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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

take THAT, to do list, take THAT, AND THAT AND THAT AND THAT!

Rob's List for Tuesday...

P.E.D.L. - Plan, Execute, Debrief, Learn

  • Taekwondo with Extra Practice
  • Reply to business e-mails
  • Visit Client #1 & wrap up outstanding '07 issues
  • Visit Client #2: Write Checks, Record deposits
  • Call Svabodas


  • Played Racquetball

I had a very good and productive day.

Edge's CI - 6:30PM

What I've done today:
x call tutor
x go for walk
x download sims
x shower
x fh

What I would like to do today:
- riad homework
- put aside contract
- wash kitty litter box and replace with bigger one
- call tara
- set schedule for niveen
- bh: ap?

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 9:41PM

Got a few things done. Tried to find my contract but it's disappeared somewhere, so need to look for it tomorrow if possible. Will also be doing the kitty litter tomorrow. Right now I'd like to call T and concentrate on R's homework.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 10:27PM

Done for today. Night everyone :) Hope you're doing OK.

What I've done today:
x call tutor
x go for walk
x download sims
x shower
x fh
x riad homework
x move birthday list to mach lj

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Lark at 10:47(4:10pm)(6:57) Ta Da!

It's been okay here so far: very busy and reasonably productive. Now's my chance to make plans and screw things up! The rain is coming down, and I;m watching the stream neat me. Going to change to snow this evening, so maybe that'll be a good thing. Today I have to collect from some clients, and I often hate to do that. The biggie shoulc be no problem, as he's ready. The others will be hard to track down, but not neccessary if the main one pays early.
(X)morning routine
 (X)spiritual time
(X)sort out workshop
 (X)do small but important work project
(X) call clients
 (X)begin next work project
 (X)check in this afternoon

Journey 9:30 - Say hello to my little friend

Good morning everyone

Yesterday was a fairly successful day, except for one thing.  I had a couple of small things on my list to do at home last night and I forgot to look at my list, so I didn't do them.  I would like to develop a habit of checking my list in the evenings so I can remember to do those things.  I usually do a couple of chores in the evenings then I feel like I've done enough for the day and I don't even check my list. 

OK, today:

X - Gym
X - Read email
X - Daily planning
 - inboxes - work on emptying inboxes for 30 minutes today *MIT
 - leadership meeting
 - meet with frank about the support model thingy *
 - operations manager *
 - Register for/schedule class *
 - AO
 - Begin planning for on call duties next week
 - is directory maint starting up properly?
 - check balances/budget *
 - shoes/boots
 - claritin
 - 30 min on dishes and laundry
Wishing you all a successful and productive day. 

Taking a 10 minute break and then - register for class asap, then tackle those inboxes.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 10:00

ok, I registered for my class - I was late registering and I am on standby, so I certainly hope I get in.  This was not procrastination, however, I actually just forgot to do it.  I feel better about forgetting than putting it off lol! 

Now for the 10 minute break then 20 minutes of inboxes before my 10:30 meeting.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

journey 10:30

worked on processing inboxes, now headed to meeting

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

journey noon

meeting done - had some fairly heated discussions about the support model thing.  It was actually kind of fun and energizing.  I've always hated dealing with conflict but I have been here long enough that I feel more confident speaking my mind in these situations. 

I have an assignment from the meeting that I'll go ahead and take care of now.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

journey 1:00

Assignment done, now to work on install of ops mgr until next ad hoc meeting at 2:00


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 3:20

EVERYONE is on standby for the class that I registered late for, and actually a couple of my coworkers registered AFTER I did.  Turns out we didn't have authorization to register until March 1 so I am NOT the slacker on this task! 

I'm on a conference call right now, and if I review my budget and check my bank balances during the call, I'll be done with my MITs.   Not bad if I do say so myself. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Good prgress :)

Making good progress there, Journey :-) Good job :-D

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

thanks edge!

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

kromer 8:20 CI

Tasks for the day:

*Study econ.
*Go to Spanish
*Go to bio
*Read paper for bio+write summary
*Look at results from 2 easy calcs
*Get data from test set
*Run calculation on test set
*Go shopping
*Cook dinner
*Look for lost cell phone (I swear, some day I'll be less scattered...)

