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Shit happens.

 

That is the premise of this challenge.

 

If there is one constant in my life, it’s that something will always come along to cause upheaval. Good or bad, the end results are almost the same and more often than not have me retreating back to the start and trying to build anew on top of the rubble of failures past.

 

This time it was the need to get a second job that threw me. Quick summary: Job 1 refused to up my contract hours, leaving me in a sticky financial situation. So I tracked down and secured Job 2. Now, J1 is a morning thing, often with 6am starts and lasting roughly five hours per shift. J2 is an evening thing, starting at 6pm and often lasting until around 11pm.

 

Naturally this means I need to start adapting my routine to first maximise my sleep, and second actually ensure I have time to do everything I want to do and actually have productive days outside of the workplace.

 

I want an effective solution, and that means fully utilising every resource at my disposal.

 

That means actually cracking down on my time management issues so hard that they’re reshaped into something effective.

 

So this is the plan:


 

UNO

80/20 clean eating. I know full well that I cannot sustain a 100% clean eating diet, and a major part of that reason is because I don’t want to. I like cake and jelly beans and rum. Sometimes all at once. So I’ve picked a plan to follow (in this case the NFA level 9 plan) and have made a set of rules to allow for adjustments:

 

  • White/basmati rice is allowed up to three times a week

  • Breakfast is a protein shake

  • Pizza is allowed once per week, but must be accompanied by a better choice (for example, homemade sweet potato wedges and a salad)

  • Two litres of water/weak juice per day minimum, up to three cups of coffee(full caf and decaf), fruit/herbal tea in moderation

  • Alcohol up to twice weekly

  • Hot chocolate is allowed in place of desserts

  • Fruit is allowed

  • Any other variations can and will be taken into consideration

 

Zero week is going to be hit and miss as far as diet is concerned. Fortunately the 25th and the 30th are both paydays for me, which means that I’ll be in a good place to get decent quality food and kick this thing off for real. In the mean time, I’m compromising, but for once these compromises are pretty good.

 

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DOS

The time for rigid scheduling is now. I get my J1 rotas in groups of four weeks, and I get my J2 rotas about a week in advance, so at the very least I know what I’m doing for the whole of any given week. Considering I work five shifts at each job, there’s a chance I will go for weeks without a full day off. This means I’ve got to plan the hell out of everything otherwise I will do nothing, sad but true.

 

So this one is simple. Plan my week and stick to it.

 

The complicated part will be that I’ll have to stick to J2’s weird Saturday to Friday schedule, but that’s a small price to pay. Schedules will be posted when written, with the exception of zero week.

 

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TRES

Nap time! Assuming a J2 night backs on to a J1 morning, I’ll have a chance at maybe five hours of sleep that night. Not sustainable. Therefore I’ll be learning to take a nap after I’ve come home from J1.

 

...it sounds so easy, but I know it won’t be. So I’ll be creating a nap tracker to chronicle the journey and figure out what works best.

 

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CUATRO

Live as cheaply as possible. Not a new goal for me, but still relevant. Now that I have two incomes, the urge to let out the spending net is almost overwhelming, but that cannot happen. I have a good few things I’m saving for (moving, getting some form of reliable transport, and one actually batshit crazy plan that might just work), and if I play it right then I can live comfortably and put money towards my goals.

 

So a weekly expenses tracker will be maintained. Indeed, is already in effect. So far the common trend is impulse buying food, the solution to which will be a strict shopping list.

 

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CINCO

Socialise. Here. Right here. It’s part of the routine thing. Come here, bathe in the epicness of my fellow Rangers, and don’t check out without good reason.


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(...but not you guys, obviously :P)

 

 

And that’s it. Simple, to the point, and completely relevant to where I’m at in life right now. Week zero is going to be a trial week of sorts, with me stumbling around trying to get things in place for when my holidays from J1 end (which is either tomorrow or Monday, I’ll be dropping by the place tomorrow to check). No theme (the title of this challenge comes from a book I’ve recently read), no problem.

 

My tracking will be mostly of the pen and paper variety. I’ve fallen down the bullet journal rabbit hole and I’m actually loving it. I’ve kind of strayed away from the ‘official’ guidelines and am basically building up a notebook of varying trackers and daily accounting. There’s the odd combo-breaker thrown in here and there (I’ve got a mostly full page of lovely things folks here on NF have said to me over the years, for example), but I’ve found the format that seems to be working best for me and I’m keeping it.

 

So, to sum up (as a TL;DR):

  • 80/20 cleanish eating

  • All of the schedules all of the time

  • Naps aplenty

  • Be a cheapskate

  • Socialise

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WEEK ONE

 

The Schedules:

 

Sunday

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Monday

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Tuesday and Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

 

 

 

 

The Extras

 

Ranger mini - distance feat: Part one (short riverside walk) completed 29/9

 

Wolfie's co-ops - 

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  • Food picture

 

Muir's missives - 

  • One fruit or veg serving per meal for 14 days (9/14 so far)
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From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring."

 

 

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Good goals, I'll be following.

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Sounds like you've got this.  Following along

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I really like how proactive you are being with your new (crazy:)) schedule

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Yay, she's back! I won't fall behind so much this time :)

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Good goals, I'll be following.

 

2 hours ago, bker1370 said:

Sounds like you've got this.  Following along

 

2 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I really like how proactive you are being with your new (crazy:)) schedule

 

2 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

Yay, she's back! I won't fall behind so much this time :)

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Thanks guys!

