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Friday 9th November 2012

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.
In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.

tila - Fri

After lots of practice finally figured out the weak areas of the exam. Need to maximize the strengths and (somehow) learn to better understand the harder ones.

Plan for today: 

  • C hospital
  • 2 sections timed
  • review problematic questions
  • banking, bills, receipts
  • wash cat stuff, vacuum areas of the house where cat congregates, wash bean bag chair
  • laundry (b, b, r), dust, clean vents 
  • vitamins, brain-boosters, coffee


11.9.12 Babarino CI

two meetings and two items to finish work. one personal.

;one meeting done;

one item done too.


two meetings done, one task done, one task left to go. starting now.

vic Friday 9th November 2012

show up (done), cal, exer


kromer 10:30 CI

I'm feeling a bit adrift today...I finished a big task yesterday, and so I'm not sure what the most sensible thing is to focus on today.

OK, well I can maybe do some planning stuff:
*Search for slide that I have misplaced. If not found, identify replacement
*Email TE about figure permission 
*Email about comm. mtg (made really great progress on this)
*Email about E's shower 
*Finish financial records
*Take care of m. (tag/correct, weigh, restore as needed, start dig.)
*Pray, read bible

*Plan for stainings
*Go to CC to see gpa

*Email bf

jay's friday 9th nov


make bed

20 mins desk draw

pick up letter/pay for notes

get prescption

buy L

text will

check finances

20 mins tidy and hoover living room( people coming)

1o mins bathroom- put clener dowm toilet overnight

10 mins tidy bedroom

clothes wash


@clement re: phrasing abstinence

Appreciate what you said:
It's not so much the number of minutes "on plan"
(i. e. not procrastinating) ... but rather ...
"it's the idea i'm phrasing it in a way that implies that could be the last time ever. The past is the past and i set forward from this moment on plan. I intend to never go off. And if i do, i simply reset and try again. For the rest of my life."

Kodos check-in

Great quote, Jack. Just what I needed to hear today. Just wasted half an hour on the Internet. I'm pretty good most of the day, just when I wake up. Must find another choice in that space, some satisfying substitute (or set Freedom the night before). 

Odd day today; here it is:

8:15-8:30 get dressed, etc.

gas station, commute

9:00 drs appt

10-11:00 call M; buy lunch; SJC?

11-3 work (notes for N)

3-5 write

5-7 meet B

7-10 dinner, clean, shower, lang, read 


The return of the missing Journey

Hey y'all, how you doin'?

I've missed you - I spent a few months with the Zen Habits group but I think I have gotten what I need from there and don't want to pay for it anymore.   I will instead increase my donation to PA and come back here.

One thing that I learned at Zen Habits was to work on building one habit at at time, generally 30 days, and track that habit voraciously every day for the 30 days, and give myself a reward for sticking to the habit 90% of the time.  I built the habit of daily meditation that way, and worked on building some other habits.   

This month I am working on adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet, but I had a bad cold last week, didn't get to the grocery, and lived on peanut butter and whatever my husband felt like bringing home, so I'll refocus on that habit starting tomorrow.   

I'm going to use this forum  to post my success/failure in the habits I am building and not so much as a todolist, unless I'm really struggling with my work tasks.   I've pretty much learned to keep my todo list on paper or in Evernote, although I still struggle with setting too many tasks and then not completing them. 

Anyway I am happy to be back, welcome to all the new people, and greetings to my old friends. 


Embrace the suck!

clement ci - day 2 abstinence

i was abstinent ( on plan ) from when i woke up, 8:30 til about 8:50.

It's been 1 minute since i've been off plan.

I'm not shooting for any kind of high number, record, of being on plan. Rather i have formed an intention of living my life entirely on plan.


quiet time
plan tasks
do tasks


it's been 2 min since i last went off plan.

so... it's not the "2 min" that's important. it's the idea i'm phrasing it in a way that implies that could be the last time ever. The past is the past and i set forward from this moment on plan. I intend to never go off. And if i do, i simply reset and try again. For the rest of my life.


it's been 24 min since i last went off plan.

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

This helps me as it reinforces the reason i work. Not to accrue accomplishments. But to serve God, my family, my fellow man.

9:43am :

oops, i went off plan. It's been 30 sec since i last went off plan. back 2 it.

10:33 am :

i went off plan for about 4 minutes. i've been on plan for 30 seconds now.

I have 1 MIT. Ok ck wk email for any other hi prio items, then do the 1 MIT.


it's been 2h 14m since i was off plan. my mantra for today is

Stay on plan. Dedicate tasks to God at the start.

I had let down after my meeting. That does not get me off plan. That's just my nature. So i came here to check in. That's the on-plan way to handle my anxiety. Well i guess i could pray too. Maybe i should. Ok i just did.

ok i have a task for 10 min then some other tasks i have to do. fewer choices. easier.

