Thursday Feb. 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

February 9, 2019



DEBBIE MCCANN entertaining from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr.

THE PROPOSAL and THE WEDDING presented by the Orléans Older Players (OOPS) in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

CHILI & CORNBREAD CONTEST from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abiding Word Lutheran Church, 1575 Belcourt Blvd. FREE ADMISSION.

THE SNOW QUEEN presented by the Missoula Children’s Theatre in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan.

Stop being busy and start taking control

By Walter Robinson
January 6, 2019

It’s February, so let’s check in on those New Year’s resolutions. Did you make any? Is that new gym membership already burning a hole in your credit card even though you forgot how to get to the gym? How about that diet; are you still avoiding/abstaining from white death – sugar, flours, starch and salt – or did that poutine at lunch with ice cream and Coke hit the spot?

While you may make think of me as cruel mirror to, and reminders of, your resolution(s) failure, please don’t. I’ve been there too and know your inner shame and pain. Resolutions are doomed to fail because a simple phrase or intention to make profound life change just because the calendar ticks over to another year cannot rescind or reverse years of habit.

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions as changing habits is not a one-day or even 21-day journey: the best research now says this is a 66-day affair at a minimum. It takes discipline, discipline and yes, more discipline, to succeed. And in our increasingly hectic and busy lives, who has time for discipline?

Hmmm, I’m busy or I’m so busy, I’m too busy. During the Christmas/New Year’s break I heard friends, family, co-workers and even strangers tell me how busy, jam-packed and hectic their lives have become. Work schedules with back-to-back-to-back meetings, social obligations with no end in sight and work and personal email accounts with hundreds of unread messages.

Poor them, I thought for a moment – but just for a moment – then I recalled the profound observation of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates late year when he stated that “busy is the new stupid.” I’m not judging (okay, maybe just a little), but I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Gates and we have it in our power to make busy go away.

So your friendly scribe has been on a mission since the start of the year to eradicate busy from my life, vocabulary and mindset and so far, so good. Here are a few ideas that have worked for me and maybe they will work for you as well.

To start, I changed my To Do list or daily plan. Personal tasks and chores now come first… from hitting the gym to paying bills to simply reading a chapter of a new fiction or non-fiction book, this is my first priority each and every day. Work emails, scanning the daily clippings and other tasks can wait, period!

Next up, channelling my inner Marie Kondo (famed Japanese author, organizing consultant and Netflix sensation) and decluttering my life. I started with my Gmail and unsubscribing from a host of auto- mated emails including Tony Robbins, Old Navy, Brian Tracy coaching, DSW deals, Sobeys weekly specials, PetSmart discounts, Yummly recipes, JetBlue, Porter Airlines, Zoomer magazine along with about 15 auto-subscribes to various news services and health-sciences feeds on my work account. These actions alone have probably given me an extra hour of breathing space, relaxation and freedom each day.

Going further, I have been religious if not messianic about my work schedule. Meeting invites with no explicit objective or agenda are, at best tentatively accepted, or at the speed-of-light outright declined. And yes, I will go all preachy on this point for a sentence or two… regardless of where you sit in an organization, your time and attention is valuable, if a meeting organizer (except in confidential HR or re-org matters) can’t show you the respect of sending a meeting invite with an agenda and objectives, even just a few bullet points, just say no.

This month, I will go further and start to declutter my closets and basement and see what gently used clothes and toys could help others via Value Village, the Salvation Army or our local services agencies that serve the less fortunate amongst us. This is the good busy, this is being productive and this is being in charge of your own life, time and attention.

So what is the point you may ask of the 700 words you have just read? To be blunt, resolutions don’t work, life change is not easy and if you feel overwhelmed or uber busy, the solution is ultimately in your hands. Take charge, make hard choices, and get back in control – your mind, your body and your family will thank you.




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