How I Learned To-Do Lists Are Overrated
Allison Vesterfelt
By Allison Vesterfelt

I used to love to-do lists. Honestly. I might have even had a small obsession with them. I would wake up each morning and make my list for the day, and then I would live and die by that list. Sometimes I would even add something I had already done to the list, just so I could enjoy the feeling of crossing it off.

In fact, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but sometimes I would even write something like “brush your teeth” or “call your sister” on the list, and then cross it off, just to feel the pure satisfaction of having done something.

It wasn’t until recently I realized to-do lists were a problem for me.

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How To Build Something Out Of Nothing
Bob Goff
By Bob Goff

I was pretty proud of myself when I made a picture frame once.

The reason I was so proud is that I had to overcome so many obstacles to build it.

First, it took me a while to find just the right wood. Then I went to the store and bought an expensive circular saw to make a couple mitered cuts. Then I had to buy some expensive wood glue and then even more expensive clamps to hold the pieces I cut together. After a couple days and a whole bunch of money, I stood with a pile of tools behind me holding the crooked frame I’d built.

Let me tell you about a couple guys who moved from San Diego and from the Pacific Northwest to Gulu, Uganda this year who are building an entire school campus – out of dirt!

What If The Answer To Your Problem Is To Hit the Gas
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I’m a thinker by nature and by trade. I can sit and think about an issue from twenty different camera angles. And that’s a good thing. I’ve created a nice career out of thinking and sharing my thoughts. That said, though, there’s a downside to the thinking life.

The downside is this: Sometimes thinking is not what we need to do to solve a problem. What we often need is to simply […]