1:53pm :

i was off track for about 10 sec. so start a new clock. i do feel guilty about this one, but it is great awareness how it happens. it's ok. my nature.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Rexroth Check In

A late check in I'm tired and whatever...

Up prayer and reflection
Dealt with posts, emails and mail
Washed up tidied up and put rubbish out
Bath and washed hair
Tidied table

x Possibly meet with friend and go for walk and chat - I did and feel so good about it and have relaxed afterwards
Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

I have relaxed this eveing and prayed and reflected. I'm now in bed so all I need to do is to go to sleep.

Night Rexroth

ms friday

thanks for the starter Jack. 

the specifics

  • print application.
  • plan app
  • find address
  • leave house at 10.30.
  • attend meeting
  • read chapte of book
  • finish s
  • take images and send to r
  • reply to all c emails.
  • gym
  • write up yesterday and send warnings. 

 the constants

  • eat with self care and kindness.
  • no napping.
  • be careful with money.

Hamlet's checkin

1. meditation

2. 3 healthy snacks

3. pilates

4. pickup entry ways

5. attend to plants

6. pilates

7. gardening blog

8. IRS request


Thanks for quote Jack


  • up early
  • readings 
  • HIO
  • pool and gym 
  • journal
  • banking v , l v
  • p st a d m
  • drop envelope st f
  • meeting
  • put journal info in so far
  • uni- 9 journals and put info in
  • print out the schedules
  • look at j ws
  • email t and am
  • ring sponsor
  • H I O
  • start chpt 3
  • skype d 


Salamander's check in - Fri 9 Nov 2012

Thank you, Jack, for starting the thread. Memorable choice of quotation.

I would appreciate it if anyone who feels moved to comment on my post here would write to me privately rather than post in reply to this post - so I can still edit this post here. Thank you!

Alarm set: 0800 NB Pen is being delivered 

  • Breakfast
  • Follow Morning Routine (no FB/email!)
  • Buy cat litter - SAT
  • Tidy up inside car/bring in rubbish - SAT

1300 Log in

  • Spot clean dining room carpet
  • Hoover downstairs
  • Put back furniture
  • Open out dining table
  • Weekly Focus (Kitchen):
    Scrub kitchen floor (30 mins)
  • Admin at table (30 mins) inc
    bus pass & update diary
  • vision2learn unit 1, segment 4
  • Kitchen: Flylady focus
  • Ring DN re birthday
  • Ring AE
  • Follow Bedtime Routine

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (Anais Nin)

EleanorBE's Friday list

Jack that is a fantastic quotation, thanks. I once saw a very moving documentary about kids in a detention centre being taught contemporary dance - and it made a huge difference to their behaviour in the centre and actually brought their re-offending rates down! It was because they were being taught that space, I think, in the discipline of having to prepare themselves momentarily for each movement in dance. Anyway, I find that through being here I am discovering that space too. I find myself thinking 'oh, I'll put that off...' and then I pause and wonder - well what if I just did it now? Or if I decide not to, what if I decide when I wlll do it, and write it dow, rather than just pushing it away? And it really is turning my life around.

So, Friday. 

- Check to see what time Wed workshops are

- Reschedule meeting with C if necessary

- Check to see if J has replied

- Once J has replied, sort out assigments wiht Ju.

- Go through next week carefully, assigning time slots for tasks and writing (in lunch time)

- Go to library

- Work on Intro

- collect TD book and work points into Intro

-  Come home early to go to gig

- ring bank to sort out internet banking

- put G's money in

- put 20th in Diary

- write to SHR

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 jack for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. Go to the 6:45 a.m. telephone OA meeting

3. Go to the 7:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

4. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

5. Fix and eat breakfast

6. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

7. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA activity line

8. Fix and eat lunch

9. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone OA meeting

10. Take shower

11. Get dressed

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

13. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

Thanks for letting me share

Jack's check-in for the day

Please do not comment on my post so I can keep editing it, instead put any comments in a new post above marked for my attention.


1. pomo log

2. weekly planning

3. finish SP notes

4. SP skype

5. SP resignation\ boundaries

6. lunch 

7. reply emails, time to chat CA on Tues

8. call SH 

9. FT - new conclusion  (6 pomos total)

10. FT - finish figures, exchange rates 

11. FT - finish AR

12. book finance course, set up figures spreadsheet

13. 15 min tidy, put away laundry 

14. email DI & MM 

15. re-read withdrawal chapter 

16. answer SL q

17. light dinner

18. leave by 6:30pm for GH by bus 

19. in bed by 11:30pm, asleep by midnight 

Tongue out