Time Management and Grandma’s Law

Everyone seems to be worrying about time management—so much so that I am beginning to think that more and more people must be carrying out their activities of daily living in a very organized fashion. They should feel good. But do they?

It would be interesting to do a research study in Utah with respect to results and effectiveness, since so many of the popular time management systems seem to come from that state.

Shifts Happen

My old pickup truck had a manual, three-speed transmission, and I miss it. To get going, you would put the shift lever in first, slowly let out the clutch, give it a little gas and begin your travels. Once you were moving, with the proper clutch coordination, you could shift into second.

True North Hunters

Deer hunting season came, and two strategic planners decided to test their skills out in the forest. It had snowed about six inches, so the two hunters were able to follow a large deer’s tracks deep into the surrounding woods.

After several hours, they finally spotted the large buck. With uncommon luck, they downed the great animal with one shot. Grabbing it be the tail, they began the long journey back. It was very difficult work.

Encouraging Better Grumbling

For some people discouragement seems to be a way of life. Perhaps it’s in their genes, their wiring. I’m not sure. What is apparent is that negative thoughts and worries are the dominant feature of their lives. It’s no wonder that they experience life as getting worse instead of better and succumb to self-defeat.

The Principle of Thirds

I have been thinking about people in terms of thirds for more than 20 years. One of the reasons this principle has stayed with me so long is that it is another antidote to depression or personal discouragement. The principle is as follows: no matter what you do, propose or change, one third will be for it, one third will be neutral and one third will be against it. (Before I go on, I must say that I have no statistical research to support my claim, only years of practical experience with the concept.)

Measure Twice, Cut Once

It’s possible that you may not be familiar with the craftsman’s imperative, “Measure twice, cut once.” But I was reminded of the usefulness of that adage this summer when doing some home remodeling work. The saying suddenly re-occurred to me while I was measuring some boards for my roof.

Risky Beesness

Sam, who lived to be 100, was 90 when he and I relocated two beehives in his orchard. It was early spring when Sam came down to our place and asked if I would give him a hand moving a couple of his beehives. He wanted to maximize the pollination efforts of these hives in his apple orchard.

How Am I Doing?

“How am I doing?” is not a new question that one suddenly discovers in adulthood. In fact, the question probably peaks in our adolescent years when we attempt to steer the narrow course of belonging to a peer group while also standing out from the group.

“How am I doing?” is a question we ask ourselves personally with respect to our families, friends and personal goals. On a professional level, this question may be more difficult to answer. Why? Because for so many of us, the answer is expressed in vague numbers or concepts.

Paying the Energy Bill

Strange behavior in the chief executive officer of a medium-sized manufacturing firm in northeast Illinois was causing a great deal of concern to her friends and employees. It seems this executive had developed an unusual early morning ritual that continued for several months. Each morning at a quarter to five, she came out of her home and walked three blocks to the nearby railroad crossing. She waited patiently for the five o’clock, Rock Island freight train to arrive and watched in silence as it rolled by.