Urgent

Now that I have your attention…let’s talk about planning.

I know for my self that the best laid plans of mice and women often go astray! This has lead me to the Eisenhower Method for planning and I want to share it with you. There is a quote out there in the world attributed to the General Dwight D. Eisenhower that loosely states “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

I have seen many systems of time management over the course of my professional career. Franklin Covey, Bullet Journal, Crisis Management, you name it.  I work in an industry that is driven by time sensitive data and date driven closing days. Though I personally have moved to other departments…this is my daily life.

For this series, I wanted to share with you my quirky version of this method. Depending upon the multitude of sources, the Eisenhower method generally consists of four parts: 1) Urgent  2) Important 3) Delegate and 4) Stop.  Since my life comprises of no support staff, I’ve removed Delegate and have Note To Self and Stop is now Some Day.

In this post, I will begin with Urgent.  What would be an urgent task? For me, it is making doctor appointments, refilling medications, calling the doctor to make sure the medications are refilled, filling an empty gas tank and so forth. These are the “kitchen is on fire” type of tasks. Think of it as tasks that need to be completed immediately. When I plan, these tasks are notated with a red star next to it so my fogged-up brain knows to deal with that task first.

Determining what is Urgent versus Important will be up to the individual. What may be Urgent to me could be a Note To Self for others. {Which is the whole point to this method}. For example, let’s take going to the post office. Would this be Urgent or Important. The scenario is this…I have four medical co-payments to mail and a birthday card to mail but the date is two weeks away – and of course, I forgot stamps.  I would list “Pay med bills” and “purchase stamps” with a little red star on my planner while “mail birthday card” would be listed later as it doesn’t carry urgency for me.

As you review your daily to do’s, begin to ask yourself, “Is this Important?” “Is this Urgent?”

Next month, let’s delve into determining what is Important.

lissy

Here’s the song that is playing in my head as I write this

 

One Little Word

Last year, I had the grandiose plan to join Allie Edwards and her One Little Word project. I picked accountability and got my class schedule. I was ready!

Just with everything I plan to do, one day or several days into it all comes a flare. I often find it hard to go back, find where I left off and start again. I promised myself “No Photo Challenges” on Instagram for this very reason. My energy goes to my forty hours of work each week and I burn through what energy I have “catching up” on the weekend.

When I thought about a word for 2017 I was torn between Energy and Focus.  Energy, per Webster’s definition, is the strength and vitality required for sustain physical or mental activity. A very wonderful, powerful word to explore – don’t you think?  And there is Focus, whose synonyms are heart, core, and focal point. The center of interest or activity. As I sit here and write this…I am still torn on which one to pick.

I made a mini mind map in my planner on what I needed to focus on in 2017. Health – well, duh. This encompasses a change in eating lifestyle, implementing fitness, menu planning, blah blah blah. Self Care: basically, not allowing myself leave the house looking like ass. Faith – Read the bible end to end; daily devotions; structured devotions; meditation through journaling. And of course, grow this blog, YouTube, re-launch Etsy…I’ve got plans!

Though it will require Energy to gain Focus, I am going with Focus. Mostly to remind myself that despite being ill, I won’t lose sight of my plans, that it really is ok to pick up where I left off and the goals I set for myself are obtainable.

Do you have a word for 2017?

lissy

Operation: Cash Only

Talk about a Mission Impossible!

Yours truly is going cash only in 2017. There are myriad of reasons why but mostly I want to have a better understanding of managing my money, create a safety net for myself and learn to have an understanding of my wants and needs.

I spent some quality time over the last few months reviewing my spending, writing down every penny in and every penny out. This month I will be tackling the review of the last two months spending. This will allow me to know how much is spent on impulse purchases, how much is needed for gas and setting up electronic payments so I can back off from debit card spending.

This years monthly finance posts will be all about my journey to financial freedom.  Mission Plans are not top secret here. Those will be revealed next month…so stay tuned!

lissy.

Where do I go from here?

It’s so cliché, but I’m going to say it “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Even the arid desert of Arizona has the sparkle of twinkle lights everywhere! Our stockings are hung off our bookcases with care…you know the rest.

I am going on vacation too! Well, the blog is.  I like to take the time between Christmas and New Years to get content ready for next year, blah, blah, blah.  But, today, as I sat down to write…I made an executive decision to just give myself a whole month to take care of an ever growing needs list of items that the blog, vlog and so forth is needing.

The schedule that I set up for myself is actually working pretty well and I’m not going to mess too much with how I have it all planned.  In 2017, I want to put in to practice all the things that I have been meaning to implement and grow this “keep” into an Empire.

This is where you come in dear readers. Give me your feedback! what do you want to see more of? less of? expand my topics to? leave out? This is where I take the road less travelled in regards to my digital journey…so bring it!

With that I am going to leave with, have a very Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year.

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The Struggle is Real

planningYeah.

So.

It’s working…my water intake has increased, vitamin consumption is at an all time record for me! Yassss! Small tiny goals to start but good habits are being formed and that is a great start.

My next goal is working on daily routines – which for a chronic is an oxymoron. We don’t have routines…well, unless you count naps.  I keep reminding myself not to call it a routine but more of a daily reminder of what I should be doing.  This past weekend, I spent some one-on-one time with God asking for direction on how to deal with my need to be active and yet, restful & mindful of my current state of health. It was not easy (ok, maybe because I demanded, relented and finally listened). Whatever your faith, if find that once you release it to the Cosmos, the answer is waiting for you.

Planning, scheduling, whatever you call it has never been a struggle for me. I’ve been using planners for years. This year…I’ve been in a fit over it all. This notebook doesn’t work, this Hobonichi doesn’t have space for my needs, my Filofax is so stuffed, the pages won’t turn! Oy with the poodles already! One of the biggest contributors is my own self. Seeing what others are doing with their planning systems just gets me going and I want what they have and so on and so on.

OMG! it has to stop! Now.

The truth is, you can “plan” all you want. Have the prettiest, most expensive Filofax in the world but as the saying goes “life happens when you are busy making other plans”. So I am going to work on being present, I can’t go back and change yesterday. Nor can I control tomorrow. I can only be in the now. No more pre=planning. No more worries about whether my weekly layout photo worthy. I’m done.

With that being said…I’ll have my 2017 set-up review posted the first weekend of December to show you just how I’m going to handle all this stuff…

 

Anti-Shopping Day

Also known as “Don’t bother me, I’m bingeing on the Gilmore Girls revival” day. This is not a day I tend to support anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I can shop…I can spend your money and mine with no problem. It’s just…why? And now with all the medical and other various things I go through…you don’t want me out shopping with the maddening crowd. It’s safer for me and the general public for me to stay home (or work).

So I say, Boycott Black Friday…watch Netflix instead!

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