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If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.
-- James A. Michener
 

 

Monday, August 3, 1998

Give yourself time

If you’re going to do something, give yourself time to do it. Is it really so great to have it all right now, or to do it all right now?

When you drive somewhere, leave early. Avoid the frustration and anger which come from being delayed by traffic. Enjoy the pleasant feeling of arriving early, relaxed and confident. When you must meet a deadline, start early, give yourself more than enough time to finish the project, and complete the work ahead of schedule. In your own mind, move the deadline a couple of days earlier. Your work will be much better if it is not rushed at the last minute.

Give yourself the time you need to accomplish the things you want. Maintain a healthy sense of urgency, but avoid the panic and frustration of a last-minute rush. You’ll get more done and you’ll be more effective, when you take the time to do it right.

— Ralph Marston

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