How Is Your Daily Schedule?

Happy hump day Chic-lets!

Can you believe I haven’t picked up my DSLR at all today!? Yep, this post will be 100% iPhone photos…thus the not so stellar quality. Sorry!

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Hubby and I headed out to Noda tonight for a relaxing dinner out.

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I love the artsy feel of the Noda neighborhood in town. The buildings are painted in various hues and there are random acts of art all around. There are so many free spirits walking around, too. Noda also has quite the eclectic mix of people – from men with crisp hair in business suits to hippies with long beards and colorful clothes.

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We hit up Revolution Pizza, a local favorite pizza place. We purchased a Groupon for Revolution pizza just a few days ago and decided to go ahead and cash it in.

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It was way too dark to take decent photos (though I did try!), so I’ll just say that we had a really great dinner. Our server was top-notch – kind, patient, and very helpful. He even offered good beer suggestions. In case you didn’t know Revolution has quite the beer selection, so hubby and I tried a couple local brews. Hubby had a black ale and I had a Diana-sized (half-pint) ale.

House Updates!

Hubby and I finally have a couple exciting updates.

1. We got our air ducts and vents cleaned. Our previous home owners were smokers, and though we went through extensive measures to get rid of the smoke (cleaned walls, repainted walls, refinished floors, removed all carpet and curtains, and cleaned/re-painted anything else we could think of). However, though we did all that work, the inside of our house was still tainted with smoke. After saving up some funds we finally hired someone this week to clean our air ducts and vents. I definitely notice a difference in the air quality already. Yay for fresh air!

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2. We’re purchasing some remnant carpet, which we’re going to turn into a rug for the basement.

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Now hubby’s man-cave will be even more comfy.

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And I forgot to blog about this interesting find from the other day – PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts.

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I was feeling really hungry and tired on Tuesday before Zumba, but I forgot to pack any snacks. So, I swung by a CVS in hopes of something decent in the way of bars (why can’t everyone sell Larabars and other whole food snacks?!). I found these PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts and decided to give them a go. I ate half of the bag (though I believe the suggested serving was the whole bag).

These Gel Blasts taste like gummy bears. The gel inside wasn’t very noticeable, but tasted good. I didn’t like all the crazy ingredients in these things, but I do think they gave me some energy for Zumba, which was good. So, I think they work ok, but since I try my hardest to avoid eating foods with weird ingredients, I probably won’t make these a staple.

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Time Management Challenge – Activity #1

If you’re just catching up, I’m kicking off a Time Management Challenge for the month of March. I posted my problem areas and goals on yesterday’s post (click).

Besides tips and other related info, I’m planning to blog throughout the month about my personal journey as I try to improve my Time Management skills and get my schedule under control for a stress-free-me. I’m also assigning myself little activities now and again to help out with the challenge. You’re welcome to join in if you’d like. ;)

Activity #1 – Track your daily schedule.

On a recent post where I blogged about why I need this challenge, I also outlined an average schedule for me:

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Many of you may have a schedule that is the same every day, so this will be easy for you. My schedule is pretty much different every day. I would say my schedule is sometimes less a schedule and more of the things happen around some-scheduled-things. I follow a bit of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-approach to making my way through the day, which may be one of the main causes of my crazy schedule.

Either way, you may think you know your schedule, but without tracking your schedule in detail, you won’t be able to as easily note problem areas. Without pinpointing the problem areas, you won’t be able to as effectively fix your schedule. For my first activity, I’m planning to track my actual schedule, every day.

Homework:

  • Write down your schedule every day for at least one week (similar to the photo above)
  • Track time in 15 minute increments
  • Note any problem areas (for example, I know I hit the snooze button way longer than I should)

You’re welcome to adapt this to your liking, but this is what I plan to do. :)

Reader Question: Is your daily schedule organized or do you follow a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-approach to your day?

A Time Management Challenge

Happy Tuesday friends!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start. Can you believe it’s March already? I feel like it’s still 2010. Time is flying by so fast!

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I haven’t been eating much oatmeal over the last several weeks, so recently I’ve really been craving it.

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This morning I had carob oats with a sliced organic banana, organic coconut, and sliced almonds. Yummers!

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One of my goals for 2011 was to have a new monthly challenge for every month in 2011. In January, I put on my second annual Eat In Month challenge, and I was so thrilled so many of you joined me. It was so cool hearing about all the positive affects the challenge had on you guys! In February, I didn’t quite get around to doing a challenge. Whoops! And now we’re at March. I actually have ideas for enough challenges to last all year, but I feel many of them fit different times of the year best.

Many of you probably read my post “Is My Schedule Making Me Crazy?” With my scheduling feeling a bit out of control lately, I think it will be best to get started on a challenge that will help me out in this area of my life. My next challenge will be…

A Time Management Challenge!

Here are some areas I’d like to focus on:

  • Overall schedule
  • Work schedule
  • Blogging schedule
  • Planning ahead
  • Better to-do lists
  • Saying no (or better prioritization of new/additional tasks)
  • No more procrastination
  • Be more aware of time

Here are some of my goals:

  • Get to bed at a reasonable hour
  • At least 5 minutes of me time every day
  • No more rushing everywhere
  • Reduce stress overall
  • Be more efficient

Unlike my previous challenges, this one doesn’t really have any rules. I just plan on taking you along my little journey towards a stress-free schedule and better time management skills. I’ll be posting tips, challenge/success stories, reference suggestions, and all that good stuff. I welcome you to join in and definitely encourage you to add your tips to the daily topics. I think my readers (that’s you!) offer a wealth of knowledge, so I’d love to hear from you!

Reader Question: What time management challenges do you have? Anything you’d like to see me tackle with this challenge? Are there any subjects that would help you?

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