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Wednesday 11 February 2009

Here's some bread to share with pro-buddies today: a metaphor for the big results that come from following small steps--and letting go a bit.

Recycler CI 3:55pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I can get a few more things done before the end of the workday, but think a PA CI will give me a little boost :)

This morning I did my routine at the gym. Did MITs & MUTs this morning. Went to social activity during lunchtime. I've worked on other projects this afternoon.

There are several things I can't wrap up this afternoon, but maybe I can pre-package elements of them for tomorrow. I think that's the strategy I'll try?

I might be able to update my CI from home later. We'll see! ;)

9pm. I have to admit I goofed off all evening. Now that I have a computer in the same place that I am living again, it is oh so tempting to catch up on my fav Internet sites. Plus there was a lot of doll news tonight, and it's going to continue to be that way for the rest of the month! Aiiieeee, I'm always going to be a procrastinator eeeeee!!! OK, I have to think I will gradually re-balance my evenings again. For tonight, it's time to go to sleep, so I will have to try again tomorrow.

Have a great night, everyone! :)



Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

Ag ci 3:33pm

I have been building up backlogs without realizing it, probably during the month or so I took off from daily check-ins here. Anyway I am now present to this fact, so I have spent most of the morning creating a master to-do list from a dozen or so sources, and prioritizing it.  It is rather daunting!  I can feel the temptation to just keep planning it better, rather than actually DO any of it.  Here is what feels most important to do in the next 45 minutes:

  • Catch up evaluation reading and respond as promised
  • Call the Center to say hi to new guy
  • Think through IT needs and order tech support
  • Decide next week's itinerary and request bookings
  • Complete and fax direct deposit forms as promised

re: just keep planning

lol Ag I fall into that trap often.   I even put a low priority task on my list today to "fiddle with my system" because I want to move back to Remember the Milk.  But my system is really working fine, I just want to fool around with the planning instead of working! 


"Time is what keeps everything from happening at once." - Johnathan Wheeler

rec ci - confession time, too

After intending to get in earlier, I failed to today - I put off getting ready and getting in to the office and now am off to a later start than I had planned, so I feel bad. But I need to shake it off and move on to get some things done today. Here is what I need to do:

2 meetings at 11:30 and 1 PM
3rd meeting out of office at 4:30
Research FL issue; e-mail FL with results
If I hear back from HP, mail out letters
Pick up daughter at 3:15

Thanks for being here to confess my failings to and try to move forward, inch by inch.


rec final ci

My day got eaten up with all the meetings, but got a little bit done aside from those, and one meeting was with CPA to address old tax returns and now am ready to file - YAY! SO need to focus on the progress I made today instead of the mountain of work ahead of me to catch up on undone work at home and office. Baby steps, right???


i'm inspired--again

thanks for sharing rec. it so helps me to know other ppl struggle too, and to see them restarting. it's comforting and encouraging to me.

how much inspiration can one person take in a day !! !! :) :^) =)

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

feeling alright

We'll, I managed to get a decent amount of work done yesterday and get a good night's sleep, and today I'll get to leave the office at a decent hour for a reception (not that I like receptions but, whatever).

Today I will:

-draft the F memo

-check the GSR

-get recent public polls for B

Hoo boy.  My afternoon got

Hoo boy.  My afternoon got swallowed up with edits to the presentation I got finished with the other day! I should have planned on that.  I got the F memo done, but it turned out to be on the wrong subject matter so I will have to redo it tomorrow.  The other two things were not touched.

GeorgeSmiley 7:50 AM

I've been slipping from my personal reading every morning, so that will be the first thing I do after writing this.

I need to do several things related to resumption of Project Y, so I will do them after my reading.

Then, related to work, MITs are:

#1: Project G Update 6:25 PM: FInished and sent, awaiting instructions on rewrite

#2: Project S-L Update 6:25 PM: Nothing

#3: Projects in order on my task pad Update 6:25 PM: Some

#4: Winnow the inbox, both the physical one on my file cabinet and the digital one in my email.
Update 6:25 PM: Some





The Hero's Code:

Show up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

nice metaphor chickadee

nice metaphor chickadee :)

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

kromer 8:10 CI

Yesterday evening was cruddy...crisis came up, I'm exhausted from dealing with that and I didn't have a chance to get any other work done.

Oh well, today is a new day. (and a busy one!) I've got 2 classes: one 9:15-1 and one 3-6. I have some reading to do for the 3-6 class. I have a mtg w/ PF 2:30-3 that I need to prep for. And I have Harambee tonight (and need to do a little prep for that...getting picts, stock prices, letters, snack).

