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Not Starting Off Well

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today is my first day at my new job. I'm a little anxious because I don't know what to expect as far as what my duties will be. I also don't know what my hours will be. I'm not sure how to judge the time it will take to get there because of rush hour traffic. Just gotta give myself a few extra minutes.

Of course, I had trouble getting up this morning. I didn't sleep all that well. Then, I had a low blood sugar attack when I got up. The cat was not happy when I accidentally stepped on her tail as I was trying to get some food in me to counter-act the episode. Luckily, the food seems to have helped. That's all I need is to have another attack my first day on the job!

I will definitely feel better when my first day is done.

  
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SLIMLILA 3/14/2012 7:56PM

    Certainly shows what stress can do to us. Hope all went well and this is a great fit for you and you can settle in and get comfortable and not have to be out there on the market looking any longer. I applied for a Gr.4/5 Teaching job last nite. It was on the highway closer to the city than the other I called the principal back about yesterday. She never did return my call... emoticon

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SPIRALINGUP 3/13/2012 5:11PM

    First day on the job is hard for everyone! It will be old hat soon.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/13/2012 7:57AM

    Do the best you can do and learn the most you can. At least you are starting a new job. Wish I was.

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Productive Day

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I actually felt that I had a productive day yesterday. I got some things for the house that I had needed to get for a long time. I was able to throw away some worn out things when I got home and replace them with the new things. And everything was on sale.

Between my checkbook, Quicken and my bank website, I didn't balance. It took me a little while to find it, but I finally found out where the mistake was and balanced. That made me feel better. I re-did the spreadsheet I had started on my Avon expenses. This will make it so much easier to keep up with this and ready to go when I do my taxes next year. I won't have to spend so much time getting all the figures ready.

I then still had time to clean up the house a bit. With me starting a job on Tuesday, and not knowing exactly what my schedule will be, I'm glad I had the day to do these things. Who knows when I will actually have another day like this!

  
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SLIMLILA 3/12/2012 12:22AM

    So what's the new job? emoticon

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PARKERB2 3/11/2012 8:22AM

    Are you a Avon rep?

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There is a Reason

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I had been putting off making a schedule for myself all week. I gave it a lot of thought, and really believed that I would be able to put something together yesterday afternoon. Events happened yesterday that change things a lot.

First, I found out that I lost my Avon downline. Granted, the people under me were not putting forth much effort into their own business. But I did some training and asked questions and realized I could have been doing things differently, too. So, now I can choose to start over and do it to the best of my ability. This will make me a better person and make my business more successful. I will be putting this into my schedule and sticking to it. I enjoy making the extra money and meeting new people.

Second, I found out that the employment agency that I have been working with the most has set up a temp-to-hire job for me. Woo hoo! It doesn't pay as well as I would like, but it sounds like something I can easily handle. This will definitely be the biggest chunk of my schedule. But, I know that I have to use Avon to make up the money difference in order to pay all my bills.

Something else I have been seriously contemplating is going back to school. I was really leaning toward doing this before I knew about the job. Now I'm not sure if I can honestly fit it into my schedule. I've been told that one course takes about 10-15 hours a week. Can I really fit this in? I know that with my disabilities that I have, I probably would have to spend more like 12-17 hours a week on a class. I'm one that has to take a lot of notes and re-read them in order to comprehend and retain a lot of information.

So, I now have to take all this information, digest it, make some decisions, and then make my schedule. I know what I will be doing today and tomorrow!

  
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SLIMLILA 3/12/2012 12:26AM

    Will your course be paid for or will you have to take out a student loan? My dd took out a loan for her hairdressing course and she still owes $23000 to the govt. for the loan and the interest rate is at 13% - don't know if that compares with US or not, but even if she declares bankruptcy this will not be forgiven and with the baby, she can't really afford to go back to work, so she will owe this forever.

Great that you have a job... if it gets you hired, will the pay go higher? Are there benefits with it?

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 3/10/2012 8:21PM

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SPIRALINGUP 3/10/2012 6:32PM

    Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

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JIBBIE49 3/10/2012 3:55PM

    hugs

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MISSLISA1973 3/10/2012 3:24PM

    Congratulations on the job. I'm sure you'll do well with making your schedule. How very organized of you. I would like to be more organized.

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BERGBA7 3/10/2012 3:10PM

    wohoo!!! Great for the Job!!!
I think you could handle school at the same time. Just give it some thoughts... don't throw it out of the window immediately.
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Still Haven't Made a Master Schedule

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I blogged on Tuesday about making a new schedule. I spent most of the day yesterday tying up some lose ends and organizing a couple things that needed to be done before I could really sit down and make this schedule. So, it's something that I am penciling in to start on this evening.

I've got a 10 am meeting with a local Outreach Program that I anxious to attend. I want to see what they are all about and if there is something they offer that can help me.

I have a 1 pm appointment to (hopefully) sign up a new Avon representative. I've never done this on my own. So, I watched a video on it on the Avon website and I asked my District Manager to meet with us and help a little. This is something I really want to get comfortable with. By having a certain number of representatives selling under me, it helps because I can earn a percentage of what they make. One way to make more money and to make life easier for me.

Avon is one of my stumbling blocks as far as setting up a master schedule for myself. I need to figure out how much time I need/want to spend on it and decide at what times I want to do this. A little more training may help me get motivated and judge how much time I want to spend on this.

Another stumbling block is my desire to go back to school. I feel that it will help sharpen the job skills I need to get a job that I enjoy and that will pay well. I've been talking to one school in particular this past week. It's taken some time to get my ducks in a row to see if this is do-able. So, I need to figure out how much time this will take each day to make it successful.

These are the main reasons I know I need to work on a schedule IN PENCIL. I know I will have to adjust a few things as I get new customers, go to meetings that pop up and have big assignments that have due dates. I am looking forward to the challenge.

  
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JIBBIE49 3/10/2012 3:55PM

    hugs

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BERGBA7 3/8/2012 12:54PM

    Happy Woman's Day! Great you started the list.... it will be written down soon. I am sure of that!
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Time to Update Priorities

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I was looking through my notes and realized that I haven't updated my want-to-do list lately. I've been working towards changing my priorities but just haven't taken the time to write it all down. My priorities seem to have shifted a little lately and I need to incorporate this into my schedule. I have decided that I need/want to do the following:
1. Spend more time on my Avon business. Getting serious about it will only make more money. The job doesn't look at my age. It gives me some flexibility that I need right now.
2. Spend more time working on the job skills that will not only help me in my Avon business but help me be more marketable when I do find a job that I'd like to go for. This will help my confidence, too.
3. Don't waste time chasing jobs that I really don't want to spend the next few years doing.
4. Go back to school. Learn something new. Broaden my horizons. Again, I think this will help my confidence and marketability. It will just make me feel like I'm a better person.

All this will take some scheduling and dedication on my part. ~ Time to go make the list of stuff I want to do and to pencil out a schedule!

  
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SLIMLILA 3/8/2012 12:43AM

    Now that my bubble was burst with being a teacher, I don't even know what I want to be when I grow up.... like you allude to, age is now a factor, and where I was making such good money up north, it's hard to come down to reality and actually "want" to work for less money than I get on unemployment, but alas that ends next month and then want won't be playing too much role in things, then it will come down to NEED! Would have been a lot nicer to find something when I could pick and choose... not something I have had a lot of opportunity to do in my life... emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 3/6/2012 11:35AM

    Wow! Those are some great goals!


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SPIRALINGUP 3/6/2012 8:33AM

    Sounds great :)

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