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Thursday 21 December 2006

Hi Folks.


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pro's CI - 1:15pm (telling on myself)

I'm still playing YouTube videos. I've done nothing today. :(

Well, not exactly nothing. I spoke to a recruiter and applied for a job. But that's not enough given the number of hours I've been awake. Maybe posting this will get action out of me.

jj's 10:20 pm CI

make breakfast for R
eat breakfast
wash hair/wash face/brush teeth
get dressed
rebook R's appointment (he did it himself)
leave for work at 11:00 (get coffee on the way)
work 12 - 8
bath/wash face

Evening to do:
brush teeth
read before bed

Not feeling well tonight, physically or emotionally. Will take cold meds, hot drink and go to bed - that's for the physical. For the emotional...?

Almost forgot

Today I'm thankful for: no grumpy customers to deal with at work.

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Monica's CI 10:30 pm

I'm in from Christmas shopping again today...almost finished. Hopefully I'll be finished by tomorrow. Then I can spend the rest of the weekend rapping gifts and shopping for all the ingredients for Monday's dinner.

I'm off to bed. Before I tuck myself in, I'll [1]set out my mouthwash and [2]set my alarm for 5am.



If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor sacrifice for your dreams.

pro's CI - 5pm

I'm going to a meeting in a little over an hour. Until then, I'll do a few more job-search related things. A friend gave me a couple leads.

pro's CI - 4:40pm

I washed the dishes, and applied for a job. I only applied for one job because I couldn't find anything else appropriate (that I qualified for, AND that didn't look so deadly boring that I'd hate it). Probably there aren't that many new postings because it's right before Christmas.

pro's CI - 3:30pm

I took my pills (dose #1) - almost forgot. It's late to be taking my first dose.


Before I go out to do errands, I want to (1) wash the dishes, and (2) apply for some more jobs.

pro's CI - 2:50pm

Contacts in, bed made. I'm ready to go out and do a few errands (pick up my mail, etc.).

pro's CI - 2:10pm

I'm showered and dressed. That's not exactly a braggable accomplishment at past 2pm. I need to make my bed, go get the mail, and do a few productive things before the end of the day. The request for an interview has knocked me off routine.

pro's CI - 12:10pm

In the last 1.5 hours since my check-in, I spent time on the Web site of the company I'll be interviewing with to get a better sense of who they are, then figured out good interview times for me and wrote back to the HR person.

I need to get dressed now. Then apply for some more jobs.

I have other stuff to do, too. Maybe I should take care of my pile first. I keep putting that off.

trouble moving

I seem to be having trouble moving. What I've done in the last 15 minutes: look up what the pay scale is for the job I'm interviewing for. Not totally useless, but I need to get dressed!

jj's 9:15 am CI

Alarm set for 8:30, up at 8:55 - restless sleep due to R being sick. Send all your healthy vibes my way, please!

make breakfast for R

To do:
eat breakfast
wash hair/wash face/brush teeth
get dressed
rebook R's appointment
leave for work at 11:00 (get coffee on the way)
work 12 - 8
read before bed

When I work a full day, I never feel like accomplishing anything else that day. Maybe it's a problem I have not making use of small pockets of time, but it always seems like it's not worth starting anything, or like I "deserve" a rest. But it leaves my "to do" list looking a little pathetic!

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After Work Todos

I know what you mean. I have the exact same problem. After work my energy level is close to zero. All I want to do is rest and recoup from the day. That's one of the reasons I've been trying to consistently get up at 5am. I am definitely a morning person. If I can get most of my chores done in the "a.m.", before work, it makes life easier in the "p.m.", when I return home. It's a great system for me when I'm on task. Problem is, most of the time I'm not on task. (Darn Procrastination) LOL!

re: after work to dos

You've been doing very well this week getting up at 5 am, I've noticed. Congrats! I'm definitely not a morning person, as you can see from my morning CI's. So I sleep in, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to transfer to having more energy in the pm to get stuff done. Plus seeing as I work part-time, I always think I can push things off until I have a day off work. But then I have a big pile on those days that I can't face tackling...and round and round we go!

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Waking at 5 am

Thanks for the complement. I've been trying to follow Steve Pavlina's program on "How to Become an Early Riser." My First goal in defeating my procrastination is to build the self-discipline of getting up on time each day.


