This year our family religion program came up with a lovely way to pray during Lent. We took slips of paper and wrote the names of people we wanted to pray for during Lent on them. Next, we put them in a jar. The idea was that each day we would choose a name and pray for that person.
The reality looked more like me realizing that we were a week in and hadn't prayed for anyone so we pulled a week's worth of names out and prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet, resolving to do better. And a week later, repeating the same. As we prayed, we created a prayer chain with the slips of paper.
Due to our inability to think of enough for all of the papers, we had blanks slips of paper which in reality were a blessing. In fact, I would deliberately leave some blank next time for the very reason that things come up, people get ill, have accidents, encounter tragedy, struggle and it is important to pray for the unexpected events as well.
I loved this "assignment" for Lent and would love to try it again.