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Tuesday 16 March 2010'

'But those that hope in their HP shall renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint.'

Pyrotecher CI Tue 16Mar2010

Check-In @ 5:10 pm

Still mired in immediate/urgent tasks since last checking 11Mar. Need to stop spinning wheels and make more effective use of windows of "open time..." (avoiding waiting for that big open time that never materializes.)

That said, I feel some responsibility to make those windows a little bigger than they have been (that is, doing more to keep routine/urgent/trivial tasks from nibbling away the time.)

I've got two critical time needs right now:
1) Organizing my to-do list which has been in a totally degenerate scribble-note-or-keep-it-in-your-head state for about 4 months now.
2) Get to two Big Important Time Critical tasks that loom over my head.

This is a classic tough choice for a procrastinator.
1) On one hand, the constant stress of keeping track of urgent matters is sapping my energy; but when I start to list them it will be tough to keep from being sucked into handling some of them immediately. Or to spend more time fussing with the list than called for.
2) Meanwhile, I need to make motion on the Big items.

Compromise with myself - acknowledging limited time:
Split current available time window 50/50 between organization (#1) and doing (#2).
Also setting alarm so that I stop all and get to evening chores in time to do them without another horridly late night.

Check-In Update 7:45 pm

Good News - made some progress with the Organizing task.
Therefore gave Myself permission to keep working on it and defer the Big Task.

(Was afraid that might happen BUT at least I made progress on something;
lately I've been letting that overwhelmed feeling keep me from doing anything of substance.)

Also am 45 minutes behind schedule. Need to switch to chore mode before it gets too late.

Goal for next opportunity is to get the Organizing to a workable (not perfect) state and get on with the Big Task.

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin

Vic 3/16

Searched for hours to find a better "acceptance " passage, and finally "accepted" this one says it all for me today, again,

from p. 449 of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book of AA

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation--some fact of my life--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

Show up (done) GRATEFUL for eveyone here.

ScottK CI 10:49

Back from a long weekend off. With two job opportunities pending, my life feels very out of balance these days. I'm trying to stay focused on the next right thing, because the future is even more impenetrable than usual.

1) Complete DM assignment

2) Fix subscription pages

3) Update web site

4) Back to work on book

5) Set job interview

Journey 10:30

Good morning!  Late start on the workday cause I had a dentist appt. at 8 am, but I feel good about getting one of those pesky doctor appts.  taken care of.  Does everyone hate that as much as me, making medical appointments is worse than the apointment itself?

Anyway, I'm just now making my todo list although I have been to the gym, the dentist, checked email and calendar.  I only have ONE meeting today, and it's this afternoon, so I should be able to get some work done this morning.

I've been neglecting my journal and I'm going there first to start the day and also set my weekly priorities.


"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel

cl daily overcoming

10:10 10min ci :)
10:20 10min emerg email only / ck mtgs :)

i just had a major panic attack abt missing a meeting only to realize i read my calendar wrong. That made my head feel *more* flush. Cuz i know i only got lucky, i didnt plan ahead of time to get in on time.

10:25 50min prep :)
11:15 mtg :)
12:00 90min post mtg :)
1:30 30min quiet time :)
work :)
15min rdy :-(
10min dailies :-(
10min work plan :/
work hard. :)

the touch of the master's hand:

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

kromer 9:55 CI

Lots of scheduled stuff today:
*Lab mtg 10-11:30
*Lunch w/ speaker 12-1
*Class 1-2:30
*Bio colloquium 4-5:15ish
*Dancing 8-10:30

In gaps between these, I need to finish up a number of small, overdue tasks:
*Make a schedule for the week
*Answer student q
*Do comp
*Deal w/ WM bug
*Make weekly schedule
*Finish going over pset
*Type up protocol

OK, heading to lab mtg now. 

Hope-Faith CI 9:05, 12:50

First 3 items to accomplish today

  • Update assignments for 2
  • Plan 4
  • E-mail 4

 Next set of 3

  • Develop activity for 4
  • 0 Degrees table
  • Grades for4

 Next set of 3

  • Homework
  • Taxes
  • PM Routine did not complete a couple of items


Kick-Ass Check-In

[Goal fo the Day]
3 hours of productive work.
[12:14 pm]  
Let's get the work flow flowing guys, I'm so glad we can all keep each other company! 
• make and eat lunch √

• go though job ads on monster  - 60 min (max) √
• process collected job ads √
• check email √
• call företagarcentrum and get answers to questions [16:10 - 16:40]√
• call skatteverket √

[Update 17:22]
Man, I've been productive today! Event though I have not been able to take a big leap forward on my projects, at least I am moving in the right direction. Now ti's time for a well deserved brake!