OK, I'll take this one step at a time, and accept that I'm not going to be quite as prepared for things as I would like. I'll start by spending 15 min starting Harambee prep (picts+stock prices). Then, I'll run to the store, clean my room, and pack lunch. Then I'll head to class. 

kromer 1:30 CI

I did the 15 min of Harambee prpe, went to store, packed lunch, made a start on cleaning room, went to class+came back to main campus, had lunch, now have wasted about 15 min.

Now I'm going to take 30 min to do reading for afternoon class (I'll have to skim, oh well), then 30 min to prep for mtg, then I'll head to mtg and class. 

kromer 8:40 CI blarg blarg blarg

I had a cruddy stressful awful hour just now, and the last thing I want to do is work.

I've left a message with my friend so I can talk stuff over with her later, and I've spent about 10 min taking a break.

For now, there's nothing I can do to make the situation better, and I've got lots of work to be done! So I need to take a deep breath and move on.

First, I'm going to celebrate what I've accomplished so far today...I did my reading for the afternoon class, and the class discussion went well; I prepped for and went to my afternoon meeting, which was production; I went to Harambee, where we had a small group but a good discussion; I got exercise and reasonably healthy food today (except the 3 cookies I just had :blush: ); I'm here and checking in despite my stress. 

Now, my room is a total mess and that's not helping with anything. So I'm going to clean it up. Then, I'm going to get out my schedule/priorities for the week and pick a few *manageable* tasks to deal with tonight.
Heading to the chatbox now.

kromer 10:50 CO

Today has not been a great night. I cleaned up my room and talked to a friend but that's it. I'm going to plan out my tasks for tomorrow and then go to bed.

Journey 7:30 confession time!

Well, yesterday was a total waste of make-up :)  I never got it together and was unfocused and scattered all day.   When I finally settled down to really work after lunch I spent four hours on what I though was a one hour task.  

BUT as I said to Shmuel yesterday, A bad day is just a bad day.   Im putting it behind me and moving on to a better day today.   Yesterday was my Dad's birthday and also I have some car stuff to take care of:  tires and tags.   I was trying to operate with a "divided heart" yesterday and focus on everything at once rather than take one thing at a time.  

So far this morning, I have been to the gym and cancelled a lunchtime appointment which will give me time to go take care of the car stuff this morning.  

Now, I'm going to get cleaned up and dressed, notify work that I'll be out of pocket for an hour this am, and get my daughter up so that she can meet me at the mechanic's.  

While she's getting ready I willl have my quiet time and make my plans for the day. 


"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot

i'm inspired

jo your confession and re-starting is an inspiration and encouragement to me!

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

thanks clem!

Even normies have a bad day once in a while right?!


"Time is what keeps everything from happening at once." - Johnathan Wheeler

Hope-Faith CI 6:02

I am here today.....finally. I have alot to face but it is not as bad as it seems. Small steps will get me there.

Check In from work with task list.  

I will have to attack my task list differently then normal as I have fallen off the wagon with regards to my routine. I will have to multitask between normal routine and catch up from falling off the wagon. So here goes. I am positive as well as motivated today.

  1. Plan for A2 -- need a good plan that is impressive as we have visitors today in our building from our state department. However I can only give the task 15 mins.
  2. Plan for A1 same as above
  3. I have to enter grades today so that I can give students their progress reports I just have one class left. Almost there

Those are the major task at this time. Time for me to get a move on.


Chick CI

--stuff for m

--print etc

--finalize r

email to all s

--restart with throways in office


--prepare p a

--find *

insight about last

insight about last minutism/confession of doing it lots

 I've started asking myself, as  I engage with tranquil and productive (as opposed to frantic) last-minutism, 'what is the payoff and what am I accomplishing by this choice?'  The question pushes me to some painful reflection about the big avoided long term projects.

There's another more positive side that I just grasped from starting reading David Allen. Which is that there are things I do very effectively at the last minute with focus and a 'mind like water'; they go well and it rewards the last minutism. But there's a reason they go well: because I have so much 'stuff' (backlog, competing obligations) I can only find that state with the pressure of an external deadline.

Goal now: learn to attain 'mind like water' focus without the pressure of a deadline. To do so will require letting go of some perfectionism...

Hmmmm I want to learn how to welcome a new relationship with 'stuff' and time into my days...accept the payoff of last minutism and reharness it.

tiptree midnight CI

to do:

x bank/change account
x return DVDs
- test paragraph config
- fix autocomplete and submit for testing
- clear out grid items
- email re grid
- set up cronjob
- clear out a p2
- clear another p2
- clean desk
- pay bills
- practice guitar
- read 25 pp. js book
- read 25 pp. novel