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Tuesday May 4 2010


Prosick Check in 11:45 am - Check out 2:30 am

Yeah, those of you talking about making to-do lists at night are on my page. I seriously can't function without one and it's hard for me to go to sleep if I am thinking about that stuff. My anxiety then just turns to if I will even look at the list the next day (a big problem whenever I don't check in here.) With this board, it's also easier if my 'tomorrow' list is in my daily check in. One big reason is because it makes it way easier to check in the next day - just a quick copy and paste, modify if need be.

11 am bkfst
11:55 am email A.
12 pm - 1:15 pm watch part of DVD
1:15 pm - get ready to leave
1:40 pm leave house to pick up K.

2:30 pm finish watching DVD if not done already. Once complete, ok to work outside - plt rooted & C. -- FAILED HERE, STILL NEED TO FINISH DVD
4 pm shower -- 4:15, NOT TOO BAD
5 pm eat dinner
5:30 pm be ready to leave house --READY ON TIME, YAY

Order m-day present -- DONE
Email I. --DONE

For tomorrow:
-Call M.
-Make appt w/ Dr. M
-Call D.
-Call GJ.
-Call Vet
-start to repack for weekend
-plt at least one thing


LookAtYourselfAndWhatYourDoin'RightNow-StandBackAMinuteJustToCheckYourselfOut-StraightenOutYourLifeAndHowYou'reLivin'EachDay-JustKeepYourEyesOnThePrizeAndYourFeetFlatOnTheGround-MJ's "Keep the Faith"

Jules k CI

Hello all! 

Today is:

Mow the lawn

Clean in the kitchen a bit

Re-do my Master to do list.

Send in an application for a job I want (resume and cover letter done already from the letter I sent to another company last week!  That is a WIN for me!!)


Agnus checkin

I like what e shared about the value of making the next day's to-do list at night. I was dong that for awhile and it did have tangible results and rewards.  I'm going to resume that habit; thanks, e! Today I have transferred critical docs from J's computer back to my own (fixed and home again, yay!), responded to some emails, and had 15 minutes of meditation in the sunshine. Now on to the list:

  • Book a salon appt CoolDONE!
  • April monthly reports DONE!
  • April expense report NONE needed
  • 3 hours on primer:
    • read all docs, 1 hour
    • id selections and placements, 1 hour
    • assign editing, 30 minutes
    • check M and V status, 20 minutes DONE!
    • status report, action items: 10 minutes
  • 2 hours on EM ppt
    • review and make notes, 90 minutes
    • client correspondence, 20 minutes
    • schedule resulting action items, 10 minutes DONE a little
  • I would like to be finished working by 6pm, DONE!have a nice walk with the dog, DONE!a good dinner with J DONE!and then attend a recovery meeting at 8.  Also need to be in bed by 10; I've been short on sleep again.:rolleyes:  And the cat is ill so I need to keep an eye on him today (at 15 he can't hack hairballs like when he was a kit, poor guy)

10pm finale: Not as productive as I'd have liked. I am avoiding the start of a task I resent because it normally takes 2-3 months and was handed me Friday with a due date in 2 weeks. First draft is due Thursday and I have not started - estimated length 100 pages with a team of 5 scared helpers who are looking to me to lead.  God help me...and them!

On a happy note I did have good doggy-walk/play time and a great dinner with J, and the kitty is feeling much better tonight!

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land..." Psalm 16

Ag planning Wednesday

  • Step 11 6am
  • shower/dres/stretching 615
  • Sponsor call 645
  • breakfast 7
  • working by 7:20
  • Send C the EM proposal for wbnr
  • Sponsee call 815
  • read primer docs
  • id selections and placements
  • assign editing
  • 1pm salon appt (eat lunch enroute)
  • 3pm back to work
  • M and V catch-up
  • EM correspondence
  • EM ppt
  • 6pm walk dog
  • 630 dinner with J
  • 8pm meeting
  • Babarino ci 5.4.10

    One project must get done today. have other tasks must catch up on. but will worry about those when get 1st project done. will work for 15 for motivation, then get coffee.


