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Methinks I'm a triathlete at heart

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Last Sunday I swam. Today I did again, more crawl this time, and in fact, targeted as the first workout of a beginner triathlon training plan. Yesterday was the first bike ride of the season. I find myself starting to toy with the idea of repeating my "baby sprint" triathlon outing in July.

Not that I suddenly have a ton of time to train... but it makes me smile to train. It makes me smile to move. Having a "race" in mind helps me remember to actually go do it. So, with the CSG triathlon (July 28th) in mind, not signed up yet (and maybe won't, but while there's training going on there is hope I might)... time to start rotating sports.

A week 'til the half marathon, folks... my cross-training is a form of tapering for that outing, too. Is it just me? Or is there the hope of Spring busting out around Spark?

Life is good, people. You are worth living it for. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 4/29/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon doesn't surprise me...

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_LINDA 4/29/2013 2:57AM

    It seems you have found your niche! Keeping it interesting by not limiting yourself to just running. Triathelete does suit you!
Enjoy and keep up the great work!

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PATRICIAAK 4/29/2013 12:06AM

    super

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EBEAMS 4/28/2013 11:16PM

    For sure ... A burst of Spring! You make me smile every time I read your blogs! Have a great week!

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FRAN0426 4/28/2013 9:57PM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2013 9:26PM

  You're rockin' it Barb! I think I agree w/MIRAGE -- you need to live somewhere warm to do this all the time!

HUGS

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OPTIMIST1948 4/28/2013 8:31PM

    I lurves me the triathlon......

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KARIDIAN1 4/28/2013 7:50PM

    Your on a roll! Shake it up to keep it interesting.

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SPARKFRAN514 4/28/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon Like your plan i would never make it swimming bike riding and running emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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LESLIELENORE 4/28/2013 6:26PM

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LEANJEAN6 4/28/2013 6:02PM

    Life IS good Barb!!--And you are an athlete !-----Hope yer Sunday went well!-Lynda emoticon

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MOBYCARP 4/28/2013 4:40PM

    Cross-training may be easy on the body, and may help with avoiding injuries . . . but the bottom line is, what is your passion? If your passion turns out to be triathlons, then go for triathlons! The rational reasons will all stack up and sound compelling, when you're training for what you're passionate about.

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LJCANNON 4/28/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon Sounds like "Tri-Thinking" to me!! Today seems very Spring Like here. I hope it holds on this time!!

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MSLZZY 4/28/2013 3:15PM

    Must be spring and the adrenaline rush of competition. Good luck next weekend. You may see DD and her DH there LOL!

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REJ7777 4/28/2013 2:54PM

    Me agrees... at heart and in practice. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/28/2013 2:36PM

    Whatever makes us smile, right? Physical fitness AND emotional fitness . . .

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DALID414 4/28/2013 2:30PM

    I can only dream of doing a tri, since I can't swim. Just the thought of swimming gives me an anxiety attack! (I have to face this fear, but it's a tough one!)

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/28/2013 1:42PM

    It does sound like a triathlon is coming your way.
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MIRAGE727 4/28/2013 12:52PM

    Uh, you need to move to Florida, Barb!
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The Biker Babes return!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I got an invitation earlier in the week to go bike riding this morning with KALIGIRL and her collection of (offline) friends who also bike. It was my first outing of the year on my trusty Brenda Starr Trek!

Weather was in the 40's (F), and misty, but the roads/trails were dry... and what a great time we had. There were only three of us in our group this morning and we were ALL out for the first ride of the season. My legs sure told me it was the first ride, coming up that last hill. I observed I was about three gears down from last year's max going up that hill.

At our stop downtown for breakfast, it was hilarious... we all three had our Smart Phones out swapping tips on various tracking apps, but the really fun part was remembering that we are ALL of "such an age" that mostly we remember exercise/biking/having fun as kids without all this technology! Nowadays to get SOME kids out the door or off the couch, you have to START them with technology!

But we looked like those clumps of 20 somethings who go out to eat together and then rather than be breakfasting with our newspapers... we were navigating web sites and pointing at stories on the web! We may not be TOTALLY up with the kids, but for a bunch of over 50's (60's in my case), we're not doing so bad.

After our break, we stopped also at a relatively new local landmark, the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, which supports the hiking/biking trails. They were having an open house, and we stopped in before heading home.

In short... good time had by all, and the needs of mind, body and spirit fed! We shall see how much fitter we feel by the end of the biking season next fall!

