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Jessica, nobody can do everything on their own. Even in familes, chores are delegated out to created respect for the home, and understanding that it takes a team to make things work. Be a team player AND a leader :)

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This one really made me reflect. I have a hard time delegating things; maybe that is why I am so stressed at times. I am definitely one who tries to do everything on their own.

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You are most welcome!!!!!!! Only one more lesson to go in this one.

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THANK YOU!!!

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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Congratulations -- you've reached Day 4 of the five day stress course from ACQYR.

In this lesson, I want to share some time-saving organization tips from David Allen's great book Getting Things Done. Master these, and you'll be well on your way to saving yourself a lot of frustration and wasted time.

When you create your list of daily actions, you have to first decide if the task or information is actionable, then you have to fit it into one of the four categories: do, delegate, defer, or drop.


Do.

Any new task that can be completed in less than two minutes should be done immediately, if at all. This may include sending a quick reply to an email, filing documents, looking up a phone number online, or sending requested materials. The objective is to finish easy tasks quickly instead of wasting time writing everything down onto your to-do list.


Delegate.

Tasks that are actionable but better suited for someone else are delegated with deadlines. This doesn't mean that you forget about the task completely once it's delegated. Instead, take note of it in a 'Waiting For' list that highlights all tasks that you've entrusted to others.

Self-Reflection
What do you do that you shouldn't?
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Do you delegate as often as you should?
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How can you better organize your schedule?


Defer.

A task that will take longer than two minutes should be deferred so you can act on it when it's most appropriate to do so. There are two ways that you can defer action: you can place it in your calendar to be done at a specific date and time, or you can take note of it in your 'Next Actions' list for you to do as soon as you can.


Drop.

Anything that comes your way that isn't actionable falls into this category. This is where you decide whether you trash the idea or task, incubate it for possible future actions, or reference the document in a paper or digital folder. The point is, once something enters this category, it must get off your plate and out of your mind.

Allen suggests to review your do, delegate, defer and drop lists weekly so you can flush out old and irrelevant priorities. You can also encourage a "dumpster day" at work and at home to clean out your work and living spaces.

(This is an excerpt from Chapter 8: Prioritize in the ACQYR Stress Busters - Master Program.)


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Make time throughout the day to review your lists and
only take on what you should.
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Keep yourself on track. Review your do, delegate,
defer and drop lists weekly.


Sheri - from Ronnie Nijmeh

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