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Friday, November 18, 2011

I got dressed and busy early this morning. I am waiting on the carpet cleaning guy who is supposed to be here between 10 and 11. I can't wait for him to get here: I'm really anxious to get the carpet and couches cleaned. I've only been saying that they needed to be cleaned since the spring. (I know! I know! I'm bad and procrastinated!)

The main reason I want him to hurry up and come is that I want it done so I can continue on with my day. I've got some cleaning to do, some running around to do, and stuff that I promised my mother that I'd help her with. In other words, I have over scheduled myself again today.

I was reading an article yesterday that I should have one specific goal at a time and take little steps in order to achieve that goal. It makes sense to me. I just need to keep trying to get a handle on limiting what I do each day and taking time out for me.

Part of me says to get my household organized and then my mind should be able to follow better. There's been so many things that I've put off (like my carpet cleaning) that it's going to take some time to get the place organized. I'm getting there, though. I've taken at least some time every day the past few weeks to go through something. Do I need it? Where should it be if I need it? If I don't need it, can someone I know use it? Then take it to them. No one to give it to? Then sell or donate it. I've actually made $30 selling stuff in the last month and have donated about five bags of stuff to charity. My dumpster has also had many contributions.

There's still more I need to do. I'm taking it one step at a time. I'm actually thinking I'm looking at it from a Spark People approach. I've learned more than I thought I would when I literally stumbled on this site. Isn't life grand?

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SLIMLILA 11/18/2011 5:15PM

    I vented, but then decided not to put it out there for everyone, so I guess maybe it will just be my blog. Sorry to hear you have to wait around....that drives me nuts when I want to go somewhere and do something... guess that's why I am really upset and vented as much as I did... Guess I must be feeling better, hey!! emoticon emoticon

Even just reading what you said about doing one thing one step at a time, was upsetting to me. A few years ago I took a sweater I was knitting to a teachers conference and talked to principal about it. She said tell anyone that it bothered that I was adhd and that's what I needed to do to concentrate.. she may have been right on the mark... If I see something that needs to be done, I do it... unless I am trying to make a point or make dh see that he need to do it...that doesn't work, though so I should get over it and not bother.... emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 11/18/2011 11:45AM

    Sitting around waiting for service men to come is a pet peeve of mine. So much wasted time!!!
I have learned so much at SparkPeople than I thought possible. I am very grateful.

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Yesterday Didn't Go As Planned

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I was supposed to get my carpet cleaned yesterday. The company called and rescheduled for tomorrow. I really hope they come. My carpet and couches are really showing the dirt! I will feel like the house is so much cleaner when it's done.

There is a Meijer's store that is thinking of hiring me for their customer service desk. But they need information from another Meijer's store before they can proceed. I tried to go to talk to the HR Department but didn't get anywhere. I figured as much, but I'm so desperate for a job that I figured I'd try. I had to go there to get some groceries anyway.

I did set out a couple Christmas decorations yesterday in preparation for having Thanksgiving. I need to go through what I have, get rid of what isn't good anymore (or I don't want) and find out if I need to purchase anything. I know it's going to be time-consuming and I really want my carpet done before I put anything else out anyway.

I came across some CDs when getting out the decorations. I set out the Christmas ones with the rest of my CDs. I didn't know what was on some of them. Boy, was that opening a can of worms! Most of them had pictures on them. I got rid of the ones I didn't want (some were just not good pictures, some were of memories I didn't want to hang onto anymore). That prompted me to put the pictures that I had on the computer onto CDs. In turn, I put them in my box of CDs/pictures. Okay, now put some of the pictures in the photo albums I had recently purchased. I think I spent about two and a half hours on the project. It was something on my to-do list; just not yesterday's to do list. But, all I have to do now is get maybe two more photo albums and put the rest of the pictures in them and I will be all caught up on that project. I can see that as another two hour project by the time I get the albums and put the pictures in them. But, I WILL BE DONE. Then the real trick will be to keep up on the new pictures I take!

So, I can say it was a productive day yesterday - just different than I had planned. I guess it's not so bad to have days like that on occasion. Now to see what I can accomplish today.

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SLIMLILA 11/17/2011 6:26PM

    Like you said, it's all done, so be thankful. When do you expect to hear from Mejers? I'm sure I wil be at the same point come spring if I still don't have a job, that by then it will be whatever, as long as it pays money., Not a good position to be in though... emoticon

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Refining my Planning Schedule

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I penciled in a schedule in my planner yesterday. I didn't get the things done in the order in which I had them listed, but I did get a lot of it done. So, I'm kinda proud of that.

