My Favorite Things (Part 4/10): TO-DO-LISTS!


Hey guys,

So I did this post last year about routines.

I’m a huge fan of having routines but I understand that they don’t work for everyone. And to be honest, I’ve seen people without routines that really inspire me. It’s all about knowing what to do at the right time.

In addition to what I wrote in that post, let me add that routines:

– help me to put some structure and pattern to my day-day activities. I’m all about being DELIBERATE & DETERMINED about Life i.e. Living Intentionally. 

– help to condition my mind and focus on things that are really important. Especially things I don’t always necessarily feel like doing, e:g studying.

Humans are creatures of habits. And the more we get to do things, the more likely we are to do them again, and be known for them. Repetition births Reputation. 

Personally, getting tasks done is something I derive pleasure from. And this is because Accomplishments are a big deal to me, according to my values list:


Unlike most People, my accomplishments don’t always have to refer to things like winning awards or having big achievements…for me even getting around daily tasks are considered “worthy” accomplishments.

Each day, I have a list of things I need to get done, both mentally and on paper, when I’m not too lazy to write them down. 

loool…so true.

 

Since completing medschool, this is how a typical weekday looks like for me:

Quiet time-Workout (sometimes)-Bathe-Breakfast-Check messages (emails/chats)-Read books*-Study-Listen to a sermon-Social Media-Snacks/Siesta-Lunch/dinner (depends on what time I eat)-Writing-Social media-Devotion-Chores-Bedtime routines**-Sleep.

PS: I wake up anytime from 5:30 am and try to go to bed around midnight. I usually nap for about an hour during the day.

[Social media time covers watching TV, listening to TEDTALKS podcasts, reading blogs, checking YouTube, FB, chatting/calling Friends/Family etc And I don’t get to do ALL of them everyday].

**I’ve committed myself to reading from at least 3 books per day, and the categories include Personal development, Relationship/Marriage, Parenting etc You can check some of the books in my library here.

**My bedtime routines include personal hygiene, writing in my diary and having a short bible study.

Saturdays/Sundays are a bit different because I usually have to clean, cook, do laundry or make my hair and deliberately make out time to talk to atleast one friend/family member, among other things. There is usually one outing or the other during the weekend too. And  Church activities & social media also take a chunk out of my time.

So there are days I shuffle around my tasks, because I have other errands to run or friends visiting or there is a major project I’m committed to (like when I volunteered for VBS). On such occasions, I can skip one/two items on my to-do-list or stay up late to get them done.

The idea is to just keep to the basic routine as much as possible, because I want to be committed to spending my time right ESPECIALLY during this WAITING SEASON.

I watched this video by Eziaha, recently…and although I’m not a stay-at-home mom, I found it really helpful.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=awg8NIEwZs8

Time management and being consistent are keys to maximizing each day.

I also believe in setting the right priorities, which is why I wrote this post titled: PRIORITY SCALE a while back. It helps to bring a balance to HOW MUCH TIME and/or ENERGY I spend on each task. Gone are the days I tried to cram my schedule with TOO MANY tasks, just to appear BUSY. I call it the Keeping-Busy-Syndrome. I’m now more concerned about being FRUITFUL than staying BUSY.

In recent times, my TO-DO-LIST hardly exceeds 10 tasks on a given day. I spell out only the IMPORTANT things and make sure I spend quality time doing them. My priorities now centers around:

  • Spending quality time with GOD & his WORD.
  • Becoming a quality person by investing in books that expand my knowledge and perspectives.
  • Building Capacity by taking on commitments and giving my best.
  • Contributing to those around me through social media and blogging.

At bedtime each night, I get to review my day and reflect on the things I got done and tasks left undone. There are days I’m satisfied and I’m as happy as a lark. There are other days that I feel sober looking at the unticked items on my list. Completing the tasks on my TO-DO-LIST is one of my favorite things, especially on days when I don’t exactly feel cheerful.

I’m also learning that it’s important to be flexible with one’s schedule, getting things done shouldn’t be at the expense of maintaining healthy relationships. It’s a far greater blessing to ENRICH lives than to have ACCOMPLISHMENTS, whether little or significant.

So that’s it. What do you think about to-do-lists, and how do you write yours?

{PS: Here’s the beautiful and radiant bride, my friend, Oluwatomiisin, I featured her and her husband here, shortly before their wedding}.


Cheers to an Amazing Married Life, darling! 🍷🍷

Thank you for reading,
:::requ1ne:::

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SEPTEMBER…

Hello Folks.
Welcome to September.

