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The Secret to Dealing with Too Much to Do

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get someone else to do all of the things that you either don’t have time for, don’t know how to do, or just plain don’t want to do?

Ahhh ... just think of it ...

“Jeeves, could you run this over to the printer? I’ve got a dinner date,” and “Jeeves, would you please write this proposal? It has to be out tomorrow and I’m just too tired to deal with it,” or “Jeeves, would you please pick up the cleaning and empty the wastebaskets?”

WAKE UP! (I had a feeling that you glazed over in this wonderful fantasy!)

Until you can get the help you need which, by the way, may be never, you are just going to have to do all this stuff yourself. You can reduce your stress by taking a new attitude, a “Whatever It Takes” attitude.

Have you ever seen a one-man band? I’m not talking metaphorically. I mean a real one-man band.

Dick Van Dyke did it in the opening scene of Mary Poppins, and did it very well. Small cymbals between his knees, harmonica propped up front of his mouth, bulb horn attached to his chest so the bulb can be squeezed with his chin, playing a squeeze box with his hands.

That’s not all ... a drum with large cymbals is strapped to his back, with cords attached to each leg. One leg operates the mallet that beats the drum, the other operates the cymbals.

Suppose he didn’t like the drum because it was too heavy and he couldn’t afford to hire a drummer? If he decided to get rid of the drum his music and his appeal would suffer. His whole act would be down the tubes.

If he wants to succeed, he is just going to have to carry that drum around whether he likes it or not. As soon as he starts making enough money, he can hire a drummer. Heck, he can hire a whole band and just carry a baton instead of all of that paraphernalia!

Sometimes we have to think of ourselves as one-man (or woman) bands too. We may just have to do it all if we want the best outcome possible.

And even when we can afford to have help, sometimes things have to be done after hours or at a time when that help is unavailable.

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