31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tip)– Day 18: Pamper Yourself

Day 18 - This foot soak and scrub did not turn my feet blue like the last time I did this.

Day 18 – This foot soak and scrub did not turn my feet blue like the last time. But it felt just as marvelous.

What types of things go onto your secondary to-do list? What things do you hope will get done and if/when they do life is easier, happier, more streamlined. But if they don’t get done nothing earth-shattering will happen (like eviction, loss of a great deal, or serious health condition).

Is pampering yourself even on this secondary list? I say it should be an important part of this list.

Things don’t have to change the world to be important,” (Steve Jobs).

I  have been on my feet more than usual this week. Each night as I lay in bed, my feet have “voiced” their displeasure by throbbing me to sleep. So today I soaked my feet and sandals in a mini white tub full of suds, lemon slices and Scope.

Ahhhhh, that felt so good. And I pampered my sandals by scrubbing them clean. It only took 31 minutes to accomplish this pampering.

Moral of the story? Personal pampering not only gives you more energy,  it makes you look better, and it improves your mood. Win-win for you and all those around you! ;)

NOTE: To be totally honest, I should acknowledge that my daughter scrubbed my left foot. Due to a hip spur I cannot move my hands close enough to my feet to even clip the nails. But I still did not go over the 31 minutes of pampering.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • Is pampering on your to-do list? Why or why not?
  • When was the last time you pampered yourself? Tell us about it.
  • Do you ever clean your shoes? I should do this more often. After I saw how clean they were afterwards, I wondered how dirty they must have been before.

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31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tip) – Day 17: Advance Your Dreams

Day 17 - Working on items from my DREAMS list always energizes me to do the more mundane things on my to-do list. Spending time in language study is one such energizer.

Day 17 – Working on items from my DREAMS list always energizes me to do the more mundane things on my to-do list. Spending time in language study is one such energizer.

Agree or disagree? “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”

It might not make him a dull boy, but I sure bet that Jack lacks motivation to complete his secondary to-do list. Because face it, our main to-do’s are NEVER done and often drain us of energy. Our secondary to-do’s don’t contribute to SUCCESS, but these can contribute to the fun, mystery, and meaningfulness of life.

Yesterday I mentioned that giving love often energizes us to do things we don’t really want to do. Likewise I said here that having fun also energizes us to do the same.

And I think that spending time on our DREAMS list also energizes our actions, mood, and thinking.

Today I made up a DREAMS 2014 list by looking at Buckets Lists I’ve written and posted here. Some dreams are not on my bucket lists, but are always on my mind. I.e. “Buy a tiny house” and  “Learn to speak Spanish fluently.”

Moral of the story? I always feel energized and proud of myself when I spend time doing a “dream” item. Awhile ago I was memorizing The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. I am going to spend time today doing that. And then I will attack the table piles!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 18: Pamper Yourself.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a DREAMS list? How often do you do something from that list? Why not today?
  • How are you doing on your own to-do lists?

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31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tip) – Day 16: Give Some Love

Day 16 - Here is some card "love" that I have received in the months few months. . . . Whenever I take to time to give love, I feel so energized.

Day 16 – Here is some card “love” that I have received in the past few months. . . . Whenever I take to time to give love, I feel so energized.

You know those days when you are lacking energy to move forward on a project that doesn’t HAVE to be done today? But if you spent some time on it, that would be MARVELOUS!  What is your best tip for combating, the “I Don’t Want to Do That” blues?

Mine is to give some love. After I’ve done this I feel all kinds of energetic and I’m READY to tackle that project! Some examples include . . .

  • I buy a pizza for a gal who is a single mom.
  • I call a friend with the purpose of listening to whatever she wants/needs to say.
  • I carpool some kiddos even though none of my kiddos are in this carpool .
  • I help someone with one of their to-do’s.
  • I write a letter and send it to someone in need of some FUN mail.

Today I wrote out cards. . . . Thank you . . . encouragement . . . and get well. I fell pretty energetic right now.

The moral of the story? After spending time thinking about and loving on some folks, I now have extra energy to spend 31 minutes on my table! Another pile is going to be attacked. conquered. and demolished!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 17: Advance Your Dreams.

Your Turn . . .

  • Have you ever used “love” to get you motivated to tackle a project?
  • When was the last time you sent a card? Was it for a purpose or just because?
  • When was the last time you received a card? How did it make you feel?
  • What item did you cross off your secondary to-do list today?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 15: Capture To-do Lists on Your Phone

Day 15 - Non one could tell when I had finished with today's to-do item, but it sure made a difference for me.

Day 15 – No one could tell when I had finished with today’s to-do item, but it sure made a difference for me. . . . Yep, I STILL have a few CAR To-Do’s to do.

Do you have a to-do list on your phone? Does it contain all sorts of items from personal to work and all categories in between?

I found the Reminders app on my new phone right away and I loved it right away. I almost always have my phone with me. Anytime I remembered something to-do or someone asked me to do something, I dictated the item to my Reminders List. It sure helped me to get over the fear of forgetting something.

However that list got soooooo long and unwieldy. It was hard to look up things or find them quickly.

Then I realized that I could write more than ONE list and that I could choose the name for the list. I spent 31 minutes on today’s to-do organizing those lists. That is my current list in the photo.

Moral of the story? If your phone has such an app, use it. I LOVE having my to-do’s at my finger tips. It is so easy (now) to see what I have to do. It is easy to remind myself of these to-do’s. I KNOW I will get more done in a timely manner.

I may never go back to a paper to-do list again! 

