Struggling with Time and Stupidity

I’m currently 80% of the way through Eat that Frog!, which is a time management book by a man called Brian Tracy. The book includes advice on time management, an autobiography that seems to indicate that he left school at the age of eleven to join the Merchant Navy, and an overworked metaphor about eating a frog. You probably worked that out that last bit from the title.

The idea is that if you had to eat a live frog every morning none of your other daily tasks would seem so bad.

My version Eat that Pickled Beetroot!, is even more gastronomically revolting, but less catchy as a title. I should imagine that it will be very popular with people who share my views on pickled beetroot but less so with people who like extended amphibian metaphors.

Of course,Ā  if you are looking for a simple way to cut down on wasted time you might want to consider cutting out time spent reading books about time management. It’s similar to buying a book about decluttering, as I pointed out in a previous post when my sister did exactly that.

Things have been a bit quiet recently, and I’ve missed posting on the last two days. The truth is that I just ran out of words and enthusiasm. It was a combination of big subjects (gun control and OXFAM), more low-level illness and some jobs that needed doing more urgently than the world needed another blog post.

Instead of facing up to the challenge I decided to leave it alone.

I don’t suppose that 5,000,000 members of the NRA are remotely interested in what I think about gun control. Fair enough, as I’m not interested in what they have to say about grouse moors.

However, I can’t leave without suggesting that, although there are moral questions over the activities of some OXFAM workers, there is nothing in the actions of our MPs that suggest they are suitable to pass judgement on the morals of others.


19 thoughts on “Struggling with Time and Stupidity

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  2. jodierichelle

    In addition to Laurie’s comment: when I was younger, I just thought we had to wait until all the old, rich, white men who ran the country died. I really thought there would be a change. But I have come to learn that there are plenty of young crazies to take their place. As long as we live in a country where any nut job can stockpile weapons, we live in terror.

  3. Donnalee

    That book reminds me of those who write 465768979687980698 words on how to simplify life or how to be mindful. I’d just shut up and get on with it, myself.

      1. Donnalee

        Eh, it happens. I used to buy them all too, self-help of all sorts. Now I figre I’m about 700 years old and haven’t gotten better than I used to be, have actively gotten worse as a person, sad to say, so I just ought to try the things I’ve read about over the centuries and see if any of it works., without laying out the money for more advice I’ll ignore.

  4. Laurie Graves

    Wish I could think of something wise to write about the NRA and gun violence. Alas, I cannot. Each mass shooting leaves me broken hearted and astounded that our leaders feel absolutely no urgency to do anything about the situation. I hope all the rotters are voted out of office and are replaced by women and men who have the gumption to do something.

      1. Laurie Graves

        So terrible! The kids are starting to organize and may they accomplish what we stupid, venal, greedy adults seem unable to do.

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