Is it possible to pare down your daily preparation to only 10 essentials? Do you believe that 10 Essential items will reduce stress?
I believe not only is it possible, it happens. My list and rationale may intrigue you.
School has started again in many parts of the US. How does that affect you? Are you a parent breathing a sigh of relief? Thankful for the teachers taking the baton of your children’s education; keeping them busy for 6.5 hours Monday – Friday until next June?
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Or are you someone who is inconvenienced by traffic in your neighborhood with parents dropping off or picking up at school?
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Praying for those professionals who commit their careers to educating the littles and impacting the future is an essential. They need prayers of many. I know. I was one of them.
I still frame my year with August as the beginning, gearing up with new routines, readying for a new schedule and habits. How about you? What are you looking forward to as the present season wanes and the new comes upon us? How are you preparing for the next part of your journey?
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Preparation comes in big and little ways. When our boys were little we had a launch pad for each of them near the front door; their place for backpacks filled with completed homework, sharing and lunch. It was the easy way to prepare for the day.
By the time they were in middle school they had developed the personal habit of planning ahead. Being in Scouts helped a lot, too.
This is the official list of 10 Essentials to Be Prepared as a Boy Scout. You might not have encountered this list before; our home had two Scouts and a Scoutmaster so the 10 Essentials became a natural way to pack for any trip, short or long. Their many weekend trips shaped great habits of preparing for their journeys.
Map and Compass
Matches and Fire-starters
Filled Water Bottle
You may not be packing to go on a hike every day, but I believe there are 10 Essentials that will help us be prepared daily for what comes our way.
I created my 10 essentials list by counting physical and spiritual items. These may already be a part of your daily packing list. Perhaps you have others.
Here’s my list:
Light 3 tea light candles saying good morning to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Time in silence with God
Coffee with half and half
Reading a one page devotional (Jesus Calling or My Utmost for His Highest or both)
Praying for my day, my husband and my family ( a good time to pray for those teachers!)
Lip Gloss Smile
The first 5 can take as little as 15 minutes in the morning and up to an hour if I have the time. The time I invest packing the first 5 items impacts the rest of my day. All day. The second 5 items might feel like obvious inclusions yet daily I hear people say: “I don’t have my id”, or “where are my sunglasses?”, or “I forgot my phone in the car”. Those items seem to elude their daily packing.
Having all 10 items reduces my stress. Taking time to be with God, to be aware that God is always with me, makes all the difference in my… Click To TweetNo matter what else may happen as I go through the day, reminding myself of God’s Presence and sovereignty reduces my stress.
The final item on my 10 Essentials list may induce stress but that’s a different story! We’ve become a connected culture and a phone is a part of how life works now.
What items are on your daily essentials list? How do you reduce stress daily?