Saturday, December 26, 2015

Taming The To-Do List: A Book Review

About The Book:

Ever just wish the world would stop for a day so you could catch up? 
No matter how much we accomplish in a day, we nearly always feel a little guilt over what we didn'tdo. But do we really have more to do than the women who came before us? Maybe not.

In Taming the To-Do List, Glynnis Whitwer exposes a seismic shift in society: from one in which most of us were proactive to one in which we carry the burden of having to respond--to every email, text, tweet, and message we receive. This creates a cycle where everyone else sets the priorities for our days rather than us directing our own lives. The result? We procrastinate, putting off the important stuff for later while we tend to the "urgent" stuff right now.

It's time to take back your schedule! Ready to tame that to-do list? This book shows you how.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional. She is the author of I Used to Be So OrganizedWhen Your Child Hurts, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home, and the coauthor of Everyday Confetti. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five young adult children live in Arizona. She blogs regularly at www.glynniswhitwer.com.

My Review:

This book came into my life at a time when it was so incredibly needed. While I am a pretty organized person and would be in shambles if I every lost my daily planner or phone, I have the bad habit of not always saying no, and very easily becoming overwhelmed by all the things going on in my life. Both Taming the To-Do LIst and The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst (which Glynnis Whitwer quotes in this book) are two non-fiction books that have had the greatest impact on me this year as a Christian woman. And that says a lot because I have read a LOT of books in 2015. 

In her book, Whitwer has reminded us that it's not now much we do with our lives, talents, and time but the quality in which we are doing it and what is being sacrificed because of what we are choosing to do. She addressed the biggest issue that many women (and men too!) deal with when it comes to doing too much and that is procrastination. First she helps us identify that we do in fact procrastinate and then, the steps we should take to overcome the habit of procrastination. 

Here are a few quotes from the book, so you will see what I mean when I say, this book is very convicting, challenging and encouraging:

- It's not that we don't get things done, it's that we don't get the right things down (p. 35)

-The more my life is directed by the demands of others, the less able I am to manage my responsibilities. And not only manage them, but even identify them (p. 43)

-We know our best work is untapped when we procrastinate, and that knowledge is a constant companion. The cost of our unmet potential is immeasurable; the regret is heavy. (p. 57)

-God wants to give us His strength for the work we have to do. He wants to direct our paths and be our encourager. But He can't do that when we shut Him out. God is tearing down my independence, brick by brick, and I'm so glad. (p. 73)

-Being busy isn't the problem. The problem is being a busy-body - or getting involved in things that don't concern us. When we take on responsibilities that aren't ours to assume, we are ineffective in what we are called to do and consequently lead lives that are filled to overflowing. (p. 98)

-Procrastinators tend to be harsh on themselves, much harsher than others are. As we celebrate our progress, we are learning to treat ourselves kindly. Plus we are building in motivation to press on when we might rather quit. And that is a win-win in my book. (p. 185)
-Sometimes the right thing is to reschedule, reevaluate, or change our plans. Sometimes we have to abandon preset goals for a greater goal. Other times God has us to do a 180-degree turn, and it would be disobedient to keep going the same direction. Sometimes God gives us a blessing, or allows a challenge, that requires us to postpone our plans. A wise woman listens and watches to see what God might be doing. And she adapts her plans to His when necessary. (p. 189)

So, are you loving this book so far? I know I have learned so much from it and continue to use it as a resource, and will for some time yet. 

I highly recommend this book (particularly as we head into a new year and make resolutions and goals to better our lives) and give it a huge thumbs up! 


BUY IT: You can purchase Taming The To-Do List at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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