Why To-Do Lists Don't Work

Written by Steve Gillman

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A Better To-Do List

Prioritise your list. You can putrepparttar more important things atrepparttar 140724 top, or put a mark next to them. Then start doingrepparttar 140725 important things first every day. If, like myself, you need repparttar 140726 satisfaction of crossing offrepparttar 140727 small things onrepparttar 140728 list, do those only as a reward - after you do one ofrepparttar 140729 important tasks.

Make surerepparttar 140730 most important things get on your lists. That big trip to Nepal you're going to take "someday," may never happen until you break it into steps you can put on your list. In fact, it may be worthwhile to stop list-making altogether, until you clarify what IS important to you.

To break my list-dependency, I put things on my list just so I can ignore them to do more important things. You don't want to just "get busy," do you? If you want to move towards real values, you need to make your to-do lists work for you. Put that on your list for today.

Steve Gillman writes on many self help topics including boosting brainpower, losing weight, meditation, habits of mind, creative problem solving, learning gratitude, generating luck and anything related to self improvement. You'll find more at http://www.SelfImprovementNow.com

When Laughter Does Not Come Easily

Written by Abraham Thomas

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Cough CPR.

There is such a remedy. It is a simple mechanical response, which can subduerepparttar destructive effects of emotional upheaval. One hint of this possibility appeared in a procedure advocated by Dr. Tadeusz Petelenz at a meeting ofrepparttar 140619 European Society of Cardiology to saverepparttar 140620 lives of people having a type of heart attack brought on by rapid and erratic heart beat. He suggested coughing vigorously until an ambulance arrived. The technique, called cough CPR, forced blood torepparttar 140621 brain whilerepparttar 140622 heart was beginning to fail and kept patients conscious long enough to call for help. Other experts saidrepparttar 140623 concept was provocative, but unproven and doubted whether it would have practical value. But, could this process provide a clue to a response to stressful situations?

A simple response.

The muscle movements involved in coughing could also dissipate adrenaline. But, you could hardly cough on receiving a dismissal notice. But, atrepparttar 140624 first sign of an uneasy emotion, you could pump your stomach. Repeatedly expel air by tightening stomach muscles close torepparttar 140625 pelvic area. Stomach pumping helps spreadrepparttar 140626 adrenaline inrepparttar 140627 system and subdue that tension. It is a practice with endless benefits. When you pump your stomach,repparttar 140628 muscles that do not participate inrepparttar 140629 process, relax. After you finish pumping, those muscles involved also begin to relax. So,repparttar 140630 action takes place in two stages. Both beneficial. With habit, it could be a simple, built in response to any stressful event. Long after Paul's window had opened, this habit could help stillrepparttar 140631 unbidden turmoil of your mind. Laughter is not easy. But pumping your stomach is. Even if you find it difficult to laugh inrepparttar 140632 face of imminent danger, you can still become calm and ready for battle.

Abraham Thomas is the author of The Intuitive Algorithm, a book, which suggests that intuition is a pattern recognition algorithm. The ebook version is available at www.intuition.co.in. The book may be purchased only in India. The website, provides a free movie and a walk through to explain the ideas.

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