 

Honestly, can't actually wait to get started on this one. I've got a good feeling about it!

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Your goals look great (I'm eager to see how the 80/20 eating works out for you), and your schedule looks crazy.... :D Following along!

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44 minutes ago, Rhovaniel said:

Your goals look great (I'm eager to see how the 80/20 eating works out for you), and your schedule looks crazy.... :D Following along!

 

I'm hoping the 80/20 thing will be a lot easier than going 100% (which I tried, and even though it worked it made life pretty miserable, so it wasn't really sustainable), and more so because I suddenly have a whole lot less time with which to sit and stuff my face with any old crap!

 

35 minutes ago, Muir said:

Following to offer encouragement!

 

Glad to have you along for the trip :D 

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7 hours ago, WorldSparrow said:

You've got some great building blocks for an epic challenge set up. Glad you are still doing well with the two jobs.

 

Here's hoping it turns out that way!

 

 

7 hours ago, MiaulinTheCat said:

Cheering for you, Yeti!

 

Thanks Miaulin!

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Here's to simplicity abs to your success, Yeti

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57 minutes ago, Red1263 said:

Here's to simplicity abs to your success, Yeti

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...and to the rigorous logging and self-awareness it'll take to make it work!

 

(and it's good to have you along for the ride again :))

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WEEK ZERO [18/09/16]

 

Quick check in before work tonight. Didn't exactly start off fantastically, was woken by bleeping. Loud, consistent bleeping that I initially thought was the neighbours. Nope, 'twas I.

 

...my electric was about to run out.

 

I'm glad it did that just after 9am rather than, say, 2am. That would have been a little irritating.

 

So I was up and out before even having coffee, but at least it stopped the bleeping. After that it was relatively easy to make myself get out of the house again a couple of hours later, this time in order to check my schedule for J1. And wow, what a mess they've made of that. This coming week is good, but the week after they've got me working under contract hours, which will be fixed sharpish. As will the fact that the days off I had promised to me (written in the book and approved by two different managers) have apparently been taken away. Nope. That's gonna be fixed too.

 

But I can worry about that on Tuesday.

 

Instead today I roughed out a plan for Monday to Friday, taking into account which days I'm working, how many workouts, yoga sessions, and walks I want to fit into things, and how rapidly my flat turns into a junk heap. I've come up with this:

 

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Monday

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Tuesday and Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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And the format I used in the week ending today (for the hydration thing, one little wave equals one litre of water)

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...I've also got a meal plan, day-by-day shopping and food prep list, sleep and nap tracker, and a couple of other handy things in that notebook. I really do like this bullet journal thing, even if I'm not doing it how the main website says I should!

 

Plan for tonight is simple: Go to work, keep hydrated, don't injure myself, and allow myself time to chill out when I get home afterwards. I have no idea what time I'll finish, I never do with this job, but I've come to realise that I can't just come home and hop into bed expecting to sleep. It doesn't work.

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9 minutes ago, iatetheyeti said:

...my electric was about to run out.

 

As a silly American I am not sure what you mean, but it sounds like the annoying beeping that happens with my smoke or other sensors start to run out of batteries and beep to let me know? Anyways, I guess that is one way to get out of bed! 

 

Great job making an extensive plan for the week! 

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10 minutes ago, WorldSparrow said:

 

As a silly American I am not sure what you mean, but it sounds like the annoying beeping that happens with my smoke or other sensors start to run out of batteries and beep to let me know? Anyways, I guess that is one way to get out of bed! 

 

Great job making an extensive plan for the week! 

 

It's pretty much just like that. We've got metered electric in my part of the neighbourhood, so if you don't top it up before it runs down to a certain amount (apparently 12p in this case...) then you get the 'fix this now' beeping problem.

 

Here's hoping the plan goes smoothly! I've given myself more time with a lot of things than I think I'll need just to be sure I've got a buffer if things do go south. Less panic involved that way, I think.

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Following as always! I used to live in a flat with an electric meter, it was such a pain in the arse! Do they still have the £5 emergency credit setting? I always forgot to top it up so that button got pushed a lot!

 

On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 4:59 PM, iatetheyeti said:

 

I like cake and jelly beans and rum.

 

Mmmmm, jelly bean rum cake........

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6 hours ago, MiaulinTheCat said:

Loving your notebook setups, very nice! I hope everything works out with your hours and days off.

 

Thanks! I might get fancier with it all as I go on, but for now I'm sticking to the basics and feeling things out.

 

 

3 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Following as always! I used to live in a flat with an electric meter, it was such a pain in the arse! Do they still have the £5 emergency credit setting? I always forgot to top it up so that button got pushed a lot!

 

 

Mmmmm, jelly bean rum cake........

 

That's an option?! I'm gonna have to check that out tomorrow morning (it seems like so much effort right now!). I always tend to run it down to about £1 before topping up, but I guess I muddled up my numbers again this time...

 

Welp, I appear to have a baking project now!

 

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5 minutes ago, iatetheyeti said:

jelly bean rum cake

 

Technically, this is totally doable. Find yourself a rum cake recipe and ahead of time, soak some jelly beans (about 1/2 a cup) in 1 1/2 cups rum. Then use the rum in the cake recipe. Or add the jelly beans directly to the cake batter. Or both, depending on how much you like jelly beans!

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