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Wednesday 16th March 2011


Hang in there! It's Thursday Wednesday Embarassed

Catching up by Innertruth

Still catching up on work from Wednesday and Thursday. Took it easy over the weekend. I must spend time cleaning up my place as I can't have anyone over and can't find things.

Here's my schedule for Monday:

check email at 9:30 am, noon, 2 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm 

7:00 - get up, have shower and get dressed (style hair & makeup) 

7:30 - 7:45 - Walk to meet friend

7:45 - 8:45 - Walk with friend

8:45 to 9;15 - Have coffee with friend

9;15 walk home

9:30 - apply for hospital position

10:15 - apply for IWH position

10:45 - apply for B job

11:15 - apply for council position

11:45 - email client for meeting, Email Joanna for Monday, check BOT re newcomers reception

12:00 - 1:00 - send query

1:00 - 2:00 - Lunch

2:00 - 6:00 email marketing

6;00 - 7:00 run

7:00 - 8:00 dinner

8:00 - 9:00 - clean desk and file

9:00 - 10:00 -clean kitchen and recycle newspapers

10:00 - 11:00 relax

11:00 - 11:30 - check in with PA  



Insomnia last night - terrible day today!

It's Thursday night just after 9:00 pm.

I woke up at least twice last night for an hour at a time and woke up half a dozen times throughout the night. I was surprised to have a bad night as I ran during the day and got more done than usual. I did have problems with my sister yesterday who is on my back more than usual to get me to harass people to give me work. 

I was wide awake so I listened to a bit of TV (I didn't have my contacts in so I couldn't see anything the first time I woke. The second time I read the morning paper, which I can do without my contacts) This is the first time this has happened to me that I've felt this bad in over a month. As long as days like this don't happen too often!

I'm exhausted today and I couldn't think. I didn't get anything done except for a few personal things. It's not that I'm waiting for some thing to hit me to get motivated but I'm exhausted. If I nap during the day it destroys my sleep schedule and I can't get to sleep in the evening. I know I'm going to have days like this but not too often. I shouldn't get down on myself because of it.

I went for a long walk today and I felt better. I will listen to my meditation tapes at 11:00 just before bed and I know I will feel better.

If I get a really good night's sleep, I might get more done than I planned.  

I plan to do the same thing tomorrow as I was supposed to do today, except I will take a break mid-day to run and will stop work at 6:00 pm to meet a friend for dinner. I'm really looking forward to my dinner as my friend doesn't get me down. On Saturday afternoon I will work on what I was supposed to do this evening so I'm caught up for the week.     

Thursday, March 16th

Wakeup, 550am


--finish any left over work, hopefully i get done tonight!



Job applications/resume-730

no school on friday, relax!


--this is my first check in, thoughts?--




Check in for Thursday

Get up and dressed and be at my desk and review email by 9:00 am.

Work for 9:00 am to 11:30 am is leftover from Wednesday 

9:00 - 9:30 - review work and send to wholesaler client

9:30 - 10:30 am - Follow-up with tax client and send invoice

10:30 - 11:30 finish query letter and email

11:30 - 1:00 pm - apply to other hospital, govt agency jobs

1:00 - 2:00 pm - lunch

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Read news, surf Internet to look for email prospects. Start writing emails.

5:00 - 6:30 pm - Go for walk, have dinner

6:30 - 9:00 pm - Continue email marketing

11:00 - 11:30 pm - Do Friday's schedule

Other - (To complete throughout day when there's gaps in my schedule) email SW for Friday dinner, email MO to let her know I will be available to run on Sunday, check in with MEH, call sister about eye appt

- Check with association members to update and distribute elerts (may not be ready until Friday, call City Hall for meeting room

- Check to see if PA buddy has posted   

(check email at 8:45 am, 1 pm, 5pm and 11 pm only)  

Didn't post schedule last night

Posted my schedule, this morning.  It is long, like yours.  It is approaching 1 PM, where you are.  Which means you are applying for jobs  Hope all is going well.  Of the 3 things i agreed to do this morning, I have done one.  : (

Findingaway check in

10.30 am Thursday

Thanks for the starter, FNS. It's Thursday in Australia anyway!

Having a lot of fear around planning and prioritising. Will try to make a realistic list for the rest of today that includes 30 mins planning.


