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Sylvaa [Hardcore Druid]

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22 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

 

I'm a medical consultant. I have two pieces to my job; I manage initiatives (meaning I work with vendor reps, stakeholders, and end users to determine a course of action and implement) and I provide analytical support (meaning I crunch the numbers). So it's a matter of trying to stay ahead of work that will be due at a later date, prepare for meetings, attend meetings, and then get thrown curve balls because other people can't do their job without the support. 

 

I've tried a monthly running to do list in the past, but what happened is that nothing got accomplished because too many other things had greater importance. And then things that didn't get done right away became an emergency and got handled last minute throwing everything off (sometimes it took months). What I might need to do is create a master list of all the pieces for each project that need to be completed and then go from there. 

 

I also have a rule about completing at least three things every day, which has recently been bumped up to five. But I'm still playing catch up. 

 

 A book that has helped me some is the "Getting Things Done" book by David Allen.  Doing the entire system is insanely hard to do, but it is one of those books where even implementing part of the system or using some of the tips help.  There is a whole cult following of the book, which is both a good and bad thing.  You might look at it in a library or a book store before buying it.  Of course, your mileage may vary...

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12 minutes ago, Moros said:

 

 A book that has helped me some is the "Getting Things Done" book by David Allen.  Doing the entire system is insanely hard to do, but it is one of those books where even implementing part of the system or using some of the tips help.  There is a whole cult following of the book, which is both a good and bad thing.  You might look at it in a library or a book store before buying it.  Of course, your mileage may vary...

 

Awesome! Thanks - I'll look into it.

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On 11/30/2017 at 10:23 AM, Sylvaa said:

So I'm actually better than I thought this challenge, all things considering.

 

I need some help though. I'm all over the place. I've talked to @MichiruSedai about being "start over" accountability buddies and I've harassed Shello (I love how tagging only sometimes works) with pictures of my food (for the most part, I did not let her see the pizza yesterday). 

 

Hmmm.. so now maybe I need to track you down if I don't see food porn?

 

 

23 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

 

I definitely already have started incorporating this, which has been really helpful. I waiver between having everything online and everything on paper. I think maybe I need a running online to do list and then a paper things to do today list? But that seems like a lot of overlap? I don't know. 

This is what I do.  I use Toodledo online app for my work to do items.  It allows you to set deadlines and priorities, as well as how long you think a task will take and when you plan to start it.  I primarily use the due dates and priorities.  You can set it up to sequence your tasks based on deadlines, start dates, priority, or a combination that they calculate called importance.  So my really late top priorities are at the top of the list, really late high priorities, then current top priorities and not quite so late high priorities, etc.  You can also tag certain tasks with a star to bump their priority.  I use this to mark the tasks I intend to get done each day.  I like this because it can be accessed from anywhere so if I get tasks in a meeting, I have my list.  You can also set some tasks to be recurring.  

 

I also use a bujo.  It's part list, a combination of new tasks that I've gotten but not yet added to Toodledo (or plan to accomplish right away) and I write down the tasks I really want to accomplish that week.  The other part is a weekly spread with my usual scheduled tasked.  I keep them separated so I know which days I have more time free for ad hoc tasks and keeps the routine stuff from cluttering up my other list.  

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2 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

I forgot to mention, yesterday was also my son's birthday! Yay! A 17 year-old! Holy crap have I come a loooong way since then.

 

Happy Belated Birthday to your son! My daughter turned 17 in August and will soon be graduating. I remember her as an infant, falling asleep in her baby swing to "Mickey" (the song by Tony Basil, not the mouse). And I can remember still being in college at the time trying to study and do school work while my wife was already working on her career. Good times. She's grown and we have grown, all for the better. I know you're a great mom, and you're getting better every day.

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I used to have three to do lists. One was a project list that showed where various projects were (design, implementation, analysis, etc.) so I could see where I was getting bottlenecked. Then I had a monthly list for each project and what I needed to make sure got done. Then I had a daily list of high priority stuff.