I don’t know about you guys but if you ask me, I think year 2016 deserves an award for its exceptional speed which in my humble opinion, is comparable only to that of…


Usain Bolt…haha😅

Pls where did January-August fly to? 🙄

Anyway, I’m thankful to God for life. Although the year is closing in, there are still many opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. And for that I’m also thankful. 
So here’s what’s up for the month:
Because I’m still in the transition phase between Medical School and “Real Life”, there’s a lot of believing to be done, so I’m keying into:

1. This SCRIPTURE 1 Cor 2:9

2. And this SONG- In Jesus’ name. 

3. I’m currently READING:

I. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (Anthony Robbins): This book is…I can’t even drop it, until I finish it. Tbh, it’s one of the most bulky books I’ve read in my life, content-wise. I recently learnt about writing a list of my top-most values (in order of priority) and I came up with this:

Then I told myself “No wonder you’re like this…” As nice as the list looks from a distance, on closer inspection, I really need to do better…the issue of COMFORT as the first priority can be a stumbling block if I’m to make a difference in the future.

II. TROPHY CHILD (Ted Cummingham): it’s an insightful book recommended for Parents and Parents-to-be…it’s never too EARLY/LATE to learn that having a “child-centered” home does more harm than good eventually. Biblically, a good marriage is primarily about the husband and wife, and then the Children (Genesis 2:24).

I recently completed: 

III. WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY (Eric & Leslie Ludy) and the book was: 

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • “If God is preparing you to make an impact on this world for his kingdom, chances are he will take you through a period of loneliness.” It’s a hard pill to swallow.
  • “If you don’t allow God to give you a strong backbone and prepare you to stand apart from the crowd, you are prone to compromise.” Noted.
  • Don’t despise loneliness. Instead allow it to chase you into the ready arms of your king. If you turn to him instead of trying to fill the void with other things, you will find that he is ready to meet your every need.” 
  • “Every day you are single can be a chance to love your future spouse by preparing for your life together. Don’t waste this season, but let God help you cultivate every opportunity to become the man or woman they are dreaming of.” Hmmmn…
  • “Family is our rehearsal for relationships.” Haha…this one got me.😂
  • “Guys the way you treat your mom, is how you will treat your wives.” Ditto ladies.
  • “Godly teammates provide an outside perspective to a relationship.” Get older, wiser and experienced mentors for Accountability before/during your relationship

I just started:

IV. US (Daniel L. Tocchini): At a glance it’s a book against “the spirit of selfishness” in Marriage and I hope to gain lots of insight from it.
You can read about the variety of books in my library here

4. I’m still studying the BOOK OF PROVERBS with the help of Matthew Henry’s Commentary and I’m loving it.

5. PROJECTS:

I’m presently working on two writing projects:

I. SOJOURN IN SVG: This will be featured on the blog (later this year or early next year, by God’s grace). It’s a MEMOIR that depicts what it’s like to leave one’s home-country and live in a foreign land.

II. TWO MINUTES: This is a fictional piece that I hope to submit for an International Essay Writing Contest. It’s my second attempt at working on something SO BIG, and the 2000-word target is a little overwhelming. I’m taking it one step at a time, and we’ll see how it goes. 

6. Late ANNOUNCEMENT: I got MY FEGGO DIARIES (Prologue) published on Okadabooks.com last month, and I hope I can get the rest of the book published by December. You still have access to MY FEGGO DIARIES on the blog, pending its publication. Please if you have the Okadabooks app, you can download and read the book for FREE. 

7. ADVENTURES: Guess who visited the SVG PM’s official residence last weekend? Yours’ sincerely. Thanks to the Church who organized the event…it was FUN. And here are a few pictures:




And who knows what other adventure this month will bring?

8. NIGERIA is on my mind. It’s been 2 years and 4 months since I last visited my home-country. And while I won’t necessarily say I’m homesick, I must say I’m looking forward to returning home SOON…and I hope it will be as exciting as I’ve envisaged it.

Ibadan, Nigeria. (Photocredit: Nairaland)
9. I need practical suggestions about the art of MEDITATION. I’ve tried it a couple of times but I’ve not been consistent. I used the app SmilingMind and recently HeadSpace but the outcome has been less than desired. Any ideas please?

That’s all for now.

First Sunday in September, representing Naija!

I hope you all have an exciting SEPTEMBER. 
Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::