  • M list
  • G invoice
  • planning 30 mins
  • ring SS
  • ring PC
  • pay bills
  • send rego to M
  • ring BD
  • declutter computer desk
  • prepare for Friday


  • ring NP
  • ring my son
  • donation org - contact them
  • music or health care research

Noticed 3 things today:

  • planning isn't so scary once I start
  • I underestimate how long things will take and overestimate how much I can do at night when I'm tired
  • if I decide to add in extra tasks then other tasks don't get done (obvious, huh!)

Crazybug CI

A morning wasted.  But I can still choose to make progress this afternoon. 

Need to learn techniques/meditations to bring my mind above my physical symptoms.

A reality set out in black/white that I read yesterday:

"Real procrastinators tell themselves five lies:
• They overestimate the time they have left to perform tasks.
• They underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks.
• They overestimate how motivated they will feel the next day, the next week, the next month -- whenever they are putting things off to.
• They mistakenly think that succeeding at a task requires that they feel like doing it.
• They mistakenly believe that working when not in the mood is suboptimal. "

tracy-la check in


Positive Energy

It's so easy to look around and notice what's wrong.

It takes practice to see what's right.

Many of us have lived around negativity for years. We've become skilled at
labeling what's wrong with other people, our life, our work, our day,
our relationships, our conduct, our recovery, and ourselves.

We want to be realistic, and our goal is to identify and accept reality.
However, this is often not our intent when we practice negativity. The
purpose of negativity is usually annihilation.

Negative thinking empowers the problem. It takes us out of harmony. Negative
energy sabotages and destroys. It has a powerful life of its own.

So does positive energy. Each day, we can ask what's right, what's good -
about other people, our life, our work, our day, our relationships,
ourselves, our conduct, our recovery.

Positive energy heals, conducts love, and transforms. Choose positive energy.

Today, God help me let go of negativity. Transform my beliefs and thinking, at
the core, from negative to positive. Put me in harmony with the good.

From The Language of Letting Go


MY BASICS: checking in; support calls(1x); affirmations; gratitudes; reading; check calendar AM; check calendar PM; write down my 6 most important tasks; voicemail; exercise; manage A; manage D; use "tracking time"/master list; use timer

Affirmations (said aloud as well):

I choose to show up and start my top 6 tasks, 15 to 30 minutes at a time.

I set my mind to my top 6 tasks and I complete them -- in 15 to 30 minute periods. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday  smiling


tiptree CI

goal: clock 8 hours

- import script #1 tested and working
- import script #2 working minus enc. issues
- 2260 testable
- clear the 2 recent config bugs
- sec. fix working
- read 50 pp.
- read ch. of tech book
- meeting
- review open items
- clean for a 1/2 hr
- finish TTS

hope4meandu day 45

Thanks FindingNewStrength luv the cutey starter, yes ME TOO!!

So freakin depressed. I know others have it so much worse. Last night did some laundry. Tonight, due to situation beyond my control, won't be able to do anything - YAY!! Probably watch a movie, couldn't last night. Just realized, need to turn this depression over and ask HP for help in it....really need help with it.

To do:
-A.S. for presents
-call Mom
-call M
-answer D
-check with Dr. F re: Yoffee's meds & cancel appt. can't afford
-ask for raise.....HP!!!

Wishing you breakthroughs & miracles with procrastinating and all areas of your lives!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥


Yesterday was not great, not bad. I am resistant to goals and time-keeping. I tell myself it's a waste of time. Of course, it's also a way to stay conscious and avoid much bigger dropouts of time.

-start large, looming SA project 4x instead of other tasks
-request out of Thur. committee
-assess & negotiate Friday deadline with S
-make decision about Thur. shoot



Journey 10 am one of those days

Yes, I'm having one of those days! I'm working from home, it's a beautiful day outside, my daughter keeps skyping me because she hurt her shoulder and now she's on her own and mom's not there to take care of her ;-) ::wink::. My husband is having 'everyone's favorite medical test' today so I'll be driving him to the doctor in about 30 minutes and that will probably take a couple of hours at least.

So it's a disjointed day and I'm having trouble concentrating. But, I've been to the gym and my todo list is made. Now I need to do some triage and prioritizing and then make myself a schedule for the rest of the day. I can tell that I'm easily distractible today so I'll use Instant Boss and work in 20 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks to do some chores around the house. That should help alleviate my restlessness today and I can get my work done and get my household chores done.

