Had another long interview day today, but there are a couple things I must must must get done tonight and just can't get off my butt and do:*pack*clean up room*leave instructions for roommate on turning in proposal
Sinkhole syndrome? I haven't read the book yet but I'll betcha I know the feeling!Feel myself beginning to sink this week.In the next hour I will pick up my office so that it doesn't feel so overwhelming, then begin to grade the exams that I've been putting off by unproductively-procrastinating all day. (The productive type of procrastinating doesn't sting quite so much; the black hole that swallowed my week feels like prison.)
Finished my stuff ya'll! Yeah!!!!!Today:Employee: Make presentation to client - DONE! (and I won the project!)Husband: clean bedroom for my spouse - I even vaccuumed!Brother: Send thank you's to G. for his encouragement.DONE!teacher: research studies for all small groups - Working on it now!!!!Father: Call L & I, to see how week went (My Kids think I'm organized...(lol)Friend: Se is B wants to do lunch... (I BOUGHT lunch and B said I've changed)
Now friends, that just feels good....
Douglas, what a great day! A day I aspire to! Congratulations!
You won the project! Great way to start the weekend!
Today I am grateful forgreat coworkersmy alarm clockthe immigrant cleaning women at work who encourage me to speak in Greekkeeping my promise to call the tax guy todaythe willingness to give things awaythe pharmacists here, who know so much about so many thingsthe ability to enjoy being a tourist where I live (new taste today: Thesoloniki creme filled almond covered baklava!)my boss eating my stew accidentally and really liking it!having a really good friend who I can share anything withthe willingness to take responsibility for my behavior, good or badknowing I don't have to do it all at once
This MIT setting thing may be a life changing experience for me. This is AWESOME. There are still 2 or 3 million things on my to do list, but it's only 4:00 and I have completed ALL of my MITs. I feel successful. This feeling of accomplishment has been missing, as no matter how much I do, there is always more. It's just endless. I haven't had the feeling of FINISHING my work for years. But, today, no matter how may little pissant chores may still be on my project list, I have completed the MOST IMPORTANT Tasks. This feels pretty good. I may keep this up.
X - read and organize email - 1 hr. X - daily planning - 1 hr. X - continue getting misc lists into Action Outline - 30 minX - register for P. classX - organize deskX - print updated phone list and put a copy in my computer bag - Check on access needed for P. class - prepare deposit for club duesX - take money laundering classX - plan on call duties for next week * MITX - submit change control today for next weekend * - make a decision about tomorrow's baby shower - add network cloud to visio diagram and postX - Update SAD doc and email to K. *X - Call SL board about SSN info *X - Call credit union (or email instead if I can) - find my keys - put AAA batteries in purse - if time, read VM Basics book and H.sockets book - maybe work with S. on security - ? - submit FSA - check in here at each transisition to avoid falling into procrastination
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
I'm so glad that concept is working for you! I'm still struggling, probably b/c I don't treat them like MITs.
Become aware of resistance, and let go.
After a bit of a rough start, my day is moving along now. My schedule has changed a bit, I went to the gym last night with my daughter instead of going this morning. I really like starting out the day with exercise, but I really want to encourage her to develop the exercise habit so I don't mind changing up my schedule for her. I don't handle changes in routine all that well, but there you go.
My todo list for today:
X - read and organize email - 1 hr. X - daily planning - 1 hr. X - continue getting misc lists into Action Outline - 30 minX - register for P. classX - organize deskX - print updated phone list and put a copy in my computer bag - Check on access needed for P. class - prepare deposit for club duesX - take money laundering classX - plan on call duties for next week * MITX - submit change control today for next weekend * - make a decision about tomorrow's baby shower - add network cloud to visio diagram and post - Update SAD doc and email to K. * - Call SL board about SSN info * - Call credit union (or email instead if I can) - find my keys - put AAA batteries in purse - if time, read VM Basics book and H.sockets book - maybe work with S. on security - ? - submit FSA - check in here at each transisition to avoid falling into procrastination A lot of small tasks can be marked off my list today if I can keep the momentum going.
Ah I am indeed beginning to see the benefit of setting MITs for the day. (thanks Leo!) Although I have done several tasks so far, none of them were the most important tasks. Next I am going to take the money laundering class (actually that should be the ANTI money laundering class) and then choose one of my MITs to do next.Jo1:15
Course done - now a 15 min. break then change request. Jo1:30
back from break
2:302 MITs done! Now to update that horrid documentation. I've got the momemtum going now, it's kinda fun to check off one of a FEW MITS rather than one item in a cast of thousands. I'll continue to check in here at each transition.
There is never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
Hi everyone. The day began early this morning. My car sunroof leaked and soaked my seats, and I left it inside with a fan and the garage heat ($!) on last night. Whether it's dry will be a factor as to how pleasant my errands will be today. I should've gone to the bank yesterday, and NEED to go today. First thing is to try to combine as many errands as possible. Today:(X)morning things(X) Errands: bank , friends' computer , noon meeting(?) . food clean out car(X) return movie (X)mail to brother minor house cleaning arrange next work project something spiritual (not "me") (X) check back in here
I'm seeing how important it is for me to check in here at least a couple times a day. I need to balance that with not using it to procrastinate. Thanks to all for the support!
haircutcomplete demo elements and mailerleave work on time (this may be difficult)conscious breathing
Have a great day!
that's ironic isn't it? I do have to limit my time on here sometimes . . . but normally I think the time I spent here adds to my productivity.