I can see that I want to add a category – DREAMS. I have a few things (okay, a lot) on my “Dreams List.” I really want to make traction on these items. But these items don’t normally make my secondary list. Too busy. Too overwhelmed. Too unorganized to get it in. But it would be soooooooo awesome, if I completed them.

OKAY – after I complete this post, I am adding “DREAMS” and see what happens.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 16: Give Some Love.

Your Turn . . .

  • If you have a to-do list (or three) on your phone, share how you organize it.
  • If you don’t have one on your phone, how do you keep all the categories organized and easy to find?
  • Do you have a “DREAMS” list? How good are you at doing something on that list on a regular basis?
  • How did you do with crossing something off your secondary to-do list?

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31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tip) – Day 14: Little by Little a Lot Gets Done

Day 14 - Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. I am proving this idea as I tackle my car to-do list.

Day 14 – Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. I am proving this idea as I tackle my car to-do list.

Do you think you have to daily devote huge blocks of time to a task in order to make sizable progress? I used to think that. But these past weeks in October have shown me something different.

Review of my past 2 weeks.

  • I did my 31 minutes of finishing every day.
  • I wrote about each experience except for one day.
  • My car’s maintenance is just about done. The list was over-whelming at the beginning. But spending 31 minutes a day for two weeks has added up to a nice chunk of stuff being done (even with a few days off from working on my car to-do’s).
  • I have used this 31 minute concept in two other areas: walking and reading (classics). I have missed two days of walking and none of reading. Before October 1 I was more of a hit-and-miss type of gal.
  • And 31  minutes at a a time, I have done the following: . . . . Created a Facebook page for family mini videos (did this 3 times) . . . . . . Looked at Reminder Lists on phone and did as many as I could in a 31 minute block of time. . . . . . Finished reading The Winter of Our Discontent (John Steinbeck). . . . . Cleaned out the fridge.

Moral of the story? 31 minutes devoted to the same task each day over weeks DOES add up to a LOT getting done. I have several areas of DONE that proves this to be true (for me). And remembering this is a great motivator for me to get in my 31 minutes.

Try it – I bet it would be true for you, too.

Today’s 31 minutes was NOT devoted to a car to-do. Instead I tackled my table at home. It houses my bills, art and letter writing supplies, books I am reading or want to read, electronic cords, and my computer. My 31 minutes did not make this area all tidy, but at least it is better,

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 15: Capture To-do Lists on Your Phone.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a place that is your catch-all for all manner of things? If no, what is your tip on keeping such piles at bay?
  • Do you have a BIG to-do that you are avoiding but could be tackled little by little?
  • What did you cross off your secondary to-do list today?

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31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tip) – Day 13: Delegation is a Good Idea When You Don’t Know What You Are Doing

Day 13 -  This delegated job worked out beautifully.

Day 13 – This delegated job worked out beautifully.

One idea many productivity blogs, experts, and books tout is to delegate tasks whenever possible. Today I was able to do that and quite happily.

This story started w…a…y… back on October 2nd.  I did some internet research on hubcaps to replace the 3 cracked off or kidnapped ones. By poking around on Amazon I found some hubcaps. Alas, I couldn’t figure out whether to get the 14″ or 15″ ones.

I decided to get my tires rotated the next day and ask at America’s Tires what I needed.  I mentioned that I had found some for $22 and how much was their’s and how much would they charge to put them on?

I could get some for $22 and there was NO INSTALLATION fee because it took like 3 minutes to put them on.

“SOLD.” I just about yelled. I didn’t have to go home and order them on Amazon. And more importantly I DIDN’T have to put them on. I just DELEGATED this task and at a GREAT price to me.

Moral of the story? Delegate whenever you can. From parking to paying to watching Sean put on the hubcabs, I spent 12 minutes on this task. Although Sean made it look easy to put on the hubcaps, I know it would have taken me longer to do the same job. And I wouldn’t have gotten up and down so easily or gracefully.

They are soooooo shiny and lovely. I hope no-one nicks these.

BONUS TIP: If you are a single female looking for someone, my daughter said as we were leaving, “So this is where all the cute guys in Rancho are.”

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 14: Little by Little a Lot Gets Done.

Your Turn . . .

  • What was the last task you delegated? Do you find that method works out for you?
  • Did you do anything on your secondary to-list today? If yes, share what you did. If no, why not?

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31 Days of Finishing (& productivity tips) – Day 12: Done is Better Than Perfect

Day 12: I couldn't get the seat covers square nor could I cut off the instruction tags without cutting the cover material. But I can get help with that.. And DONE is better than perfect!

Day 12: I couldn’t get the seat covers square nor could I cut off the instruction tags without cutting the cover material. But I can get help with that. And DONE is better than perfect!

Do you ever procrastinate because you cannot do what your ideal is?

That sure describes me at times. I over-plan and over-dream what can be accomplished in a space of time. This is certainly true regarding the seat covers for my car.

I wanted to vacuum and shampoo the seat before putting on new ones. For a variety of reasons that is not happening – at least not any time soon. So because I couldn’t do the beginning steps of my plan, I figured I couldn’t do the ending steps either.

Moral of the story? I reminded myself that It doesn’t have to be perfect! So what if I put the new seat covers over dirty upholstery?

Dilemma solved. A new perspective achieved. So I went shopping and bought seat covers. And installed them. Sure looks pretty in my car – pretty and clean!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following link for Day 13: Delegation is a Good Idea When You Don’t Know What You Are Doing.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you ever let “perfect” get in the way of completing a job?
  • If yes, how do you overcome this?
  • What did you do with your 31 minutes of finishing today?

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Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

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