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Taming the To-Do List addresses this significant change in how we manage our time and the issue of procrastination from a woman's point of view. It addresses the common household tasks many women put off, like doing housework and scheduling doctor's appointments, and moves on to the larger, more life-impacting delays of dreams and goals. Combining practical, easy-to-apply advice with solid research and biblical truth, this book is a compassionate yet challenging message of hope for those struggling to choose their best work over busy work.
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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No matter how hard women work or how much they accomplish in a day, there's lingering anxiety and guilt over what they didn't do. We just wish the world would stop for a day so we could catch up.
Glynnis Whitwer has identified what makes us feel so overburdened--and it's probably not what you think. Taming the To-Do List exposes a seismic shift in our society: from one in which most of us were proactive toward one where we now carry the burden of having to respond--to every email, text, tweet, and message we receive. This major shift creates a cycle where everyone else sets the priorities for our days, rather than us designing our own lives.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Tips on Doing Your Best Work and Managing Your TImeOctober 29, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I was offered an opportunity to read this book, honestly, this is what I thought, "One more thing to add to my to-do list." And yet, taming my to-do list, was exactly what I needed to read about, so I went ahead and chose to prioritize the book along with all the other things I have to do.
But, Oh My Word, It was soooo worth it!! Glynnis addresses things in her book I have struggled with for years. And also enlightened me quite to my dismay on some personal issues I have, such as procrastinating! That is a biggie for me. I like to say, "I work well under pressure." Basically, I just mean, I leave things til the last minute and then get them done because I HAVE to. But in doing so, am I really doing my best work, or just getting it done? I want to do my best for my family, and especially for my Lord and Savior.
Life has changed so drastically in the last few years, especially the way we communicate and that is something Glynnis talks about. The need to be immediately, at any given moment, at everyone else's disposal, which in turn hinders our productivity levels. It also keeps us operating re-actively instead of pro-actively. I know this is true in my own life. So many outward things always seem to be demanding my time, knowing which to prioritize and which to let go is a difficult assignment.
There is so much to glean from this book, you won't want to miss it! I am planning on re-reading it slowly and taking my time applying these principles. This is not one you want to just rush through. Invest in it and you will be doing your best work by the time you are through.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Taming the To Do List in ReviewOctober 24, 2015MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fall seems like the best time of year to think of making changes. Resolutions on January just don't cut it for me. Fall is when I start planning the holiday season. I do a little bit of Halloween, a lot of Thanksgiving and then Christmas comes full steam ahead. That brings on more projects than I can possibly complete. I have big ideas all around and not enough time to finish them all.
I have a real issue with procrastination. Bingo, I admitted it and I am so glad that I am not alone. I love reading Glynnis Whitwer's books because I can truly identify with her style. I found this book to be so helpful because it breaks things down to manageable steps. Small steps that I can keep in the forefront of my busy head. At the beginning of the book you will find a question asking you what you want to accomplish. At the beginning of each chapter she checks in with you about that goal again, and that kept it on my mind. It gave me resolve to really stay focused on the moment. It also helped me get something done other than catch up with my Facebook friends first thing in the morning.
I have a long ways to go yet but having some strategies I can use in the real world is a plus for me. Realizing I don't have to do it all in one setting is the bonus I recommend this for anyone who would like to give themselves the gift of doing your best everyday on your own terms.
gbautista72CaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5With God it is possible to tame that list!October 18, 2015gbautista72CaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Excellent book. Easy read. I appreciate the enlightening, insightful wisdom, knowledge & experience from Glynnis Whitwer. I will re-read this book because the basic ideas are very relevant and helpful. She reminds us to prioritize, to focus, & to seek & ask God how to proceed, what to do & re-evaluate priorities.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't Put It OffOctober 14, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I really didnt think I needed this book.
It was written for procrastinators, for people who need help in Taming the To-Do-List.
If anything, Im an ante-crastinator, too faint-hearted to wait until the last minute, who goes into panic mode just thinking about the potential of going into panic mode.
But then I read Glynnis Whitwers definition of procrastination, a voluntary delay of something we could do but choose not to, and thought about the weight I gained during the perilous winter of 2015. Yes, THAT weight that was going to come off over the summer . . . And now autumn is here.
Needless to say, that epiphany instantly leveled my objections and heightened my attention to the details of the book, and I found myself not only reading it but also working through the end-of-chapter questions as I read. Glynniss words resonated for me and my plight: Its not that we dont get things done we dont get the right things done. Yes, my do-list gets tamed on a daily basis I love those check marks! But its the things I dont write down and that dont get done that stand in the way of my goals: take a walk; prepare healthy snacks; go to bed!
So, Im in. Im ready to stop feeling regret and to face the discomfort of saying no to myself about unhealthy eating choices (Chapter 2). I will stop believing the myth that I can eat anything I want and still experience good health (Chapter 5). I will make better choices about how I use my time so that I will be less likely to stress-eat (Chapter 7), and I will adopt an appreciation for this new concept: mono-tasking (Chapter 8).
There is abundant wisdom to be found in the final chapters of Glynniss fine book, particularly around the topic of wise waiting. All procrastination is delay, but not all delay is procrastination. Waiting for the best time, waiting for other priorities to be fulfilled, waiting for God to give clear direction these are great reasons for delayed action, and this journey of facing an area of my life that needs strengthening is a great reason for me to have read a book that I thought I didnt need. Is it possible that you need it too?
For more about Taming the To-Do List in Glynniss own words, check out her web-site, but particularly this entry.
This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
knowltonnest4 Stars Out Of 5Taming MY To Do ListOctober 9, 2015knowltonnestQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In Glynnis Whitwer's new book Taming the To Do List (How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day), she addresses the problem of procrastination and how to take back your schedule and be proactive rather than reactive. The constant need to respond to the urgent notifications we receive instead of focusing on our set priorities is a struggle most people are facing today. But what do we do about this? Glynnis offers several practical suggestions. The first half of the book shares the reasons why we procrastinate and the last half shares how to combat it. At the end of the first chapter the author invites the reader to pick to areas where they want success- a regular routine and a personal goal. After each chapter there are questions to answer in regard to those two areas. The goal of this book was to take all those "to do list" tasks and help identify the right strategies to accomplish them in the best way possible.
I chose to review this book because I have an overwhelming to do list not only daily, but also in large quantities. I feel like my projects are always on my list and never get done. For me this book was hard to read, but also very good. I felt convicted to make different choices in how I prioritize my to do list. It's going to take some discipline and my thinking needs to change. I really liked the practical application after every chapter, but I didn't accomplish anything in my two areas, but I certainly thought a lot about them. I would suggest reading this book in slow chunks and really taking time to think and implement the strategies. There are a lot of good nuggets of wisdom and this is a great book to pick up and find what chapter is most applicable to your situation at the time.
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