Taming The To-Do List (Paperback)Glynnis Whitwer
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 you really have more to do than the women who came before you? Maybe not.
In Taming the To-Do List, Glynnis Whitwer exposes a seismic shift in society: from one in which you were proactive to one in which you carry the burden of having to respond--to every email, text, tweet, and message you receive. This creates a cycle where everyone else sets the priorities for your days rather than you directing your own life. The result? You procrastinate, putting off the important stuff for later while you 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.
"I give this book a very enthusiastic standing ovation. 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 with this book!" - Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Ever scribble out your 'to-do' list but then become terrified of actually looking at it? You just aren't sure where--or how--to start tackling your many tasks. So, instead, you grab a soda, flip on the TV, flop on the couch, and vow that tomorrow you'll finally get your act together. No more! Glynnis Whitwer has crafted an inspiring and practical guide for preventing procrastination. She'll empower you to take that stress-inducing task list from 'to-do' to 'Hey look! It's done!' Highly recommended!" - Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 national speaker, New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All and Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Speci
"Feeling pulled in a million different directions? Can't seem to get a grip? Then you need to read Taming the To-Do-List! It is refreshingly real and extremely practical for the busy woman, and it's packed with useful and encouraging help to manage time better, clarify focus, and stay on track with tasks that are not just the most pressing, but the most important. 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
1. Procrastinate? Me? 13
2. What Is Procrastination? 25
3. Understanding Some of the Whys 37
4. Assessing the Price We Pay 50
5. Myth Busters 64
6. Overcoming Our Fears 75
7. Too Busy? 89
8. Thinking with Focus and Clarity 101
9. Taming Our Perfectionist Instincts 114
10. Replacing Bad Habits with Good 127
11. Strengthening Willpower 137
12. Becoming a Wise Time Manager 151
13. Organizing Our Work 164
14. Small Changes Matter 177
15. When Is It Not Procrastination? 189
About the Author
Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is one of the writers of 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. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five children live in Arizona.
Size140 x 216 mm
Number of Pages208 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance; but
he has not promised tomorrow to your procrastina-
Is it possible that I’m a procrastinator? When this idea worked
its way into my mind, I scoffed. After all, I was one of the busi-
est people I knew. Between work, home, kids, church, and my
husband, my days were full to overflowing. I was always doing
something for someone. I might put things off, but it was only
because there was so much on my plate. Right?
I preferred to think of myself as a highly productive person.
Have you ever heard the old adage that if you want something done,
give it to the busiest person you know? Yep. That would be me.
Routinely I’d hear from a friend, “How do you manage all you
do?” I usually responded with a humble brag such as, “Oh, I guess
I’m just wired that way.”
And my heart would do a little pitter-patter at this recognition
of my work, at their respect of my achievements. I hungered for
that type of response, and it fueled me to keep pressing on.
But in the quiet of my day, my to-do list whispered another
truth. I knew this truth but I preferred to avoid it. It was easier to
find excuses and place blame—because, after all, I was really busy.
You see, there’s another side my friends don’t see. They have the
advantage of seeing all I get done; they don’t see what’s left undone.
But I do.
And it gnaws at my conscience. All. The. Time.
Perhaps you know this feeling too. No matter how much you
do, what bothers you most is what you didn’t do. That long list
of to-dos (whether written down or just rolling around in your
mind) keeps you up at night. It motivates you to download more
productivity apps. You read every article on time management
you can find.