My planner is cuter than yours. I’m not bragging; it’s just a simple fact. At the beginning of the semester, I went on an online shopping quest to find the perfectly useful and ideally-pretty planner that would motivate me to orchestrate all my days in glitter pen from January until May. I use my planner every day, and I would probably forget a lot of things without it. However, as nice as it is to pick up my lovely, flower-clad, spiral-bound daily planner every morning, as with many things in life, the overuse and misuse of its glories produced a debilitating sense of stress and inadequacy in me.
Woah you’re probably thinking, that was a dramatic jump. You aren’t wrong, but hear me out. If you aren’t careful, you could succumb to the same planning-obsessed stress that I did. Now, some people thrive on planning. It brings them more peace than anything to know exactly where they will be and what they will be doing five months from now. For many of us though, wondering about tomorrow or the next week or next month means kindling the faint flames of worry about deadlines we know we need to meet but do not have time for.
If I were to take a look at what’s written in my planner for today, I would find four must-do’s that could be easily crossed off, no problem. Yet if I glance at next week’s schedule or even begin thinking about it, swirls of unnecessary pressure foster, and I become far more preoccupied with tomorrow when I should be concentrating on today. I’m not saying it is bad or wrong to plan ahead; for some people, it’s probably necessary so that they don’t suffer the same stress symptoms I receive from planning. I’m talking to those who, if they dwell on it too much, dread the possibility of tomorrow’s to-do list when they could be channeling that energy into checking off the boxes for today. It goes beyond a “live in the moment” mentality, although we could probably all use a bit more present-mindedness. Rather, it goes back to a simple yet powerful verse we’ve all heard before:
“Therefore, don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself” (Matt. 6: 34, NIV).
Interesting. What if I refused to look at tomorrow’s to-do list and instead concentrated on my one for today? What if, when all my tasks were complete, instead of hurriedly beginning work that could be started tomorrow, I read my Bible, hung out with a friend, or indulged in a long-neglected hobby? For the past week, I’ve been doing exactly that: looking at today’s to-do list only, closing my planner and putting it away once those tasks were done. Simply and truthfully put, my life is changed as a result of this one small tactic. By finally letting “tomorrow worry about itself,” I’m experiencing that “peace which surpasses all understanding,” accomplishing more than I have in a while, and enjoying the little things like staying up with a roommate or writing for fun. It’s amazing what happens when we take Scripture literally, huh?
This isn’t just a plug for you to buy a planner, although you definitely should; it’s an encouragement and confirmation that not only is it unnecessary for you to know what you are doing a day, week, or month from now, but you might be better off without even thinking about the future in those terms! Tomorrow will worry about itself, and if we abide in the vine of Christ, He will “remain in you,” providing every need as He supplies everything for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Also, BloomDailyPlanners. The bomb.com.
Written by Karoline