365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 4. March 29, 2011
Tuesday can be summed up with one word: Taxing.
I had a busy day. I scheduled a special Coffee Celebration at Starbucks. Then an associate wanted to have lunch. Then I had a dental appointment in the afternoon—followed by a photoshoot for a friend. Then I had art club. And last, ice skating lessons.
Did I mention, I work full time? And it happens to be print week… the busiest time of the month?
I knocked out the first two items on my task list, managed to squeeze in some work then stormed out to go to the dentist. I was so irritated because the dental appointment really interrupted my schedule. I was feeling the stress of the day. How am I supposed to finish all my work? This day is such a waste.
I made it to the dentist, still crabby because I left a pile of work at the office. As I sat down in the waiting room I took a deep breath. I might as well accept the circumstances. It does no good to take out my frustration on the dentist or the receptionist. It’s not their fault I can’t keep my teeth clean. Besides, I always manage to get my work done. Today will be no different.
As I was sitting, taking a deep breath…my cell phone rang. My ice skating instructor was calling to reschedule my skating lesson. I was thrilled because this meant my evening opened up and I could catch up on work.
Today’s entry will be different. I will tell you the principle I should have implemented immediately. It’s from Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
The principle is:
1. Live in ‘day-tight compartments.’
You see, I spent the day stressing and worrying about all the work and commitments I had to get done today when I didn’t have to. I got my work and commitments completed and my schedule even opened up when my ice skating instructor rescheduled my appointment out of the blue. I worried and stressed for nothing!
So, when you live in ‘day-tight compartments’ you can focus on one specific task or moment and not waste time or energy worrying about things that may or may not happen.