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Sunday, 17 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Came to believe that
greater than ourselves
could restore us to sanity.
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Falcon bedtime CI/CO
Just checking in to say that I'm tempted to put off going to bed. That wouldn't help me get the week off to a good start.
So, I'm going to bed NOW.
RE: Procrastinating going to sleep
Thanks Falcon !
Your post reminds me that I need sleep -- in order to do my best this week.
i sooo know what you mean about putting off bedtime. Was in a hotel all last week, and when my day was done, it was soooo tempting to just stay up and find something to do.
I thot of your bedtime posts often, and they helped me got to bed myself.
Movingalong's quest for "sanity"
Sometimes I think I've never had any "sanity" around time and tasks ... I think I was a born procrastinator.
So ... I'm hoping/praying for it to be "restored" to me, (or initially given to me).
But ... anyhow. I do realize that it's very important to BELIEVE that recovery is attainable.
We had big thunderstorms today, so I had my computer turned off for most of the earlier part of the day.
It was interesting not doing my usual pattern of spending lots of time online -- excessive reading time -- with my various online support groups.
It was peaceful having the computer off.
However, I still didn't get much done.
Movingalong's Sunday evening update
Well, I did get more done in the afternoon than I had expected to. So I feel good about that.
But I allowed myself to get bogged down in the evening. I allowed some character flaws to dominate.
Need Higher Power guidance as I fall asleep.
downright moved by the thread starter. tx mov.
just remembered to bookend reading this site. it's 11:12, probably been here 10 min already. Haven't had time to be here last few days because of external structure removing the opportunity to p'cras. That doesnt count ;)
Anyway... now it's 11:33, that's right 20 min later. Some stuff to do came up and some distractions. But, getting back into it...
ok 12:15, that's 1h 20min, many distractions hard to get going, hard to get on focus, not to mention stay on. And i dont have any caffeinated bevs in the house, which is not helping.
What to do. microburst. ... well that didnt go well, another 40 min on this site and other distractions.
I always say to newcomers it's important to post when you're NOT doing well. Well i guess i'm practicing what i'm preaching. Actually, posting gives me hope that i might be able to reverse this trend today.
sigh. Try again. What's next? Well i have caught up here so that's DONE.
Ok i know what's next. And music will help. Dread. I can't do this task in small steps, because once i start taking it apart, i have to complete it and put it back together or else it will be out of commission. But, that's ok. It's only 1-2 hrs and then i'll take a break. It will have been earned, right? I still dont feel like i deserve it. But i'll trust the wisdom here that i do.
cl ci - that was painful
1:06-1:42 = 36 min. Before being able to do dreaded task P, i had to do prep C which i could not do w/o doing R but i really needed to not misplace R1 so i had to do that first, but i couldnt find Z. Eventually i found it and so now R1 is securely saved and R is done.
the entire thing was like walking thru wet cement. And/or i felt like i was going to die. Just expire there under the suffocating pressure.
But... now that it's passed i must admit i feel a little lighter and a slight upturn on motivation for the next task. I've lived thru moving's quote: "motivation follows action." Altho that's true, it was not what motivated me to suffer the pain of the "First Action." that was all step 1 & 2 work for me, accepting that this is my life and doing God's will nonetheless.
And, i can answer my own question about microbursting a task that really must be completed once started. I do have to commit to the whole thing, but not all at once. I can break it up into as many pieces as i want as long as i get it done before i have to leave for the day or it gets dark.
So i will break it up, and take designated breaks.
Ok 1:54 12 min later and that writeup above and prep task C is done. Actually, during task C i was thinking of something else the whole thing and was on autopilot, and so i didnt even notice it was happening, and so when it was done, i was like, wow, that was magic.
Now the 1st step of main MIT today, P.
...ok did 30 min of task, 1st 2 steps. now it's 2:48 and i've been on a "break" but i did procrastinate. So not feeling good about it. But now i have a deadline, so i just dont have time to take such breaks. I guess that'll be ok.
RE: Clement's pain followed by magic
Later, Clement said:
Thank you for sharing all that! Inspiring!
cl ci - next step
well i worked til our 3:30 (my time) PA meeting, which was the best i've felt all day. What a nice, uplifting break. But it is starting to fade as i contemplate moving back to my task. Most of that task is now done, just the re-assembly and clean up.
