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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another, unedited/sloppy post of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I’m gathering together all the stuff I’ll need for my annual planning retreat. I just realized that I’ve been doing this for the past 7 years. It has really been a great experience. I love the location, the people who are there are so friendly and it is just a joy to be there. Plus the food is fantastic and I don’t have to cook it or clean up afterwards.

One of the things I’m concentrating on this year is to really look at the things in my house and decide whether I want to keep them or not. I have a collection of perfume/lotion/moisturizers that I’ve bought or been given over the years. Some I’ve “saved” for special events, some I got when people died and I didn’t want to throw them away, others I’ve bought because I “should” be using them and some I’ve bought because I wanted but haven’t gotten around to using. I’ve started to actually use some of them and I’m deciding whether to keep or toss others.

In a similar vein, I used to hate throwing away food (children are starving in Africa, you know) but I just tossed some packaged quinoa with kale(I know – I shouldn’t be buying packaged foods, baby steps people, baby steps). No one really liked and in the past I would have let it sit in the fridge or put it the hubby’s lunch or try to doctor it up but this time I just threw it out.  It felt so good to just be done with it.

Oh what a difference a few days makes. Saturday it was sunny and mid fifties. I was out cleaning up the yard and thinking about what to grow this spring. Now today it’s in the twenties and I just shoveled the sidewalk for the second time. At least I didn’t have to clean off my windshield before heading out.

In an effort to be more efficient, I decided to follow the advice of scheduling  a bunch of errands for today. The plan was –  a dentist appointment, a meeting with a financial planner, picking up a prescription, stopping at the bank to deposit some checks and get some small bills to pay allowances and lunch with a friend.  Then I was reminded why I don’t do this – the dentist appointment went longer than they thought it would,  I needed to shovel the sidewalk, there was a snow squall as I was driving to lunch, I couldn’t find my deposit slips and I completely forgot about the prescription. It may cost me more in time and gas but the peace of mind I get is worth spreading things out over the course of a few days. I’ll have to look elsewhere to be more efficient.

I need to get off the computer and figure out what’s for dinner. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a great day.

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TIME BUDGETING

Time Budgeting -a new concept for me. I first read about it on the Life as Mom blog by Jessica Fisher. Then I looked into the links she had posted and it really appeals to me.

The basic premise is that you choose your priorities and how much time you want to spend on them each day.  Then you can move the activities around to fit in with any other things that come up in your day.

I could do one for days that I am home and one for days when I’m running around. Or one for days when I am mostly on my own(kids in school, hubby at work) and one for when we are all home.

I could have part that is always the same – those daily activities I always try to fit in and others for the things that get done once or twice a week.

I see a lot of possibilities here. This good be a very good tool.

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