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Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Are you a list-maker? Would you forget to do things if you didn’t write them down? Do you get a special satisfaction from crossing through each completed assignment? I do, and I get frustrated with people who don’t. Sound familiar?

Studies show that people who write down things they need to do perform better. So why doesn’t everyone — our spouses, our kids, our co-workers, our bosses — use to-do lists?

Well, some people struggle to get started on any task, and they don’t want to be reminded how much they need to do. After all, someone might see that list and hold them accountable. Other people like to start projects, but they rarely finish one, and they don’t want to be reminded of this unfinished business. Still others simply prefer to “wing it,” thinking this somehow makes them more efficient — at least in their own mind. The reality is that adhering to a to-do list is the best solution for getting things done.

A 2017 article from The Guardian website explains this as well as I have read anywhere. The writer interviews psychologist and author Dr. David Cohen, who explains how his struggle to stay organized is helped by his to-do lists. He says his tasks must be on paper, and he needs to monitor them constantly. Cohen says we appreciate to-do lists because: they dampen anxiety about the chaos of life; they give us a structure, a plan we can stick to; and they are proof of what we have achieved.

Cohen also stresses the importance of systems and how “scribbled notes on hands won’t cut it.” In addition, he points out that “in less harried days, our memories might have done the work.”

This article also references the “Zeigarnik effect,” which says we remember things we need to do better than things we have already done. This stems from “observing that waiters could only recall diners’ orders before they had been served. After the dishes had been delivered, their memories simply erased who had the steak and who had the soup. The deed was done, and the brain was ready to let go.” Can you relate?

As most of us know, simply writing tasks down doesn’t ensure they will be completed. We also need to be realistic about how long it will take to accomplish these tasks. As such, many of us become intimidated and then avoid tackling the big projects. The article states, “the best way to overcome this is to break them down into much smaller, achievable blocks.”

That sounds like a good plan. I am going to put it on my to-do list.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Slight storm chances will be with us on another muggy day today. Heat indices could exceed 100 degrees. Thursday will be another hot and breezy day as well. Storm chances return Thursday night through Friday night, and lesser chances will linger Saturday and Sunday. The beginning of next week looks gorgeous.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Allergy Forecast

The risk for allergy symptoms through this week is moderately high, with the primary pollen being tree pollen. Grass pollen and Ragweed pollen are currently not causing problems.

Things To Do
Des Moines Renaissance Faire


Adventureland Park, 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona.

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FROM KCCI: Police: City employee fired gun over 20 times after Iowa juvenile refused to perform sex act

GREENE COUNTY, Iowa — A Jefferson city employee who allegedly fired a weapon in the direction of three juvenile girls after one refused to perform a sex act has been arrested, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Trial of man accused of killing Iowa State Trooper begins

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of killing an Iowa state patrol trooper last year had plenty of opportunity to surrender before the fatal shooting, prosecutors said Tuesday.Assistant Iowa Attorney General Douglas Hammerand made the remarks during opening statements in the first-degree murder trial of 42-year-old Michael Thomas Lang.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Department of Natural Resources releases millions of walleye into Rathbun Lake

The survival rate for the five million walleye that went into the water Tuesday is not high, but the process will be repeated as needed. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Ice Cream or Gelato Shop
1. The Outside Scoop
2. Black Cat Ice Cream
3. Snookies Malt Shop


Mango fixating on birds outside the window. Photo by Sofi Legaspi Dickens

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


Meet Karin Dawson

Enjoying the rewards of teaching second grade

By TK West

After relocating with her family to Altoona from Illinois when she was in preschool, Karin Dawson graduated from the Southeast Polk Community School District. She then graduated from Iowa State University in 2019.

She has since returned to her alma mater to teach second grade at Runnells Elementary School. She says she likes working with the Southeast Polk Community School District because of the amazing community that supports the district. She also enjoys the collaborative work the district encourages for all of its staff.

“I had a great experience at Southeast Polk growing up, and, when I had the chance to interview with Southeast Polk, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” she says.


From the April issue of Altoona Living magazine.

MLB, May 10: Cubs 4 Padres 5; Guardians 1 White Sox 4; Reds 4 Brewers 5; Orioles 5 Cardinals 3 ... MORE
IOWA CUBS, May 10: Iowa Cubs 5 Omaha 2
NHL, May 10: Kings 5 Oilers 2,  Blues 5 Wild 2, Maple Leafs 4 Lightning 3, Hurricanes 5 Bruins 1
NBA: Suns 110 Mavericks 80, Heat 120  76ers 85
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to William Brown!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sabrina Carpenter, Cam Newton, Jeffrey Donovan, Matt Leinart

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Morning Chuckle
What do you call an herb that sings?
Thanks for participating William Snyder, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml


Why did Bugs Bunny move next door to Elvis?

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