The Next Step

Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, no matter how well we plan, the day can get away from us and the to-do list remains mostly undone.

Obviously, this is a glass half-full situation. We can focus on what we’ve done and be proud, or what we’ve not done and feel like a failure. What’s less obvious is that no matter which of those two options we choose, we’ve got to take the next step.

We might have a shorter list but one of those remaining tasks now takes priority. Our next step is to focus on it so that we can complete it to the best of our ability. Thinking about whether we did, or did not, tick off all the items from before is a waste of energy.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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