Agnsty Agnst

Hello, my name is Lissy and I am a planner girl.

Over the past four years or so I have dived right into the world of paper planning. It’s a nice hobby of collecting all sorts of things for the use of planning – pens, stickers, paper, washi tape – if it can be used, I has it!

Sadly, I am finding that I have planner angst.  I define this as a “need to set-up a system of planning incessantly”.  One moment, I’m all about a traveler’s notebook, then I think I would be better suited using my Hobonichi, while I’m over here setting up another bullet journal. It’s exhausting me.  I have been a paper planner since I arrived to the corporate world many moons ago. I have even took a plain notebook and made my own.  This really shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

Even with this damn illness I am a girl with plans – somewhere. You can’t get much done if you are constantly changing it all up. It doesn’t help that I am coming into another planner season (we have two, the start of the academic year and a January start). Will I need a planner for my finances? for tracking my health? oh, but did you see that new cover that came out? All the while, my lovely plans get scrapped for a new notebook, stamp set or pen.

Ok, I do admit that I my addictive personality is adoring all the commotion I am causing. We’re going to go set up a new bullet journal in just a few. See what I mean? I offer no solution because I have yet to find one. But, I won’t stop trying until I have all the planners!!

If you are curious about what I am talking about in regards to Hobonichi, bullet journals or paper planning in general – drop me a line. I have loads of information to share.

I’m Just Not Into Summer

I long for #pumpkinspiceeverything

Summer is hard enough when you live in the armpit of hell (aka Phoenix, AZ). On a record breaking day, it could be as hot as 116 degrees. Then, we get this crazy a$$ weather situation called Monsoon Season which adds a lovely layer of humidity to the mix. Delightful isn’t it?

No matter what, I love this desert and have called it home for most of my adult life. I cope the best that I can when it comes to the heat.  I long for cooler days. I’ve struggled with my motivation this summer in regards to my health. Concentrating on building a foundation to my healthy self has become increasingly harder. Is it too much to ask for the world to stop for a bit so I can take a nap?

 

Someday, I will…

Here we are, the last installment of my four part series on the Eisenhower Method for Chronics. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Let’s wrap this up, shall we?

In this post, I will share about the Someday portion of the method. In most of the charts and explanations I have found on this sort of planning, this becomes the trash section. I want to think of it as the “when I have the extra energy, I would like to get this done” list. Someday, I would like to “watch the Netflix documentary on Minimalism”  or “I need to organize my DVD’s”.  See where I’m going with this?

For myself, if it doesn’t have a spot to write it down, it’s lost to the cosmos forever.  Then again, I get lost trying to find my ass.   I offer one additional piece of advice to accompany this list. Keep a notebook to store your Someday list.  It will be there for those days that you want to feel productive but need a task that won’t zap you right out of spoons.

I want to thank you all how have joined me on this little journey of  planning for chronics. I truly hope this has become a valuable tool to keep you on track.

But wait, there’s more!  I have SOMETHING for you…so exciting! A PRINTABLE…yassss! I am launching a bimonthly newsletter this year and would love for you to be a part of the journey. When you click to sign up, (click on the Receive Updates below) you will get a Eisenhower Method for Chronics printable to start your own journey of planning.

Love to hear your feedback as well – let me know if this method helps you or frustrates you.

lissy

 

Progress Not Perfection

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!

lissy

 

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Just short of a month from now it will be Spring…somewhere…because I live in the armpit of hell and we don’t have seasons.  Anyway, I wanted to share how I am going to tackle my Spring Cleaning this year.  You know what this is right? The annual “throw open the windows and let the fresh air of the new season waft through your home as you are scrubbing the baseboards to a brilliant shine!”

Hahaha…no.

In my former rabbit paced life, that would have been the scenario. There is no cleaning of the home from top to bottom for three days for me anymore. I do have help with major parts of the home that allow me to utilize the FlyLady’s method of cleaning one area each week. (and yes, I have stickers for that). Since I still hold down a 9 to 5 job, I do pay to have help around the house. However, there areas that are strictly mine to take care of.

Last year, I took 52 areas/spots in my living space to tackle and even joined in with a cleaning/de-clutter event held by one of favorite planner peeps. This year, I am picking on area to work on. One. My fugly patio. It’s just bad. Dead plants, cushions losing their fabric, rusted garden tools bad!

Now here’s the first thing I did…ready, pre-planning. (yes, I love planning #allthethings!). I took a look around my patio and identified all the items that needed to be cleaned, trashed, replaced, repaired and even added a few items to purchase.  Then I sat down with my calendar and picked two Saturdays that I don’t have other plans. I overdo and I didn’t want my Saturday filled with errands and cleaning. I picked a date for the removal of trash, then a date of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs, and so forth. By the time I’m done it will be Spring!

Next month, I will update you with professional looking before and after’s worthy of HGTV.  No, not really, but one can wish.

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

 

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