Chloé’s Ramblings

Friday, November 12, 2010

Getting back in control...

If I want to feel more like I'm the driver and not stuck in the trunk of the car aka my life, I first need to know how bad things are, make a plan for making them better and get to work. It's easier when I write it down, so here we go! Here's what I want to do before going back to work on Thursday afternoon:
  • Exam:
    • study the methodology
    • check past years' examples the exam is new so there aren't any past examples!
    • try to make one "fake" exam in real conditions at home
    • prepare my stuff to go to the exam
  • Computer stuff:
    • get rid of all unread e-mails (read, take action, delete or file) and maintain starting with 37 messages, 10 left
    • get rid of all unread RSS posts (read, take action) and maintain
    • clean RSS starred posts
    • delete enough RSS feeds to get below 40
    • 2 x 15 minutes daily on "to dispatch" file This folder is empty and deleted! Woohoooo!
  • Home:
    • pick up kitchen
    • pick up living room
    • pick up bathroom
    • pick up bedroom
    • put away dry laundry from bedroom and from laundry room
    • iron clothes every time I'm watching TV
    • wash, hang up and put away (when dry) 2 loads of laundry
    • wash and hang up 2 new loads of laundry
    • change beddings
    • clean cat's litter
    • plan next week's menus, write down shopping list, go grocery shopping
    • finish pending PPW, incl. mail tax payement
    • pick up office
  • Personal stuff:
    • start planning Christmas gifts and vacation
    • investigate to make sure if taking a second job would be possible
    • if it is, prepare application for job opportunity
    • pamper myself
    • scrap a couple LOs (monthly ones, to catch up!)
    • make Guy's doc appt
Wow, looks like  I'm gonna be busy! LOL

A couple days off...

Man, it feels good! I have an exam on wednesday and I took a few days off to prepare it and pass it. Hopefully I'll be successful, finally (I've already passed it several times), but even if I don't it's good to have some time off. This time of the year is definitely the busiest. It feels like I'm getting one wave after the other, trying not to get drawn but I can barely take a breath of fresh air between each wave... Crazy busy, I tell you!

The worst part of this situation is that I don't feel in control AT ALL, of anything. Very scary and stressful to me (as to anyone else, I guess). I addition to preparing my exam some, I also plan to take some time to get back in touch with my life during this mini-vacation. I desperately need to feel like I can do something about what's going on and not be a victim of it! Those are strong words, but I'm that stressed that I really feel that way.

I need to simplify, focus on the really important stuff, pick my priorities and stick to them, not get distracted by the little things and get focused... Good plan, uh? LOL