Test Your Priorities With These Mad Libs for Moms!

by Laura Brady Saade

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I know it's January, but I am NOT going to talk about resolutions!

Instead, I'd like to suggest an alternative -- a simple gut check of what really matters to you, and a moment to tap into your subconscious to recognize what you care about.

This exercise is a simple spin on the classic word game Mad Libs, while not quite as ridiculous or verging on the raunchy (although I guess that depends on your goals...).

First, grab a pen and paper and take a minute to answer the questions below: 

What Gives Your Day Balance?
(You can put down as many responses for each question as ring true for you.)

1. When I ______________________, the whole day is a little calmer. (Examples: Meditate, talk to a friend, read, plan dinner ahead.)

2. I would really like to know more about ______________. (Examples: World affairs, history, politics, sports.)

3. I used to love when I had time to ___________________. (Examples: Garden, play the piano, hike, laugh.)

4. When I _______________________, I'm not so insulated in my world. (Examples: Read the newspaper, do volunteer work.)

5. It's scary to think about ___________________ but I know it's important for my future. (Examples: Financial planning, next career move.)

6. Sometimes the whole day goes by and I realize I haven't ___________________. (Examples: Spent one-on-one time with kids, talked with spouse, had quiet time.)

7. At this particular time, ______________________ needs more of my attention. (Examples: Sick friend, parenting challenge, project deadline.)

8. I'm finally feeling ready to tackle ___________________. (Examples: The garage, photos, learning to paint.)

9. When I avoid __________________ for too long, it's way too overwhelming. (Examples: Desk work, organizing, purging.)

10. I can get so lost in ________________, I'll try to stick to 10 minutes at a time. (Examples: E-mail, snail mail, Facebook.)

Now take a look at your answers.

These words are meant to be your own personal guide to what you really care about on a daily basis. They are just as important as anything on your to-do list because they matter to YOU - much more than "pick up dry cleaning" or "get oil changed". So whether you touch on each one every day, or just a few, you can do a little of what matters every day...10 minutes at a time.

Wondering what to do with your answers?

Jot down your fill-in-the-blanks (such as "read", "photos", "laugh") in a notebook or on a Post-it note to remind you what's important. Then tick through the items on your list a few minutes at a time. Copy your list and check it off daily.

Extra Tips:

  • If your goal is "laugh more" -- call an old friend while you're sitting in traffic.
  • "Know more about current events" is a goal? -- get up a few minutes early and read the newspaper with a cup of coffee.
  • "Staying on top of desk work" important? -- work your way through the inbox while the kids are doing homework.
  • "Learn to paint" -- check the recreation center and local art schools for times, cost, supplies needed, etc.

 

Need some ideas on how to divide a project into 10-minute chunks? Write a comment here and we'll brainstorm...

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