Diligence

vs.slothfulness
Finish my projects.
Do a job right.
Follow instructions.
Concentrate on my work.
Not be lazy.
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Talk about Diligence
What is Diligence?

The word "diligence" comes from the Latin verb diligere, "to value highly, therefore attentiveness and carefulness demonstrated by steady, consistent effort."

A diligent person sees and takes responsibility for the completion of tasks for which he is responsible. He has learned to be consistently focused on the goals of his task and has developed the discipline to avoid distractions or daydreaming.

By breaking down his task into do-able parts, he is able to complete tasks that looked overwhelming step by step. Even though he maintains his focus on the end result, he is able to successfully remember important details along the way.

A diligent person doesn’t take shortcuts, but consistently tries to do his best. Although he has strong focus and works when others might be tempted to stop and play, he does maintain a balance between his projects and other priorities in his life, such as family, friends, and health.
"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."
--Thomas Edison
Research and define your goals.
Set priorities and break projects into manageable steps.
Give yourself deadlines for those steps.
Budget your time for the projects and allow time for interruptions.
Squash procrastination by just taking that first step.
Take charge over things that would "de-rail" you-- tv, daydreaming, long phone conversations, internet, irrelevant tasks, etc. If you have to, keep a log of time spent on different activities that pull you away from the goal.
If conflicting tasks come to mind, write them down so you can deal with them later.
Take time for breaks to refresh you—but not too many!
Avoid half-heartedness; do your best.
Do it right the first time.
Don’t allow yourself to leave unfinished tasks.
Celebrate your growing diligence when you finish the task!

The sloth pictures laziness as he hangs upside down all day, hardly eating, sometimes never moving to another tree during his lifetime, and letting moss grow on his fur.
WORK SMARTER LIKE THE BEAVER

· Beavers often build canals to help transport trees.
· They peel the bark and branches off the trees before attempting to move them.
· They rarely cut a tree bigger than 5" in diameter.
· They cut the trees in pieces before transporting them.
LEARN FROM OPPOSITES