This month, I challenged you to join me for one month to identify your 3 Most Important Things every day – the 3 tasks or “to do” items that you wanted to make sure you got done, no matter what else did (or did not). I’m going to share how my month went, and then I want to hear how yours did, too.
My Monthly Results
June went really well for me. I got a lot of stuff done, yes, but the biggest benefit of prioritizing my to-do list has meant I feel calm most of the time. This is very unusual for me, because I am normally a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants girl and typically feel chaotic and frazzled. I know it sounds cheesy, but this is honestly the first time I’ve ever felt this balanced with everything that’s on my plate.
Here are some of the things I accomplished in June:
- I lost 5 pounds! One of my monthly goals was to lose 5 pounds. I *just* made that goal today. I worked out very hard this month, between 40 and 70+ minutes 5 or 6 days a week. I’ve now lost a total of 11 pounds. I still have a few more to drop, but I’m feeling so good about my fitness level right now. The other day I cranked out 5 miles on the treadmill and did 20 minutes on the stairmill and woke up, not sore a bit!
- I organized our family’s photos. This was another one of my goals for June. I purchased a back-up plan for my computer (so if my computer ever crashes, I won’t lose all my photos!). I then went through thousands of photos and organized them into neat and tidy folders. This is one of those tasks that sounds like a lot worse than it really ends up being. I just listened to some This American Life podcasts and cranked it out.
- I made most of our meals at home. I made a meal plan every week this month and a corresponding grocery list. This greatly reduced meals we ate out and random middle-of-the-week purchases.
- My house is more manageable. I don’t want to paint the picture that my house is super clean, because it’s not. But I’m finding I’m doing a much better job of staying up on things like keeping the dishes clean and laundry done.
- I read a couple books! I finished The Alchemist and The Fault in our Stars this month. I just started The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of those who Survived the Great American Dustbowl over the weekend. (I was in the mood for something non-fiction. PS – those are my Amazon links, if you click on them!)
- I made time for friends and family. I think often the first thing to go on our schedule is hanging out with friends. But relationships are so important. We got to have a couple dinners with friends this month, and a couple others with family. I met with my spiritual accountability partner a few times, made time for church, and book club. I like feeling connected!
While this might sound like a lot, again, it was accomplished by simply prioritizing the 3 Most Important Things I needed to accomplish in a day. Of course, my to-do list is always much longer than that, but knowing that the most important things are getting tackled leaves you feeling satisfied and that you are making progress.
Now It’s your Turn
So, enough about me – I *really* want to hear from you now!
If you participated in this challenge, sound off! What benefits did you see from it? Challenges? Do you think you’ll be sticking with this method, even beyond June? Please leave a comment!
If you didn’t participate, but have another method that works for you, I’d love to hear about that too!
Previous posts, in case you missed them:
- MIT Challenge (first day)
- Week #1 Check-in
- Week #2 Check-in
- Week #3 Check-in
- Setting Reasonable Goals
- Setting Weekly & Monthly Goals
- Creating Downtime