In Time of Your Life,
I discuss the idea of reassessing our lives
and finding the positive in our daily
In Manage the Last Minute Time
Crunch, I offer tips to minimize the
stress of having too much to do at countdown.
WE CAN ALL ADDRESS THE LITERACY
CRISIS IN THIS
COUNTRY. Jumpstart is a national
early education nonprofit organization that
pairs caring adults with underserved
preschoolers in year long one-to-one
mentoring relationships. Visit www.jstart.org
to learn more about Jumpstart, events,
initiatives such as "Playdate With A
Purpose." Scribbles to Novels, an
outstanding event featuring famous authors,
will take place on April 29th (see Happenings).
If you would like to make a contribution,
you may do so at
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|Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life
SANITY SAVERS: Tips for Women to
Balanced Life is in bookstores and
with suggestions to save
every day of the year.
A must for any woman
seeking to find her balance!
Time Of Your Life
For every person wishing to change his or her
life, every single minute of every day
multitude of opportunities, blessings, and
affirmations. Change (dramatic,
change) does not have to come from an
moment of Biblical proportions, complete with
special effects, breakthroughs, or drastic
alterations in reality!
Think of the way many people transform
themselves and their
lives while not only focusing on their goal
(the solved problem, the revitalized person,
the Eureka! moment of discovery) but also on
the seemingly small steps that led to
Discover a way of viewing life and its
opportunities for renewal. What place do
schedules, timetables, and "being in
control" have in your life? Just consider how
many people juggle appointment
books, BlackBerries, i-Phones and festoon
their walls with agendas and goal-projecting
calendars. Many of us are ruled by the
relentless rush of time.
That's understandable (and sometimes
commendable), but we sacrifice an awareness
We think we can control time, cram
more minutes into each hour, set the agenda,
tone, or theme of the day without
appreciating the value that comes from having
space in our day and in our life. These
spaces allow us to see the value in each
moment. We can then have a spontaneous
experience which requires that we be fully
Most goals have to do with
Being, and those are about what
gets done on
the to-do list. Focusing on Being requires a
perception. We can control our
attitude, our perception,
and how we use our time. There are days we
may consider "unproductive" because we don't
accomplish every item on our "to-do" list.
But on those days, we need to
commend ourselves for that which we do
accomplish, much of which is not even on
the list. Our days can be full of things
realized, things learned, things accomplished
that there isn't a calendar on
Earth to register them all.
TODAY Show (NBC)
Please check my website,
for the most current updates.
WKTU-FM Radio Interview on KTU Cares
April 6th: 9-9:30AM: Jumpstart's Playdate
with a Purpose and the Issue of Early
KTU airs on Sunday mornings and focuses
specifically on issues impacting the NY
Friends of the Westport Center for Senior
April 18th: 2:30PM: Topic: Keeping Your
Honoree: Jewish Women's Foundation of New
April 20th: 12PM: Annual Benefit
Plaza Hotel, New York, NY.
For luncheon or contribution information,
212-838-2660, ext. 13.
Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy
April 22nd: 12PM: Financial
Responsibility and Children.
Connecticut Department of Health
April 26th: 7:30 - 9AM: Grand
Difficult News with Patients and
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center,
"Time to Shine," Gymboree Play and Music
April 29th: 9AM: Keynote Speaker:
Playdate with a
Purpose/Raising Charitable Children.
Hyatt Hotel, Chicago, IL.
Event Committee: Jumpstart's Scribbles
to Novels Benefit
April 29th: 6PM
Espace, New York, NY.
Read Dr. Atkins' article for Glamour
April/May: Easy Ways to Take 'Me' Time.
Read Dr. Atkins' chapter, "Family
Involvement and Counseling in Serving
Children Who Possess Impaired Hearing,"
in the new text, Introduction
to Aural Rehabilitation.
Edited by Raymond H. Hull, and published by
See Making the Case for Family
Dinners, at iVillage.com: http://www.ivillage.com/making-case-
A Good Daily Habit
Handle Your Mail Just Once a Day
It is easy to become inundated with mail daily.
Bills, magazines, and junk mail clutter our
desks. If we ignore it, the pile gets
Why not consider setting aside 15 minutes a day
to handle your mail? It can be liberating
not to have stacks of mail eating up table
space. Go through the mail once and make a
decision on reading it,
filing it, or discarding it. If it takes
the allotted time for the day, set it aside for
the next day and move on to other activities.
|Sanity SaversTM TIPS
The Last Minute Crunch
Tips For Managing
When you rush, you often misstep or forget
something important. When you move with
consciousness and purpose, you are less apt
to make mistakes, and more apt to enjoy, be
present, and stay on your course.
Do not get overwhelmed with the details and
lose sight of the larger picture. How to go
about doing this? Here are some tips:
Get Organized - Don't overlook the
power of the short list. Jot down what needs
done to avoid wasting time.
Spread Responsibilities - Have people
pitch in, but don't wait for volunteers.
Give jobs and ask for specifics. No one
person should be doing everything, and
everyone needs help.
Find a Way to Enjoy the Chaos - Keep
perspective and laugh! A sense of humor can
lighten the mood and ease tension.
Maintain a Healthy Routine - Take
some moments each day to work out, stretch,
read an inspiring story, and meet a friend
for a cup of tea away from the chaos.
Finally, appreciate what DID get done.
"I rush badly but I wait well."
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-
years of experience and focuses on living a
life, parenting, aging well, managing stress,
work transitions, family connections and healthy
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including:
Their Private Thoughts about their Private
Families and their Hearing-Impaired
OK, You're My Parents
Let Go of Anger and Create a Relationship that
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Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes and
Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect
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