Monday, April 29, 2024

You Really Can't Do Everything


It's funny that my post from two weeks ago was labeled "Time Keeps On Slippin'." 

After having Becca (my Personality Strengths guru) mention the book 4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman for the bazillionth time (okay, not really), I finally decided to check it out. As luck would have it, one of my online libraries carries the e-version and I was able to ... check it out. :0)

The title alludes to the fact that as a general rule, we humans live for approximately 4000 weeks. I've been alive for around 2900 weeks, give or take a few, as of this blog.

In referencing the second part of the title (time management), the author's most salient point (so far) is that we can't get everything done no matter what time management plan we pick. We just can't. Some will work better for others, depending on your Personality Strengths, but the problem remains, we don't have time to accomplish everything we'd like to. Pick and choose those things that are most important to you and go from there.

For example, if a clean house is vying for your time and attention against spending time with family or friends, maybe you live with a slightly less clean house (or pay someone else to do it).

In recalling my many laments about my own housekeeping, this was a bit of validation if you will. :0) I would like my house to be cleaner, so I'm hoping for some elbow room in the budget to pay someone to do some of the heavier duty stuff.

For full disclosure, I'd only read through chapter five when I determined that I really wasn't in the right head space to push through, so I'll check it out virtually from the library again later and make further headway.

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Speaking of elbow room in the budget, we've finally started disbursing the money from the sale of my mom's house. The first payment was just reimbursement for things we paid for on her behalf. So the first credit card is fixing to get paid off. The next wave of disbursements will be 90% of the "inheritance" portion and several more credit cards will then get paid off. Then that money that pays those credit cards will be rolled over to the next credit card in line. I'm very excited to finally get this process rolling.

I can't just start spending the money, though, on house cleaners or anything else because that would defeat the purpose of rolling credit card payments/paying down debt. But I'm creating a bucket / line item in the budget and will figure out a plan to make it happen.

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In other news...

A) My boys in Victory Green clinched the top spot in the Western Conference meaning they have home ice advantage through at least the first three rounds of playoffs.

I'm not sure what happens if they meet the team who clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference and who also has home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final. I'm sure there's some sort of determining factor.

B) They're still in the middle of Round One, having lost two and winning one. Game Four is tonight (the date of this posting) and they need another win badly. They'll head home for Game Five. I'll keep you posted.

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And last but not least for this week's edition of the blog...

DD and I started a new show: Manifest on Netflix and it's super compelling.

The gist is (from its Wikipedia page:) It centers on the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for five and a half years.

For the passengers, they take off in one airport and land in the next (as one does) and it's as if no time passed--but for the rest of the world, it's been five and a half years.

Once back and trying to integrate back into lives that have moved past many of them, some of the passengers start having what the show calls "callings." Basically, passengers have premonitions or hear voices or see images about people who need help and they try to figure out what the mostly vague calling means.

As I said, it's compelling; the writers have done a great job with the plot threads and cliff hangers.

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And that, dear friends, is that for the week. Hope you're all well. Take care.


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