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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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KAMAPERRY 6/28/2011 1:33PM

    Congrats!

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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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It's a Plan My Week Day

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I want to sit down and really plan my week out. I've got two nights of classes, a Bible Study Night, a day where I'm going to hear some motivational speakers, and lots of stuff I want to do around the house. I need to spend time job hunting, studying, and organizing the house some more. If I carefully orchestrate this, I may just be able to pull it off. I know I need to schedule some relaxation in there somewhere. Grand ideas.....

  
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KAMAPERRY 6/27/2011 10:47PM

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SLIMLILA 6/27/2011 1:44AM

    Great idea Patty... I need to take your advice....Have a good and productive week... when can you hear about the interview?

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NPA4LOSS 6/26/2011 6:10PM

    Have a great week! emoticon

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Classes

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I finished my Word 2007 class this week and start my Excel 2007 class on Monday. The whole point of taking the classes was to get better at using these programs. So now I have to make a commitment to myself to practice at least one to two hours every day until I feel that I am very comfortable with these programs. I also know I need to practice my typing as my speed is a little down from where it was. I want to use this new knowledge in my quest for employment. I think I will feel more confident in myself when I apply for jobs and go into interviews. In turn, I am hoping this confidence will show through and someone will take a chance and hire me.

  
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SLIMLILA 6/25/2011 11:26PM

    That makes lot of sense to me.. Maybe I should look at doing the same thing. I was a secretary for 25 years - in my former life..... before teaching... If I need to make a career change, I need to upgrade my skills too.. not to mention, at least doing something is a lot better than sitting doing nothing... and learning something new is so confidence-building!
Congrats on completing first part of course...

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DIDMIS 6/25/2011 10:01PM

    Good for you. Keep up your good work.

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NPA4LOSS 6/25/2011 6:44PM

    I love new classes. Knowledge is never wasted.

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KAMAPERRY 6/25/2011 12:53PM

    emoticonI need to do that!

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Today Will Be Better

Friday, June 24, 2011

I just had an all-around bad day yesterday. Nothing seemed to go right. Then I got a case of the blues. So, I took my medicine early, watched a little tv, and went to bed early. I woke up in a much better frame of mind. I felt confident in my early morning job interview. Now I've got to tackle the second coat of paint in the laundry room, do a few things around the house, and call it quits on the work for the day.

I'm going to a friend's to have a movie marathon tonight just to get out of the house and do something interesting. I'm hoping to talk the friend into doing something different tomorrow afternoon. There's a Riverfest in downtown Detroit that is definitely inexpensive and sounds like fun. I think I need to plan more outings like this and now is as good a time as any to start.

  
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DIDMIS 6/25/2011 10:03PM

    I get the blues sometimes also. I don't always have that smiley face.

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KAMAPERRY 6/24/2011 3:55PM

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FITMARY 6/24/2011 1:06PM

    A good night's sleep is the best, and you've been busy! Sounds like a lot of fun in store too! Enjoy it!
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NCPANFAN 6/24/2011 12:09PM

    I hope your day is awesome and enjoy your outing! Sounds like fun...

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/24/2011 11:44AM

    Good for you. Planning fun outings can really help you frame of mind. The more positive you are the more positive things you attract. Good luck on your job interview.

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