Right now I'm going to get dressed for the doctor appt. I can do my schedule on paper while I'm waiting, take care of email on the blackberry, and make a phone call. Then I'll relax and read my book for a few minutes :)

laters - I'll check in when I get back from the doc to get myself back in gear.

Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent. Maxwell Maltz

kromer 9:45 CI

OK, I'm here! I started experiment and then I goofed off online for about 30 min.

Lot's to do today!

Scheduled: mtg 1:30-3:30

MITs: Finish staining/try counts, BrdU/collect, setup/check, start western

Other tasks: add mtgs to calendar, email, order primers +antibody, plan/email MK, tag

Vic 3/16/11

Show upCool(done), Basics Cool, strategize  Undecided,completeWink

Today's caveat: Either learn to make yourself accountable or you will be made accountable by your circumstances.



Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low c (test low r, test high r, test add c)





After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance

-find all tax documents

-choose cpa or ea

-prepare weedwacker for warranty

-get oil change

-remove discon items

-order postcard thank you cards

-finish spreadsheet of c products 

-update price correction for e [DONE]

-clean out garage 

-check for passport at home

-get updated on shots 

-caulk hole and windows 

-trim bushes etc

-edge lawn [DONE]

-go through all docs and make sure new os recorded in spreadsheet 

except . . . it's only Wednesday . . .

Feeling motivated today for some reason (certainly not inspired by the dreary weather!). Will try to take advantage of that.

- do some chair yoga morning/afternoon to reduce strain on neck/shoulder
- go to the bank at lunch to cash insurance cheque to pay for the orthotics
- print off readings for tomorrow's class
- go pay orthotics after work
- pick up a frame if we can find the right one
- do the readings
- physio

Phylomon - my day

- exercise

- work on Justin's email

- NI, this is going well

- Access questions



My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings, and my life.

I want to thank FindingNewStrength for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting for a few minutes

2. Go to see my psychiatrist at 8:20 a.m.

3. Test blood sugar twice

4. Eat brunch

5. Get my medicine

6. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting 

7. Eat dinner

8. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

9. Read Chapter 10

10. Do the work with Chapters 8

11. Take shower

12. Get dressed

13. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

14. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

15. Make bed

16. Wash dishes

17. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes

16. Do numbers

17. Send out Al-Anon e-mail for today

Thanks for letting me share

FindingNewStrength CI

FindingNewStrength CI

Today I woke up at 8:30 am. /files/smileys/blob3.gif

Time started : 9:00 am YAYLaughing

Goal : 8 hours work

( Study 4 hours 20 mins, Other tasks 2 hours 40  mins, Creative 1 hour) 

Total work completed  0 hour(s) 20 mins


Work 2 hours 40 mins

So far: 40 mins

CI (20 mins) DONE 

MIT TODAY>>***Job hunting  /files/smileys/downtown.gif (10 minutes)

MIT TODAY>>*** Admin /files/smileys/computer.gif (10 mins)   <<NOW

Call D  

Post for S 

* Morning routine: /files/smileys/brushteeth.gifCI/ Schedule/Brunch/Dressed/ Teeth  (20 mins)

Spreadsheet work  

**Decorating /files/smileys/color.gif (20 mins) 

Washing up (0 mins)

Evening routine /files/smileys/brushteeth.gifalarm/ sink/ teeth (20 mins) 


***Poetry  /files/smileys/evil5.gif  (2 hours)  


 EXERCISE(2 hours 20)

Yoga   /files/images/skinnywomanexercising.jpg

Dance (20 mins) /files/images/design_line.jpg

 STUDY (2 hours 40)

***Study /files/smileys/book1.gif (0 minutes) 


Non work




Collect P 



Your list is the 1st one that does not make me tired/down. Love it! I am going to try this to see if it helps me because I do not make checklists, yet they do help plan.Thank you.

FNS Checkout

The good news is that for once I have started my assignment rather than putting it off until I have  to drop out of the course. I have only to Friday to finish it and I have only written one third but now that I have started I know I can finish. 

So I didn't do much else but at least the study plate is spinning now. I will finish the assignment and pace my study so I don't put it off to the last minute. I will get more out of it and learn more that way too as well as not becoming so stressed.