Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Making my to-do list work for me!

am a chronic procrastinator. Putting it off until the last minute has plagued me as far back as I can remember having deadlines to meet. School papers, 4-H record books, even holiday gift shopping- somehow, I am very, very good at postponing tasks until tomorrow.  I am also a self help book lover, so Glynnis Whitwer's new book, Taming the To-Do List, was a must read. The subtitle of Whitwer's book is how to choose your best work every day; that is defintely something I could use some help with deciphering in my life! Some days (most days) I feel like my to-do list would take me this life and beyond to actually accomplish. It's such an extensive checklist I have a hard time deciding where the best place to begin even is. After reading Taming the To Do List, I now have a much more realistic, workable plan and approach. 

  Glynnis begins by helping us understand just what procrastination is- the usual cycle it takes and how it can even be a sin. We then take a look at  some of the reasons behind why we procrastinate-out of fear or people pleasing, etc. The next chapter assesses what exactly we lose by putting off our responsibilities until "later." Whitwer expands into the cost on our character, our potential and even, our health. She uses some scientific evidence that is pretty convincing! 

  The book moves on to give some practical tips on how to actually combat our procrastinating tendencies. One of the first things we can do is cut out responsibilities we don't "need" to carry. We can set our self up for success by being at our best, physically, to think with clarity and focus. We can get enough sleep and we can avoid too much infoarion and too much multitasking.
We can give ourself grace and not expect perfection and form some better habits.  

 Glynnis leaves us on a positive, practical note-giving advice on how to become a better time manager and organize for our "best" work. She gives everyday, little changes we can implement to make our 
to-do list work for us. This book came at the beginning of a busy season that was starting to overwhelm. I am thankful for the strategies and encouragement Glynnis shares with us in her helpful book! 

I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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