by SHELLEY BRUCAR
One of the current emails in cyber-space today gives cute definitions of several common words. One is:
One of the greatest labour saving devices of today.”
That sentiment is one way to relieve stress. Especially, all you over-achievers out there (yes, you know who you are), remember that everything does not have to be done TODAY.
But also consider the flip-side of that concept. If you’ve got a list of things that must be done, there are probably one or two items (maybe 5 or 6?) that you really don’t like/don’t want to do.
You could put those things off until tomorrow – OR you could complete them FIRST. Instead of deferring the inevitable, confront the bothersome projects right now. Get the unpleasant, stressful stuff done and check it off your list. That feels good!
Now take it back one step further. In his book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey talks about priorities. Instead of arranging your time based on what you have on your calendar, he suggests prioritizing first. Then you only list the necessary items on your calendar. Get rid of what you can delegate and what really doesn’t have to be done at all. This gives you more time for the important stuff (the big rocks).