Some of the lift from the meeting remains, for which i am grateful to HP.
so at 5:03 i go back to my task. here goes.
cl ci - done and break
well the dreaded task is finished. And it felt darn good, too. It felt *better* *because* it was hard. (ok that puts JFK's "space" speech into my mind. I can hear his bahston accent.) It was nice to feel that sense of accomplishment. Most of the time, i dont.
The task was broken up by the online meeting here, having to go to the store, and another meeting out, which, if you read sign 4 (PA Signs) makes it all the more harder for us p'cras types. Since finishing, tho, i've pretty much taken it easy, which is ok for today. And i am looking forward to some nice couple time now.
I'm familiar with that moving-through-cement feeling. It's really hard to stay with that kind of task, and you DID it! Rock on!
tx for your encouragement. It lifts my spirits. which is very hard to do today...
Recycler CI 10am EST
Hi Pro Buddies!
I really like that threadstarter :) Thanks, movingalong! :)
Still slightly under the weather since Friday, so yesterday just paced myself/rested. Running the washer & dryer were about the most I did.
Today: I'm wondering if part of the headache could be a tooth starting to absess, etc. ((sigh)) I'll need to make a dental appt to find out. I'm sorting through "papers" today. There is something that I need to find. Longer story, but I think posting the summary is good enough. lol
Next: continue sorting papers. It's raining here today, so there's not much need to go out; plus I'm still not feeling great, as previously stated. Will I update my CI again later? We'll see!! ;)
Have a great day, everyone! :)
Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)
Re: Recycler being content with "summary"
I have a tendency to want to describe the "full detailed story" whenever I talk about things. Thanks for the tip that a summary is "good enough".
Lark at 10:00am, 2:47pm
Good morning everyone. I haven't noticed all our regulars posting lately, so I hope to see us all contributing more soon. I need to get caught up financially. One client has basically disappeared, and that bill could take care of most of it. But... it's not doing me any good to keep too many eggs in one basket. A resentment isn't going to help a bit.
take care of work project A
(X)spend one hour on project B
do flea "touch up" in house
put laundry away
(X)clean up workshop for about half an hour
visit sick relative
(X)check in and add to list around noon
re: "a resentment isn't going to help a bit"
Thanks for the reminder about how harboring resentments doesn't really help us. I needed to hear that today.
Agnus saying hi
Boy have I missed you guys. Nice to see so many new "faces" here - welcome to the newbies and a warm welcome back to e. I am still in MD dealing with the critical family stuff. It has been a week of totally reacting to constantly changing circumstances so even tho my pda could connect sometimes, there wasn't much sense in posting. We almost lost Dad Wed night; Thu-Fri were touch and go. Today he is out of the woods but may not be able to come home (ever) so now we are into decisions about nursing homes and where Mom should live now, etc. Not a fun time, but surely one in which today's thread-starter is my only hope (thanks, movingalong!).
My MITs for the next 24 hours are to continue sharing shifts at the hospital (Dad has advanced Alzheimer's and American hospitals don't teach staff about AD, so family has to be with him constantly or they do foolish things like ask him when he last urinated and what medications he takes...); assess damages from not working this week; see what can realistically be done Monday and Tuesday; organize it; and begin at a beginning. There is a team conf call Tuesday afternoon where all the important decisions hinge on my work, which was originally due for discussion in three separate conf calls last week which were postponed by my family crisis.
Take care, everyone. My experience, strength and hope from this week is this: Put family at the top of the MITs once in a while. We never know when today's chance to say "I love you" might be the last. Dad and I have had some precious moments this week when he is lucid, and I wouldn't trade one second of those moments for all the productivity in the world.
Of course, I'll need y'all to remind me of that when I get home to the daily grind! Thanks for being my PA-pals!
Hugs to Agnus!
Best wishes on plans to "see what can realistically be done, organize it, and begin at a beginning".
I notice you said "begin at a beginning".
That was "a" beginning, not "the" beginning.
Profound. Too often, I try to find the perfect beginning or the ultimate beginning. Whereas, in actuality, there are many places that could be "a beginning".
yeah, i saw that too and had similar thots. beginning at "a beginning" has that same feel of "progress not perfection." Any old beginning, even if it's not the ideal one, will help me get started.
praying for ag
very sad to hear about your dad. i'm praying for y'all. Thanks for advice on family first!
Good luck with your dad, Agnus!
Good luck with your dad! Hugs!!!
Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)
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