    CL daily overcoming

    :) phone problem
    :-( more tbd--lol i never got back to this, but i did have a good day yesterday. one main big thing to do, but did lots of others too

    still, if i'm being honest, it would have been better to check in :|

    the touch of the master's hand:

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

    e's plan for May 4th check back

    This planning for today the night before really has some merit to it: I woke up knowing what was on my list and it made a HUGE difference in my willingness: I went on automatic and had thought through how much time things should take, and have been pretty much on schedule, perhaps 15 minutes late. I need to rearrange things a bit, but all things considered, if I don't sit down too much, might keep up with my plan

    up by 7:30 bed,1st meds,shower,swish and wash,laundry switch,put away dishes,prepare breakfast, 2nd meeting 8:30-9:00up to here complete. I am going to switch my walk to walk with my friend and run the errands by car after my check in at 11:30. So next will deal with phone meeting, prepping the chicken, and fold some laundry. I didn't get much sleep last night and am struggling with that, but otherwise feel decent. My son is home sick today, so I will need to see if I can go to work, but I think I may be feeling  like I wanna play hookie, so have to watch that. 

    marinade chicken, fold and put away first load

    11:45-12:30 errands:pharmacy for melatonin, vacuum bags, laundry stick,switch laundry, 

    do one phone errand, (instead of dentist did insurance thing, made and ate lunch for son and me, cleaned up after myself and dressed to go. As I need my time sheet done to submit today, I will do my errands after work unless I have time. 

      make dental appointment.complete time sheet invoice just needs expenses attached. Missing cell phone! Argggh!

    print out all transactions

    help friend2:00-5:30 workprep supper, clean up after myself as I gosupper by 6:30,1st run of dishes by 7:007-10:00 paperwork with music10-11 final kichen dishes, teeth, face, hotspot11-12:00 relaxmidnight: lights ouOne day at a time Success is not final, failure is not fatalSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal

    The evening began well, but I puttered out: I met my goal of having cleaned all of the dinner dishes before bed. I got waylaid by a phone call from a good friend and I am beginning to see how much time that those phone calls can take if I don't get up and move during them. Then I started shopping on and then went into farmville and that's all she wrote, as they say. However, I did much better than usual having a plan and although it is late I would like to put together a brief plan for tomorrow.

     up by 7:30, bed, 1st meds, shower, swish and wash. 1st load of laundry, make breakfast, 2nd meds by 8:30. 

    8:30 phone check in. meal plan, shift laundry, begin paperwork. MIT that I did not do today was to print out the transactions I need for taxes. That is the MIT for tomorrow. I will be damned if I don't have them finished by Saturday! 

    Tomorrow I will help a friend and get a walk in. 1 phone errand - set up dental appointment. Check in with pharmacist on other medication coverage if I have time. dust, vacuum. Must be at the meeting by 6:30 to greet this month, so dinner should be cooked early. Gnochi with lemon artichoke pesto and arugula salad. Grill portabella mushrooms. But I digress.

    For tonight, I am grateful for this fellowship, for new friends, for willingness which seems to grow the longer I stay in program. For family who is visiting. For my children's sense of humor, which helps keep me sane.

     Peace out, gnight 


    huma CI

    Very funny starter Lucky, haha! Laughing

    I've had 3 decent days in a row. Looking to make it 4.

    • MS proposal
    • put up WFTH banner
    • GCC proposal
    • upload 10 pix A
    • upload 10 pix B
    • meet w/boss re LH
    • TCD 1
    • TCD 2
    • remind N about bunny
    • ck w/Lisa
    • put BSSB vid up
    • web ad
    • bill BSSB
    • call Mom

    "A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

    "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb

    Yiyi  Hi, Im new here,


     Hi, Im new here, How do I get a sponsor?


