Dump the to-do listWritten by Janet Ansell
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2.Schedule some time each day to do what you want. These are things that tend not to get done, so make time for them.
3.Declare one day a week a day of rest. Donít schedule anything for it. Donít do any chores. Donít buy anything. Spend it getting together with friends, with family, reading, lying about.
4.Block out a limited amount of time each week for running errands. Avoid doing them on your way to someplace else. Try doing them at a time when fewer people are out and about (i.e. Saturday mornings before 11.) If you can, leave your car at home. Patronize businesses within walking or biking distance of your home. Bring home only what you can comfortably carry. Try home delivery.
5.Donít confuse urgency with importance. Figure out whatís most important to you and make your decisions accordingly. Just because phone rings or doorbell rings, doesnít mean you have to answer it. If youíre not spending majority of your time doing whatís important to you, take a long hard look at why not.
6. Dump to-do list. Instead, create Ďdoneí list. Focus on what you are getting done, not what youíre not getting around to.
Life is short. Use your time not only wisely, but well.
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Choose To Become An EncouragerWritten by Guy Harris
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I loved both of my grandmothers, but one became a greater influence on my life. Why? She constantly spoke words of encouragement to me and everyone else she met for that matter. In fact, she still does to this day. She always tells me how wonderful I am, how much she loves me, and how proud she is of me. As an adult, I still look forward to speaking with her. When my grandfather passed away, I spoke at his funeral. I did best I could to pay tribute to one of greatest men I have ever personally known. About six months later, my grandmother called again to tell me how wonderful my comments were and how smart and wise I am. I don't really believe that I am smartest person on planet, but it sure feels good to have someone tell you that. After we spoke, I felt like a million bucks and believed that I could accomplish anything. Would you like to have that influence on people? Would you like to inspire people around you to work harder and accomplish more? You do hold that power. You have it when you use positive words Ė words of encouragement and praise. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be." Next to example, words are probably most powerful tools leaders use. Words communicate your hopes, your dreams, your vision, your message, and your heart. Words show other people how you see them. As a leader, your words make a difference. Your words will either build-up or tear down, encourage or discourage, inspire or deflate. The choice is up to you. I encourage you to remember this simple tip and spread some perfume of happiness around as you . . . Choose to become an encourager. Copyright 2005, Guy Harris
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Guy Harris is the Chief Relationship Officer with Principle Driven Consulting. He helps entrepreneurs, business managers, and other organizational leaders build trust, reduce conflict, and improve team performance. Learn more at http://www.principledriven.com
Guy co-authored "The Behavior Bucks System TM" to help parents reduce stress and conflict. Learn more about this book at http://www.behaviorbucks.com