That worked as a grad student. Now I just have the project list and then a list of shit I need to get done in the form of sticky notes woth each item. I move each item closer to me depending on how much of a priority it is. It's nice ripping them off my shelf and tossing them out, though not necessarily great for the environment. I'm paperless for virtually everything else, I just really like the post its right now.

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Hi People! 

 

Remember me? I'm alive! Well, kind of. 

 

This month has become just kind of a "keep surviving" challenge more than anything else. A coworker of mine was asked to leave the project, so I've picked up his work, plus worked on my own, plus tried to support others. Luckily, I think I'm about done supporting others, which will give me a lot more time to focus on my own work (except lab - apparently I'm going to be somehow supporting lab). We did hit our savings target this month, so I should have the rest of December to get caught up and get a jump start on 2018 work-wise. 

 

I've been making sure to keep active every day and hit my step goal and not eat like an idiot. I've also kind of been too tired / busy to really do much extra on the internet (I finally got caught up on threads like yesterday - for all of 10 minutes). I did spend last evening drinking tea and reading a mystery book on my tablet. 

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39 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

Remember me? I'm alive! Well, kind of. 

Of course we remember you.  I am glad you are hitting your challenge goals, even with the crazy going on.  You are doing great and it is good to hear from you.  I hadn't noticed that you are MIA until you mentioned it since you travel so often I thought that was it.

 

  I am glad you were able to take some time for yourself and keep doing it.  We all have to recharge and de-stress somehow.

 

 

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Sounds like you are just flat out crushing work. Picking up all that work and still staying ahead? Well done. 

 

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Yesterday's drive home was horrible. On top of being a Friday, it was snowing for most of the day. Which isn't necessarily horrible, except apparently NC did not feel the need to - you know - treat the streets, resulting in 40 mph tops for about a 60 mile stretch. I'm fine, but I was kind of a hot mess for a while. Part of this is due to my experience sliding off the road two years ago. I'm very anxious now while driving in the snow. 

 

I met up with my husband before his hockey game so we could hang out, which was nice. Then I got to watch his game, which was cold. Also, I figured out during his last game of the season that all of the members of his hockey team (H8ful 8) had the number "8" as part of their jersey number... except one guy who brought his own jersey. I am disappointed that it took me so long to realize that, but thought you all would love the laughs. 

 

This weekend, we have nothing planned. A trip to a local winery store for some Christmas wine and maybe a stop in to Target for some more printer ink. We've been doing our grocery shopping for two weeks at a time, so that we don't have to venture out as often through this time of year. It's super nice when I have a short turn around weekend. 

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1 hour ago, Sylvaa said:

I'm very anxious now while driving in the snow. 

Glad you made it home safely.  I have had a spin out across traffic lanes in the snow.  I understand your trepidation.

 

I like the H8ful 8 name and numbering scheme.   Hope they won!

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On 12/9/2017 at 10:56 AM, Sylvaa said:

Yesterday's drive home was horrible. On top of being a Friday, it was snowing for most of the day. Which isn't necessarily horrible, except apparently NC did not feel the need to - you know - treat the streets, resulting in 40 mph tops for about a 60 mile stretch. I'm fine, but I was kind of a hot mess for a while. Part of this is due to my experience sliding off the road two years ago. I'm very anxious now while driving in the snow.

 

I'm driving up to GA for Christmas. I'd take my Hummer with Alaska tires, but the engine is bad, so we have to take my wife's Florida SUV. Now I'm nervous.

 

I remember doing a 180 once on iced roads and I just let the steering wheel go, because F- it. In retrospect I probably should have been more concerned about dying with an original Taylor Swift "Speak Now" CD in the player.

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6 minutes ago, Machete said:

 

I'm driving up to GA for Christmas. I'd take my Hummer with Alaska tires, but the engine is bad, so we have to take my wife's Florida SUV. Now I'm nervous.

 

I remember doing a 180 once on iced roads and I just let the steering wheel go, because F- it. In retrospect I probably should have been more concerned about dying with an original Taylor Swift "Speak Now" CD in the player.

 

I shouldn't laugh, but the idea of T-Swizzle in your CD player is just so out of character with how I think of you. . . 

 

To be fair, the chances of it being a crappy drive are pretty slim. So a Florida SUV should be able to handle it. If not, just bring your own ice melt.

 

On 12/9/2017 at 12:27 PM, GregT. said:

I like the H8ful 8 name and numbering scheme.   Hope they won!

 

They did not win. But it was a very good game!

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12 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

I shouldn't laugh, but the idea of T-Swizzle in your CD player is just so out of character with how I think of you. . . 

That makes two of us. Good luck watching his IG feed and not imagining he's working out to Taylor Swift from now on

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1 hour ago, Sylvaa said:

 

I shouldn't laugh, but the idea of T-Swizzle in your CD player is just so out of character with how I think of you. . . 

 

 

I laughed a lot after at how much I either had faith or did not care. It's a long story, but I may have had three other albums, a calendar, and a pillow cover. The Carly Rae Jepsen CDs and poster though, there's no story. That's all me.

 

1 hour ago, DarK_RaideR said:

That makes two of us. Good luck watching his IG feed and not imagining he's working out to Taylor Swift from now on

 

More often than not that might be the case. That's why it's always on mute; I've been blocked because of copyrighted music more than once. :P

 

I think when I was focusing on my Fran time I always tried to race "Sparks Fly," which ran a bit over 4 minutes. (I was never able to do it RX like that.)

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How are your goals coming along?  

 

 

 

A little late to the party, but I'm very low-tech with my work tasking. I use MS Outlook pop-ups to remind me about meetings, as well as when to start re-curring projects (such as quarterly reports), and upcoming project deadlines. I use MS Outlook to flag and categorize action items that come in through my email box and I only delete them or move them after they are completed, so email box doubles as a to-do list. I use sticky notes like crazy... it is a little bit embarrassing to use so much extraneous paper in an environmental organization, but I have tried other methods and nothing gets my attention like a sticky note right in my face to remind me that I need to do something. I will even put the sticky notes on my monitor, on my phone, on my PC, on my field books, etc... and stack papers in order of priorities (with or without sticky notes on them) on my desktop. If things are really crazy, I'll pause for a few minutes before I leave work at the end of the day, and write a note for myself about what I need to do when I come back to work again, and put numbers next to the items suggesting what I might want to do first. (Yes, I have a BIG sticky note for this.)  Sometimes I stack the sticky notes on top of one another, and only get to an item on a lower sticky note after the top sticky note has been taken care of and thrown away.  I also have multiple calendars. I have a little one that I carry, a big desktop one, plus the electronic Outlook one (which actually has several different calendars stored in it).  It is a bit amateurish, but I really need to have a physical, tangible reminder so it works for me. 

 

 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 7:56 AM, Sylvaa said:

Also, I figured out during his last game of the season that all of the members of his hockey team (H8ful 8) had the number "8" as part of their jersey number... except one guy who brought his own jersey.

And now I feel bad for the one guy who tried but just didn't fit in...Couldn't someone have brought him an iron-on number?

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12 hours ago, CallunaTook said:

How are your goals coming along?  

 

Goals are moving forward. I've been doing super super well with keeping to my step goal, which sounds so stupid. But I swear, just staying to my step goal makes a huge difference in what the scale shows. I've also done really well with the no Starbucks MEGA SUGAR drinks. I usually get an Americano in the morning and have gotten down to one Splenda packet per venti, so probably after the holidays, I'll remove this all together.

 

My biggest hurdle has been trying to counteract the holiday sweet nonsense against my goals. I've actually been doing really well at only eating homemade sweets. HOWEVER, I have made way too many sweets. So technically, it counts, but my waist line would be happier if I backed off. This weekend coming up, I've already told the family we are not making cookies. 

 

Internet has been a pretty big win. I've limited time on all social media sites (even NF!) a lot more than I have previously. Yoga is an ongoing struggle for me. I can tell that as I get older, I am less flexible and I know that yoga would be a great addition to my regimen. I just don't do it. 

 

I'm still working on what works best for me in terms of organizing my week / to dos. Right now, I'm semi-bullet journaling, where I look at what meetings I have for the week and putting down what needs to get done prior. Then I have a list of e-mails that need to be sent out / addressed for the week. Also, anything that didn't get accomplished the prior week is added. I don't incorporate the task list / reminders in Outlook. I have thought about doing so, but right now, I am really bad at ignoring them when they go off anyway. Maybe something to try out for a month though. . . 

 

40 minutes ago, Bookish Badger said:

And now I feel bad for the one guy who tried but just didn't fit in...Couldn't someone have brought him an iron-on number?

 

To be honest, I'm not sure he didn't do it on purpose. . . He was the only guy who had his last name on the jersey. 

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 The article was even better. These join other road gritters including Brad Grit and Grittney Spears..... 

Your town sounds fun

I love the basic premise of this type of eating, but can't really get behind the idea of fully excluding grains. Although we can make better choices with what we do eat in that space.   
Tonight, we are having Balsamic Braised Short Ribs with Roasted Carrots. Quick and easy crock pot meal, which is hopefully delicious!


I'll be following for Grittany Spears, and to see how your slow cooking primal plates go. I've aconsidered this, but I don't cook well.
Or at all.
And love your challenge allegory.
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16 minutes ago, Alis in Abernathy said:
On 11/21/2017 at 10:55 AM, Sylvaa said:
 The article was even better. These join other road gritters including Brad Grit and Grittney Spears..... 


Your town sounds fun

 

Unfortunately, this was not my town. This was a random picture I found on the internet. But, please, stay for my fun internet finds!

 

17 minutes ago, Alis in Abernathy said:

and to see how your slow cooking primal plates go. I've aconsidered this, but I don't cook well.
Or at all.

 

I think next challenge, I'm going to try to be more involved in what the heck I do. To be honest, my husband does most of the cooking, although I do most of the meal planning (he cooks because I'm on the road for most of the week - I love to do so when I am home). 

 

Last night, we did have some amazing spice rubbed pork loin. Cumin, Coriander, and ... something else. Oh well! I was delicious! 

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I think next challenge, I'm going to try to be more involved in what the heck I do. To be honest, my husband does most of the cooking, although I do most of the meal planning (he cooks because I'm on the road for most of the week - I love to do so when I am home). 
 
Last night, we did have some amazing spice rubbed pork loin. Cumin, Coriander, and ... something else. Oh well! I was delicious! 
That sounds delicious! My husband also does a bulk of the cooking. I'm unfortunately, not really allowed near the stove due to a, really, very minor incident with a grilled cheese fire that my husband has not yet gotten passed. The compromise is that i can use the slow cooker while he's away, so I'll still be following for that and your druid adventures ;)
I've had difficulties commiting to a guold because what I interpret a druid, monk, assassin, etc, doesn't match the guild descriptions here, so I'm presently guild-hopping, myself.
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20 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

Goals are moving forward.

 

Woot!

 

20 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

But I swear, just staying to my step goal makes a huge difference in what the scale shows.

 

This is "surprisingly" true for most people.

 

20 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

know that yoga would be a great addition to my regimen. I just don't do it.

 

I struggle to do a yoga "session," but I find time throughout the day to stretch and move and work on my flexibitlity (<--- yes, I know I spelled it wrong, but it made me smile, so I'm keeping it). I'm sure someday someone will walk by my classroom and wonder why the hell I'm crouched in the downward dog position or holding a cobra pose, but if I need it I need it. Even 5 minutes is better than 0, right?

 

17 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

Last night, we did have some amazing spice rubbed pork loin. Cumin, Coriander, and ... something else. Oh well! I was delicious! 

 

Yum!

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On 12/10/2017 at 3:33 PM, Sylvaa said:

I shouldn't laugh, but the idea of T-Swizzle in your CD player is just so out of character with how I think of you. . . 

 

Ooh! Ooh! I wanna play this game! What kind of music do you think is "in character" for me? :)

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