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Musings: Keeping Work in Perspective

What would happen if your work, tasks, or to-dos didn't get done today? Really, I mean it. What would happen?


For most of us, there are no life-or-death consequences. If we were hit by the proverbial beer-truck, somehow our work, at least the important stuff, would manage to go on.

Perspective. Sometimes, we need more. We can make ourselves crazy with the have-to dos, need-to dos, and should dos. I know I can.

Philosopher and mathematician, Bertrand Russell, offers this thought: “One symptom of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered their work important.”


Achieving what you want and thriving in the process requires perspective. You can find real-world tips in my book: It’s Not About Time: How to Thrive and Get the Results You Want at Work and in Life!

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