  
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ANDI571 4/29/2013 9:31AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/29/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon Technology will never take the place of Good Old Fashioned "Playing" but you are right, it requires Technology to get the Kids off the Computer these days. I am glad that more Apps seem to be recognizing the need for us to "Get Moving".
emoticon Sounds like a WONDERFUL Day you and the Girls had! Very Happy for you -- And a little Jealous because you have a Spark Friend so close! emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 4/28/2013 7:54PM

    emoticon emoticon on having some friends to get healthy with. hope you continue to have get together s make the trip onthe spark trail more fun emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/28/2013 8:36AM

    I would LOVE to have a group of friends to do this with! So inspiring! It sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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CASEYTALK 4/28/2013 7:55AM

    It sounds like great fun!

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REJ7777 4/28/2013 7:45AM

    It's always a joy to read your blogs about how you enjoy different forms of physical activity with your friends. As someone who's 62 and received an iPad from my son for my birthday, I had to smile at your use of technology. I LOVE the gadget! Love all the different apps... for SO MANY things. I learned there's a Geocaching site almost in my backyard. Fun! fun! fun!

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PMRUNNER 4/28/2013 5:46AM

    Sounds fun!

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SWEDE_SU 4/28/2013 2:13AM

    sounds like a great day, love the description of the technology!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/27/2013 11:20PM

    What a great morning! Sounds just perfect. Hopefully it's the first of many rides now that spring has FINALLY arrived!

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KARIDIAN1 4/27/2013 11:13PM

    70's in MN finally. Can you believe it was snowing Monday!

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LEANJEAN6 4/27/2013 8:36PM

    Good thing for a new day--and it has been better!!----hope so for you too!--Yer bike ride sounds awesome!--I did get for my run to-day--up the highway-Any day yu get for some outside exercise is awesome! emoticon -

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COMPUCATHY 4/27/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome! Yeah...I would have been all about the tracking apps, too! They sure make it fun! Glad you had a good time! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/27/2013 7:40PM

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2013 6:46PM

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DALID414 4/27/2013 4:39PM

    How fun!

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LESLIELENORE 4/27/2013 4:02PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! I gotta get out there myself.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/27/2013 3:36PM

    Sisterhood!
Sounds like fun and wish I was there

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2013 1:40PM

  LOVE IT! If I lived there I'd be a Biker Babe too! Glad you had a good first ride of the season. HUGS

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DEBRITA01 4/27/2013 1:38PM

    After this winter, it's great to be outdoors again. Glad you had an enjoyable ride with your friends...it's good for the soul :) emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/27/2013 1:31PM

    Terrific!
43 yr of arthritic knees has put a damper on biking for me.

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Tracking Happiness

Friday, April 26, 2013

I signed up for the happiness survey that KALIGIRL blogged about, and am now 58% complete, with 29 samples. I don't have screen prints for y'all, having some technology issues here at home, but the partial results have been instructive.

One thing I have observed that they don't ask about is "How irritated are you that I interrupted to ask just now?" I found THAT happening particularly when I was truly in the middle of stuff. I also found that even the act of making me THINK about whether I was happy could affect my happiness, either as a positive or a negative!

That said, some interesting bits: the most unhappy I got was about 50% (i.e. neutral), and that was on a hurried break, getting coffee before a work meeting I was feeling anxious about. Apparently when I feel anxious I don't consider myself happy.

As for happiness and "what are you doing?" That showed that I reported less than 100% during mostly working activities, reporting specific ones that it irritated me I was being asked right now, but some were genuine I wasn't feeling wonderful doing what I was doing. "In a meeting" was one of my lower ones... but even my lower ones were more than 75% towards extremely happy.

Interesting observation on the samples: I dipped to my least happy (about 75%) on Wednesdays, Thursday (82%) and Friday (80%)... showing I was getting worn down as a work week progressed. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were 100% days!

The times they asked whether I have to, want to, or both have to and want to do whatever it is I'm doing? Interestingly, I'm happiest when I both have to and want to... can we say "responsible adult"?

Level of focus or where I was (home, work, in a car, somewhere else)... didn't seem to have an impact. I was pretty happy focussed or not, and the two lower ratings of happiness, I was 100% focused.

I was 100% happy outside... every time! Alone or with people, didn't seem to matter, came out about the same. Size of number of people interacting with... slightly happier with just one, but pretty happy both. As for WHO talking with... my lowest ones (about 90%) were work folks (boss or coworkers).

