Do you schedule your priorities in pencil or pen?

A Work in Progress

This is the first post I’m publishing to my site, and even though it is only slightly beyond the rough draft stage, I have decided to go ahead and go live.  I’m a work in progress, so why shouldn’t my website be a working draft but continually improving?

Goals are Appointments

When I started building this site, I did the usual planning.  Okay, not really.  I just did a little bit of research, watched a few instructional videos and jumped in with both feet.

After a short time, I realized I needed to break this out into smaller pieces and make a few milestone deadlines.  I started writing things in my planner, but I kept erasing and moving things.

Lightbulb Moment

The simple act of writing and erasing was a lightbulb moment for me.  I realized that I do that with everything in my life from grocery lists to setting goals.  I’ve been writing things down in pencil because I can change it.

This showed me a habit I need to work on, and maybe you do too.  I see that the things I truly give priority to, I write down in pen.  Ink is reserved for doctor’s appointments, meetings, and vacations.

Things I write in pencil are either things I don’t place a high priority on or things I don’t expect to come to pass.  Things like tasks I really don’t want to do in the first place, or lunch with that friend who nearly always cancels.

Start Using the Pen

After a little bit of reflection, I’ve decided my goal for this journey should be to do less writing in pencil and put more focus on the things that I’m writing in pen.

We all have things we want to accomplish, and those things we devote the most time and energy to and the ones that get done.  Things we write down in ink are commitments we should give high priority to.

What are you going to write down in pen?