*Send emails about house cooking
*Econ. practice test
*Code/test thesis idea from yesterday
*Write a paragraph of thesis methods section

WANT to do:
*Try integer version of alg.
*Start methods section for bio class
*Read Rodina paper

I'll start with emails about cooking and with paper+summary
UPDATE 8:50--wrote emails about cooking, printed paper, then started messing around online. I'm going to read the paper now--it's 6 pgs, so should be able to read it in 20 min.

kromer 11 CI

Only got through half of the paper before I had to go to Spanish class. Oh well, I'll finish it this evening.
Next up:
*Email CB and IH (DONE)
*Look for phone (check 2 labs+bio lounge
+ask in bio office, if can't find then email uncle) (Found it :)--my uncle has it)
*Pick up pset
*Go grocery shopping
2)Go to lab, work on getting test data
3)Go to bio class at 2
4)After bio class, go home and cook dinner

UPDATE 12: OK, haven't finished errands but I'm in lab, so I'll start getting test data.
1st steps: print out paper, download dataset, figure out cell line+array used, dig out my notes on how to deal w/ array data.
UPDATE 12:15--Yay! Downloaded dataset and printed out paper, turns out it's very easy-to-deal-with data. I'll spend a bit of time figuring out how to convert gene names automatically, but if need be I can just do it manually (since it's only about 3 pgs of gene names) I hope to be done converting gene names by 1, and then I'll go finish my errands.
UPDATE 12:16--I think I have a plan for automatically converting gene names. I need to: get RefSeq IDs from table, put into UCSC genome browser, if this works document exactly how I did it
UPDATE 1:15--Running a bit late, but I got the test data/converted gene names!
I'm off to the grocery store, picking up pset will have to wait until after class.

kromer 3:30

Done with bio class, now will go pick up pset, go home, cook dinner.
Will be done with that at 8-ish, check in after that

kromer 8:30 CI

OK, cooked (and ate!) dinner--it was on time for once!

Next, I need to:
*Start calculations on test data set
*Prep for mtg about grad school
*Finish reading paper, write summary for bio class
*Study econ. (limit to 2 hrs)

kromer 10 CI

Have gotten basically nothing done (though I have made some progress prepping mtg), and am increasingly frustrated.
I don't want to work...but I know it's important, so I will anyway.

Next step: figure out why calculation isn't working.
(I'm going to see if my data appears in the database I'm using, as a first step)
That should be relatively quick, I'll check in when that's done...

UPDATE 10:25 made some progress, trying it again and hope it will work now!
While I'm waiting to see, I'm going to get out my macroecon. textbook and note paper.
My first study task is to go over Chpt. 4 *slowly* to make sure I understand it well, and to take notes while I review.
I also need to get out a calculator for tomorrow, and put it in my backpack.

UPDATE 11: I understand chpt. 4, I got out a calculator and my calc. seems to be working
I'm going to take a break and get a (small!) snack, then be back in 10 minutes to go over chpt. 3 (again *slowly* and taking notes)
UPDATE 11:45 Went over chpts 2 and 3 after break (OK, I rushed a little, but I understand them) And my first calculation finished! I'm going to start 3 more, then take a shower and go to bed.
UPDATE 11:55 Started calcs, off to shower

pro's CI - 8:05am (new morning routine)

I'm following the morning routine that I worked out with my coach yesterday, and also logging my time and activities. I'm hungry! One of my new "habits" is to do the computer stuff before breakfast rather than during breakfast so there's an end to it. I'm ready for breakfast!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Karen's CI

Garfield keeps me sane!  He's been exploring "doing nothing" as a skill to be obtained.

Today's anti-procrastination tool:

Finish reading "The Little Guide to Beating Procrastination".

    It's an e-book downloadable for free at .


douglas CI

Work out
re-design program
meet for website luncheon
pay electric bill
set app't for Wednesday
lose 2 lbs this week
run run run
buy cat in picture to off my enemies today.
Move to Tahiti for a month..... (in my dreams)


"Buy Cat in picture"--I've got a cat that can be pretty mean, but not like the one at the top of the page!

I hope you'll have web access in Tahiti.  I'd hate to miss out on your humor.


freer 4:45am

I was just catching up on the last couple days of postings. I'm in a small group with someone who is very different from me. He's a great source of challenging support. I told that group about this group. I told about how describing procrastination as an addiction is really helping me. His reaction was to make a joke about people procrastinating by writing about procrastinating. He often becomes a mouthpiece of my own self-hate. He's not introspective. He has told me I "feel" too much. He's really a good friend, but we are so different. I need to take a step back and figure out what I want from him and who he represents for me. His criticisms are very old and familiar. They trigger a lot of pain and anger.

it's great, in contrast, to come here. I'm not crazy and I'm not alone. I'm not lazy. God loves me and even likes me, even in my deepest self-created pits. Hard to believe.

I started a new job yesterday! I'm really happy. I feel very grateful for and hopeful about the job and my co-workers. I haven't figured out what checking in looks like at work. I'm paranoid about my involvement here being tracked by my new company (it's a large organization). I'm thinking about adding a data feature to my cell and doing it that way. Any thoughts or experiences?

Also, I could use some thoughts/prayers about money...I came home happy about my new job and found out that I made a mistake (in trying to pay off a credit card) and the long and short is that my checking account will be overdrawn for a least a couple days. Lots of fees and drama. Why on the day such a good thing happens? is it self-sabotage? My first reaction is to want to quit. But I'm not going to do that. I've fought through too much sh*t to die here.

