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Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day Paperback – August 18, 2015
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"Refreshingly real and extremely practical. A must-read." ---Ruth Schwenk, author of From Grouchy to Great --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Ever just wish the world would stop for a day so you could catch up?
No matter how much we accomplish in a day, we nearly always feel a little guilt over what we didn't do. But do we really have more to do than the women who came before us? Maybe not.
In Taming the To-Do List, Glynnis Whitwer exposes a seismic shift in society: from one in which most of us were proactive to one in which we carry the burden of having to respond--to every email, text, tweet, and message we receive. This creates a cycle where everyone else sets the priorities for our days rather than us directing our own lives. The result? We procrastinate, putting off the important stuff for later while we tend to the "urgent" stuff right now.
It's time to take back your schedule! Ready to tame that to-do list? This book shows you how.
"Wow! I never knew how much procrastination costs us and how rich the rewards can be when we overcome it. My friend Glynnis nailed it!"--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Glynnis Whitwer will empower you to take that stress-inducing task list from 'to-do' to 'Hey look! It's done!'"--Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 national speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut
"Refreshingly real and extremely practical. A must-read!"--Ruth Schwenk, author, speaker, and creator of TheBetterMom.com
"Live the life that you truly love rather than your life living you. Glynnis Whitwer shows you how in her book Taming the To-Do List!"--Tamara Lowe, New York Times bestselling author and founder of ChristianExperts.com
Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional. She is the author of I Used to Be So Organized, When Your Child Hurts, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home, and the coauthor of Everyday Confetti. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five young adult children live in Arizona. She blogs regularly at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
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In all seriousness, I had first looked forward to this book because I thought it would help me to become more efficient at the tasks that I juggle everyday. For example, I thought maybe there would be some divine idea that would shine a light on how to make my bathrooms shinier much faster or help me not to look at sweeping as such a chore to loathe. Or perhaps it would show me where that magic fairy was that could help me put up my clothes that have now sat in the laundry basket for um....3 weeks. This book did none of that.
However, it did tell my what the root of my problem is. It revealed to me why I look at my mess and just shut down instead of becoming motivated to do it all. It explains why I feel so much more progress when I write down every little step so that I can mark it off. It also told me why I figure that if I can't do my best then I shouldn't even start. I am a procrastinator. Of course, I knew I was in small ways, but I really didn't think it carried over to housework. I was wrong!
I really appreciated her tips of journaling out a huge master to-do list and then making it one-step tasks vs. multiple-step tasks. I'm the one with sticky notes dividing up my other sticky notes. This sounded like a glorious idea to me, and one that I'm already taking to heart.
The book does include some soul-searching and action steps. I found this helpful because I have a tendency to keep on breezing through the book and forgetting some of the ideas the book mentioned.
If you're a procrastinator or don't have a clue if you are or not, this book is for you! Seriously. Don't procrastinate in getting this book. It is a one-step decision to go to the store and get it or go online and add it to your cart.
Oh, and it has the cutest cover that makes every task-oriented person want to grab this book and devour it right away. I mean, who doesn't love a check list as a cover?!
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
If you have ever felt like you were "emptying a swimming pool with a teaspoon" (Glynnis' words, not mine) and you handle it all by putting it off, GET THIS BOOK! Don't lay it on the shelf; read it and make your life better.