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It's Going to be a Good Day

Friday, July 01, 2011

I actually slept well last night. I overslept by a half hour, but I know I needed the sleep. Just had to hurry to do my morning routine though. I'm glad it is Friday and that I have a three day weekend. I need the time to catch up on some chores. run some errands, and have some rest and relaxation. I want to be a little more organized and prepared for next week. This past week was just a little too hectic and stressful for me. (But I made it through it!)

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    Sleep is good! At least you were able to get things done. Have a great weekend!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/1/2011 7:19AM

  It seems like it was hectic for everyone! Enjoy your long weekend! emoticon

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Change is Harder as I Get Older

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It used to be so easy to go with the flow and adjust to changes in my life. As I mature, I'm finding it a little harder to do so. Is it because I'm older? Is it because I'm just trying to fit too much into my days? Am I not allowing enough time for me and for relaxation and friends? My weekend with my siblings definitely helped smooth out my stresses. But with school and the new temporary job, I find that my stress has been pretty high. Time to stop, slow down, and prioritize. I also need to start journaling again to see if that helps and gives me some insight as to my stress triggers, my priorities, etc. I promise myself that I will spend at least 15 minutes tonight writing in my journal just before I go to bed early. (I do notice I can't skip on sleep like I used to be able to do.)

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SLIMLILA 7/1/2011 2:09AM

    Like you said Patty, both of us are having a lot of change and stress in our lives, and I agree, it's harder as we get older. I see other people of the same age who are settled and I'm changing jobs and homes again... Still trying to get moved, next weekend is the official move date, I hope it goes smooth. Everyone keeps asking if we finished packing, and No, we did not. Dh hurt his back today so that we certainly don't need right now. And I will be driving the 14 ft. truck, I am trying hard not to think of that stress, and hope it is as easy as others say!!

Have you ever seen that stress test, it lists different life events and assigns point values to them.. like changing job is a very high stress point, and so is divorce, and so is having people move out ... looking for a job is also high point value... are you seeing the pattern? I don;t know where you find the test buy I do remember taking it one time and being way, way, over normal s... and stress levels... I think you would certainly be very high too... Try to slow down, and make sure to take time for yourself. And don't even try to cut back on your sleep.... I am so sleep deprived, I couldn't catch up if I lived to be 100, and only seem to get sleep if I take a sleeping pill.. not worth it....

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    Good for you. I need to follow your lead and start journaling as well. Maybe it will help me get out of this funk I'm in!

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DIDMIS 6/30/2011 6:19PM

    A lot of things are more difficult as we age but they are not impossible. I eached my goal weight in 9 months losing 52 pounds when I was in my late 70's. There ARE a lot of things I can't do like when I was a young girl though. Like work 8 hours a day and dance four or five hours a night. LOL.
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KAMAPERRY 6/30/2011 9:32AM

    I think a mixture of the above. I simply refuse to pack as much into my day so I don't get overstressed. The importance of "ME" time is was undervalued.

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PASTORJO 6/30/2011 8:42AM

    Depending on your personality type, journaling can definitely help. I am an 'enfp' - meaning I hate routine, am intuitive, not aware of my senses as much, feeling based. A borderline extrovert, I need time alone to recharge, but feel guilty about wanting to be alone!

I find journaling helps, esp when I'm in rough patches (winter, w/seasonal depression for me) - I can go back and see how I managed.

Prioritizing is also a good idea. It is so easy to get stressed by a 'to do' list that is self made. Monday I had a list of errands, chores to do before getting my DD off to camp and heading up to MI, was going to skip my strength exercises, but I did them and felt such a degree of accomplishment after. I did something for myself that has lasting consequences - often we women put ourselves last.

Enjoy this end of June - and I hope the low humidity and blue skies continue in MI for you

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I Must Get Used to My New Schedule

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I was exhausted by the time I got home from work yesterday and my back was bothering me a little. (I think just from sitting tense at work,) I fell asleep on the couch a little before 9 pm. But then I was up from 1 am to 4 am. I did manage to accomplish some of my tasks, BUT it will be nice to get in a good pattern of getting stuff done after work, going to bed at a normal time and sleeping through the night. I've got my busy day today of work and school and hope I have enough energy and stamina to make it through the day. I'm glad I'm working. I will be even happier to have a better everyday schedule. It will come in time.

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KAMAPERRY 6/29/2011 10:45PM

    Give it time, you will get used to it.

