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Aggravated At Myself

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm working on a project for my daughter for Christmas. I thought I had everything together to start last night. Here I was thinking it would be a nice, relaxing evening project. I realized as I was getting things in order that there were a few pieces missing. I don't know how I missed that, other that blaming myself for pushing myself and doing too many things, especially when I have other stressors in my life. So, I will have all the pieces (hopefully) tonight to start working on my project.

That's one thing I have noticed about myself lately - the more I try to cram into a day and the more stressed I am, the more that I forget stuff and the more stressed I am. This is a main reason why I want to work on scheduling my life a little better. I thought I was making progress, but last night reminded me that I still have work to do in that area.

I guess it didn't help that my grandkitty kept "trying to help" by getting into boxes and walking over my computer when I was trying to work on it. But, I gotta give her credit: she did her best to "help" and get me to lighten my mood up a bit. Gotta love her!

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KAMAPERRY 7/19/2011 10:23PM

    Time to pace yourself and slow down a bit, I have to sometimes!

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SLIMLILA 7/19/2011 9:48PM

    I've always thought multitasking was a good thing, or at least, that's what I told myself, when I was always trying to do half a dozen things at a time. Apparently, I've read somewhere that it's not that great. We need to stop and think and make notes, especially as we get older. Today I made a TO Do List... and I really did accomplish so much more... Gotta do that more often....
This will the the 3rd time today I've used this story... I used to be a perfectionist, but I realized perfectionism is a fault, and I don't want to have any of those...

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SWEETANGO 7/19/2011 12:10PM

    Some days are just like that. That's life. I hope that your day gets better and better. Judy

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MPEACH87 7/19/2011 10:54AM

    The thing that helps me stay on target and help avoid some stress is I keep a list of all the things I HAVE to get done on a dry erase board where I'll see it, and a side list of other things that need to get done, but aren't absolutely essential for the day. That way as long as I get the essentials done, I don't feel like I didn't accomplish anything, but there's always room for more.

Grandkitty sounds just like my child... she loves to help with everything.

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NPA4LOSS 7/19/2011 9:50AM

    Sometimes multitasking just doesn't work well. Cut a few things from your to do list and prioritize what is left. Perfection is not all it's cracked up to be. emoticon

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A Little Blue Today

Monday, July 18, 2011

I started my day really good. I felt energetic and got my walk in early before it got too hot. When I got back, I wanted to sit for a minute and read my emails before getting into the shower. There was an email from my baby. When I was emailing her back, I was telling her about going to the local fireworks show last night. Last year, she went with me. Neither one of us even thought about the possibility of her being so far away this year. I was just struck with a sadness about not seeing her or her sister in awhile. (I haven't seen my oldest since Thanksgiving.) It came on me so suddenly that I really miss them.

I also got a phone call from a company that I've done temporary work for before. They wanted me full time for a two week assignment. I hated telling them no. I have no idea where this 3-day a-week-possibly more job is going to take me right now. That had me hesitating: I wanted so badly to say yes hoping the company would eventually hire me full time. But I know I can't count on anything when it comes it employment lately, so I might as well go with the more-of-a-sure-thing position.

When will things get easier as far as employment? When will I be able to see my girls? Time to get busy to get my mind on other things right now. If I could predict the future, I'd be a rich person right now.

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SLIMLILA 7/19/2011 1:49AM

    I sure hope you made the right decision. It's so hard sometimes. We saw a financial planner today but we don;t know her, how do we know she's not just out to make herself some money and us lose ours in the process.... decisions, decisions.....
Have a good week.. sorry, you're lonely and missing your girls.... emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 7/18/2011 11:01PM

    Definitely two very good reasons to be blue. I hope you were able to feel better. emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/18/2011 5:57PM

    Patty seems like we have the blues lately. Things will look emoticonTomorrow is a new day.
God bless you.

