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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
This is a famous picture. And a famous man. Al Gore - in his office, as presented by "Time Magazine". Do you notice the FROG on his wall? Warning: If we do not take care of that FROG while it is still quite small, it might grow bigger than we can possibly digest!!!
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Back from a 3 day weekend that I really didn't enjoy much, spending it alone. Went to bed late watching movies online, got up late, came in to work in the evening for a few hours each day. Didn't manage to get caught up. Monday had a glimmer of clarity that this isn't working. Decided - for the umpteenth time - that the late nights at work during the week take too much out of me and give back too little in return. I don't know what to do about my lack of productivity. But the cost to me as a person of staying at work every night until late, trying to catch up, neglecting everything else, is too high. Seeing as how it isn't making me happy or especially better at what I do, I absolutely have to adopt a new paradigm. The new paradigm has to be:
1. Internet news/sports no more than once a day. In fact, if I can manage an indefinite news hiatus, or series of breaks lasting longer than a day, that would be ideal.
2. Work-related email can be checked 4 times a day; otherwise people start asking, "Did you see the email I sent you about...?" which doesn't reflect well on me. Non-work related email can only be checked twice a day, preferably at home.
3. Work has to be attacked early, with minimal distractions, and a commitment to not go over 12 hours in a day without a very compelling reason (e.g., a specific project deadline). That means getting in early, and getting out early.
4. Sleep has to an integral part of the day's planning, not another thing to procrastinate about. It has to allow for 8 hours of sleep (to start; if I find that still isn't enough, I will have to add to it), yet still allow me to get up early. I have to develop a formal bed time, not just an "I give up" approach when I find myself dozing in the middle of playing internet solitaire. I am going to say 9:30 PM for this week and see how it goes.
5. There has to be time for reading, exercise, and reasonable upkeep of
my person, apartment, finances, and auto, all of which are in a state of
neglect, varying from mildly unacceptable to fairly calamitous.
I realize none of this is new for me. I keep rehashing the same goals and wrestling with the same issues, with procrastination at the root. Perhaps repackaging the model in my mind will help me to assimilate it.
Back to report.
Show up (done )
The frog in my office has been too scary to look at
Time for the old frog dissection .
Scribbler's Tuesday CI 10:15 a.m
Get upat 6 (8 due to staying at gf's) Make bed breakfast Coffee, paper Check-ins
Fix tail light Update Quicken Pay bills AW Send music email Cancel voice session Deliver Meals on Wheels
Healthy lunch File 1 BN File 1 HITEC Call 5 re: franchise Update 5 custom pub
Once again I haven't exactly killed on all my tasks, but I've done pretty well, including writing two articles and getting started on a project I've avoided for weeks. And it's now 7:30 p.m. So I'm going to call it a day and try again tomorrow.
Interesting that despite a desk that looks like a disaster area he is still able to be very productive!
I'm not doing too well at the moment - overwhelmed by everything that is piling up. I therefore have only one target for today
off to the chatbox because I'm going to need it!
Journey 10 am &
I had a lovely day with family on the 4th of July holiday yesterday. I made a cake decorated like a flag and it was delicious and every piece of it was eaten so I was proud of it! I'm not the world's best cook so I like it when something turns out really well like that.
But the fun is over and I have a busy busy week. I am on call and I have to keep the grandkids tomorrow while my son and his wife attend her grandfather's funeral in a town a couple of hours away. So now I have five days of work to get done in 3 days and I'm stressing over it, so I'm avoiding getting started. I commit now to making a to do list not only for the day but for the rest of the week so I can plan for getting everything important done, and letting the less important stuff slide. Some of the tasks are new to me because we merged with another group, so I'm doing some of their stuff this week for the first time.
I'll check back when I have the day and week planned.
Update 12:30 pm Well I have done none of the above but for an excellent reason. The technical lead from the merged group called me to walk me through all the stuff I need to do for them this weekend and it's all ready to go now, except for a few final touches that we are meeting to do on Friday. A big stress factor removed.
Now back to the todo list, I still have a lot to do but I feel much more confident now that the unknowns are resolved.
Avoiding the truth consumes great effort and energy. - Jim Loehr
Check in for Tuesday
Got a few things accomplished yesterday but not as much as planned. I started my day today at 9:00, which is a vast improvement over the past few months.
