I am still, slowly, uploading old “tips of the week” and archiving them here: https://dwanethomas.com/tip-week-archives/

Here is tip #196 from a few weeks back.

Sometimes it’s too easy to get absorbed.  We get buried in work, or in a project and lose track of time.

At least, I do.

When this happens, I often neglect other things I need to do.

The easiest things to neglect are the important, but not urgent things that need to get done.  I learned this years ago from Stephen Covey’s book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

So, what are the important, not urgent tasks?

These are the things few people are going to remind us to do.  Things like exercise, reading, planning.

Now the tip.

Use your phone to remind yourself of important tasks.

I use my phone as an alarm to wake myself up in the morning.  We are all used to doing that.  Nothing new there.

But, you can also use your phone to remind yourself of other things.

For example, I have an alarm on my phone that reminds me to work out.

I have an alarm on my phone to remind myself to go biking, or hiking every afternoon.

I have an alarm on my phone to remind myself to take the trash out to the street every Monday evening.  (I kept forgetting.  I no longer do.)

I have an alarm on my phone to remind me to check the oil in our cars every Saturday morning.

These are all important things (to me) that I easily forget.

With my phone reminding me, I don’t forget anymore.

Give it a try.  If you are having trouble remembering important, but not necessarily urgent tasks (that push constantly for our attention), use your phone to remind you.

What do I recommend?

“To learn Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, or German, which books do I order?”  This is the most common question I receive.

To find my answers, just go to my site, www.dwanethomas.com.

Find the resources tab, and find the language you are looking for in the dropdown menu.

For example, if you are looking for the books I recommend for learning Latin, click on the Latin tab: https://dwanethomas.com/resources-latin/

Same for Greek.  Same for Spanish.  And, so on.

Down at the bottom, underneath the languages, you will also see three more tabs, HealthyWealthy, and Wise.

These are the three categories I have used for years to organize my goals.

They are based on Benjamin Franklin’s maxim: “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Anyway, in these tabs, I include books and links that help me achieve these goals.  You may find them useful as well.

I’ll make it easy for you.  Here they all are:


And now… the same thing I say every week.

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I now know this is a dumb business decision on my part, but I have heard from many of you that it is a huge help, so, for now, the offer stands.

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Visual Latin is a full-blown Latin course.  It is rigorous, just not as rigorous as the classes on my site.  The classes on my site are more “next level” classes, really.

By the way, if you are into etymology (the history of words), and if you would like to see me make a fool of myself, you might enjoy Word Up.

Five years ago, or so, we launched this series just to see if it would work.  It did.  And, after years of listening to many of you beg for more, I finally gave in and agreed to make a fool of myself once again.  So now, Volumes 2 and 3 of Word Up are available.

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