If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor sacrifice for your dreams.

enough sleep

Started reading that article on my lunch break. Interesting, as I'm always so concerned about the amount of sleep I'm getting rather than trusting my body to let me know how much I need. My problem is that I stay up too late watching TV sometimes, instead of going to bed when my body tells me too! Then when I eventually get to bed, I can't fall asleep. Arrrrrgh!

Back to work - talk later.


there's a lot of interesting stuff on his site. what he says about self-discipline definitely hits home - i don't have much at all and i need to build some.

thanks for sharing.

early to rise

Thanks for posting this link - interesting article! I'm going to try it, too. 5am is too early for me. Maybe I'll try 6am.

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re: early to rise

You're welcome. Much success to you.


If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor sacrifice for your dreams.

I got up at 7am (Saturday)

Maybe 6am would have been better, but I'm happy with 7am. If I can do that consistently, I'm doing well. Maybe I'll push it earlier after a while, or maybe I'll find 7am works fine for me.

steve pavlina's site

That site is very interesting. He says he makes $40,000 a month from it. Geesh. I've never been able to figure out how to make money.

Anyway, he also had an interesting article about procrastination. I posted a link to it in another thread.

Nice picture, by the way! You are the first person to use that feature of the forum software.

pro's first CI - 9:45am

I didn't get up until a little past night. I woke up earlier a few times. I probably should have booted myself out of bed.

I've been checking email.


I got a response from one of the places I contacted about work. They want to interview me. :)


The interview is with a non-profit organization. The pay scale is significantly less than what I'd get at some of the other jobs I applied for in the business sector, but I'd have the satisfaction of knowing I was doing something important. Money isn't all it's cracked up to be. I've never had expensive tastes - I just need to be able to eat and keep a roof over my head.


That's excellent!


Good wishing you well in the interview.

Regards Rexroth

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That's fantastic news. Can't wait to hear, you've got the job.

All the best,

we'll see!

It's a great organization - the best in its category, in my opinion. Non-profits pay significantly less than corporations, but it would be work I could feel very good about and that means a lot to me. Plus I have some other sources of income. My freelance work isn't enough to support me, but it's a nice supplement. So if the job were offered to me, I'd seriously consider it. But nothing has been offered to me yet - they just want to have a conversation with me.

I need to get my butt in gear and get some other things done today. I've been moving in slow motion.

Lark 920 am CI

I've not yet heard anything on the funeral arrangements of my helper, as he has no close family. They did say he passed suddenly, so It's good he didn't suffer. Yesterday I finished one project and called my client, and then did some holiday shopping. I also called a client and postponed, since it's one I'd have needed help on. Today I need to postpone two more, which leaves me with some small ones I need to finish this week. I'll check in later. Thank you.

6:45 PM CI for Lark

Today I did very little in my shop, but rather ran errands: hair appointment, food, bill paying, visited clients' businesses, etc. I am more exhausted than working feverishly all day. After a brief recharge I'm running another errand and going to a meeting, and when I return I'm cleaning house. I REALLY hope all the things done today will allow me to work well tomorrow, as my helper's services are Saturday. I hope everyone is doing well here today. Thanks.

iwant2workharder - CI 10:31

The party yesterday was good. I stayed there to help tidy and use her spare room. It was a really nice party.

For the rest of the day, my aim is to finish meeting stuff.
If I have time, then start again site1.

Starting step1 :)

To Do
meeting : 2 steps

Rexroth 08.22 GMT

Up early posting early. I feel good about this.

Todo Today

up prayer and reflection
clean up in kitchen
deal with post emails phone messages
go out shopping
tidy living room
sort lunch for friend arriving 11.30 ish
recover from having met friend
sort new shopping lists as unable to shop for last 10 days

and what else?

prayer and reflection
bed and sleep

Its good to have the lap top back though the costs of repair are so high it might have been better to have bought a new one. I also needed it working to retrive my data. I might get the cost back for landlords. Also I now have a memory stick so in future if my laptop goes down I won't lose data.

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth 17.48 GMT

I'm now at the 'what next'? stage. I've a headache and a sore throat and am in bed. I'm so glad friend and I have resolved things between us.

Regards Rexroth