September 14, 2017
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Sorry about no Daily yesterday. I was busy bringing my wife home after her almost two month medical absence. She is on the mend but has a way to go. I am again sending you a past Daily, I hope that’s OK.
Ray’s Daily first published on September 14, 2006
The speaker at my Kiwanis Club meeting this morning was an expert on organizing ones self. She described how some of us are stackers, some are stuffers, and some are cluterers. Over my life time I have been all of these and am even in retirement. I stack stuff all over the place, books, magazines, CD’s, videos, recipes, you name it and I stack it. That is I stack it up until the night before our cleaning lady is coming, it is then that I become a stuffer. Stacks disappear, they are stuffed into drawers, cabinets, and every other nook and cranny where they stay until the house has been returned to pristine condition. Of course it does not stay that way long, as soon as I need to find something, the stuffed stacks become clutter, much of what then becomes stacks, and the cycle begins all over again.
Of course this smart lady has a better way. She gets everything together and filters, prioritizes, takes action, and then follows up where necessary. One of her tips was to understand that we can get really productive if we set aside a couple of uninterruptible hours in the day to work the system including the dumping of the unimportant things we keep. I know she is right, as often most of the things in my stacks will age until useless or are of such low importance that they will never again see the light of day. Bottom line is that the only person I am fooling by stacking everything is me, of course my wife also shares my frustration in a different way, she just want’s to know when the I am going to get rid of the stacks and clutter.
But all is not lost, I had an eureka moment this morning! I decided that I can interrupt the process of stacking and then stuffing by adding an interim filter process. I came home and began moving stuffed stuff to clutter, but with filtration, and low and behold I was able to get rid of more than half the clutter. My next step is to make the prioritization process a priority, and I will as soon as I get to it.
“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!”
How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in the Workplace
-Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.
-Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them one day after your boss does. This is especially effective if your boss is of a different gender than you.
-Send e-mails to the rest of the company telling them exactly what you’re doing. For example: “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”
-Hi-Lite your shoes. Tell people you haven’t lost them as much since you did this.
-Put a chair facing a printer. Sit there all day and tell people you’re waiting for your document.
-Send e-mails back and forth to yourself, engaging yourself in an intellectual debate. Forward the mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.
-Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing.
-Put your trash can on your desk. Label it “IN.”
-Send e-mail messages saying there’s free pizza or donuts or cake in the lunchroom. When people drift back to work complaining that they found none, lean back, pat your stomach and say, “Oh you’ve got to be faster than that.”
Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.
I was reminded today just how awful my wife’s cooking was when we were first married. Yes, it’s cliché but it’s true. It was so bad that I teased her relentlessly. Recently, after an exceptionally exquisite meal, I put my fork down and asked her to what she attributed her acquired culinary mastery.
She smiled a warm smile and looked at me as if I were an angel of light delivering divine revelation.
“Well,” she said as her voice took on an ethereal grace, “I believe it is a reflection of my heart. That the joy and love I feel are manifest in my cooking, in my gardening, in our children, in everything! I believe all things in life turn out well if they are done soulfully and honestly.”
“Damn, baby,” I said, my head awhirl at the thoughts and sounds from the woman next to me. “I’m going to call that shrink of yours and tell him he has finally nailed the combination of Prozac, Lithium and Paxil.”
Why do you never hear father-in-law jokes?
“According to a study, they found common words used by happy people are, joy, love and hopeful. And they also found common words used by other people to describe happy people. Annoying, irritating, obnoxious…”
EXPECTANT MOTHER TO DOCTOR: Since I became pregnant, my breasts, rear end, and even my feet have grown. Is there anything that gets smaller during pregnancy?
DOCTOR: Yes, your bladder.
A school girl was required to write an essay of two hundred and fifty words about an automobile. She submitted the following:
“My uncle bought a second-hand automobile. He was riding in the country when it busted going up a hill. I guess this is about fifty words. The other two hundred are what my uncle said when he was walking back to town, but they are not fit for publication.”
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
On their 40th wedding anniversary and during the banquet celebrating it, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration.
“Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?”
Tom responds, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t have needed if you’d stayed single.”
“Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.”
A man is driving on the highway when his wife calls him on his cell phone. “Honey, be careful. I heard on the news that there is a car on the road driving the wrong way.”
To this the man replies, “One? They’re ALL going the wrong way!”
The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity. We have a tendency it seems to over complicate our lives and forget what’s important and what’s not. We tend to mistake movement for achievement. We tend to focus on activities instead of results. And as the pace of life continues to race along in the outside world, we forget that we have the power to control our lives regardless of what’s going on outside.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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