Finish my projects.
Do a job right.
Concentrate on my work.
Not be lazy.
Check out the Just For Kids pages for a nature analogy and a historical lesson.
Parents - Click here for tips on encouraging your children to develop the character quality this month.
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,
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
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
Research and define your goals.
Set priorities and break projects into manageable
Give yourself deadlines for those steps.
Budget your time for the projects and allow time for
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
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
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
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
· They peel the bark and branches off the
trees before attempting to move them.
· They rarely cut a tree bigger than 5" in
· They cut the trees in pieces before
LEARN FROM OPPOSITES