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.


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


The Queen of Vague

Remember this Happy New Year – #OLW? My great word for 2016? Hmm, well. I suck at it. I do. I could not measure any Responsibility, Answerability, Trustworthiness at this moment. Liability – which I mentioned in “Financial Maintenance” is even a bear.

I will admit, I always bite off more than I can chew. Heck, I haven’t touch my journaling with One Little Word since January.

So what is my deal?

Other than the Chronic Illness thing that eats up all my sick & vacation time…I’m being vague.  Defined as indefinite or indistinct in nature or character. As much as I would love to blame this on my illness. I can’t. I failed to plan, re-act and decide accordingly.

During the week of March 21st – April 2nd, I kept a logbook (an idea from Dee at DecadeThirty). I accounted for each moment of these days. I included time spent surfing the net (not for business purposes, playing on my phone (DAMN YOU INSTAGRAM) and any periods I had to do with rest.  Wowzers! I am not only vague but a huge ass time waster!

Photo by Author

Photo by Author

As with anything in life, changes take time, practice and dedication. I now have a weekly update that allows me to review what I have accomplished, track my goals on a more consistent basis and leaving me with a more peaceful feeling.

What do you do when life becomes a bit vague?

Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2015

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I’ve got that feeling again. I’ve been at my home for bout two and a half years and I feel the need to re-arrange & spruce up my space.

Years ago, this would have been a weekend project. I’d start after work on a Friday and work my tail feathers off and have it all set & done by Sunday.

With a chronic illness, those days are over! It’s true that all your energy can be spent taking a shower. So how am I to accomplish such a huge mountain of tasks?? I just fifteen minutes a day!

First, let me tell you that none of this would be accomplished without me first knowing my limits. Secondly, if you haven’t been exercising, start! The energy you will need to take on your project is going to be a huge help. And lastly, ask for help when you need it.

I began with a mind mapping/brain storming or as some like to say “plans for success on a cocktail napkin”. I mapped out what I wanted to move, remove, donate and purchase. I then had a general idea of what needed to be done.

Since the balcony is the easiest of my projects I will start with that. Task: power wash deck. Purchase: two patio umbrellas. Planning out these individual items may seem a bit overboard but look at it this way. You can either do yourself harm by doing it all at once or bit by bit.

This brings me to my biggest change yet. Time. With my task list all set, I gave myself a six week time-frame to complete my spring fling, with included a master bathroom, creating a capsule wardrobe, de-clutter a craft space & rearrange furniture in the bedroom. Along with my list I gave myself 15 to 30 minutes a day to complete one task. Today’s example is finishing up the wardrobe with items I think are maybes & shoes. {for more info on how to create a capsule wardrobe check out un-fancy.com}

Timer is set, off I go.

I know how hard it is to stay motivated and active when we hurt and literally can’t move but staying stagnant isn’t my life plan. I did overdo and did too much on a rest day and it cost me in the long run. For me, the learning process of “I’ve got to do this now” has to become “I can do this bit by bit, day by day”

Hope these tips help you in any large task you need to accomplish. Just remember, plan it out, give it time & set your limit.

StEp AWaY FrOm ThE CrACk!

I am the first to admit that the internet and TV are my source of crack. I will spend countless hours watching fluff and pinning to my hearts content. I do this because I don’t have to deal with my current reality. Namely, working hard for a nameless bank where my I do is more important than my IQ and dealing with the fatigue issue that has seriously impeded many aspects of my life. Including growing a business.

JJDouglasPaperCo officially has had no sales, zero, nilch, nada. It is something that I am completely responsible for. I have plenty of down time to sit in front of a television because I am tired but there seems to be no energy for growing my business…what is up with that?!?

It is already the middle of the month and my goals for April have not been addressed. This month is for me to work on my branding and social media. Ummm…take a look at my Facebook page, see me making use of my social media?? Gah!

So what do to, what to do?!? First and foremost, my health is Priority One. However, being lazy is just an excuse. I am going to fall back on some good old fashioned time management skills…my kitchen timer. There is a lot that can be accomplished in thirty minutes. Whether it is cleaning, blogging, reading emails or listing completed projects on Etsy.

And for goodness sake woman, step away from the TV!

Any suggestions out there blog world?

Au revoir!