Assigning value, Intrinsic Value
Wings Challenge part II
How does one value the activities one engages in? How do you value them so that you can make choices? I keep telling myself, "First things First," but . . . what are those first things? How do you achieve an appropriate balance between work, obligations (family, community, environment), play, rest sleep, eating etc?
For example, I wanted to clarify something I said in the last post. I said that for me, art is play. I am not a professional artist, so when I do art, I do it for fun. I like it so much that I have a tendency to do it when I should be doing other things--like my work, my family obligations etc. I'm 62 years old now, and I STILL feel confused about prioritizing my activities. How can I make a to-do list and prioritize it when I'm not sure how to do that?
I usually make daily lists. I wonder if weekly lists would be better and less intimidating, or actually MORE intimidating, since there would be more on it.
In my fantasy about myself, say five-ten years in the future, I would like to be healthy, vigorous and ORGANIZED! (In a balanced way). I'd make subgoals for it if I knew how.
I think being organized in a reasonable way has intrinsic value. If one isn't organized at least to some extent, one cannot function. One can't find things. One doesn't really know what to do next. So I assign a theoretical high value to it, but I have never made it a priority to learn HOW to do it. To actually MAKE it the priority it deserves to be. In areasonable and balanced way. I don't want to be one of those neat freaks.
I would like my house to look like a relaxed, backwoods version of Better Homes and Gardens. Ha ha. By this, I mean neat, clean and appealing. Welcoming.
But I need to streamline the process of getting it that way and keeping it that way so I can do my work, sleep, eat, and social relationships, etc. I wonder if that's even possible given the constraints within which I exist. (I feel discouraged about it).
To-do: one thing to make me feel less discouraged. Hmm. I wonder what that would be and when I would do it. Not while blogging about it.