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Saturday 3 November 2007

Checkbook balanced

Hi all,

O.k., so I didn't balance the checkbook before going to brunch as planned (I slept in.)  But I've done it now. 

That's anxiety-provoking, because I know I need to make some changes to my spending patterns, do less spending and more saving.  And I'm not sure yet how I'm going to do it, and would really rather embed my head securely in the sand & not think about it.  (I'm probably the only one here who ever wants to do that, right?)  ;-)

So I'm patting myself on the back for starting to get it onto the front burner of my brain where I can start working on it. 

Here's my revised list of stuff to do today:

Go to bank
Pay bills
Jot down Xmas shopping ideas
Go shopping -- office supply, clothes
Return library stuff
Pick up car info - Sat.? Sun.?


head in the sand

congrats on getting that checkbook balanced, from your fellow ostrich!


The ostrich song

Thanks, Journey!

Anyone else humming the Flanders & Swann ostrich song?

I can't see you
Everything must be grand!

They can't see me
As long as I've got me head in the sand

It may be true
There's something in what you've said
But we've got enough troubles in everyday life
I'll just bury me head

I totally forgot about my haircut appointment today -- luckily I remembered in time, but I spent the afternoon going to get shorn rather than the stuff on my list.  I did get to the library, at least.

Now I'm fortifying myself with a sandwich, and then I'll go get some of the errands done. 


forgetting stuff

I wouldn't remember anything if I didn't put appointments in Outlook where reminders pop up and tell me where I'm supposed to be.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

journey 10 am

Good morning all

I was on time for yoga again today. I really like being on time. I think I'll try to do it more often lol

Going to see Mom and Dad now then tanning bed and grocery store. The afternoon is unplanned at this point. I know I need to - wait - scratch that - I know I WANT to do some laundry and housecleaning. I also want to make time to update my GTD project list and action list. I kept up with it for a while but I have let it dissolve into a big blob of unorganized notes and scribbles. I really did feel calmer and more organized when I was using that system.

Later friends


Journey 3:30

The groceries are unloaded and ready to be put away, taking a 15 minute break then organizing the fridge, putting away groceries and getting all the crap out of the car that accumulated during the week.  Next check in around 5 pm, by then I should be ready to start dinner. 


Elisaveth check in 10:51 am

Today has had a nice, relaxed beginning. I was the only one up for a while and had a chance to straighten out the living room, which the laundry had taken over like a fungus. In fact, the entire house felt like it had grown piles of papers, recyclables, toiletries and unfinished business. It felt good to have the space to myself to move things more into place.

I am struggling with getting my family to cooperate with my systems of organization: my husband is a naturally organized person, I struggle to categorize, one son has 'embraced' his laziness and the other is biologically disorganized. Motivating everyone takes more energy than I can handle some days.

For today:
drink water X
take meds x
set up laptop wireless
pay v bill
plan dinner
end tables
microsoft office setup
clean bathrooms x half done
30 minutes on paperwork
handwashing X

That should more than do it....

Insider tips

Hey Elisaveth :-) From my own experience with my mother (who is also a procrastinator), I can tell you that trying to motivate your kids by talking to them won't work much. It never worked with my mom - she tried everything, speaking reason, giving me guilt trips, and even threatening punishments and whatnots, but none of those motivated me, they just made me feel bad without giving me an inner incentive to move.

Also, there's the whole resistance issue to consider; if your kids really do have the procrastination bug, then they're probably resistant to being told what to do. And - and I'm ashamed to say I've used this on occasion before I matured enough to know it's mean - when my mom used to berate me for not doing something on time, I'd throw her own lack of commitment in her face in retaliation. If you don't follow your own rules, your kids won't respect or follow them.

The best way to motivate your kids is to lead by example. Actually, that's the best way to motivate anyone. When they see that you're putting in the extra effort and everything is flowing smoothly, they'll feel guilty (like I eventually did) and will start to put more effort into their attempts to get in line.

For quick results, though, the punishments usually got me moving :-p Not a good long-term tool though – it engenders resentment.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

great advice

you are again, absolutely right, Edge! Give that woman a gold star! Today would have been a great day to lead by example, but sadly everything has gone down the tubes with lots of arguments. praying for a better day.

Rexroth 07.58 GMT

I feel much better today but still with a cold.

Todo today

up post this
prayer reflection meditation
deal with phone messages emails post
out to DA meeting
buy notebook for financial records
plan with advice DA actions
deal with old outstanding emails
write up insights from yesterday (very important)

rest and then I'm not sure

write journal
prayer and reflection
bed and sleep

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth 13.37 GMT

Just back from DA meeting and feel much calmer and grateful. I need to take it easy at the moment.



Glad you're feeling better, Rexroth :-)

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Rexroth 22.05 GMT

Thanks Edge. I've taken it easy this afternoon. I've also packed the ornament at long long last. It is ready to post on Monday. I've also done some DA type money work and am beginning to get my money back in order.

Night folks

Regards Rexroth

Edge's CI - 8:29AM

Good mogning, everyone :-) Hope you all have a good day today :-D

- Adjust catalogue descriptions
- Email M catalogue descriptions
X Talk to S and H about B's birthday plans
- Call nephew

- Morning med
- Evening med
- Clean bathroom
- NaNoWriMo

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Fell asleep

I fell asleep around 9PM and didn't do anything on my list! :O

* Adjust catalogue descriptions
* Email M catalogue descriptions
X Talk to S and H about B's birthday plans
* Call nephew

* Morning med
* Evening med
* Clean bathroom
X NaNoWriMo

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

didn't do anything on the list

I have days like that lol!  Tomorrow will be better


I sure hope so!

Thanks for the support, Journey :-) It really bothers me when I don't tick my to-dos :( Especially on such a grand scale, lol. But like you said, there's always tomorrow's fresh start :D

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson