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Geri 2014

Good Intentions, Day 3

-- Normal housekeeping -- started laundry, tidied kitchen (including doing a few dishes)
-- Put up this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony poster, thereby clearing off spot on the dining table where it was laying flat until it went on the wall.

I then cut non-computer time short since there was a non-zero possibility that email telling me to send a large project to print would be in my inbox. Sure enough, it was. The afternoon then did its usual thing and I'm still behind where I need to be with the day. I did, however, carve out a couple more non-computer chunks of time and managed the following:

-- pulled the 4-foot weeds along the side of the garage. The Black-Eyed Susans look much the better now that the competition is gone.
-- vacuumed basement (though not the basement stairs yet).
-- cooked a real dinner (crab legs, corn, mushrooms). Now noshing on romaine hearts for the missing leafy green. Yum.

Back to the salt mines...and a few more loads of laundry.
Geri 2014

Good Intentions, Day 2

Vacuumed: bedroom, guest bedrooms, living room, dining area, stairs!, and office. I usually vacuum a room or two at a time, or a single level at most. And the stairs pretty much always get overlooked. Pulling the vacuum cleaner apart and using the attachments isn't that hard, but vacuuming stairs is a pain.

Side benefits: also helping fulfill good intentions to move more and post to LJ more often.

If I get past 3 weeks, I'll put Good Intentions posts behind a cut-tag.

Hardest part: opening credit card bill and not immediately sitting down at the computer to update the outstanding debt spreadsheet.
Geri 2014

Good Intentions: the follow-up

Here's the promised "Film at 11" on my newest plan for trying to deal more productively with a few Good Intentions that I really would prefer lived in the Accomplishments column of my daily life.

It's all too easy to come downstairs, make my fast'n'usual breakfast, eat it in front of the computer, and pretty much spend my entire day at the keyboard, looking at the monitor. I take at least some short breaks, though I read with interest kateyule's post mentioning Time Out, (also apparently available for the PC). I'm seriously not ready to have my computer lock me out so I'll take a break, but I spend enough time sitting at my desk that it's hard to get around to other things that need and want doing here at Toad Woods.

This is especially true when work projects are stacked high, as they have been of late and will be for another couple of weeks. Take work plus reading email, blogs, and websites, then add in other forms of goofing off.... Hours quickly turn into days...and weeks...and months. Before you know it, 4 years go by and the stairway and upstairs hall still need to be painted. It's not that I don't get anything done, but I certainly don't get enough done.

So, here's my plan, such as it is. I want to develop a daily habit of working on at least one "something that needs doing" task or project around the house before I sit down at the computer. Preferably larger tasks than changing the sheets or unpacking travel bags, but, hey, on all too many days even small tasks like those remain undone.

Woven into this goal, or perhaps in addition to it, I want to get much better at writing thank you notes. The hand-written kind that you send in snail mail, preferably.

My self-defined value of "daily" is "at least 5 days out of 7 for days I am home." And if I simply have to check email first thing, then I want to spend at least an hour away from the computer later in the day. All in one lump, not 12 different 5-minute breaks to get and sort the mail, change a load of laundry, make dinner, and so on.

I used to at least watch TV and knit, or watch TV and exercise, only then I dropped the cable TV service. Now, if I want to watch TV, I do so on the computer. And I haven't taken up knitting at my desk, which means I'm not getting much knitting done, either.

Several times in the last couple of weeks, I've taken proofreading out on the deck and worked at the table there. I took the computer outside on four of those days. That helped me enjoy a bit more of the day, but it was still time spent using the computer rather than doing other things.

I have Good Intentions to spend more of my time at home doing Other Things. Observant readers will note that I've started by spending time at my computer to track and talk about my progress.