Schedule It

Schedule It

Vacation Time
Vacation Time

Do you want to feel that you should be doing what it is that you are doing? Have you ever gone to the office and thought about everything you need to do at home and then once you got home thought of everything you need to do at the office?  Conversely, have you ever been in the moment? Whether it was a crises or a massage or vacation, or maybe a deadline that had to be done? What do each of these have in common? You need or want to be there during the time that you are there. While crisis are not scheduled they take precedence and you realize that you need to be where you are and nowhere else. In the case of the massage or vacation you scheduled it, looked forward to it and planned on doing it at the time that you are doing it. You Scheduled It!

Family, Friends, and Alone Time

Family, friends, alone time
Family, friends, alone time

Schedule everything that is important to you! Date night, family night, movies with friends, alone time with a bubble bath. If you don’t know when you are going to do these things, how do you know you are going to do them? By scheduling these things that are important to you, you won’t be thinking that you should be doing them, because you know exactly when you will be doing them.

House Cleaning, Errands, and Finances

Yes, it is important to schedule the more mundane things in life as well. Knowing that Saturday afternoon is your housecleaning time will keep you from going through the whole week wondering, “When will I get to clean the floors and when should I do that load of laundry?” I am not saying that if certain issues arise that you can’t go ahead and do what needs to be done. But, whenever you find yourself worrying or wondering when you are going to get around to doing something get your calendar out and schedule it. The same goes with errands, if you plan on dropping off dry-cleaning at a certain time you can create predictably and work your schedule so that you have a clean suit whenever you need it. Speaking of laundry, if you don’t need to do laundry every week then change it to every other week and see if that works into your schedule better.

Work and Projects

Work Time
Work Time

We all have various things that need to be done in our work. Schedule your various functions so that you are not wondering all morning long when you are going to get to the agenda for the next day’s meeting. Put it on your calendar and focus your efforts where you are needed now and do what you have scheduled when your reminder goes off.

Sherri Sue Fisher author TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Letterpress

So I, myself, am not Jewish, but many of my new friends over the last year are. So being the research analyst type person that I am I decided I should find out what all of my friends are celebrating Wednesday night. I had heard of Rosh Hashanah and I knew it was a Jewish celebration, but I did not know it was the Jewish New Year. It is a time of celebration, new beginnings, and reflection. On the surface it seems very similar to New Year’s Day on January 1st. But, when you read about the intent of the High Holiday it is very specific in its purpose to reflect on the last year and compare the results of the year to what was hoped for in the year prior.

January 1st

For many of us January 1st is just a changing of the calendar and reason to get dressed up and have a party. Many of us do resolutions and various of us make goals. But, it would appear that Rosh Hashanah is very specific in asking as a family, including children, what do you think you needed to improve on and what do you want to accomplish in the coming year. It is not about just turning the calendar and moving on.

What We Can Learn

Reflection both accomplishments and shortcomings is an important part of life and should be done at least once a year and with intent. Getting the children involved in such introspection is important to instill lasting values. Sharing, as a family, our goals and dreams brings about a closeness that cannot be denied.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

Intentions

Intentions

Lack of Intention
Do you know what you want?

When you think about your day and what you need to do, what are your intentions? Do you have goals? When you do the things you need to do are you intentionally doing them to achieve your goals? Many people who have won the lottery have said that when they bought their ticket, they bought with the intention of winning—multiple times! People who have succeeded had a vision of what they would achieve and even in some cases—when! Each golf swing, each lap in the pool, and each call had intention.

Others Intentions

When you think about it the majority of our disagreements in life have to do with conflicting intentions. We may be at odds with other people’s intentions. So do we need to give up on our own intentions to keep the peace…NO! We do need to understand the other person’s intentions and hopefully they will want to understand ours. Sometimes both intentions can occur at the same time and there really is no threat, even though at first there was a perceived threat. Sometimes you have to take turns and then of course there is the dreaded compromise. I really am not a fan of the compromise, I do ironically feel that letting someone else’s intentions be just as important as our own as way to make peace. It is not giving up, it is not compromising…it is saying that what the other person wants is just as important as what you want.

Daily Intentions

Do the days just meld together?
Do the days just meld together?

