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I hate the Yankees.
To be fair, I realize 86% of America hates the Yankees, so I’m not alone (and since 8% could care less, it’s the really obnoxious – and vocal – 6% of United States citizens that like them). But unfortunately since it’s June and it’s the middle of the Major League Baseball season that means that – Yankees or not – there’s a ton of baseball on. In fact, as I write this I’m enjoying my second game of the day (listened to the Cardinals beating my Royals earlier in the afternoon while I was fishing) and just saw what appears to be a 2-run home run by the Dodgers in the top of the 8th inning to take a 4-run lead on the Angels.
But I’m not here to blog about the Yankees, or even MLB. I’m here to give you an update on life in general, specifically as it applies to the habits I’m working on. But because it’s baseball season and that’s the best sport in the whole wide world to watch, I find myself stalling when it comes time to do something.
(And, I might add, at the moment I’m stalling. Big time.)
So I’m going to blame it not on my ADHD but on the Yankees.
OK, it’s really counterproductive to stall in a blog, I’m learning. Note to self: don’t stall in a blog. It doesn’t add anything, and unless you tell folks you’re stalling they have no idea so you have to explain it…which really ruins the effect.
Alright – I’m done. Here you go, my update:
1. Reflection. Frankly, it’s just not happening. But, rather than beat myself up over it (because a wise friend of mine told me that was stupid), I tried to figure out why. And I figured something out – I am horrible at scheduling. Which, oddly enough, makes me pretty good at most aspects of my job which requires more flexibility than a drain snake. (don’t ask why I used “rubber pipe” – I’m having plumbing issues, so we’ll leave it at that) So, before I try to get to some sort of scheduling/organization I’m probably not going to solve world hunger. The good news is I recognize that – and I’m trying to do something about it. I’m using Remember The Milk every day to help me sort out my activities. I’ve even got it on my phone, so I can check stuff when I’m not near my computer. I’m also going to try using either a scheduling app (like Google Calendar) or a timer application (like, say, Timer) to remind me to do stuff.
2. E-mail. Still dominating the e-mail scene. I’ve managed to keep my GMail well under control, and I’m down below 50 actionable e-mail items at work (note: not too long ago I was over 160). I probably need to combine my solution on #1 with my actionable e-mail items to get things even smoother. But I’m very impressed with where I stand here.
3. Belly-off. I’m rethinking this one for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, considering the status of #1 I probably need to slow down and focus on what I’ve got open. Pretty soon I’m going to take #2 off the list and just periodically manage it, so maybe that’s the time to bring it back. But the other issue is the fact that I’m working seriously long hours and not spending a lot of time at home…and also have a very tight grocery budget (with six kids you have to, or you’ll end up with a third, fourth, and fifth mortgage…) and some of those recipes were going to push the limits. But I’m not going to “cancel” this – I’m just going to put it on hold. I’m watching what I’m eating (for the most part) and am drinking more healthy stuff (water, tea, etc.) instead of Coke. So I’m in the mindset – but I don’t want to get in the middle of this and fall victim to what’s killing me on #1.
OK – there you have it. Updates. Not great news for me, and frankly I’m just not happy with my progress. So instead of pouting about it and the fact that the Angels left the bases loaded in the 8th with the tying runs on base I’m just going to persevere.
And continue to avoid the Bronx.
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