book review

Overwhelmed? A place to start

TamingToDoListAre you forever overwhelmed by all you need to do? If your days end in frustration from tasks left unfinished instead of satisfaction from what you accomplished, Glynnis Whitwer’s book, Taming the To Do List, is a great resource for you. Glynnis presents the idea that procrastination might be the culprit in the seeming theft of our time. She relates her story of struggle with procrastination and how it came so clearly to her attention. She pairs her story with practical steps to overcome the procrastination habit and move in what we are to do.

“In Taming the To-Do List, Glynnis Whitwer exposes a seismic shift in society: from one in which most of us were proactive to one in which we carry the burden of having to respond – to every email, text, tweet, and message we receive. This creates a cycle were everyone else sets the priorities for our days rather than us directing our own lives. The results? We procrastinate, putting off the important stuff for later while we tend to the “urgent” stuff right now.” (these comments are taken directly from the book jacket)

Glynnis’s writing is relatable, while still teaching challenging truths. Her book is an excellent kick in the pants for those of us who are overwhelmed at times by our to do’s and commitments, yet fill our time with things which are truly procrastination rather than what we are supposed to do. Her writing is easy to read, and you will relate with and laugh along with her experiences and be challenged to stop the seeming never ending cycle of overwhelm and procrastination.

Having read Taming the To-Do List in overview mode, I am looking forward to reading it again and working through the practical steps Glynnis recommends. I have already been motivated in a couple areas of life to lay aside procrastination and move in what I know I am to do. If you are feeling overwhelmed or find your self procrastinating, taking some time to read through the ideas of this book is a great place to start stopping the procrastination and taming your to do list.

Proverbs31 Ministries is doing an online Bible study this month, using Glynnis’s book as a basis. I am eager to participate with them in the action steps and see how they approach using this book as a jumping off point for Bible Study. Please consider joining me here.

Please join me on Twitter or Google+ and let me know what you are enjoying reading. I am always looking for recommendations! and if you are interested you can check out my current reading list on GoodReads.

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