Monday, December 05, 2011
It's cold and rainy again today. The temperature is supposed to fall all day and the weather people are calling for a slushy mix at times. With me fighting a cold, I really would prefer to stay huddled in the house doing some projects that I know need to get done.
But, I promised my Mom that I'd go on one of her senior citizen trips with her. We're supposed to go to Windsor to play bingo, have lunch, and then go to a small casino for awhile. I know I have to be at Mom's early, but have no idea on what time I will be home. It's been years since I've played bingo and I've never been to this particular casino.
On one hand, I know I really can't afford to go and I need to be applying for more jobs. On the other hand, Mom is paying my way and I know how much she looks forward to these trips and spending time with her kids. Then, there's always that little part of my brain that says maybe I will get lucky. I really know better, though. I will go and have a good time with Mom. I will just stay up a little later tonight when I get home and kick out some applications. I do realize that most companies will not be hiring until after the holidays, if they will be hiring at all. So, taking a little time for Mom will be a good thing.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I didn't really sleep all that well last night, but still woke up somewhat motivated. I made it to church. I've been to the grocery store and put all the stuff away. I got on the computer to check emails and Spark. I'm now debating what to do next. I have a list of things to chose from that I really need to get done. And I know I'm committed to spending tomorrow with my mother. But (there's always a but with me!), my throat is a little scratchy again and a friend wants to go to the movies with me. Why do I have such a hard time taking time out for me? Well, I guess I will pop some aspirins, check the movie times and go from there. It is the holiday season, and I did make it a goal of mine to enjoy it as much as I can. Projects can be shifted to another time and/or day. I've done it before and will probably do it again. The guilt has got to stop.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I'm going to do a little bit of my usual routine this morning: exercise, straighten the house, put in a couple job applications. I will stop at 12 so I can have about an hour to pass out Avon books. Then I will be working a formal tea fundraiser at church. It's not hard work and it's fun to spend time with the good people that I have met at church. Then I will be spending time with a friend this evening. I know we'll have dinner together then I'm not sure what we'll be doing. We may just watch a movie. I considered going out to look at Christmas lights, but I'm not sure how many people actually have their houses decorated yet. It seems weird to actually have plans to do some fun things. But, I think I need it today. I've had such a down week that it sounds like what the doctor ordered.
Friday, December 02, 2011
I began a planning mode yesterday that seems to be continuing today. I'm going to take and run with it. This may be what I need to get into a routine and lifestyle that I can live with. It started when I decided to work on a budget. I got my checkbook and receipts out and really took a good, long, hard look at where I was spending money. I don't like what I came up with. Too much money going out and not nearly enough coming in.
I looked into whether or not I could lower some of my bills, like my phone, electric, cable and gas bills. I realized that I was on the best plans that I could possibly be on. I'm aware of how much I'm using and now can work on lowering the phone, gas and electric bills. I feel like I'm on a quest to see how much I can lower them. If I really watch how many phone calls I make and when I make them, I may be able to lower my plan and save $10 a month. Hey, it's $10 more to go to something else.
My grocery bills aren't bad. I used to be better at hunting down and using coupons and need to make a conscious effort to get back into the habit of doing this. I do keep track of how much I do save and I want to see how much I can increase it this month. I am also checking into seeing if there's a food pantry that may be able to help me out since my only income is what little I make with selling Avon.
I've been talking with other Avon representatives and going through some training videos on line. I'm now more aware of the fact that I need to expand my customer base and of ways to do that. I want to see how much I can improve in the next two months.
It's time to take another look at things around the house that I can possibly sell. I have sold a couple things this past month on Craig's List, but not as much as I had hoped. So, I'm going to check into a couple places nearby and see if they can help sell some of the stuff. I'm one that doesn't like a lot of stuff in the house anyway and this seems like the perfect time to get the place de-cluttered and organized.
I'm still spending a fair amount of time each day applying for jobs online. I wish there was an easier and less time-consuming way to do this. At least it's not like it was before the internet where a person had to go from company to company and fill out applications that way. I still get discouraged with the process and wonder what exactly it is that I'm doing wrong. But, I must keep plugging away. I have no choice.
So, I've got lots to do in the coming weeks. I'm off and running....
Thursday, December 01, 2011
I think I'm getting a handle on scheduling things. Of course, this involves my lists and timer and multi-tasking most of the day. I actually stumbled on something that sounds very silly, but seems to be working for me. I will tell my grandkitty that I will be doing some thing and will be spending x amount of time on it. Somehow, saying it out loud to another being helps keep me somewhat accountable, especially when I head out to run errands.
I read an article this morning that says women multi-task more than men - well, I guess we women actually already knew that. But the article reminded me that it adds stress to our lives. I've got enough stress without adding any. Now, how do I cut down on the multi-tasking and still get everything done that I want to get done?
I've been needing to make up a budget. I think that when I spend some time on one today, I can probably make up some sort of a master-schedule for each month. This being the first day of the month, it would be the perfect time to do it.
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