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Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl for 19 years, and a father of three teenagers.  Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back almost 10 years ago after living out of state for awhile in Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Shane is […]

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A To-Don’t List?

By on March 28, 2012 in Life with No Comments

Justin Wise talked about doing a “to-don’t” list, especially in light of many of us breaking our New Year’s resolutions already.  He wrote:

An easier way to go about resolutions is not by adding to, but subtracting from. As anyone who’s ever built block towers with a toddler knows, it’s much easier to knock the tower down (and more fun) than it is to build it up. Same principle applies here…

…Think about the daily flow of your life. What’s cumbersome? What’s no longer helpful? This process goes hand-in-hand with designing your ideal workday, but it’s more precise. More focused on eliminating clutter.

In other words, work smarter.  Something I’ve had to consider with the new journey my family is on with Morgan having cancer.  I just can’t do everything.  So I scaled back.  I scaled back blogging, consolidating four blogs into one.  I look for ways I can delegate responsibilities at work and to the best of my ability only do the things that only I can do (still working toward success on this one).

So I think Justin’s onto something.

My first item on the “to-don’t” list is to not do resolutions (that way I don’t have to break any).  How about you?

About the Author

About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in.  Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids.  Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. .

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