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Motivation

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I got a bit of paperwork done yesterday at work that I had been putting off for a long time. I'm glad I got the chance to do it. The mental work really made me tired, though. I really didn't do much of anything when I got home. I think I fell asleep about 9 pm. But, I slept well and woke up refreshed and motivated. I hope it lasts well into the afternoon. As usual, my to do list is a mile long and I'd love to tackle as much as I can while the motivation lasts.

It's getting cold here in metro Detroit. I have a friend who is coming over tomorrow to help me winterize the condo. So, this means I want to wash windows today and clean the blinds and curtains. And, of course, since this friend doesn't come over that often, I want to make sure the house is as clean as possible.

Somewhere in this mix, I must run some errands. My grandkitty will have my head if I don't go to the grocery store and get her some more treats. (That's what Grandma's are for, even if they are four-footed.) There's other things I need to get anyway, so I will just take a break from cleaning and make my rounds of errands.

My daughter and son-in-law are coming in for Thanksgiving and dinner will be here. (Mom volunteered me.) So, this is all the more reason for me to get the condo in shape. This is actually the first time in my life that I have lived alone and I do want to be able to have a nice, clean, cute place for the family to come to.

I thought of having some of the Christmas decorations out, but I don't think that's going to happen. The Christmas decorations are in the front closet BEHIND all the items that my youngest daughter couldn't fit in her Jeep when she moved out. I've sent a couple boxes of stuff that she needed and that's helped. But sending stuff from Michigan to Nova Scotia isn't the cheapest or easiest thing to do. I understand the purpose behind customs, but some of the rules and questions baffle me. If I don't say that I'm giving the items to her, she has to pay to have them sent over. I get that if you buy something, you should pay a sales tax. But a tax to bring your own stuff with you doesn't make sense to me.

Time's up on blogging - time to move on to the next project.

  
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DIDMIS 10/31/2011 11:06PM

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SLIMLILA 10/30/2011 12:45AM

    I don't know how much the postage is from US to NS, but I picked up 2 -400pg. books for my sister and it was going to cost almost $14 to send them, in 8 days, pluse I had to get them pkgs.

When is US Thanksgiving? I was disappointed that I didn't get that job I interviewed for, but God must have something much better for me! I'm so tired....
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NPA4LOSS 10/29/2011 6:18PM

    If taxes made sense then they wouldn't be in the hands of the Government. emoticon

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My Job Assignment

Friday, October 28, 2011

I really like when I get called to fill in at this company that I'm working at today. The pay is good and the people are nice. There are enough breaks in the work that I am able to get some of my put-off paperwork accomplished. This part I feel a little guilty about. But, I feel that it's better to look busy than to look like I'm falling asleep. And it is a good feeling to know I'm accomplishing things that I've been putting off for a long time. I really would rather be doing some work for the company, but...what do I do when there's nothing to do? I know the company had a job posting that I applied for online. I just need to be assertive and ask the HR director when she comes to sign my time card at the end of the day.

  
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NPA4LOSS 10/29/2011 6:19PM

    emoticon I hope that things work out. emoticon

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C11ELF16 10/28/2011 2:21PM

    OH - I HOPE you get this job. Esp since you like working there. Good LUCK !!!! Keep us posted ! I will be rooting for you !

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NANCYRUBIO 10/28/2011 10:11AM

    By all means ask her. Let her know how interested you are. emoticon

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FITMARY 10/28/2011 7:35AM

    You can do it!!! Good luck!
And I agree with you---if there's nothing they need you to do but sit there, then it's quite alright to catch up on paperwork!

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Learning Mode

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I find myself in a learning mode lately. It started with trying to brush up on job interviewing skills as I find myself introverted and not self-confident. It then progressed to trying to brush up on my job skills (typing, 10-key, word, excel and access). I'm trying to fit in at least 15 minutes a day on each of these things. I know I need to try to fit more time in, but I don't have a handle on my schedule just yet. I also need to start thinking outside the box on finding companies that are hiring but not necessarily posting these jobs on traditional sites. I did start making cold calls to companies: I need practice on that - I'm still uncomfortable with that.

I noticed that this learning mode has traveled over to SP. I have been reading and saving articles more lately. I want to REALLY explore the site more. I believe there's stuff I'm missing that could really help me in various areas of my life.

It all is good in theory, but, like I mentioned, I need to get a handle on my scheduling of time. I'm getting a little better by watching the clock more. I keep threatening to get the kitchen timer out. It's time to do that starting right now. For my own good, I need to improve and become the best that I can be.

  
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NPA4LOSS 10/29/2011 6:20PM

    emoticon You are making great progress!

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SLIMLILA 10/27/2011 11:13PM

    Tick tock, tick tock... I hear that clock going. I am really outdated in excel especially, but until I know what job I am going to get, I can't make myself practice it. I have taken courses so many times and then not needed it in the job, so it wasn't used....

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RR1_RR1 10/27/2011 8:36PM

    I used to use the tv as a timer (when I had one) to get things done. I'd promise myself breaks when the commercials came on and get stuff done when they weren't.

Also have you tried linkedin.com for jobs? Upload your resume there, Ive had several offers since I did.. It has employers on there and also job postings. Stay positive! Good luck! emoticon

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FITMARY 10/27/2011 10:19AM

    Fifteen minutes a day might just be the perfect amount of time to spend on typing skills, etc. That way you don't get bored and you can see just how much you can do in 15 mins. Go for it!!! Love the attitude!
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Success

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I read an article on success today that made an impression on me. It basically reminded me that I make my own success and decide what I want to do in life. It gave me a good reminder and a big push in the direction that I need to go to get what I want out of life right now. I know I'm on the right path to finding a job by practicing skills that I know employers are looking for. This is taking up a bit of time every day. But I really feel that this is what I need to do. Finding a job is so important to me right now. I will finally be able to have a somewhat normal schedule. I will be able to pay my bills without worrying about how I'm going to get the money up. The stress and craziness of this and trying to find a job would finally be gone from my life. I know I will still have stress in my life. But I know that if I can survive this stress, I can get through any other stress that I have in my life.

  
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FITMARY 10/27/2011 5:28AM

    Good for you! I've got my fingers crossed that your hard work pays off SOON!
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MOMMA48 10/26/2011 7:31PM

    emoticonattitude and you're right, Patty. It's surprising how strong we can be at times when things seem tough, but that sun is always shining and the perfect job is waiting for you, hun!

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C11ELF16 10/26/2011 10:05AM

    Great attitude ! You are going about it all very well ! Keep looking....that GREAT job is waiting for you.

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Busy! Busy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I've overbooked myself again today for the millionth time. But I'm bound and determined to prioritize and get the most important things done. I'm really trying hard to keep up with my goals that I've set for myself this week. If I set time limits on the things I do, I will be able to keep up with them. I think the kitchen timer will become a good friend and overused, but it was the first thing I could think of to use to limit my time that I spend on each activity. I got most of my goals accomplished yesterday, but I didn't get a chance to journal or to work on a scarf that I'm making for charity. Gotta spend time on them today.

  
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SLIMLILA 10/25/2011 10:18PM

    I've been anxiously waiting to hear how you made out with your interview..How'd it go?

Funny, I used to use the timer int he classroom for the kids, but I seldom think to use it for myself, simple but efficient idea..

Glad you got so much done... check out my blog to see what happened to me today...Later, Lila

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 10/25/2011 9:02AM

    The timer is a great way to stay on track. I hope your day goes well and you get every thing you need to done!

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