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We Can Do Better

Ray’s Daily

November 20, 2019


There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

Peter Drucker.

self management

I don’t know about you but I still have days where I don’t get done all I would like to do. While I no longer have a job I still have some responsibilities, primarily to help my wife with her health needs. In addition, my senior residence provides numerous opportunities to participate in exercise programs, learning experiences, social activities and ways to help our community.

Of course, I also have the mandatory doctor’s appointments, medical tests, family get togethers and even a few trips to buy needed supplies. I know, I am supposed to be in retirement, but I find that senior living is also a job.

Recently I received the following article geared to those in preretirement but I think some of tips are applicable event to those of us no longer in the work place.



by Dr. Drew Rozell

1) Set a Relaxed Tone. Give yourself plenty of time and space in the morning. Avoid waking up, jumping in the shower, throwing on some clothes, and dumping coffee in your lap while weaving through traffic.

2) Move Your Body. Exercising in the morning provides an energy boost and the warm comfort of relaxed muscles that lasts throughout the day.

3) Underpromise. Underpromising means giving yourself a cushion for completing projects and making appointments to avoid the sub-standard work and stress that come with rushing around to meet a deadline.

4) Overdeliver. Okay, now that you’ve underpromised, you have the opportunity to overdeliver — to exceed expectations. When you feel better about yourself, you’ll end up accomplishing more. Consistently.

5) Get away from your workspace for lunch. This noon, remove yourself from your work area and eat slowly. Find a quiet spot, eat something light, and relax.

6) Clean house. Schedule 10 minutes before you leave each day to maintain your workspace. File things that need to be filed, delete unimportant e-mails, toss paperwork you don’t absolutely need, and return phone calls you received that day. You will have completed your day and will have a friendly space to welcome you to work the next morning.

7) Have something to look forward to each evening. Have something Talk with a friend. Take a class. Read a book. Join a club or league. Connect with your family. Learn something. Build a life.

Yes, I know this is a ‘Top 7’, but I figured this was an opportunity to overdeliver.

8) Sleep well. Only 35% of adults sleep the recommended 8 hours or more per night during the week. It affects you more than you think. Turn off the TV, and get the rest you need. Pleasant dreams!


“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”

Jackson Brown, Jr.


Two lawyers went into a diner and sat down at the counter. They ordered two sodas, took sandwiches out of their briefcases and started to eat them.
The owner saw what was going on and approached the men. “You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here,” he complained.
The two lawyers stopped, looked at each other, and then swapped their sandwiches.


A rock <– me –> A hard place


More of my plans for when I become overlord, notwithstanding what we have learned from the movies.

  • I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.
  • I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero’s rugged countenance and she’d betray her own father.
  • Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it’s too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.
  • I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.
  • No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.


I’m just moving clouds today. Tomorrow, I’ll try mountains.


Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her minister. “Reverend,” she wailed, “John and I had a DREADFUL fight!”

“Calm down, my child,” said the minister, “it’s not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight!”

“I know, I know!” said Joanna. “But what am I going to do with the BODY?”


Stress is when you wake up screaming & you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.


Once upon a time there was a woman married to an annoying man named Steve. He would complain about everything. That day he went to their creek with his mule. He complained so much that the mule got annoyed and kicked him to death. At the funeral, when all the men walked by the wife she shook her head yes and every time the women walked by she shook her head no. The minister asked ”Why are you shaking your head yes for men and no for women?” Her response was, ”The men would say how sorry they felt for me and I was saying, ‘Yes, I’ll be alright.’ When the women walked by, they were asking if the mule is for sale . . . ”




A college physics professor was explaining a particularly complicated concept to his class when a pre-med student interrupted him. “Why do we have to learn this stuff?” one young man blurted out.

“To save lives,” the professor responded before continuing the lecture.

A few minutes later the student spoke up again. “So how does physics save lives?”

The professor stared at the student for a long time without saying a word. Finally the professor continued. “Physics saves lives,” he said, “because it keeps certain people out of medical school.”


“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.”

Henry Ward Beecher


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "We Can Do Better" (1)

  1. I love the tips and the addition of sleep, a very important factor in our well being

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