I penciled in a schedule again this morning and already have had to delete something. The carpet cleaner isn't going to be able to come today as promised but will HOPEFULLY make it on Friday. I guess the company has employee problems. I'm a little disappointed. Some of my work accomplished yesterday was getting ready for the people to come out today. Granted, I probably needed to do some of it anyway, but...I could have been working on another project. I'm just hoping that everything gets straightened out and they actually do come Friday. The living room carpet and the couches really need to be done and I wanted them done before Thanksgiving.

I need to take stock today on what I actually need to do and get for next Thursday. I want to be done with as much as possible by Tuesday night when my daughter gets here. I want to spend as much time with her as I possibly can without having to do any prep work. It's been a year since I've seen her (besides Skype) and I'm really getting excited. So, today will be my make a list to check it twice day.

I also want to spend my usual time with applying for jobs/spending time on Avon. I know that people aren't really hiring much this time of year, except for holiday help. But, there are some companies gathering resumes now for job openings in January. I wish I could even get some kind of holiday job. But, because of my back, I'm slightly limited as to what I can do/lift and how long I can stand. And I know that my age limits me. It's supposed to be illegal, but it's out there.

So, I'm off to see how much I can actually accomplish today. The kitchen timer will be my friend today to make sure I limit my time on any one project. Do it quickly and be done with it will be my mantra today.

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SLIMLILA 11/16/2011 11:57PM

    So how'd it work, the timer I mean? Sorry forgot about your back, I was going to suggest you apply with the carpet company for a job... emoticon

I'm feeling blah with this flu-thing.. so much for the flu shot....

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NPA4LOSS 11/16/2011 9:24PM

    emoticon don't forget the ME time!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I took a couple minutes to plan my day yesterday. I actually felt that I got a bit accomplished. It wasn't everything I wanted to do, but I think I did rather well at getting a lot of my to do list done.

Today, I took a few minutes to enter things I want to get done into my planner. I probably didn't allow enough time for each project, but at least I have a rough draft. I only planned up to a certain time. by doing this, I figure I can evaluate and re-adjust my times. I can also add projects afterward.

I have a problem wanting to do more than I actually have time and energy for. I also don't have a good grip on how long it takes to do certain projects. Sometimes I get so involved in one project that I lose track of time. I threatened to use the kitchen timer, but haven't done that yet. I still may do that, especially in the coming week as I am trying to get ready for Thanksgiving here. I'm anxious to look back and evaluate how actually putting my schedule on my planner works.

I'm looking forward to actually getting schedule in my life. I'd like to be able to fit in some time for things that I used to enjoy more: crafts, reading, visiting with friends. It seems like it's been a slow process with me trying to do this. But I'm setting a goal for myself to do this.

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SLIMLILA 11/15/2011 10:24PM

    So what's wrong with using the kitchen timer. I know I like to finish things I start, but with as many things to do as you (and I too), maybe that is what we have to do is set limits... I had to get my windshield replaced today, but found out the unemployment office was only a 3 block walk up the street, so we went there. Not what I expected, they weren't helpful at all. I actually got dh there and he didn't even see a counselor...But I did find there is another one close to where we always go shopping and it's smaller, so maybe they could be more helpful. She did give me a list of websites and let me copy 25 resumes for the job fair this weekend.. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 11/15/2011 7:26PM

    Make that fun time a priority! Be kind to yourself as the holidays approach.

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Trying to Take Five to Plan My Day

Monday, November 14, 2011

I woke up in better spirits and a little more motivated. I decided I would take a few minutes to plan my day out. I've got an overall plan lined out in my planner, but I'm already running a little behind. I always seem to take longer at some things than I anticipate or I get sidetracked and do something that's not on the list. At least today I can say that the things I've done so far that weren't on the main list actually were things that I know need to be done before next Tuesday night. (That's D-Day - the day my daughter and son-in-law get into town.)

So, I am going to make this blog short. I am going to see if I can make up some time. I really want to see if I can actually accomplish the major things that I have designated to do today. I've never been able to do that, or at least it's been a long, long time. So, I am off to get the lead out!

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SLIMLILA 11/14/2011 1:41PM

    Have a good day, and don't put yourself down if you don't get it all done. it will probably still be there tomorrow... Great you have Thanksgiving Day to look forward to and keep you motivated...

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