Every day we have to look to our own intentions and see why are doing what we do. Sometimes days go by and we have no idea why we are doing what we are doing, watching what we watch, or talking to whom we talk with. When you are preparing to do anything, pause for just a second, and say, “What is my intention?” “What would be my best outcome?” “Please make that happen!”

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

 

 

Plan Your Day

Plan Your Day

What do you want to accomplish? What are your goals? Do you have short-term and long-term goals? Have you made a written plan to make your goals happen?  Life can be very hectic and before you know it the day, week, month, year, and decade have gone by and those goals are distant memories…

Greatness Requires a Plan

2014 is Almost Over
2014 is Almost Over

Have you ever looked at someone who has achieved much greatness and said, “I don’t know how they did it?” This can be seen in athletes, especially. There is no way that a great athlete woke up, after years of leading a sedentary lifestyle, walked onto a field and won. No, they may not have started as a young child, but there was a point in time when they did wake up with a dream. With that dream came a plan, perhaps one that they created on their own or one that was created for them with a coach or parent. But, discipline was involved as well as a structured life. The fun times were also structured and well defined as to what is and is not allowed. If you want to achieve greatness in any area of your life this is what you need to do.

Education Must Lead to Action

Do YOU have a Dream?
Do YOU have a Dream?

At some point you need to stop educating yourself and DO! I just watched a TV segment that showed a woman with $70,000 in college debt and no prospects for work in her field of study. Education is important and sometimes that comes in the form of college and sometimes it does not. Educating yourself without a clear defined goal and purpose is just that…education without a clear defined goal or purpose and can lead to financial devastation for you and your family. Do you know what you want to do with your degree? If you had that degree right now today, what jobs would you be qualified for? How many of them are open in the place you want to live? Do they require additional experience, thus the possibility of getting an internship while in college? Or working part-time in your field of study during the summers. Go look for job openings and see if you can find out what salary positions in your field of study with the exact degree you want to get will pay.

Alternative to Formal Education

Depending on what you want to do there are a lot of different ways to get education. You can even audit a college course for a fraction of the cost. This means you attend the class and do everything that everyone else does but you do not get a course credit for the class. Perhaps you don’t need a degree but you do need to refine your skills in a certain area. There are also unlimited self-study courses out there that specialize in personal and professional development and are great for learning software programs or business marketing and structure. Many are free if you are willing to listen to their pitch for a portion of the course.

Whatever Your Plan Is

Set a Goal!
Set a Goal!

Whatever your plan is take the necessary steps to make it happen. You can adjust along the way. But, inaction will give you just that—no action! Try it—make a goal and then make a plan, what is the worst that could happen?

As a special bonus for this Blog I will give away an autographed copies of my latest book TimerOrganizer for anyone who sends me an email between now and through the end of the day September 10, 2014 at Sherri@TimerOrganizer.com so send me an email with your mailing info and I will send you an autographed copy to get you started on making your goals come true!!

 Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

 

Fall TV Schedule

September is here and the Fall TV Schedule is around the corner…

Do You Have a TV Schedule?

How do you decide what to watch? How do you decide how much to watch? Do you seek out new programs to watch since your favorites were cancelled last year? Do you watch TV from the time you get home to the time you go to bed? Do you even care what you watch as long as the TV is on? About 10 years ago I wanted to start being cognizant of the time I was spending watching TV. So I got out the Fall TV Guide and a spreadsheet on the computer and figured out which shows were important to me and did my best to keep it to about 1-2 hours a night, some nights there were none. Some people may say that is too much TV; while others will admit to watching much more. That really isn’t the point…

Are you doing what you want?
Are you doing what you want?

What Do You Want Your Life to Look Like?

It can be all too easy to come home from a day of work and sit in front of the TV until it is time to go to bed. Only to realize years later that what you wanted to accomplish in life hasn’t happened yet. But, at least you know what happened on such and such program…write down what you want your life to look like. What do you need to learn to make it happen? Sometimes the reason we are tired when we come home is that we don’t have anything exciting to look forward to. So make some plans, have something to do. What is your passion? Painting? Music? Creating a patent? Writing a Book?

Please do not tell me that your passion is sitting at home day after day, night after night watching TV. Is it? Sometimes TV and movies are OK to watch as a distraction from our own lives, but don’t let them replace living our own lives.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and TimerOrganizer