There are all sorts of clutter to deal with – some you create yourself and some created by others. I will never embrace minimalism, it’s not in my bones. However, I’ve noticed lately that I am spending quality energy and way too many spoons moving my crap around. I was recently talking this over with my research assistant Mrs. Monkey and she is dealing with the same issue.
What to do? I have help each month with the vacuuming of the stairs, vacuuming my bedroom, and cleaning my master bath. This is just one less thing that I have to deal with. However, my packrat tendencies are starting to become too much to deal with. Srsly, how much washi tape does this girl need? I believe that I truly want for nothing. I’m very lucky to be able to wipe my own a$$ and take care of my most basic needs (a place to rest, cover my bills, etc).
What used to be a simple task of tidying up is now a battle between my self and my energy. There are many weekend mornings when I get up before everyone else and I will cleanup my messes…but that also means that I have spent a great amount of my energy for the day – and if I have errands and appointments, egads I’m done for.
This has now become intervention level crisis (in my mind at least) and I’m looking for a solution. How do I do this without becoming a hoarder!?
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Last month’s Money Challenge was all about the online spending…I actually did better than I thought I would. Out of thirty days, I made only seven online purchases. This is amazing to me! Progress people, progress.
Ok, so now I am going to turn it up a notch and for May…it’s all about the cash! Oy! With the exception, of course, for all the automatic payments for set bills – it’s all going to be about the cash. I need to reload my Starbucks card – you better have a ten dollar bill handy girl. You want to go to craft store, you better bring your cash envelope.
I am sure you have totally noticed by now that I am not just going cold turkey and being all cash all the time. It’s because I have to re-wire my brain and learn to do things differently. You know the story, do the same thing over & over again and get the same results. Also, I want to break my dependency on using my debit card for everything. My current mindset is – “oh, I has money in the bank, I can buy this”. Umm, that would be a negative Lissy. I did pre-plan my May Cash Flow to have cash available for items I have noticed are reoccurring each month. That would be for things like take out and crafty supplies.
I am very nervous about this challenge…I’ll update you in June
So, after thousands of dollars and a horrid night’s sleep for a home health test, the results are in. Yours truly has no significant result’s pointing to any kind of apnea. I was off the charts – in the negative sense. I do however have insomnia. Srsly? I could have told them that. My GP would like me to see a psychiatrist – ha ha ha no. I am booking an appointment my naturopath lady!
In other health related news, I lost two pounds! Recently, Mrs. Monkey and I were talking about being hyper vigilant. It’s my term for being crazy focused on a fixed item. I started with doing the Low Carb and just felt lost. I switched it up recently and it paid off.
I am now making sure I reach a daily goal of walking at a minimum of five thousand steps. With that, I cut my calorie intake, portion control, drank a boatload of water and tracked the heck out of it all. Luckily, the peeps at Fitbit make it all possible with their app.
I would have been beyond ecstatic if I had lost just a half of a pound, but two! Amazeballs!
We have been tracking the Suspects spending habits for the month of March. the criteria for this surveillance was as follows; what days were no spend days, what days did the suspect purchase food outside the grocery budget, what days did the suspect purchase items while tired and hurting; what days were items purchased strictly in impulse and what days were spent on Retail Therapy (suspect was in an angry mood).
Over the course of a thirty-one day period, we established that 12 days were spent on a “No Spend”, 9 days on food, 7 on tired/hurting, 4 days on impulse and 1 on an all out shoppalooza.
We will continue this type of surveillance for an additional sixty days to establish if the suspect has a pattern of spending during chronic illness flares, full moon madness or such. Also, we have heard from the C.I. on this case that the suspect will be challenged with a “No Spend Online” in April.
*this type of post is a direct result of me watching too much NCIS on Netflix*
Ok, here’s a bit of a refresher for you. In part one, we learned what an Urgent task was right? Then we learned to figure out what an Important task was…right? If not, feel free to update yourselves. I’ll wait.
This month is all about what I have labeled “Note to Self”. In the Eisenhower Method, this would be labeled “Delegate”. Since I have yet to find minions, delegating is not really something I get to do. So instead, I use this as a reminder for myself. It’s where reminders go until I have enough gumption to get them taken care of.
For example, monthly filing of paperwork. In my daily life, filing is the least of my worries. It only becomes Urgent or Important when I need to file taxes (which is always the weekend prior to the deadline). Once again, it is up to the individual to determine what category your tasks fall into. Be real with yourself. If you are three months behind on tallying your business expenses, that goes into Urgent. Making a dentist appointment for a cleaning – note to self. A good measuring stick for this category would be, things that need to be done within the week or month.
Next month, we will go over that last category in this modified crazy version of the Eisenhower Method for Chronics with “Someday”. Plus, there will be two surprises for you after all this work you have been doing. Yassss!