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KAMAPERRY 7/18/2011 1:19PM


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DONNABRIGHT 7/18/2011 11:20AM

    This, too, shall pass! Platitudes don't help us get through it but things realy will get better - I hope it is soon!

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Lazy Day

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's a beautiful Sunday morning and the weather should be hot and muggy this afternoon. My body must be really tired because I don't have a lot of ambition this morning. I guess I just need to list to my body and take it a little easy this morning. Maybe this afternoon, my ambition will kick in and I'll get something done. At least it will be a good day to plan the week.

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SLIMLILA 7/18/2011 1:19AM

    Your body deserves a rest... you've had a bunch of stress lately, and you need to listen to your body and give it the rest it deserves... Have a great day tomorrow!

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NPA4LOSS 7/17/2011 10:58PM

    Enjoy the relaxation.

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KAMAPERRY 7/17/2011 9:18PM

    Sunday is a good day for rest!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/17/2011 11:13AM

    Everyone needs a day to relax - enjoy it!

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I Still Have a To Do List

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Although I was able to accomplish a lot of things yesterday that I had been putting off for awhile, there are still many things that I'd like to do. I do know that I'm working on scheduling my time better - and I think I've improved a little in this area. But I guess I still need some work on this. When I sit down to plan my week (either today or tomorrow), I will be more aware of planning some time to do at least a couple of these projects. Maybe I'll be able to catch up in a couple months or so! (I am shooting on a day before then!) Why is it that, as we get older, it gets harder to accomplish everything we want to?

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DIDMIS 7/17/2011 11:05PM

    I have a to do list but where are they?????

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NPA4LOSS 7/16/2011 11:05PM

    I learned to relax because it is never all going to get done. Do your best and take time to enjoy life.

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KAMAPERRY 7/16/2011 1:28PM

    I never get everything done in one day, but like they said above, just prioritize. You will get it.

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PAMSDAZED 7/16/2011 12:02PM

    I read a book a while ago which was called Eat that Frog. It really encourages you to do the things you least like to do first and then the smaller stuff. It certainly helped me get things done that I kept putting off :)!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/16/2011 11:58AM

    I have learned in my old age that I have to pace myself and some days I still forget and think I can do everything I did when I was 19!

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PASTORJO 7/16/2011 10:44AM

    I wrote about this myself earlier this week...thought it was trying to do too much; plus I read an article about balance, setting goals this week too. Must be the theme of the week!

Prioritize! You've had a lot of changes, at least it seems to me, in your life and maybe you are trying to play 'catch up.' I suggest looking at your projects and categorizing; some people find using an a,b,c scale helps.

Be willing to let some stuff go. For what you really want to do, break it into bite sized pieces, like we do w/SP goals. I.e. instead of saying "I want to learn _____ software", say today I will research 3 ways I can learn ______ software, and create a comparison sheet.

Hope at least some of my suggestions are helpful!

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Catch-up Day

Friday, July 15, 2011

My boss had meetings outside the office all day today so I didn't have to go in. I don't have keys yet, and I had gotten as far as I could on the project that I was working on. This gives me a chance to do some things around the house and around town that I've been putting off all week. I'm looking at this as a good way to ease into the job and into the new schedule.

I do know that if I don't get the hours that the boss has been talking about, however, that I will have to really get moving with Avon and get creative in other ways in order to bring in enough money to keep up the household budget. The budget is another thing that I really need to sit down and review. Just another thing to add to my list. I think I'll pencil it in for Sunday and see what kind of figures I need to come up with.

On a good note, I'm getting better at scheduling my time. I'm quitting running around at about the same time every night in order to relax and get to sleep at a normal time. So, I've had some success at one of my goals!

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NPA4LOSS 7/16/2011 8:32AM

    emoticon on making progress on your goal!

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FITMARY 7/15/2011 8:38PM

    Glad to hear that you are scheduling down time! I had to do the same thing, and, amazingly, it works!!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/15/2011 1:27PM

    I love having catch up days emoticon

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