3 Buckets to a Better Week

So it’s Monday again.  I’ve got to be honest with you, Monday has traditionally been my least favorite day of the week.  Perhaps it is the obvious things like going back to work and beginning the single-working-mommy weekly shuffle that cause me to cringe when the alarm clock goes off.  Perhaps it is frustration about so many things that are out of my control right now.

I recently listened  to an amazing podcast by Mitch Matthews called Dream Think Do. The basic premise of the entire the Dream Think Do podcast is “taking small but significant steps towards living more in the moment, bringing our best game and making room to DREAM bigger, THINK better and DO more of the things we’re put on the planet to do”.  Amen right?

Mitch shared a concept on one particular episode that I LOVE.  It is called the 3 Buckets.  “The 3 Buckets” are actually a mental filing system for things that come at us in life.  Mondays are a perfect opportunity for things to come at us from all kinds of directions.

The 3 Buckets concept actually prompts you to ask yourself three questions as soon as you are tempted to get worried, afraid, frustrated or angry:

1.  Can I control it?

2.  Can I influence it?

3.  Do I need to let it go?

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We are going to dive into the “3 bucket” concept as the week progresses.  But for today, what things do you know you need to file before you even get the day going? What things do you need to reorganize?  Meaning, what things do you need to take out of one bucket and put in another one?

So here are a few things I am filing today:

1.  My attitude—“Control it Bucket”- Although I may often hate to admit it, I have the power to CHOOSE how I view and respond to my surroundings.

2.  My children-“Influence it Bucket”-As much as I would LOVE to make them do everything I tell them to do, they are their own free will beings and can ultimately choose what to do.  My job is to influence them to make wise decisions by teaching them God’s truth, providing loving correction with consequences and being an example.     Funny how I often put my children’s behavior in the “Control it” bucket.  Then, I take my attitude and put it in the “Let It Go” bucket and  well…”Let It Go” all over them.

3.  Results-“Let it Go Bucket”-This is a doozy but so important for me.  I have had a VERY STRESSFUL YEAR and although I exercise regularly and eat a pretty healthy diet, I just can’t seem to get rid of these extra 10 pounds.  Most people say they can’t tell but I can.  In utter defiance, I have not bought any new pants.  I have turned into “Leggings Girl”. Thank God for stretchy fabric and long flowing tops.  I cannot control if I ultimately lose weight or not or how long it will take.  Sucks I know!  So I have to LET IT GO!  The results get refiled under let it go and I can focus on what is in the control bucket..my diet, exercise, managing my stress and my attitude.

“It’s God’s job to grow our careers or our families or our home business–if he wishes.  It’s his job to orchestrate the details.  It’s our job to watch them fall into place and then move when and where he tells us…”-Karen Ehman

Can you think of a few things you need to file in a bucket today?

Want to print out the three buckets to remind yourself this week?  Go here.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Happy Monday!