Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every DayGlynnis WhitwerRevell / 2015 / Trade Paperback$2.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
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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.
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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.
Terri5 Stars Out Of 5Choose Your Best WorkSeptember 30, 2015TerriQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Hello... I'm a procrastinator!
There, I said it. I've always known it but usually blame it on something else. I'm too busy... I have four kids... I have too much going through my head to keep it all straight... I work full-time... I have chemo brain...
Glynnis Whitwer's new book Taming the To-Do List has helped me recognize some issues in my procrastination, or what I like to call my organized chaos! Understanding some reasons why I don't accomplish everything is helping me see what I need to change in my thinking and implementation of my to-do list. This book is very practical, and while reading it, I felt like it was describing ME!
I appreciate the personal examples which also give practical tips for improvement. Glynnis Whitwer includes an application at the end of each chapter for two areas the reader identifies at the beginning of the book: a regular task - I'm working on our budget - and a personal goal - I'm dreaming about ways to use my cancer experience.
I'm grateful to Revell for sending me this book for review. It is easy to read, completely relevant, and gives tangible tools to help us all tame our to-do lists!
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Taming the To- Do ListSeptember 30, 2015KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Revell offered this book for a review I thought it looked interesting, but I had no idea just how much I truly needed read this.
I am a person who puts off a lot of things until tomorrow. I'm sure many people can relate to that, but as they say tomorrow never comes yet it does. Suddenly I am so overwhelmed with all the things that need doing that inevitably something gets missed along the way. As a child growing up I was told that in whatever you do that you were always to 100%, but as an adult I think I try but don't always hit the mark.
Are you a list maker?
I am. I have numerous lists, but at the end of the day there are several things that go undone. I never worry about stuff I don't do, because hey tomorrow is another day and I can just add this stuff to my list tomorrow. Somehow every day there is more and more stuff to add to my list.
When this book arrived I put it with my stack to read for the month. I knew I had 30 days to get to it. When the moment came to pick it up, I was just amaze starting with the introduction. It was almost like sitting with the author and she pointing out not only how my life had become so overwhelming, but also how to make changes that would be beneficial. I learned that procrastination and time management were basically my biggest problems. The book is designed that each chapter hits a new subject, but ends with an area of, Practical Living, advice on how to make practical changes. The author has done and excellent job in using real life dialogue that is easily understandable.
I truly think this is a must read for everyone and would recommend it.
*I received this book from the publisher for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence as stated above.
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Dry deliverySeptember 25, 2015tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1As women we are always chasing the to-do list. And at the end of the day some of us still feel overwhelmed and a tad guilty because everything hasn't been accomplished. The author has taken these struggles, that are personal to her as well, and written a Biblical and factual approach to getting to the root of the problem. Once the procrastinator can get behind the reasoning for their procrastination they can tame the to-do list and the things that they accomplish will be done well. At the end of each chapter is a small exercise that pertains to the topic.
I picked this book up because the write-up described me. And for the first three chapters I felt like I'd picked up a book written specifically for me. Then it began to get tedious and I really had to force myself to finish. It felt ironic to be reading a book on how to prioritize my life and leave the things that didn't matter behind and to be spending time reading a book that didn't feel like it was really addressing my problem. While the content was good and I appreciated the spiritual aspect, the delivery was a bit dry for me. I would have liked a more light touch to the writing and more practical tips and suggestions that I could have put into practice. Overall, it was a nice book and will probably resonate with some readers. It just wasn't for me.
I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.