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“Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Now that I have my computer back I have started on my backlog of bills, paper correspondence and deferred projects. It is what I use to call in my working days a “mandatory stack attack.” You see over the years I have had a propensity to give priority to what I wanted to do rather than dealing with what I need to do. Yes I have always been a somewhat prodigious procrastinator but neither you nor I need to be. Here are some tips offered by Henrik Edberg that can help

Get More Done with (a Lot) Less Stress: Helpful Daily Habits

  • Prepare your day the evening before. Pack your bag or suitcase. Pack the leftovers from your dinner in a container and put it in the fridge. Put your keys, wallet etc. in a place where you can easily find them as you head out in the morning. This preparation will help you to have a less stressful morning.
  • Be 5-10 minutes early for appointments. This will make your time of travel during the day into a time of relaxation and recharging. Instead of a time of stress and anxiety. Plus, people tend to like when other people are on time.
  • Work on just one thing at a time. It will be easier to focus and to do a good job. And to do it in less time compared to if you try to multi-task (at least if you are anything like me).
  • During your day regularly ask yourself questions for simplicity and focus. It is easy to get off track during a regular workday. To stay on track or to get back there if you get lost use questions like:
    • What is the most important thing I can do right now?
    • Is doing this bringing me closer to my goal?
    • Am I keeping things extremely simple right now?
  • Ask for help. You don’t have to always go it alone. You can ask for help. You may not always get it but you may also be surprised at how helpful and kind people can be in helping you ease your burdens and solve a challenge. Just don’t forget to do the same for them as best you can when they ask.
  • Consciously set and maintain firm boundaries between your work and personal time. Have a set stop time for your daily work (mine is 7 o’ clock). Don’t work on weekends. Consciously manage your boundaries and you’ll have less stress and more energy and focus both to do better work and to have a personal life of higher quality. This is one of the most important and often overlooked habits in this article.

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“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

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Golfer walks into the pro shop at the local course and asks the golf pro if they sell ball markers.

The golf pro says they do, and they are $1.00.

The guy gives the golf pro a dollar…

The golf pro opens the register, puts the dollar in and hands him a penny.

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In God we trust, all others we virus scan.

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Thanks to a fellow named John Dixon for thinking about all of this:

Fender skirts I haven’t thought about “fender skirts” in years. When I was a kid, I considered it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress.

Thinking about “fender skirts” started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice.

Like “curb feelers” and “steering knobs”, sometimes called “spinners.” Since I’d been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first.

Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.

Remember “Continental kits?” They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.

When did we quit calling them “emergency brakes?” At some point “parking brake” became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with emergency brake.”

Didn’t you ever wait at the street or down by the mail box for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the “running board” up to the house?

Here’s a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore “store-bought.” Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.

“Coast to coast” is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term “worldwide” for granted.

On a smaller scale, “wall-to-wall” was once a magical term in our homes. In the ’50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.

When’s the last time you heard the quaint phrase “in a family way?” It’s hard to imagine that the word “pregnant” was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use In polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and “being in a family way” or simply “expecting.”

Apparently “brassiere” is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it’s just “bra” now. “Unmentionables” probably wouldn’t be understood at all.

It’s hard to recall that this word was once said in a whisper, -“divorce”. And no one is called a “divorcee” anymore. Come to think of it, “confirmed bachelors” and “career girls” are long gone, too.

Always loved going to the “picture show,” but I considered “movie” an affectation.

Most of these words go back to the ’50s, but here’s a pure-’60s word came across the other day – “rat fink.” Ooh, what a nasty put-down!

Here’s a word I miss – “percolator.” That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? “Coffeemaker.” How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.

I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like “DynaFlow”, “Fluid Drive” and Electrolux. “Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with “Spectra Vision!”

Some words aren’t gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most – “supper.” Now everybody says “dinner.” Save a great word. Invite someone to supper and discuss fender skirts.

Someone forwarded this to me, and I thought some of us of a “certain age” or know some one that’s a “certain age” that you can send this to, would remember most of these.  Oh, yeah, this got left out.  How about Burma Shave signs?

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The thesaurus is where we find big words for the ones people actually understand.

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An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress.

The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.

The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there.

The engineer said, “I like both.” The architect and the artist replied in unison,

“Both!?”

Engineer: “Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, this way you can stay longer at work and get some really interesting stuff done.”

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Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

Peter Drucker

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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