I really didn’t think I needed this book.
It was written for procrastinators, for people who need help in Taming the To-Do-List.
If anything, I’m 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 Whitwer’s 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. Glynnis’s words resonated for me and my plight: “It’s not that we don’t get things done — we don’t get the right things done.” Yes, my do-list gets “tamed” on a daily basis — I love those check marks! But it’s the things I don’t write down and that don’t get done that stand in the way of my goals: take a walk; prepare healthy snacks; go to bed!
So, I’m in. I’m 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 Glynnis’s 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 didn’t need. Is it possible that you need it too?
This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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