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Time Tip#1: Throw Away Your To-Do List

October 20, 2009

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Why Can’t We Be Happy With The Tasks We’ve Completed?

Check, check, check.  Each check mark represents another completed task and a sense of accomplishment.   Each day you happily check the items you’ve completed off of your To-Do list, one by one.  Yet overwhelmingly most find that there are always items left on the list undone at the end of the day.   And, instead of being happy about the tasks they we’re able to complete, too often many feel frustrated about the tasks still  left undone.  To some, it’s downright annoying to not check everything off.  For others, it triggers a sense a failure or overwhelm.   That’s why I use an Energy Request form in my TalleyUP System. http://www.thepoetspeaks.com

You Have 4 Choices: Do, Discard, Delegate, or Delay

I have found many problems with the traditional To-Do List.  First of all, these two words do not imply choice.    And, in reality, we all have many choices.  We can do it, delay it, discard it, or delegate it. If it is something that we want to do and we have the time and energy to do it, then we should.  If we have chosen to do it, then we must decide if we can do it now or if we will delay the task.

Remember, “No,” Is a Good Answer Too!

However if we know we won’t be able to do it now or later, we need to consider other options so that we do not stress ourselves out needlessly.  We must ask ourselves, “Can someone else do this?”  If so, delegate the task and save your energy for the tasks that move you closer towards your goals.  If you do not want to do, delay, or delegate the task, then your only option left  is to discard it.   Let it go.  You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.  Even though you are capable of doing anything, still you can’t do everything!  So just say, “No,”  and remember that no is a good answer too.                       Continue to Time Tip#2: Monitor Your Energy Levels

Barbara Talley is a Poet, Author, Publisher, and Keynote speaker who speaks on Time Management, Goal Setting, Empowerment, Communications, Diversity, Leadership, and Women’s Issue. To book Barbara for an event, phone 301.428.4831, email her at barbara@thepoetspeaks.com or visit her website at www.thepoetspeaks.com.

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