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WHAT IS THE GOAL?

Published on 8/10/2013
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WHAT IS THE GOAL?
What is success? What is the aim of Work in Progress? I ponder these questions frequently, particularly when I lose a reader (yes, really, despite the fact that I gain nine for every one I lose). What do readers look for when they subscribe to Work in Progress? What content will be of the most help to them - to you?

I do know that I cannot presume to try to guide hundreds of readers toward success in their specific careers when I don't know what they do, and certainly could not do it as well as they do. Instead, the goal is the kind of success that comes from... knowing what you really believe, what you really want, and living with true authenticity... working and living more harmoniously with other people... having time to smell the roses, watch a sunset, smile at a loved one. The goal is that, because of Work in Progress, the lives of readers shall be more in harmony, more in balance, more free of the irritations and tolerations that sap our energy and our ability to enjoy the many gifts that life has brought us. My aim is that, whatever form of success people aim for, Work in Progress shall help them to reach it more easily, and enjoy it more deeply.

Let me know how that goal can best be reached for you.

DON'T GET LOCKED IN
In these days of downsizing of organizations and upsizing of workload too many of us get locked in to the 'busi-holic' thought patterns that tell us an idle moment is a wasted moment. This is compounded by the lessons learned a few years ago as we were taught that anyone who sought success knew that s/he must ORGANIZE and be EFFICIENT. We learned to manage our time, set our priorities by A, B and C, and make our daily to do lists. We were told to carry with us some small tasks that we could do whenever there was time being wasted. We should write personal notes in the doctor's waiting room, read our magazines while on hold on the phone, and generally ensure that every moment was spent efficiently and productively.

There is nothing wrong with any of this, if it serves its true purpose. But... what is that purpose? It is not, I believe, simply to make sure that every moment is filled with activity. It is, rather, to use the odd moments for minor tasks so that those tasks do not encroach on times that could be spent on truly valuable activities. Truly valuable activities include those that nurture ourselves and our relationships, including our relationships with ourselves and, for many, their Higher Power, by whatever Name.

It probably is true that a bored moment is a wasted moment, but an idle moment in which we can truly enjoy our idleness, can pause to look within, or into a loved one's eyes, or to enjoy a wonderful view or painting - that moment is NOT wasted.

Schedule your time efficiently by all means. Just remember that the schedule is a tool for your use. Its purpose is to help you live more fully and happily. It is not a rule under which you have to live a life full of shoulds, of pressure and of stress.

TIME TIPS
Colored pens and highlighters are GREAT time-savers. Many people already use them when developing action lists, for indicating the type of task done, or to be done. Other uses include:
-- When writing a shopping/errands list, highlight the same color all items to be sought in one store. For example, grocery items might be yellow, pharmacy items orange, etc.
-- Rotating colors, a different one each month, as you check off items when balancing your check-book. This way you can know at a glance which monthly statement contains a particular check. (You DO balance your check-book regularly, don't you? If not, you are one of those people for whom I am designing a Basic Financial Coping Skills program.)
--For families, keeping one map of the country, or the world, on which all trips are made, using a different color for each year, or for each member of the family is there is a lot of

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