My big work project has hit a huge snag, and we have to wait a couple of weeks for some network changes before we can proceed. I still have plenty of work that needs to be done, but nothing exciting. I feel at loose ends and don't know what to work on. I'm also a bit depressed because I had a little personal disappointment that I just need to get over. I couldn't find my keys this morning and had to use my spares, I forgot my banana, and I'm just generally pissed off this morning.
You guys will probably be hearing from me frequently today as I struggle to regroup and get it together. I'm going to get a big cup of water and a half cup of coffee and then come back with a to do list for today.
Journey, It looks like an easy day to procrastinate. I'm glad you checked in. I'll be thinking of you today!
Good morning! Time for that burst of productivity...
MITs I want to get done:Check flags/scheduleReviewCall A re: Remove links in report
Other:Sched f/u on equipType up edits on brochureFunding letter
Pebbles:Email M re: GM siteFill out coaching formSet trip to OCL w/ ACheck on concr. reDishes
Feeling... pretty awesome, actually. Really productive morning, good meeting w/ my boss. About to go to a lunch meeting.
Ta da:Eat breakfastTake pillsCheck voicemailCall A re: Remove links in reportLeave slipPlan vacation timeCheck reqSubmit ticket for loginEmail B re: pres on webFill out conf regEmail GG re: mtg
MITs I want to get done:Check flags/scheduleReview
Pebbles:Email M re: GM siteFill out coaching formFeed collectiveSet trip to OCL w/ ACheck on concr. reDishes
Become aware of resistance, and let go.
Most of what's below is going to have to wait for next week. But that's okay, it's been a really good day.
Focus: Meeting f/u (10 min)ReviewReturn callDishesPrep for Monday
MITs I want to get done:Check flags/scheduleReviewSend out email
Other:Sched f/u on equip (next week)Contact M re: f/u on brochure and committeeFunding letter
on feeling awesome and having a productive morning!!
It's been a great day, really
Today:Employee: Make presentation to clientHusband: clean bedroom for my spouseBrother: Send thank you's to G. for his encouragement.teacher: research studies for all small groupsFather: Call L & I, to see how week wentFriend: Se is B wants to do lunch...
What a great way to plan things! I feel that I don't have as much to do when I think about what I need to accomplish according to roles. If I do a little bit of each I make headway and keep my life in balance. Thanks for the idea, Douglas, it really feels good today.
Today I feel like my energy is up from the past few weeks. The trees are beginning to bloom and there was a man planting pansies on my way to work. My room is neater, I have the correct level of medication and I drank water today. I am feeling good!Roles:
Parent: get new alarm clock for C, check on gym uniform receipt, write to counselor re. science, cooperation from A on ironing, Spouse: plan a cost free vacation, Sunday outingWorker: get on with the abstract!!! more publication, label shelving, Dr. P stuff to library, Gabriel stuff to photocopy and send, Megakles equipment, photography estimate, cleaner: dust mop, buy detergent and fabric softener, new clothes pins,cook: plan menus for the week: grocery shop, soak chickpeas for soupfriend: Invite Cindy or Electra over, exchange baby gift for Christina, call KatrinaSelf care: haircut!!!!, new razors, pharmacy stuff
As I mentioned to Douglas, there is a lot to be said for the nature of this game plan for me. I am liking having so many tools in my toolbox, thanks to all you fellow procrastinators! I don't always use them all, but since I have been posting here I have learned to:use a timerchunk bigger projectsUse MIT's to prioritiesInstant Boss to poke myselfGTD two minute rule: if I can do it in two minutes I should just do itTop Goals Listing, to positively reinforce myselfRole playing: to create a balance in my lifeChecking in: to keep myself honestbuild fences with pebbles: by creating momentum I get lots of little tasks done12 step tools: reading 12 step literature, journaling, quiet time/meditation, take the first three steps each day, provide service, turn things overuse EFT to move past past pain/fear/anxiety or any other emotion that is keeping me stagnantsign up for flylady posts to help myself take baby steps towards organization through hotspotting, 27 fling boogies, decluttering, with heavy usage of a timerrelentlessly use microsoft outlookuse allrecipes.com to build an online cookbook, shopping lists and meal plansWhen I reflect back on how far I have come I am amazed, but at how much worse things were, and how far I still have to go. I still procrastinate, but this toolbox has given me a hand up out of the hole I am in!Roles:
Parent: get new alarm clock for C gave him mine, check on gym uniform receipt, write to counselor re. science, cooperation from A on ironing 1/2 hour today, Spouse: plan a cost free vacation, Sunday outing: oh, the joys of frequent flyer miles!Worker: get on with the abstract!!! more publication x, label shelving, Dr. P stuff to library,x Gabriel stuff to photocopy and send,x Megakles equipmentx, photography estimate xcleaner: dust mop, buy detergent and fabric softener, new clothes pins,cook: plan menus for the week: grocery shop, soak chickpeas for soupfriend: Invite Cindy or Electra over, exchange baby gift for Christina, call Katrina xSelf care: haircut!!!!booked it for tomorrow, new razors, pharmacy stuff
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