Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm starting to use GOOGLE TASKS

I have several separate lists which are helping me organize.
- PROJECTS (which I break down into parts (bite-sized 45 minute) I can put on my DAILY list.
- QUICKIES = short & fun or easy (things that take 15 minutes or less)
- DAILY – for things I want to do each and every day.
- TODAY – a few of the DAILY things, QUICKIES and pieces of PROJECTS that I can accomplish successfully today.
- THANK YOU NOTES ( pick one every day or so and add to the TODAY list
- BREAKS = short 15 minute things to relax, recharge, and refresh
Every hour, I set a timer for 45 minutes for an accomplishment, followed by 15 minutes for a BREAK – I just look at my break list if I run out of ideas for breaks.
Some TODAY items only take 10 or 15 minutes, and I mark down an estimated time.  If my estimate is wrong, I'll be able to estimate more closely next time.
The picture is my BREAKS list so far.
Now, I don’t do this slavishly or even completely successfully each day, but I’m trying to shape my life better as I go along. Progress, not perfection is my goal.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Are there always exceptions to any rule?

Purple Orchids at Biltmore Greenhouse
Photo by Timothy K. Hamilton

Rule # 1:
There are exceptions to any rule. 
Many of us have heard that expression or statement.  Can that statement be trusted to be true?    If I can find a statement that contains no exceptions or alternatives or possible deviations, then I have disproved the rule, right?  If that rule is true, then it should always be true that there are exceptions to every rule.  What If I were to come up with an exception to the rule that "any rule has exceptions."?

Try this one:  Rule # 2 :
The only rule to which there are no exceptions is the rule that there always are exceptions to a rule. 
So obviously, Rule # 1 cannot be true.  A more likely truth is something less absolute, because there are few absolutes in life.  So here's a more accurate and true version of Rule #1:

Rule # 3:
There are sometimes exceptions to rules.
This seems more accurate, and allows for some "wiggle room" as well as reflecting some wisdom that has been passed down to us.

Moral of the story:  Absolutes in statements and generalizations rarely are true.  What we think and say shapes the way we see the world.  It might be wise to pay attention to any absolute statements we say, and to temper them somewhat.  Many a statement that is mostly true looses it's "truth" when stated as an absolute.