Here's what I need to do today...
go back to bed for a 1/2 hour
go to work
call the bank and ask for help
Read Steps
call guy in my support group and enlist his support

My lack of full-time work and my finances have been major battles for years. Getting a job feels like I've turned a corner, but I still having a long way to go. Ugh.

One step, one hour, one day at a time.


P.S. It's 5am Central time and there are 249 guests showing up online. Is that number right? It would be great to have any lurkers step forward. It's scary, and sometimes painful, but it feels worlds better than when I stay alone and invisible.

mobile checkins

I have checked in from my blackberry, but it's tedious.  I work for a large company too and I am sure somewhere they track what websites we visit - but I consider this a career development tool so I am not concerned about that. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

freer's new job

Congrats on the job, and good luck on your financial situation - I'm in the process of digging myself out of a financial hole also, and it's slow going - but it's gradually getting better!

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

I can identify, Freer

A similar monologue goes through my head several times a week. I had to laugh about the guy from your support group. There's a similar guy in my 12 step program. He's on a different plane, and is often obnoxious, but he's probably helped me alot more when I've asked his help than many of the warm fuzzy folks!

e's kick a@@ check in

Good morning, all! it is a lovely day, and there is lots on my plate, and for once, that feels good!

First: print out letter to bank!

e's check back

okay, so I did not print out the letter to the bank, but I did print out the letter to the basketball guests. Then I came down with a sinus headache to beat the bands, lay down on the couch to read notes, fell asleep, woke up, read notes, figured out why I could not check my email from home (senility that I had changed my password).

The energy is fraught with anxiety in the office today, coming from interviewing new candidates and pending transitions. For me this means one task at a time.....

e's later check back

It was no where near as productive a day as I thought it would be starting out: I am noticing my codependency issues are high, because my boss is deep in his addictive behavior and I feel at risk. I notice when he acts out, my tendency is to become depressive, beligerant, feel things are futile, and want to play hookey. I REALLY don't want to go to work tomorrow, especially because we have houseguests that I have to clean up for. This makes me upset and angry because I am the one who is expected to get things ready for the guests. I am not feeling well still, but it is not really that: it is the fact that I am resesntful for having to put people up on someone else's schedule and I don't feel like it.

I am whining, as you can see.

So, tonight, there are bathrooms to clean, sheets to iron, floors to wash, etc.

and I don't want to do any of it!

Just say no to ironing sheets!

Not that I'm one to talk. . . I've got sheets with a watercolor pattern that looks fine wrinkly and was carefully chosen to not show cat hair.  I never buy anything that has to be ironed, because I hate it with a fiery passion and life is just too short to spend any of it ironing.

Anyway, elisaveth, feel free to say no to sheet ironing!  And don't fold any underwear, either!  Smile


iron sheets?!

Why bother? They're pretty flat without that. I can think of so many other things to do with an hour. :D

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

you're supposed to iron sheets??

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey have my permission

Not that you NEED my permission mind you... but I think you can definitely procrastinate on the sheet issue. Don't get all caught up in the perfection thing. I am sure you are a VERY conscientious person, but if anyone called me on not ironing their sheets....well, I'd just have to pop em one in the mouth.

Iron in your diet... yes
Iron poor tired blood... n o way!
Iron Butterfly;;; loved 'em
3 sheets to the wind... you bet!
But please, for heavens sake, no ironing sheets. I already feel far inferior to you. If you do this, I am going to begin sleeping on a grass mat from now on!!!  :) Is this normal behavior for Athens? Do all Greeks slep on perfect bedding? The whole concept is just "greek" to me.


Three sheets to the wind!

Sadly, EVERYONE irons sheets, socks, underwear in Athens! I do not iron underwear, socks, towels and anything that does not turn into a board when hung up to dry: people don't use dryers here. Unless we are lucky and it rains on the laundry (natural fabric softener) all cloth usually has to be ironed.

I am pleased to say that my 17 year old son earns money ironing for us: I don't like to do it. Unfortunately, he can't handle the sheets. I will see if I get to them, but if I don't, it will be like offering people to sleep on sandpaper!

ironing confession

My husband does the ironing. 

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

good for you, journey!

my husband irons really well, but doesn't do it anymore: no time.  I never ironed in the States why bother?

everybody does it

The last time I did something because "everybody does it" was... um... never. I'm a rebel. :D

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

ironing compromise

I have a good friend at home who only ironed the front of her clothes lol, she figured no one would know it was her from behind.

ironing just the front

That sounds like something I would do:)  That's why he does the ironing, because I suck at it.  If I iron something for him, he'll go iron it again lol. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

good reason not to learn!

So does my husband!