Time Management

 

I just finished a time management class at the Institute of Metaphysical Sciences, which was taught by Dr. Doug Kelley.  It was a great class and I really enjoyed it.

The main points included:

  • Time management is largely a matter of using good common sense and working smart.
  • The most effective time management device is a “To Do List.”
  • Ask yourself what is the best use of my time right now.
  • If you do what you should do, when you should do it, you will be successful in anything you attempt.
  • When you boil it all down, doing anything worthwhile takes a healthy measure of self-discipline.
  • Procrastination is the biggest barrier to time management and productivity.
  • The most effective way of reducing an overburdened schedule is to prioritize your activities and learn how to say “no.”

 

Adults Playing

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults to play.

Benefits of Playing:

  • It’s fun
  • It’s a great way to reduce stress
  • It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills
  • It strengthens relationships

There are many ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.

 

 

The Brook

I started going to The Brook in early November.  The church is actively involved in helping those in our community and reaching out to those in third world contries.

The members help people get food, they help build houses, and help people in anyway they can.

The members are also pleasant and seem generally concerned about those they come in contact with.

Since I started attending the church, I have learned a lot about the Bible.  I am also learning to be a better person and a better example to those around me.

I am glad I found this church and for the positive impact it is having on my life.

 

 

Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for awhile.  This was in the mid 90’s and I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.

I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.

Critical Thinking Skills

 

There are some basic critical thinking skills that we all should practice.  Don’t allow yourself to be a mindless follower, instead think for yourself.

  1. Ask questions
  2. Determine if the information is fact or opinion
  3. Admit when you don’t know something or don’t understand the information
  4. Be curious
  5. Don’t make rash judgements
  6. Be willing to change your beliefs or assumptions

Science Quotes

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The ebook “223 Amazing Science Facts, Tidbits, and Quotes” is short, but still thought provoking.  My favorite quotes from the book are listed below:

  • The sun with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.  – Galileo
  • The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.  – Claud Levi Strauss
  • The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. –  John F Kennedy
  • The story of human development is really the story of error-prone, curiosity-driven discovery.  – Craig Mello
  • I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of old ones.  – John Cage