Dump the to-do list

Written by Janet Ansell

When I was a child,repparttar minute hand onrepparttar 136564 clock went at a snailís pace. Now there is never enough time.

I used to thinkrepparttar 136565 answer to this problem was to-do lists. I had one at work, one at home and one forrepparttar 136566 weekends. I prioritized. I delegated. Learned to say no. Still my to-do list grew faster than I could tick items off. And, although Iíd createdrepparttar 136567 list to better manage my time, my to-do list seemed to be managing me.

One day my inner rebel had had enough. I put my to-do list away. And you know what? Life didnít end. Things still got done when they needed to. And I found I actually had more time, not less.

The truth is this:

1.What has to get done, gets done, whether you schedule it or not. You will always find time to dorepparttar 136568 things you have to do.

2.The most important things in life rarely make an appearance on any to do list. There will never be enough time to dorepparttar 136569 things you want to.

3.Time is not a sequence of events; itísrepparttar 136570 way you spend your life.

4.When you make time forrepparttar 136571 things you want to do, you will dorepparttar 136572 things you have to do more efficiently.

5.Just because itís urgent doesnít means itís important.

6.You donít have to do everything.

If you too want to get out of to-do tyranny, here are some ideas to try:

1.Make up your to-do list, then put it away. Getting items down on paper stops them from running around and away with your brain. What needs to get done, will get done.

Choose To Become An Encourager

Written by Guy Harris


ď...I know thatrepparttar only source of happiness is within me, and I will begin to share it. Like a perfume, I know that I cannot pour it on others without getting a few drops on myself."

- Og Mandino, "The Choice"

"You cannot antagonize and influence atrepparttar 136563 same time."

- John Knox

____________________________________________ The childhood chant "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" is a lie. Do you remember every time you fell from your bike as a child? How about every time you have hit your knee or elbow working around your house? Most people forget these incidents as soon asrepparttar 136564 physical pain subsides. Do you remember some nickname that you hated as a child? Did your parents or teachers ever tell you something that made you feel inferior or weak? Do you remember any negative comments you have received on job performance reviews? If you are like most people, you remember these negative words long afterrepparttar 136565 moment has passed. Now considerrepparttar 136566 positive words you have received. Maybe, like me, they came from your family as a child. Maybe they came from a favorite teacher, coach, or mentor. Think for a moment aboutrepparttar 136567 impact these words have had on your life. Positive or negative, words leave a mark. The mark is not onrepparttar 136568 surface where you can see it, but there is a mark. Here's a story to illustrate my point. As a child, my parents and I lived in North Carolina. Both sets of my grandparents lived in Texas. We visited Texas about twice a year. During these visits, we often split our time betweenrepparttar 136569 two families. I loved both dearly, but I always wanted to spend more time with one than withrepparttar 136570 other. Both sets loved me. Both treated me well. Both would do nearly anything for me. But there was one big difference. One grandmother called me "precious, angel, baby child" and "my wonderful, precious angel". The other called me Guy. Which do you think was my favorite? You can probably guess where I wanted to spend my time.

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