    Hi yiyi

    Welcome! Smile

    I saw you in chat last night. I've not done a sponsorship yet, so I don't know exactly what is needed. I'm sure someone else can explain. In the meantime, I suggest writing a little 1-2 paragraph greeting in the Introductions thread, explaining what you're looking for, what you're challenges are, etc.

    There is a great group of people here. We're all very supportive. So I'm sure that you'll find your energy will rise by coming here every day. I suggest using this Check-In thread as others do every day.

    Best wishes to you! Have a good week! Laughing

    "A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

    "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb

    Yiyi thanks I have to



    I have to do a voice over. but will chick in this afternoon


    GeorgeSmiley, 5/4/10, 8:15 AM + Update 5:51 PM

    Update: 5:51 PM

    I had a wake-up call today: A client for whom I like working and who clearly values my work gave me a very firm -- but completely professional -- tongue-lashing because of too many blown deadlines and too little communication.

    Also gave me another chance.

    I don't want to blow it.



    Because of my evening shift, P/T job, I didn't get out of bed until around 7 this morning, instead of the usual 5:30-6 or so.

    On the plus side, I'm showered and dressed and I've had breakfast.

    On the minus side, I got little done yesterday.


    1) Project PQE: Immediately, get phone interview to fill in blanks. Plus finish editing raw copy.

    2) Project MR

    3) Get my task list re-organized. But that can wait, I think, because it's a job that could easily distract me.


    Remembering: Put my recreational surfing time in a time slot for later.





    Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church (1948-2009)

    The Hero's Code: Show Up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

    kromer 9:10 CI

    OK, in lab on time, yay!

    Scheduled:  lab mtg 10-12, seminar 12-1,class 1-2:30

    MITs for today are:
    *A bunch of emails: CE, GL, IA, BO, AR, NP, class questions (will do this after dinner/laundry)
    *Buy plane tickets
    *Order more HU (will do this soon)
    *Cooking+laundry for the week
    *Finish GOslim analysis of VAD data (have made very good progress on this)
    *Work on presentation 1 hr(working on this now)

    Other tasks:
    *Help friend w/ bike
    *Check on mice, tag/tail
    *Analyze rt data and add to presentation (will do this soon)

    OK, working on GOslim analysis now. Before lab mtg, I'd like to (if possible) get GOslim categories written out to a GSEA-formatted file. 

    Vic 5/4

    And also with you!

    Show up (done)

    use chat box

    I get that vic!


    "My boundaries enclose a pleasant land..." Psalm 16

    Journey 8:30

    Working from home today. Hubby has the day off and the roofers are coming by.   I'm thinking I should probably have gone into the office today  :rolleyes:

    But regardless I'm off to a good start.   The roofers are already here, they are just doing an estimate today so hopefully they'll be outta here soon and I'm hoping hubby will play golf or SOMETHING to get him outta my hair!  haha, I don't mind him being here but he keeps interrupting me.   I'm fixin' to do what I do at the office, put my headphones on and blast the music.  

    I've been to the gym, changed the cat litter (for the roofer lol), and instead of sitting around in my sweaty gym clothes I have already cleaned up and gotten dressed in my work-at-home clothes (also for the roofer).  Maybe the roofer needs to come every day :grin:

    Making todo list now.   My speech yesterday was on productivity and I'm really on a productivity high so it's a good day to get some work done. 


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

    Your roofer uses the litter box?

    LaughingTongue outLaughing

    Sounds like you're off to a good start journey!  Have  a great day!

    "A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

    "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb

    early check-in

    Hi all! I'm amazed at how early y'all are up and about (or maybe some of you aren't in the US). Anyway, this is early for me. I got up about an hour and a half ago and have made some good progress on this paper since then; I found myself wanting to wander and thought I'd pre-empt it by checking in!

