I think I must be going crazy because I swear thet I posted my list about an hour and a half ago, but I'm not seeing it here...I guess I will try it again(:
Completed:Morning routineVisited hospitalCalled momLunch with my daughterWrote for 20 minutes-yeah!Rescheduled appt. with J.Grade one observation forum Comment on 3 clinical logsOrder picture
To do:Clean spare bedroom-15 minutesTake pictures for b-day project-I've started on thisMake flash cards for Spanish Ideas for abstract for conference
Hey guys, I think I skipped some days. Anyway, that was because I kept putting off changing my password to something I could remember, and now I did! I don't really want to post my list...it's depressing to think about. =( So, I'm just sort of suspended between things. Anyway, I hope you all get yours done!! We going to have another online meeting anytime soon?
I've found that it's most helpful to post a "next action" rather than a to-do list. The to-do list is typically not actions but concepts. If you post the next actual action, commit to doing that, and then check in again when you've done it, you actually move forward.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.
ta da! Wow! I got way more done than I thought I would.
Supper then more work.
Plan:supper - 30work - 1.5 hr with 10 min break every 30
CI at 9. (I feel bad I'm CI so much... I suppose we all start somewhere...)
supper - 40work - 30breaks - 10-15back rub - 35-40?
Anyway, feel better. Back to work. CI in 30 min.
Working... Stretch break in 15 min. CI after the 10 min break.
Oops. Forgot to CI again. Maybe that's good?? :)
Anyway, work and break went as planned. I think I'll just keep working and stop CI unless I stop working again (tonight).
back. work 15 and then watch sun set.
work 30 then CI.
Overestimated time until sunset. Worked 10. Will be back when it's over.
Ack! Between phone calls and myself, still haven't started. Will work for 15 minutes and CI!
how'd it go?
journey, thanks for asking!
It went well... I was working and forgot what time I needed to check in. So a 10 minute break and then I'll check back in when I start working again.
Mostly worked. Mom called, but got needed info and got off phone. Whew! Will work for 15 more and then take a stretch break. I'll CI at the end of 15...
Completed:Morning routineVisited hospitalCalled momLunch with my daughterWrote for 20 minutes-yeah!Rescheduled appt. with J.
To do:Grade one observation forum Comment on 3 clinical logsClean spare bedroom-15 minutesTake pictures for b-day project-I've started on thisOrder pictureMake flash cards for Spanish Ideas for abstract for conference
i feel like i've been doing pretty bad this week. i haven't done anything but pick up my meds today! i must finish work on my thesis TODAY!! May be up till the wee hours... Pray for me.
Leaving to take car to shop - need to check in tonight after dinner - so that I get a few chores done instead of playing games all evening.
-Gym - One minute late for class-Email -Daily Planning-Change meeting-Plan to leave early and drop off car-Project #1 - Call A. about makefile, email J. about buildforge - took longer than planned, involved lots of chitchat team-building activities.-Project #3 - Review doc, make outline, discuss w. F (via email)-Start on Folder o' Junk - 10 minutes -SL form - start typing up to submit - 10 minutes-Tm club - start on budget report - found the folder, at least that's a start
Postponed til tomorrow:-more new pc set up - outlook pst-Project #2 - Review scripts and figure out how to send msg to op -email cleanup
TO DO:-P's retirement party-3:30 conference call, try to time it so I can do this while waiting for car-Remember to call D. about car-Remind Em to pick up Daisy's medicine at the vet-polish toenails-empty car trash can-dinner-prep for tomorrow - shampoo and cond in gym bag-15 min laundry
-Gym - One minute late for class-Email -Daily Planning-Change meeting-Plan to leave early and drop off car-Project #1 - Call A. about makefile, email J. about buildforge - took longer than planned, involved lots of chitchat team-building activities.
TO DO:-Project #3 - Review doc, make outline, discuss w. F (via email)-P's retirement party-3:30 conference call, try to time it so I can do this while waiting for car-more new pc set up - outlook pst-Start on Folder o' Junk - 10 minutes -Project #2 - Review scripts and figure out how to send msg to op -Tm club - start on budget report - just 10 minutes will get it started-Email inbox clean up - 10 minutes -Remember to call D. about car-Remind Em to pick up Daisy's medicine at the vet-SL form - start typing up to submit - 10 minutes-polish toenails-empty car trash can-dinner-prep for tomorrow - shampoo and cond in gym bag-15 min laundry
Pro's thread starter reminds me of this from Brian Tracy's book Eat That Frog! I'm not sure I agree with doing the hardest task first, sometimes I need to start slow. But, anyway, here it is:
Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then to start on that task and get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop!
If you develop the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly, you will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but gets very little done.
An old saying is that "If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!" Your "FROG" is the one task you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it now! It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.
It has also been said that "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first!" This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.
You can think of it as a "TEST" or personal challenge. You must resist the temptation to start with the easier task! You must continually remind yourself that one of the most important decisions you make each day is your choice of what you will do immediately and what you will do later --- if you do it at all!
