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February 2019
Important or Urgent?

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“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important and the important are never urgent.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower-
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How often does this quote ring true for you? Do you get sucked into the urgent only to be forced to put off the important once again? I think we all do.

It’s a tough cycle to get out of. We spend so much time simply reacting to the challenges and tasks that bombard us every day that we never get to the things that will help to strengthen us personally, build our relationships or help us to grow professionally.

Let’s all take a moment to step back right now. Let’s take a good look at our week. What is keeping us from getting where we want to be? What changes can we consciously make to claim (or reclaim) some time for the truly important things in life?

Who can we reach out to to help us make that happen and to start building a habit of self-care into our routines?Let’s commit to finally looking after ourselves – knowing that every other aspect of our lives will improve when we do.

Good luck!

Janet
TimeSquared
janet@timesquared.ca

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Recipe:

My friend Andree-Ann brought this vegetarian appetizer to a party a while back and I can’t stop making it. It’s so simple, but trust me – it’s going to be a hit for you too!

Vegetarian Spinach Balls

2 packages frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained well
¼ cup butter, melted
6 eggs
1 box Cornbread Stovetop Stuffing
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Lots of black pepper

  1. Mix together all ingredients
  2. Form into 24 balls and place on greased cookie sheet
  3. Bake at 375﮿F for 30 minutes
  4. Serve warm with your favourite Honey Dijon Salad Dressing as a dip.

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Tip/Referral:

Learning how to manage both the urgent and the important is a difficult challenge, but there are plenty of strategies available to help us figure out where all of our time is going and what really needs to get done.

One idea is to Write Everything Down. Some people can do this on their phones, but for me, pen and paper still work the best. I keep what my friends call “Janet’s Book of Everything” with me all day long. It’s got my client notes, my shopping lists, my calendar, and my lists – the things that I need to check off for each client, as well as for my family and myself. Without it, and without jotting down all those tasks that pop into my mind at the most inopportune times, I don’t know what I’d do.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t always rely on my memory to keep everything top of mind at the right moment. So writing everything down in one spot provides a place to refer back to and add to as needed.

Even if a task seems minor or mundane, it’s good to write it down. And don’t forget to write down the big ones too. Book time to study that course you’ve signed up for, to work out, to spend an afternoon at that coffee shop you’ve been wanting to try. Booking the urgent and the important into your week will help to create time for them to happen.

 
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