SO061: The Role of Vocations in Planning

Season 10: Planner Pep Talks

The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.

Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:

Planners That Work Workshop

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And then, the bottom section is for your vocations. And again, I’m not going to get into vocations but basically, those are your areas of responsibility. And the vocations, as we work through them, in Simplified Organization, the e-Course, and in Work the Plan, the vocations are names that help us to think about what our responsibilities are. What are we here to do? Who are we here to be? And, it’s not up to us to establish our own vocations or identities. Vocation means calling, so if we’re married then one of our vocations is a wife. If we have children then one of our vocations is a mother. And, we don’t pick that, necessarily. We can’t pick to not be.

So, it’s noticing what our vocations that we’re given are, and then organizing our life around that instead of trying to envision who we want to be or supposed to be in 10 or 5 years, our life goals, or whatever, it’s more looking around and observing where has God placed me, what am I called to do here and now (not necessarily super far into the future, but what about just right here and now), and identifying what am I doing in those areas, and what should I be doing in those areas. And, that helps us keep our eyes focused on the present, and who we’re called to serve right now, and what responsibilities we’ve been given right now, and that helps us filter the opportunities that come our way or the ideas that flit through our heads, so it helps us figure out what we should be spending our time on and what we should not be spending our time on.

Do current chosen vocations fall in that definition? It depends—there is a free guide, if you go to you can search for vocations, and I think the post is called “Know Your Vocations” and there’s a free guide that you can download on helping you figure out what your vocations are. If you’ve chosen to homeschool then that’s a responsibility—you can’t keep your kids home from school and then not school them. So, whatever you are responsible to do today, this week, this year, that somehow fits into your vocations.

So, it’s a little mental exercise, figuring out what the right names are the categories, then all of that, but I think it’s a very profitable exercise and thing to think through, because it helps us be intentional with our time and intentional with our decisions, and really know what we’re about, and that helps us to say no when we need to say no, and it helps to say yes when we need to say yes, also.

So, the bottom section is where I have things broken down by vocation, so that I can make sure I am keeping a balance on things – that I’m not over doing it on one end but I’m paying attention to all the different people, basically is what it comes down to, that each person in my life is each getting the part of me that they should be getting.

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