One final assumption is "If you have to eat a live frog, it does not pay to sit and look at it for a very long time!"
MAIN IDEA = The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is for you to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. You must develop the routine of "eating your frog" before you do anything else and without taking too much time to think about it!
Am I the only one who could go all day and successfully pretend that the frog was not there until the very last moment, then down it? In fact, I would probably spoil myself all day to make up for the dreaded frog-swallowing that was sure to come! I am soooo not right, Lord help me! I realize one of my problems is that I can slip into denial - there IS NO FROG. And act like everything is fine. I think my fear of the frog is the problem, that's why I'm having so much trouble cleaning my desk; it's full of frogs I know I'll have to swallow. There, I've scared myself, and now I must go eat chocolate.
Thanks for sharing the "frog" story; it makes some good points even though sometimes I, too, think it helps to get 1 or 2 easy things crossed off the "To Do" list first to feel some success before tackling the tough ones. I'm staring at a couple ugly frogs right now when I should be holding my nose and swallowing them!
It has unfortunately been my habit to start any task by looking in the refrigerator: I am still sure the answer is in there, if not in frogs in other forms. However, the idea of taking on the most difficult task first for me seems to be the nexus of my problem with procrastination: the hardest things are the hardest things... therefore they freak me out the most.
Beginning to eat a frog is something I can do..., perhaps starting out with tadpoles and polywogs before working up to the whole amphibian.
It doesn't really fit with the concept of taking a big task in small chunks either - chunks of live frog might be harder to swallow than a whole one lol. Although they wouldn't move around as much!
Get Jesse's packet from insurance companyGet new voter registration cardBible Study1 hour of homework
Amy's To Do List for this Week:
1. Give Larry and George a bath 2. Pledge3. Watch classroom video4. Make one week of lesson plans5. Make on week of lesson plans6. Pick up office7. Read 22, 23, 24, 258. Start calling parents9. Wolf study guide- start over info we've discussed10. Career assignment- e-mailed about, waiting for response11. Get mouse traps
Need to be completed but can wait
1. Get jewelry box 2. Work 1, 2, 3 hours3. Make Christmas list4. Clean out garage
Check in before bed
1 hour of homework
1. Give Larry and George a bath 2. Pledge3. Watch classroom video4. Pick up office5. Wolf study guide- start over info we've discussed6. Career assignment- e-mailed about, waiting for response7. Get mouse traps
I'm so tired. I have so much to do and only an hour before my 2-hr meeting, and then I have a doctor's appointment. Arrgh.
Priority: breakfast, pill, listen voicemail, reviewNext CI: 9:45 am
To do:Eat breakfastTake pillType up & enter review 3 (in 15 min chunks) (started)Draft email CM & contr re: 1 facility onlyCreate logo?Fix effing PDFReset Eva vm messageSort mailUpdate reviewsFiling (15 min)Call TH re: WCCall eye doctorCall SS re: concFeed wormsVerify license infoReview annual reptRegister conf (2)
Definitely a cranky cat kind of day.
I have coffee and have eaten and my iTunes is cranked and the document is open and Instant Boss is ticking away. Here goes.
Good morning all!I did pretty good at work yesterday but majorly slacked off at home last night. I did one of my chores and then got on the computer. Before I knew it, it was 10:30 and I had to scramble around to get stuff ready for this morning. Got to bed late, and now I'm sleepy this morning. Posting this and then going for coffee.
-Gym - One minute late for class-Email -Daily Planning
TO DO: Do the highlighted things first-Change meeting-Plan to leave early and drop off car-P's retirement party-3:30 conference call, try to time it so I can do this while waiting for car-more new pc set up - outlook pst-Project #1 - Call A. about makefile, email J. about buildforge -Start on Folder o' Junk - 10 minutes -Project #2 - Review scripts and figure out how to send msg to op -Project #3 - Review doc, make outline, discuss w. F (via email)-Tm club - start on budget report - just 10 minutes will get it started-Email inbox clean up - 10 minutes -Remember to call D. about car-Remind Em to pick up Daisy's medicine at the vet-SL form - start typing up to submit - 10 minutes-polish toenails-empty car trash can-dinner-prep for tomorrow - shampoo and cond in gym bag-15 min laundry
I got up late, and now I'm running late for work. I've been doing my email. I need to get going.
I'm not well and have just got up to post this.
up and post this
prayer reflection meditation
clean up and wash up in kitchen
email some people
try to sort out appointment with lawyer for next week
otherwise stay in bed and get better
prayer and reflection
bed and sleep
Hope you feel better soon
Sorry you're not feeling well - feel better!
I went out to the lawyers office and made an appointment at the second firm I visited. 'try' is a procrastination type word. Then did some shopping and feel rough and now for bed again. I'm doing all right.
Thanks for well wishes. How it is that I'm perfectly fit in the wilds of Africa and then come home and fall sick is a mystery. I've just about finished cleaning up in the kitchen and feel a bit better. I'm now for my journal and bed.
...and so to sleep. Night Folks Rexroth
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