When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a quick book that I’d fly through. Granted, the last half of the book I did do just that. However, the first half of the book made me pause, get out a pen and a notebook, and start writing.
According to the back of the book, “The first half–the crucial half–is planning well.” Claire Diaz-Ortiz explains her DO LESS method to help you think through what your goals are so that you can acheive them.
Honestly, goal writing is a lot easier for me when I consider my own business. I usually forget about writing down goals for my own personal life, which I know I should. So as I started this book, the question I kept asking myself was, “How much more intentional would my family’s life and my life be if we had goals?” That’s when I grabbed the paper and notebook and started writing down my thoughts for different areas in my life.
I was glad that she gave a few examples of her goals throughout the book because it gave me a springboard to work off. She shares that some possible categories that you can use to break your goals down are: God, Family, Health, Personal, Work, Money, Home, Parenting, Marriage, Giving, Church, etc. It really did help me to clarify my goals once I broke them down into categories. I could easily see which were manageable and which were dreams.
Another thing that she says is extremely helpful is to pick a word for each year. I don’t do that myself, but I choose words that I want God to teach me throughout the year. But I did like her example of rest and how when people heard it, they didn’t expect so much from her and half-expected her to say “no.”
One thing I do struggle with, though, is saying “no.” I’m a list girl, so her list ideas of Things Only I Can Do, Things Others Can Do, and Things to Quit have been extremely insightful for me this week as I’ve made out my lists. As someone who likes control, it’s hard to let go of the reigns a little.
I think you’ll be surprised how much time you spend reading this book. If you take the time to stop and work through the first few chapters, you’ll end this book feeling inspired and ready to flesh out those goals even moreso. Get ready to be productive and live an intentional life!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.