Monday, August 6, 2012
If you have a lot to do, write it down. Even if you don’t have a lot to do, write it down.
Why? It makes life a lot easier.
There are things we think we can’t forget, but that is not true. I have known parents who forgot to pick up their child from school and had to be called. I have known men who forgot to pick up their wives from work and got into serious trouble.
There are busy executives, pastors and others who forget meetings or meeting times. We forget things, even things that we do regularly. It makes life so much easier and simpler if we make a daily to-do list and work from it.
I remember doing some time management training for a local college. The supervisor for that area and I got into a discussion about time management and I shared with her the value of having a to-do list. What she told me was enlightening.
She said that there were many nights she would lay in bed wondering if she had forgotten to do something that was really important from the past day and whether she would forget anything important the next day. I told her that she could rest well if she just wrote down everything she had to do, and as she accomplished them she could just put a line through them.
When you are busy a to-do list can be your best friend.
There is a right way and a wrong way to do nearly everything and that includes making up or using your to-do list. One of the cardinal rules is write it down as soon as it happens or it comes to you.
Many a receptionist or employee has taken a message and instead of writing it down immediately they stopped to say something or do something, and in that short interval whatever they were to write down escaped them until it was too late.
Sometimes something important comes to mind that we really don’t want to forget but we are too lazy or occupied to make a note of it right away, and we end up paying a high price for procrastinating.
Now that I have said all of that I must practice what I preach. No matter how well I think I have things under control I need to write it down.
We often say that in a given day no one can do everything they would like to do. It is equally true if not more so that in a given day no man can remember every possible thing that needs to be done. Write it down so you won’t forget something really important and that could cost you a lot.
The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at email@example.com.
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