    Goal today: finish paper before dinner.
    Steps: - lit review: articles G86, DKW, G00, BGE, IPO, J, CL.
    - critique CL.
    - proposal
    - intro, conclusion

    To the chatbox!

    finished :)

    Finished everything about five hours ago, with enough time to get back to my dorm and drop off everything before dinner. The paper was a bit short but I'm excited to be done! I was so grateful for all your support. Thanks, everyone! :)

    thanks, Agnus!

    Got out of the room, showered etc to come to work. Managed to make a little progress while some of the subjects were doing their studies.

    Steps: - lit review: articles G86, DKW, G00, BGE (irrelevant), IPO, J, CL. Tie it all together.
    - critique CL. started
    - proposal
    - intro, conclusion

    Feeling motivated by my progress so far. :) Hope everyone's day is going well!

    four hours until dinner with the class..

    .. and I don't think I'm going to finish it. I'm feeling terrible. This seems to happen a lot when I stop working on something for a while—it's less that I feel guilty for not being done than for having a period of not working on the project (this time, because I was at a fun but mandatory meeting for something else). It's that aching in my chest where I just know I've let someone down, maybe myself, maybe my professor or my classmates. I think this is part of the reason I procrastinate: whenever I'm writing a big paper, it becomes my life, which is a big and scary change—but I forget that that's only because I always leave it until the last minute.

    So I need to retreat a little bit. Accept that I might not get it done in time. Try to do it anyway. Remember that I will be loved and accepted even if I don't succeed at this one thing as fast as I wanted to.

    What I want more than anything right now is to have something to hand in. And I have the lit review part almost done. So now I want to pull that all together. Maybe printing it out and looking at it on paper will help—I think I'll try that. 


    Maybe I can do it after all. that hope is keeping me working hard, anyway. The first half of my paper is basically together. ... But I think I'm more than halfway done, since that was the hard part--the rest is just explaining the experiment I've been designing for months. I can do this! Finish wrapping up this part, and then take a break to drop by a picnic and get some food. :)

    Picnic was nice. I have made good progress since then -- completely wrote up my proposal for my experiment. Left to do:
    - title
    - references Mostly done.

    - appendix
    - brief conclusion
    - go through and add a couple citations where necessary

    New goal: finish by 7:10 so I can run back to my dorm before dinner and drop off books/computer.


    Steps: - lit review: articles G86, DKW, G00, BGE, IPO, J, CL.
    - critique CL.
    - proposal
    - intro, conclusion

    good progress, Kristen!


    "My boundaries enclose a pleasant land..." Psalm 16

    Hope-Faith CI 8:20

    Hi all I am here today but I am not sure I will make it through the day with my sanity in tack. My back is up againest the wall with deadlines. I am happy to so that I have only had control of one of the deadlines the other 3 deadlines are stressful because of others procrastination. Here goes. In addtions to routine stuff

    1. List for addresses
    2. Finish P1
    3. Finish P2
    4. Update google doc
    5. Grade Project
    6. Grade Portfolio
    7. Self Care for wisdom tooth

    Try to CI in 90 mins.


    I have your back hope-fatih

    You can do it! Just remember to take good care of yourself in the process :)

    I am happy

    Strike thanks for having my back it worked.  I managed to accomplish all on my list and kept my sanity as well. I am truly suprised at myslef.


    Hope-Faith Thankful

    Tks Strike I need some backup.

    tuffl's check-in

    Hi everyone.

    I've wasted the last 2 hours. bad. now its lunchtime. so after lunch (3/4h - extended to 2h. bad.) I will

    - write half a page using my notes from yesterday (trying to do it w/in 1h - well, that was obviously not very realistic... but at least I got it done!).

    When I've finished I'll think about what comes next. otherwise I might freak out and not do anything ;)


    Apart from that anytime today - but not after lunch when I'm supposed to write! - I will do some simple things, just for the feeling of success :) (which I'd otherwise put off again, the way I know myself) 

    - write an email to S. (due last Fri) - afternoon

    - text L.