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SPACEYKP 6/29/2011 10:08AM

    It can be tough adjusting to a new schedule. I usually find the weekends to be the best time to reset my sleep times and get on track. Just do what you can during the day and try to get plenty of sleep and before you know it you'll fall right into a good routine!

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NPA4LOSS 6/29/2011 8:29AM

    Eat healthy and try to move a little extra between shifts of work and school. Have a great day!

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My Careful Planning Has Changed

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My planning of the week has gone down the tubes. Most of the things I tried to do yesterday didn't work out or turn out the way I wanted them to, which made for a stressful person.

I got four phone calls from two employment agencies yesterday. The first call asked if I could work a couple weeks in July for the same company I worked for a couple weeks ago. Yeah! The second call came from the employment agency I worked for September-January asking if I wanted my resume sent over to a company that wanted someone for a 4-6 week stint paying $2 an hour more: sure! The third call was from the first company who asked if I could also work Tuesday for the company I just worked for: definitely! Then, about 5:10, I got a call from the second company. The company liked my resume and wants me to start this morning at 8:30. For two more weeks and $2 more an hour, I have to take it! Now I have to call the first company back at lunch and explain that I can't help them out. I feel a little awkward about it, but with such little money coming in, I have to take the better paying job.

So, my plans for the week have taken a major change. I'm sure I will get into a routine after a couple days. At least I feel up to the challenge.

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NPA4LOSS 6/28/2011 9:27PM

    Just try to go with the flow ad enjoy the paycheck!

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SLIMLILA 6/28/2011 1:39PM

    But, it is certainly a good,much needed change, so Congrats!!! Like you said in my blog, our lives are paralleling each other right now with Changes, Changes, Changes!

Glad for your good news and if you're even more like me, it was nice that you had to start today, no anticipating all the whatevers!!! Yay!!!!!

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PASTORJO 6/28/2011 11:09AM

    If you are polite, call in advance and explain the situation (longer assignment, better pay) a decent employment agency will understand.

Congratulations on getting work for the next month!

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MOTIVATEDMAMAX2 6/28/2011 7:43AM

    Hey, work is good! And you can make it work. :)

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POCKETLLAMA1 6/28/2011 7:25AM

    Good news! Things will surely fall into place.

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I Feel Like A Broken Record

Monday, June 27, 2011

I know that I feel better if I am active and busy. But, as I somewhat planned my week last night, I realized that I will definitely be busy all week. It will be hard to get everything done that I want to get done some days. And I really didn't schedule in an relaxation time for myself. I realized this morning that I will just have to pace myself well. Maybe some things that I planned will be put off until next week. My new goal is to plan my week BUT watch so that I don't over plan my week. I've got to get better at making the best use of my time. I've got to prioritize a little better. Any suggestions on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.

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DIDMIS 6/28/2011 9:43PM

    Something all of us could think about.

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KAMAPERRY 6/27/2011 10:24PM

    I totally understand being too busy, good luck!

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SLIMLILA 6/27/2011 12:40PM

    Good answer Fitmary! I was going to say much the same thing... but you added the 5 roles too, hadn't thought of that...

Patty, when I read your title, it made me think about when you are training kids, they do say to use the "Broken Record Technique" - same answer every time no matter how many times they ask the question... in other words, don't let them break you down so they get what they want...

Set your priorities, just for shorter times.... But what's wrong with making up an agenda just like you were at work and schedule in the relaxation time first... then you have it to look forward to and maybe even motivate you to finish up your other chore faster so you can start the fun stuff... Look who's talking, here I am on the computer for an hour already and haven't started packing at all yet.... Better take my own advice and put in the work before I get the reward....

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FITMARY 6/27/2011 11:48AM

    Grrr! I know the feeling! Part of the problem is thinking we'll get more done in an hour than is humanly possible, isn't it? I've started doing some of my chores in ten-minute spurts, and that's helping me find more leisure time. Instead of organizing my entire desk, for example, which takes the whole morning, leaves me exhausted and frustrated, and still isn't finished, I organize for "just 10 minutes" and then leave what's not done for another time. I've had to train myself to compartmentalize so I don't "see" the "mess" when I'm not focused on it. It's really helped me! Maybe it would work for you too? I also read somewhere that we can only really commit to 5 roles (mother, sister, co-worker...whatever) and we should pick our five and stick with them, rather than trying to fulfill every possible role under the sun. Good luck with the week!

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