A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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40. How to Stop Procrastinating

Many time management gurus, such as Steven Covey of the famous Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tell you to write down everything you need to do, categorise them all into 'important' and 'not important', 'urgent' and 'non urgent', and then schedule time in your diary for doing the most important things. If that works for you, do continue. If it doesn't, if you are forever at the mercy of the 'urgent and important' category, and never make it into the 'non-urgent but important' category, you might be interested in another approach. My experience of Steve Chandler is that he is a tell-it-how-it-is, get on with it, no nonsense kind of coach. We all need one of those from time to time

38. How Much Control Do You Need?

In a recent tip by Michael Neill ( he tells the story of a trainer pilot who, on a training flight, loses control of the plane. He radios the control centre, panic-stricken. 'I'm out of control, please help, please help!' The controller says, 'Take your hands and feet off the controls immediately.' To the trainer pilot, who has been desperately trying to get the plane back on track, this sounds like lunacy. 'No, please, please, tell me what to do, the plane is going down!'. The controller repeats the instruction. 'Take your hands and feet off the controls now!' What the controller might have told the pilot is that the trainer planes were designed to right themselve