1. If anything can go wrong, fix it. (To hell with Murphy)
2. When given a choice, take both.
3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
4. Start at the top and work your way up.
5. Do it by the book, but be the author.
6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
7. If you can't beat them, join them then beat them.
8. If it's worth doing, it's got to be done right now.
9. If you can't win, change the rules.
10. If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.
11. Perfection is not optional.
12. When faced without a challenge, make one.
13. "No" simply means begin one level higher.
14. Don't walk when you can run.
15. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
16. When in doubt, think.
17. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
18. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
19. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
20. Death is not the enemy but occasionally needs help with timing.
21. When on thin ice, dance.
22. It's up to us to change the world.
I found this list several months ago, and I rediscovered it while digging through my documents today. I must say I am quite proud of myself today because I was actually very productive. I organized all of my sources and have cross-referenced several items so I can just write tomorrow without worrying about finding the information. I have two separate notebooks listing source content and topics to discuss in my paper. Add several post-it notes to mark my books and I'm set for success.
On days like this, I'm tempted to go ahead and try for two graduate classes in the fall. Surely I can handle the work in addition to my job at Hy-Vee, being the church organist and applying to grad schools for Fall '09. I just have to be insanely organized and have absolutely no life. Can do.