    - phone A.

    list for tomorrow

    - check in at about 10 am

    - check DM06, BD06, LOW04, BD09, DS06 & finish work on 1st part of paragraph 'global HSM' (10-11.30)

    - start paragraph 'dist' (inc gs, dem size, regs) (12-12.30)

    - once I've got that far by noon: think about what comes next



    - scan book & return (anytime when I feel I need to do something else)

    - cancel HSS (afternoon - during job)

    - write e-mail to J. (afternoon - during job)


    Helen's checkin

    My MIT's today are


    Haircut - Booked DONE

    Buy more timers - Not found DONE


    Lunch DONE

    Teaching  - Tomorrow DONE


    Washing up 

    Self care practices


    Handouts for teaching tomorrow

    Write letter of complaint


    Haircut - am

    Agency - am 

    Admin - pm

    Teaching 6pm 


    strike's check-in

    I started my day early today (05:45) and began my work day at 06:30, which kicks butt I must say. Starting that early always makes me energized and focused because I know I will have time for both work AND play during the day. I highly recommend it.

    •  project i done!
      • write final draft of sales manuscript  
      • practice sales manuscript
    • project tm done!
      • update web site
      • write agenda for board meeting
      • mail confirmation and agenda
    • call cam. done!
    • call a.k. done!
    • call ant. done!


    update 1:40 pm ("may the 4th be with you" lol)

    • print out bb application done! 
    • plan tomorrow (first day at the office :) done!
    • pack things done!
    • ta-da done!
    • text e and cancel tomorrows meeting done!
    • walk with parents + dog done!
    • prepare lunch + snacks för tomorrow done!

    Way to go!

    You are a productivity dynamo and deserve a gold star. Keep up the good work.


    Thank you Helen!

    Your encouragement helps alot :)

    Rexroth Check In

    Up prayer and reflection
    Checked emails
    Started work on sorting and cleaning kitchen cupboards and shelves

    Continue work in kitchen
    Clean and sort files and junk in book shelves in bedsit
    Sort new payment of rent - urgentish
    Bath and wash hair and personal care

    That will do for now

    Regards Rexroth

    Rexroth Update

    All except the bath bit including spending an hour sorting a simple change in a standing order.
    I've also sorted and chucked out a load more stuff

    Rest and recover composure
    A little more tidying up
    Post the letter to the bank - don't need to but if I don't I might forget and the job is finished if I do.
    Bath and all that stuff...

    Regards Rexroth

    Rexroth Check Out

    Posted letter everything else can wait and I'm going to bed

    Night Everyone


    Lucky CI

    No tasklist yet, although I did:

    Get train to work on time :)

    I've been in a major slump for quite some time and need to get out... I think one of the big factors is that I haven't been using PA. Not seeking help is usually a sign that I kind of want the problem right now. I've identified my major 'problem' points and some solutions:

    Internet addiction - no recreational Internet use (keeping up with friends is ok, surfing for hours just to numb my brain is not) and no keeping up with friends during work hours either. 

    Trouble getting out of bed - I keep running downstairs to switch off my second alarm, then going back upstairs to dress and going back to sleep! Keep some clothing downstairs, food rewards, celebrate on the forum when I manage to get up and stay up

    Trouble getting out of the bathroom (!) - NO Reading, count breaths and pray! Argh, this is basic but never mind!

    Mama_Cat's picture

    Nice to see you again, Lucky-loo!

    I'd just been thinking I hadn't seen you in a while!

    Thanks for letting us know how you are, and where you're at.

    In solidarity - MC 

    Thank you (MC) I missed you

    Thank you (MC) :) I missed you too!

    You can get back on track Lucky!

    You are strong and I believe in you!

    Thank you! (strike) I

    Thank you! (strike) I actually had an okay day today, hoping for a great one tomorrow :)