorite sayings. I am also about to go on a one week vacation.
So truth -
Past - anxiety and controlling tendencies
Current - 30, slightly overweight, on the brink of change)
Future - vacation
1. Purpose - reminders helping me to manage my anxiety. Principles - flexible, never rigid, reviewing doesn't take longer than 2 minutes.
2. Outcome - My anxiety is managed, I love my self and act with love to those around me
Remember to be prayerful
Remember to be confident
Remember you can be your own manager
Remember you are great!
Remember to pray, pray now
Remember your baptism
Remember that it is all good because it is from God's will
Remember to breath.
Remember that others are children of God
Remember that God's grace is enough so there is no need to be anxious
Remember to affirm your day
In remember the milk
Can I skip?
Every other day?
Should the reminders be related to all aspects of me?
They should focus on being present. If I am present I am not anxious.
Place a daily reminder in rmilk (which will sync to bb and outlook at home)
Add reminders which enforce being present, being loving, being prayerful, and having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Take a moment to reflect during each session and adding to and removing from the list as needed. This moment will be a time to be present across all moments.
5. Next actions - open rmilk and add recurring note called daily reminder in the !daily context.
Now I have a task I can review daily which will give me a time to reflect and be present. It is a time for affirmation, and renewal.