Day 12 – Manifesto

Good morning! Y’all ready to declare your personal manifesto? Actually, as much as I’d love to knock certain things out in a timely manner there are simply some things that take time. SO I encourage you this morning to not get overwhelmed by the process but rather embrace the opportunity to make a significant change in your life in addition to your productivity.

A couple of recap ideas from this month so far:

 Productivity is getting things done – however, I will argue that we’ve gotta define OUR things in order to be truly productive.

This is what I like to call our BEST YES and/or BIG ROCKS – what is it we want our life to be about?

Without taking time to reflect and live mindfully, we’ll continue to run around like a chicken without a head.

Without white space, we tend to take productivity drivers to the extreme and find our way down a rabbit hole of chaos.

And yesterday I introduced the manifesto concept I learned from Stephen Covey in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (affiliate). Think of your manifesto as something similar to the Consitution of the United States. It’s what the United States is about – it guides our laws and decision making…the same will be true for your manifesto.

A manifesto is based on PRINCIPLES and VALUES. The things that are supremely important to US.

Yesterday we time traveled to our funeral.

We thought about what we wanted people to say about us and what we wanted to be remembered by…did you do it? It’s a bit morbid but a great exercise. I came across my initial thoughts while researching this post:

My funeral – that she loved the Lord, loved people, lived out loud (adventurous), worked hard, played hard, all in.

And then I just started writing out areas of my life that corresponded to the above thoughts- it was an SFD (shitty first draft) but remember – perfect is the enemy of done. Just start.

Here is my manifesto – I’ve had it about 3 years now and it has one addendum. I look at frequently as it’s taped to my medicine cabinet door. Use this as a jump start for you. I promise, once you start writing, ideas will flow.

Manifesto | Slay The Chaos


I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing. John 15:5

I will be governed by love for the Lord and love for others. I will seek the Lord with all my heart, mind, body, and soul.

I will learn to harness/transform my mind through regular meditation, sabbaticals, study, and quiet time.

I was created in the image of God and my body is a gift. I will intentionally treat my body like a temple through regular workouts, clean eating, and self-care.

James and I are a team –
I will respect him and make the health of our marriage a priority.

My children are a precious gift from God. My job is to pray for, raise, discipline and instruct them in God’s word and principles. I will also enjoy and accept them as children of God.

My home and relationships will be a place where others find joy, comfort, peace, and acceptance.

I will see ALL my relationships as opportunities to practice grace and loving kindness.

Carpe Diem:
Living a valued life is a process, not an achievement…I will embrace the journey. It is not about what I accomplish but rather who I become.

I will practice the Best Yes and not fill up my time with things that distract.

I WILL Enjoy life. I will embrace adventure, spontaneity, and remain curious.

My money will be my servant (not master).

I will be organized, I will plan, I will focus on the task at hand
AND I will keep it simple.

My addendum?

It’s my dream to write a book – it’s a letter to remind myself of the long run…and my Best Yes on how to spend my time.

Your homework?  Write down your funeral thoughts if you haven’t already.  And then take those thoughts and expand on them.  What do the words mean to you and how can you live them out?

See ya tomorrow 💕

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Donna Matthews

Donna is a passionate soul eager to help others clear the chaos from their minds, souls, and homes with keep it simple, real life, productivity and organizational solutions.