I modified his a bit, adding a blank “to do” list area. Here’s what it looks like:
Generally, I like it. I find it useful to organize what I need to get done in a day. I incorporated my mom’s suggestion of crossing things out that aren’t that important (sometimes I’m a bit ambitious with my time). The schedule is an effective motivator–I don’t want to see the same tasks on my list every day!
The “greater good” question (in the left column) is still a work in progress for me. I find for where I am now in my life, it feels a bit high-minded. I’m not President or writing a declaration of independence, so my world is a little smaller at the moment than Mr. Franklin’s may have been.
However, I like the challenge of looking beyond myself to consider the greater (potential) impact of my daily activity. This is probably the thing I need to work on most. (So it makes me feel really good when I get positive feedback from my readers that a post was helpful to them–then I feel I can add that to my list of accomplishments for the day!)
I also think that asking yourself this question every day is a powerful reminder that no matter what you’re doing, it’s always important to do your best at it. I’m grateful for my job and even if it’s not what I will do for my entire life, I still need to work my hardest at it (just like the bus driver my mom told me about).
So, I think I will keep it 🙂
Feel free to “borrow” my template. If you use it on your own blog or website, I’d appreciate a mention! link to the PDF: