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DAVIDSON: Stop Your Days From Racing By — The Art of Completions

Completions are a method of segmenting what you do into finished units.

Jeff Davidson

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The past year, perceptually, went by more slowly than any in memory. In 2021, perhaps the entire will be different. Nevertheless, any given day seemingly races by. How can this be so? Lockdown or not, we each still have much to do and much that competes for attention.

One of the most powerful ways to take control of your time, in our era of information and communication overload, is to practice “completions.” Completions, simply put, are a method of segmenting what you do into finished units. For example, when you finish eating, sleeping or commuting, you have made a completion.

Completions are Comforting

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When you acknowledge yourself for having completed a task, you are giving yourself a sense of closure, achieving a mental and emotional break. Completions are energizing because each time you acknowledge yourself for having completed something, you get a fresh start for what’s next.

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Conversely, running through tasks without completions is upsetting. It makes you feel tired, weighed down, and de-energized – as if time is flying by, and you are still no closer to finishing the tasks at hand than you were hours ago. You can also give completion to thoughts. Choose to control your life – don’t be bogged down with stress or worries. Choose to think to yourself, “I’m going to sp end five minutes worrying about this problem, and that’s it.”

The completion of tasks might take a few seconds or a few months. You can break tasks up into sub-units. As an author, I acknowledge a completion each time I finish a chapter. As I finish each successive chapter, I get more energy to move on. I have found that when I’m working on four or five chapters at the same time, and none of them are completed, I feel as if I’m never going to be finished.

Take a Pause for the Scenery

Giving yourself completions is analogous to taking a long drive down a scenic mountain highway. If you stop every so often and get out to look at the scenery, it makes the trip seem shorter and less monotonous because you’re taking breaks and being re-energized, even though time-wise it actually took a little longer.

Inserting completion breaks in between tasks is not only relaxing; it’s productive. You don’t have to plow through your work. Contrary to many people’s notions about work, you can get more done when you allow yourself a completion break for each task, and don’t try to simply go for the straight eight hours.

To facilitate completions, condition your environment to support what you’re working on. Keeping your workplace clear, for example, is a completion in itself. Joe Sugarman, author of the now hard-to-find Success Forces, advises his readers and employees to clear their desks every day before leaving work. Is the 15 minutes spent doing that each day a waste of time? No, because when you come in the next morning, whatever you begin working on will necessarily be the most important thing because you are forced to get it for your desk.

Sugarman’s exercise is a discipline that forces you to put things in their appropriate space. It also helps you work in a way that supports you. In a similar vein, keeping a clean house is a completion. So is scanning new information when reading to discard that which doesn’t suit your purpose.

Take it in Stride

Realize that the ability to say no is an important completion. Too often we say yes to whatever people ask of us, and we end up doing things we don’t really want to do. Don’t initiate activities that you don’t support. Say no to the things you don’t care about, and you’ll have more time to do the activities that you do care about.

Also, don’t have too many major completions all at once. Overdoing it will cramp your completions and make you feel as stressed and time pressed as when you began. Instead, pick one or two major completions at a time.

Begin to acknowledge your completions. Wake up tomorrow acknowledging the completion of waking up, the completion of commuting, or the completion of finishing a task at work. When you acknowledge your completions, you’ll achieve more and gain more energy in your life.

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What a horrible thing to say!

John Salvatore

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We’re just over two weeks into the new year and we already have a quote that may hold up as the most ridiculous of 2021. Remember, this guy was elected to office. What does that say about the people who voted for him? It’s because of people like Goofy McGoofball in the clip below that America has become such a liberal cesspool. During a Monday appearance on CNN, McGoofball said, “You know I was thinking, the Guard is 90 some-odd percent male. Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden. You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative…there are probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75 percent are in the class that would be in the large class of folks who might want to do something. There were military people and police who took oaths to defend the Constitution, who didn’t do it and were in the insurrection. So it does concern me.” WATCH: https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1351196676036435972?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1351196676036435972%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fvideo-democrat-argues-national-guard-members-who-voted-for-trump-may-be-a-threat-to-bidens-safety%2F From The Daily Wire: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) added to the already deep divide in our nation during a online meeting with constituents in San Francisco on Saturday, claiming the Trump supporters who breached the Capitol on Wednesday chose their “whiteness over democracy.” Pelosi said, “When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all. The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’” She added, “I thought it was going to be an epiphany for…

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Gorgeous, as always!

John Salvatore

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