Tired of Failed New Year’s Resolutions? Try It This Way Instead

Failing? Try This Instead - New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year when most people start thinking about goals and resolutions for the new year.  You know what I’m talking about  – those things we think we should do but we don’t really want to do.  Somehow, though, with the start of a new year, we have fresh motivation and think this …

5 Ways Your Planner Can Help You Act, Instead of React

By Patty Gardner Do you act or react?  “Acting” is definitely a less stressful way to live but most people spend their life RE-acting. What is reacting? Being late to an appointment because you’re gathering the stuff you need at the last minute. Being late to an appointment because you can’t find your keys or bag …

8 Reasons Why it’s Better to Make Your To-Do List the Day Before

By Patty Gardner Do you make tomorrow’s to-do list before you go to bed or first thing in the morning?  I’ve always made my list the night before and I think that works better for these eight reasons: 1.       If I make tomorrow’s list before I go to bed, I sleep better.  I have a …

There’s More To a To-Do List Than To-Do’s

I know that sounds crazy.  A to-do list is a list of things to do.  What more could there be? Actually, there’s actually a lot more.  Like: 1.       Choosing the right to-do’s based on importance.  It’s tempting sometimes (okay, always) to do the things that are easy, fun or the most satisfying.  But those aren’t usually the …

Your Lack of Planning Does Not Create An Emergency For Me – Or Does It?

By Patty Gardner Have you ever heard the saying, “Your lack of planning does not create an emergency for me?”  I love that saying and wish life really worked that way.  But it doesn’t.  The fact is that other people’s lack of planning creates emergencies for me all the time (and honestly, sometimes it’s me …

Planning Ahead Reduces Stress

By Patty Gardner Planning ahead reduces stress and I’m not talking about the calendar/planner kind of planning ahead (although that is definitely important). I’m talking about the physical part of planning ahead – the practical part. Here’s an example. My grandkids (Ivy is 2-1/2 and Calvin is 13 months) come over every Tuesday afternoon at lunchtime. Once they …