Here's my plan for today:
10:00 - 11:00 - apply 1 job
11:00 - 11:15 - client call
11:15 - 12:00 - apply 1 job
12:00 - 1:00 - fundraising letter
1:00 - 1:15 - lunch & get ready for MD appt
1:15 - 3:45 - MD appt + travel
3:45 - call Donna, pay MBNA
4:00 - 6:00 - fundraising letter, prepare for tonight's campaign meeting
5:00 - take meds
6:00 - 6:30 - dinner
6:30 to 9:30 - travel + campaign meeting
9:30 - meet sister, go home
10:00 - relax
11:00 - schedule for Wednesday
9:45 to noon -
job search, 3 jobs, update spreadsheetand file jobs
noon to 12:30 -
make dr. appt, coffee appts, answer emails, connect with new contacts on SM
12:30 to 1:00 -
1:00 - 3:00 - Fundraising letter, call Louis
3:00 - Call Chair of prof assoc
3:00 - 4:00 -
4:00 - 5:00 - PIC newsletter
5:00 - 6:00 - go to campaign office 6:00 - 9:00 - campaign 9:30 pm - home 10:00 - 11:00 - TV 11:00 -11:15 pm - schedule for Tuesday
Thanks for the thread Rosebud!
-Figure out fix for low c (test low r, test high r, test add c)
-read 1 hr s
-release s [DONE]
-update w table [DONE]
-find md detail [DONE]
After Work 5PM-Sleep:
-go through accounts payable
-find email solution
-get real quote from homeowners ins
-check how good homeowners ins company is
-get rr going
-fix website look
-make list of cust for email
-checkout hw site
-tighten dining chair legs
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 Rosebud for starting this trend.
Things I have done today
1. Went to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting 2. Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting
Things I will do today
1. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting 2. Go to the 9:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in 3. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting
4. Prayer and meditation morning and evening
5. Take shower 6. Get dressed 7. Cook and eat brunch 8. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in 9. Go to the 11:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in 10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting
11. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting
12. Make a couple of business calls. 13. Pay bills
14. Make bed
15. Wash dishes
16. Print my unofficial transcript
17. Make copies of different papers
18. Mail important papers
19. Go to the 2:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in 20. Go to the 3:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in
21. Go to the 4:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in
22. Go food shopping
23. Go to my mother's apartment to give newspapers and get pennies
24. Warm up and eat dinner 25. Test blood sugar twice
26. Clear tables near the couch and the computer
27. Clear floor
28. Put groceries away 29. Go to the 8 p.m. telephone CLA meeting 30. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting 31. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today
32. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone CLA meeting
30. Go to the 11 p.m. telephone ACA meeting
31. Do numbers 32. Write some answers to questions to my Step in NA
Thanks for letting me share
kromer 7:30 CI
This morning is a little bit of a panic (I have a presentation at 10 that's not done yet, but I'm confident if I focus I can make it "good enough
Update 9:53. Finished!
I need to take notes after I speak and after the mtg.
Then I'm speaking 10-11:30ish, and meeting with adviser to discuss my presentation 4-5.
Those are the most important things to get done, but I also need to:
*Make a schedule for the week
*Check on expts
*Start planning out Southerns
Rexroth Check In
Thanks for starting Rosebud - like the frog!
Up prayer and reflection
Check emails and sort date and time of appointment
Out to buy fruit and veg that I might have got yesterday
Phone chat with friend who is coming over later
Loaded and put washing machine on
Tidied up stuff on table and various things I'd left around
Written journal for yesterday that I forgot last night
Read through todo list for going away
French - sort out information for tomorrow
Work on financal records
When friend comes write letter(s) for him and get his help in setting up tent and possible getting GPS to work
Rexroth Check Out
Sorted out some French for tomorrow but not enough
Very constructive work on finances - still a little to do but I did not intend to finish today
Sorted what letters to write for friend and spent time listening to him as he was distressed
Friend put up tent and I need a new tent - a little disappointed but I need to know in time to do something about it
It was raining so we did not take the GPs for a walk
Spent a time online looking at tents - I feel getting no where
Relaxed a bit - watched programme on web
Washed up and tidied up
Put rubbish out
Prayers and reflection
Bed and sleep
Rosebud, July 5, 2011
I'm out of sorts. Too many things going on. Visitors from overseas will be in the country this summer. I am expected to arrange, find a way to meet them, plus I will be busy looking after my 8 year old granddaughter who is also coming.
But that is the nice part!!!
Anyway, we can do only so much. And once I get moving things may not seem quite as overwhelming. Or demanding. Or unreasonable.
TO DO IS RED DONE IS GREEN