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Maybe I’m Not Doing It Right….

Happy Tuesday and Happy Summer!

As I watching the morning news this morning, this commercial aired.

My first thought was – I must be doing it wrong.  I can hardly find one thing to watch on TV at one time – let alone – SIX!  And to find six things that are worthy of being recorded  all at the same time- – I’m not sure that is possible.

Maybe I’m a little bit of a prude these days – I just don’t find much on TV worth watching.  Don’t get me wrong – I do watch TV and I do have some favorite shows I record on my DVR and I make sure to never miss them.  One of my favorites is Top Chef and I never miss an episode of Mythbusters.   And just to share a little more with you – a dirty little secret of mine is that I love the show American Dad.

Just to be clear – I don’t think all TV is bad.  It helps us disconnect, dream, learn about other places and experiences.  But it does concern me that Dish Network is now offering the ability to watch even more TV.  And it goes without saying that if you’re hoping to record up to six shows at one time – most likely, your intention is to watch those six shows at some point in the future.

I challenge you to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are these shows really worth my time?
  2. What am I not doing by recording and watching this much TV?

I remember when I first started Grad School a few years ago.  Our first professor asked – “why are you returning to school?”  One of the answers from a fellow student gave has stuck with me – “If I can play online poker for three or four hours a night – I could probably use that time for a better purpose.”

What are you not doing these days by TV watching?

Happy Tuesday!

~Amy

PS  – yes , I do recognize the irony that my inspiration for recommending to not watch too much TV – came in fact from a commercial I saw while watching TV.


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Thursday’s Take….suck it up!

WHEW!  I don’t usually like to say things like this but….

Man, I’ll be happy when this week is over.

You know how in addition to writing this blog and doing time management consulting, I also do contract work for a little animal rescue non-profit.  One of the projects I work on for them is their annual dinner/auction.  I’m charged with overseeing all the details and organizing the event.  It is a pretty big task with about 1267 little details.

The auction is this Saturday, the 19th.

And this week has sucked.

This week is when all the little details start to come together and now it’s crunch time.   And while when people say “don’t worry, it will all work out.” – sure – that is true….but at some point, someone is going to have to make it all work out and sometimes there are just times when you have to suck it up and make it happen.

That’s been this week for me and the rest of my team.  I’ve been thinking of how could we have done this week differently.  Thinking with my time management guru hat on, I’ve been pondering….how would I advise other people to make this week easier or less hectic.

I think what it comes down to is…no matter how hard you try to not have everything happen all at once, there really isn’t any other way around it.  There are just situations and projects and deadliness like this one where crunch time is going to happen and no matter how hard you try to avoid, you just have to dig deep and get ‘er done.

 

It’s sort of like finals week during college.

Or filing your taxes.

Or getting a pap smear.

You just have to take a deep breath and say “this is going to suck…but it will only be temporary….and we’ll get through this.

And that’s exactly what I did….on Saturday afternoon I allowed myself to acknowledge that this week was going to be tough.  (An added hiccup is my husband had to go away on travel, leaving me to tend to our sons…not an added dread at all…but definitely adding challenges to my already crazy week.)

And even though this week has been tough, I have to say, it hasn’t been all bad.  That’s not to say things didn’t aren’t going perfectly smoothly…yesterday alone I stopped by three places to tend to details and none of them were ready….leaving me to have to make another trip today to each place. Time I don’t have…now I have to repeat steps.

I think having adopting the attitude of “it’s gonna be a tough, but I’ll get through it” makes it better.

This is not to say, that I’m not exhausted.  Because…. I am.!!!  And I’ve missed writing everyday and keeping with my other routines.  But today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday and then Saturday will be about an eighteen hour day and then Sunday…there is a pancake breakfast in our little town that we’re attending  – – after I sleep in.

Happy Thursday everyone!  I look forward to getting back on track again next week!

Hey- I tried to think of a male equivalent to something that you have just have to suck up like getting a pap smear – – what would that be?  Any ideas?

~Amy

PS (not sure I’ve ever written something and referred to a pap smear and today I did it twice….three times if you count this one.)


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Hire it out!

Happy Monday Everyone,

I remember once when I was young,  learning about a fellow classmate whose family had a cleaning lady come to clean their house a couple of times a month. I remember thinking “wow, they must be rich!”

Now that I am older, I’m not so much convinced that someone might be wealthy if they can afford a cleaning person, more so, I am impressed with how smart they are.

My husband travels a lot for his job and I struggle to maintain the house, yard, and other maintenance things while he is gone.  One of the biggest struggles I have is the yard work.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring time means rain and just warm enough weather that everything grows with furry.  Timing mowing the lawn between spring showers, kids’ scheudles, my work load, etc., gets very stressful.  So this year I rearranged my budget to include a lawn service to help  me with this task.

And boy am I glad I did!  

Every other week, “Ron” comes and mows my lawn, trims around the flower beds, sweeps and cleans up.

I cannot express how much this bi-weekly visit has helped my life.  I am no longer stressed about finding time and energy from an already limited pool.

This is one example of how hiring someone to help you get through your day-to-day activities is really more of a benefit than a luxury.  I am sure we can think of many different services we can hire to help us and will ultimately give us more time to do the things we really want to do.

Here’s a quick list I came up with:

  • House cleaner
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Handy man(woman) service
  • Pick up/Delivery dry cleaners
  • Babysitter
  • Dog walker
  • Errand runner
  • Grocery delivery service

Who remembers  the old show, Mad About You, with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt?  When their show was popular in the early ’90’s, they joked in the show about Jamie and Paul hiring a dog walker.   I think those days of  teasing people of hiring someone else to walk their dogs are long gone.

These sorts of services are no longer seen for the pampered and spoiled and wealthy.  Instead, they are seen as a necessity.  People who hire help are giving themselves the gift of time and energy.  This turns into time and energy they can use to do the things they really want to do.
If you struggle with not enough time or doing battle with yourself over chores you despise doing, I would encourage considering finding a service to hire to do the  job for you.
If you are struggling with knowing which service would work best  in your lifestyle, please give me a call.  We can work together to find some solutions that would be best fit your needs.
I would love to hear of other services people hire to help them in their daily lives.  Please leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading!

Amy Munns

Time Saver/Time Management Guru
            Finding more minutes in your day

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“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.'”  – Lao Tzu