Rexroth Check In

A shocking night's sleep with tummy ache from an excellent Italian meal last night. Also nightmares about my late parents. It is a bit of a mystery. I feel tired today and have a cough and am very glad I don't have to go to work

Up legal stuff sorted and to solicitor
Helpful meeting with solicitor and I have work to do but I know clearly where I am.
Checked emails and web posts
Got money out of building society
Home and sorted out probs with maintenance people

Rest - I feel guilty resting but I do need to
Prepare info for coaching session this evening

Think what to do next

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Update

This is not proving to be a good day. I feel tired, can't sleep, can't rest and can't do anything properly so:

Tried to rest
Checked emails again
Wasted time on web
Checked and filed post
Ate lunch and washed up
Pulled the door handle off!

Put other papers away
Email landlords to put doorhandle back (no I can't do it myself and when they last repaired it I suggested they replaced it and they wouldn't)
Put money and cards away
Write cash figures into accounts before I forget
Prepare info for coaching session this evening
Put clothes away

That will do for now


Rexroth Update

Above I am trying to rest for the moment

Check food order for tomorrow
Do coaching session
Write journal
Post letter

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Checked food order
Coach didn't phone up and I haven't followed it up yet
Bath and washed hair
Chat on phone with two people and tried to contact third

A little time on net
Write journal
Go to bed and get to sleep

Night Folks


huma CI

Hi all, may you all have a wonderful day! I've made some nice progress in the last few days. Hoping to keep it going. One big aim is to avoid my usual 4-8pm dead period when I goof off or just veg out.

  • payroll
  • transfer funds
  • Sears bill
  • 1 hour CC work in AM
  • prepare RF rate change
  • call RF
  • 15 min contract filing in AM
  • 15 min contract filing in PM
  • 90 min CC work in cafe
  • email NP about what's needed for CC
  • 45 min office cleanup
  • 45 min office cleanup part 2
  • call MAB about SF
  • give HS info to LB



Helen’s check in

Helen’s check in


Yesterday I did 5 hours when I was aiming for 9. I did work on my difficult areas, self care, admin, job hunting andhousework so it wasn’t a terrible day. For me it is about building stamina. I get very tired about 2pm. This day I shall stop at 2pm, watch TV for 2 hours or snooze and resume at 4pm, checking in again just to get me started.

Today I want to work at least 8 hours.  I got up a bit earlier so as to have more time.

Self care- 3 hours, Admin/ job hunting -1 hour, Household- 2 hours, Exercise- 1 hour, Decorating  1 – hour. My CV, paperwork,job hunting tasks and study plan are the most important today.

 Check inSmile

Eat breakfast

Clean teeth (2minutes)

Get dressedSmile

Brush hairSmile

Wash face

Clean loo

A bowl of washing up



Study plan

Volunteer paperwork & email



EFT tapping

Phone check in


All the washing up.

mop kitchen floor

Clean kitchen surfaces

Check in 4pm

Tidy living room

Sow seeds

Plant rose bush

Scrub hall floor

Read poetry book




Helen's 4pm check in

Well it is 4pm and I have reste`d for two hours. Now is the time to get going again. This feeels hard. I got little done this morning but self care, reading, breakfast and lunch. So I am going to revise the list and stick to it. 

  • All the washing up.Smile
  • mop kitchen floorSmile
  • Clean kitchen surfacesSmile
  • Scrub hall floor
  • Volunteer paperwork

Helen check-out

Well I had a really good day today. For the first time I returned to work after 2pm. I snoozed and watched TV until 4pm. Usual drop in energy.  Normally I find it so difficult to get started again. I feel really good about that and I am going to award myself a chocolate scratch and sniff sticker.BREAKTHROUGH!!! I am even cooking and eating well. 

 I did not do any of the tasks I felt were important but I will 'eat the frog' tomorrow and tackle my paper mountain for a few hours.

 Check inSmile

Eat breakfastSmile

Clean teeth (2minutes)Smile

Get dressedSmile

Brush hairSmile

Wash faceSmile

Clean looSmile

A bowl of washing upSmile


EFT tappingSmile

Phone check inSmile


All the washing up.Smile

mop kitchen floorSmile

Clean kitchen surfacesSmile

Check in 4pmSmile

Plant rose bushSmile

Scrub hall floorSmile

Read poetry bookSmile




Study plan

Tidy living room

Sow seeds 

Volunteer paperwork & email 

Lucky CI

Before work: 
Up by 8.30 smiling
Tell work I'll be late smiling
Check in smiling
Prayer & visualisation over my tasklist smiling
Dress smartly smiling
Straighten hair
Got Everything Check: phone, book, makeup, wash stuff, contacts, keys, LZ books smiling

Full makeup smiling
Prayer time smiling
Read some of book :)
Do some of creative writing book - Part done

Tidy desk
Got Everything Check: phone
Books to LZ :)
Make Do Not Disturb sign :)
Reset debt payments 
Cold turkey update :)

After work:
Talk to C re family contract
Clear table
Do a bit on post backlog
Check/fill bird feeder
Dog face wash
Exercise (just arms?)
Clear kitchen
Maintain the tidy room!
Tomorrow's list
Wash face/brush teeth - floss - clean contacts properly
Email report
Check in
Bed straight after check in!