Note to Self

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!

lissy

 

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spring clean update on patio

Spring! I really love this time of year in Arizona (but lately, Ugh! Hot!). The night-blooming jasmine and orange blossoms fill the air and I just love it.  Spring and Fall are when I work on my outdoor projects because in the Summer, it’s not going to happen.

I prepped for my patio project, had my list ready and my trash bag all set. Then the unthinkable happened…it rained…for three days. My plans thwarted, again. This time by weather and not my body.

So there’s no before or after highly stylized set photos of my patio to share with you. I just want to put out there though, I do have a balcony that could use a makeover. HGTV is welcome to come on over and fix that.  Just sayin’.

lissy

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Unplugged

Last year I took on this challenge and failed miserably.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I made it eight hours.

So why do it again? Because I can. At 6:30pm today I will be handing over My Precious into the capable hands of Mother Superior and will be begging on my hands and knees for it back at 6:30pm Saturday.  TWENTY-FOUR hours!

I will be occupying my time doing things I should be doing all along…reading a good book, painting, crafting, plannernating (that’s a word for the creative planning) and maybe a nap…or two.

You still have time to join.

And if I make it the whole day…I’M BUYING A PLANNER!

lissy

Part 2: Important

Webster’s Dictionary defines Important as marked by or indicative of significant worth. In last month’s series we spoke about urgent tasks and now here comes important.  Last month I talked about Urgent tasks, and those are the “put out the damn fire” task items.  Important tasks for me are those pesky “I gotta do this” to do’s.

For instance, I have four phone calls to make this week.  I would add them to my planner but with no red star to signify urgency. Don’t get me wrong here, these are items that have to be completed this week. If I find that I’m simply procrastinating, I can quickly turn these over to the Urgent side with simple red star.

Again, I have to say that determining what is urgent and important will be up to you and your needs. This exercise is individual driven but I think it lightens the load a little when you seem to have days when you have a flare and you can pop open the planner to see if there is anything requires your attention.

This has become a huge help to me as many of my plans often go astray. I just want to be able to know that before I crash out on my lovely bed, I’ve taken care of what needs to be done.

What do you consider Urgent versus Important? Share your thoughts in the comments below

lissy

 

Mission Report: Cash Only Sucks

The first month of being cash only has come to an end and all I have to say is…can I get a do-over?

There is still a lot of growing pains with this new habit. What I did observe was my impulse purchasing went down. I tended to stay away from my usual websites by keeping a list of “wants” and talking myself out of items. I was very vigilant in writing down every penny in and every penny out.

The hurdle I still face is with the Sink Funds & Cash envelopes.  I did have the cash I needed, when I needed it, for the windshield wipers. However, some of that leftovers in that category went towards a trip to Hobby Lobby as well. Meh.

So what to do!? Frist, I am going to factor in an envelope category for “Mad Money”. This is the funds left over each pay period that will go towards this and when that is gone, it’s gone. So if the left overs are $10 or $50, that is what I get to spend. It may not be the best idea I have ever come up with but it will a good place to start.

I’m a spender, which is fine. Having a mad money category fulfills my need to spend and still feel good because all my bills are paid, I emergency money and 3% of my paycheck is being saved.  So it’s not all a loss!

Also, I wanted to share with you Rachel Cruze – the daughter of Dave Ramsey. She has her own book out and a great YouTube channel as well.  These little segments have been a great help for me – check her out here.

Any suggestions dear readers?

 

My Dog Eats Better Than Me

Seriously, she does. My pampered pouch enjoys a rather gluten-free, non-gmo eating life. Even her treats are natural!  Her hooman on the other hand is the fast-food queen of Central Arizona.  Why is  this big huge disparity? Well, she has no thumbs and is handed a bowl of food and told to eat!

I know a lot of issues with health today are linked to what foods you eat (whether you believe this or not, I’m not open for a debate). This said, I’ve got to develop an “Eat Right or Die” attitude towards what I put in my body. My research assistant Mrs. mOnkey, has introduced me to a ketogenic lifestyle. From what she has shared with me and my own research, ketogenics has been known to help those with fibromyalgia and aid in the healing of the numerous side effects our diagnosis comes with. It’s similar to Atkins with the low-carb, high fat food choices.

There is just one major issue…I have to cook…like food and eat veggietables. Ugh. Notice I didn’t call it a diet.  Diet is a restrictive word that immediately puts my brain on high alert to seek out all the chocolate in the house…we don’t want that now do we?  Instead, it will be a lifestyle choice.  I will choose to eat crudité for snacks sans the ranch dressing dip. I will endeavor to broaden my cooking skills by cooking a keto-friendly meal for me and my family. I will buy grass-fed cow butter and pick fresh, real food over greasy carb loaded curly fries.

Something has to change and sadly, I see, it is me. Why did I have to pick “focus” for my word of the year!?

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.