time is flying by and this last month has been in a bit of an upheaval since Thanksgiving. My beloved grandmother passed away December 3rd and when I look at today's date I can hardly believe it is the 15th. Grieving has a way of warping time. It slows everything down while at the same time, of course time is still going by. I dedicated a post to my grandma on my Long Island Daily Photo blog about the christening outfit you can see here the day we laid Grandma to rest. Since then I have been concentrating on getting my son through his finals at school and keeping our family on a "normal" schedule. It's hard to keep things in perspective around Christmas time. I think the dilemma is we all want to make sure we show our loved ones how much we care about them by acknowledging them with gifts and such while at the same time one wants to keep the season of giving real.
I came upon the sage advice listed below while visiting Lydia's clutterquake. I wrote the original blogger Buddha of Hollywood, for permission to reprint it here. So thanks Lydia & BoH.
I Hope this helps you, my dear readers, with your holiday time management. It is certainly helping me. here it is:
How to Accomplish More
Also known as the 4D recipe.
It goes like this: Divide, Delegate, Do, Dump.
1) DIVIDE “The universe is made of atoms. If you can move an atom, you can move the universe.” Before starting any task, divide it up in smaller parts – even if you think you can do it all at once.
2) DELEGATE Have some one else do the work for you. A co worker, a professional or specialist, family members, relatives, friends etc.
3) DO If you can’t delegate the work, it is time for you to do it. If it seems too big, complicated or hard to do, go back to steps 1 & 2. If you can’t divide your task in smaller parts and can’t find anybody to delegate, go to step 4.
4) DUMP “The art of winning is the art of managing your loses”. I’ve seen so many people stuck in failed, dysfunctional relationships or dead end jobs, not knowing when and how to quit.
Time is the most valuable asset you have. So, stop wasting time on dead ends and move on to a new task.
This picture was taken at a Grumman's craft show. Go here for the complete story on this photo...unless you've seen it already.