Productivity was VERY interesting: my lowest ratings of happiness were when I was NEUTRAL level of productivity, neither completely unproductive (I was 100% happy then, nor highly productive (I was much happier then).

I told Becky last weekend I didn't think I'd find any surprises in this survey... but now, I'm not so sure.

www.trackyourhappiness.org

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/28/2013 8:48PM

    Signed up to try out "Tracking Happiness" given both you and KALIGIRL recommend it (good enough for me!!) but gotta say lasted only about 2 days -- ironically, I found it intrusive (number of surveys plus timing plus nature of ahem some of the questions, really?????) and that made me cranky!! A pretty unusual state of mind for me!

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MSLZZY 4/27/2013 7:42PM

    I need to check this out. Catch up with you later.

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2013 7:20PM

    Cool - haven't double checked mine - will need to.
Missed both calls today - 1st one was when we were 'spa' shopping - thinking about a hot tub for these aches and pains and second was when we were outside bringing down some tree limbs and cleaning up afterwards - definitely a workout day...
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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/27/2013 7:14AM

    I signed up...we'll see what happens!

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_LINDA 4/27/2013 2:02AM

    Its nice to see you are happy and content with the important htings in your life, especially that high stress job of yours! Wish I had the time to check this out. I am just too plodding on the computer and its all I can do to keep up with Sparking.

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/26/2013 11:38PM

    Interesting, will have to check that survey out! Thanks for sharing!

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DALID414 4/26/2013 9:12PM

    I'm all signed up! Thanks for sharing, I'm a sucker for surveys!

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PATRICIAAK 4/26/2013 7:38PM

    I knew you're happy and didn't need a survey to access it.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2013 2:36PM

  Interesting survey! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 4/26/2013 12:45PM

    Wow! Didn't know you could track happiness, but yes, it makes sense. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you are that happy. Very good! I'm betting you will love, love, love retirement!! -Marsha

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KASEYCOFF 4/26/2013 10:21AM

    Just off the top of my head, I'd think that putting the spotlight on your personal "happiness meter" in different situations opens the door to upping your overall happiness quotient. When we deliberately focus on the-glass-is-half-full, we can find ways to adjust the (generally self-imposed) filters to improve positive feelings. And to then see just what rippling effects such perspective can have on other (all) areas of our lives is a real eye-opener.

Mindfulness is a wonderful thing, ain't? Now, I'm going to go check out the link - thanx, Barb!
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Virtual Friday

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tomorrow is a holiday that is often the butt of jokes in the wider world. Well, it is what passes for it since the State of Nebraska decided to move it off its traditional April 22nd (J. Sterling Morton's birthday), to make it a "4th Friday of April" deal. I speak of Arbor Day, the celebration of planting trees.

The weather this year doesn't seem to coincide with the way it normally is this time of year, but I get a day off work anyway. Rather than trees this year, I shall have seed put down on my lawn, since I managed to kill it rather thoroughly through not watering during last year's drought. At all. Almost seems an exercise in futility, doesn't it?

Still, it will make the neighbors a little happier and me feel a little less guilty about my yard being a "blight" on the suburban landscape.

And now, for today's little pep talk:

1. You can declare victory for surviving your high-anxiety day of meetings keeping you away from finishing your NUTs (Nagging Unfinished Task, for someone who trips over the blog without having read yesterday's). Feel good and reward yourself in a healthy way.

2. Drink your water.

3. Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.

4. Remember to take those breaks. Even if not at the normal time. Walk.

5. And, as always, remember that the cookie at the coffee stand and the candy bar in the machine... will not make it better in the long run! Maybe not even in the short run.

Spark a healthy day, my friends, because LIFE is good. Live it well! emoticon

  
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SPARKFRAN514 4/26/2013 2:07PM

    thanks for the tips and you are so right about the cookies and candy but sometimes they call our names so loudly emoticon emoticon my grass love water but still to cold here to water yet

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/26/2013 5:59AM

    I have the brownest lawn in the summer and am proud of it. I do not water my grass, only my plants and they are hand-watered. Saving the planet and such.
You go, brown blades.

Your bro mentioned zoysia, it does tolerate less water. Dad had it at his place and it was like a thick pile carpet in the summer and in the sun. Didn't grow at all in the shade.

As for NUTs, I now have squirrels living under my desk!

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_LINDA 4/26/2013 1:53AM

    Sounds like you need to move to a xeroscape. Lots of rocks and pretty stone and a few drought hardy shrubs to please the tree huggers.
I never get even the weird holidays off here. The bridge club never closes down except for Christmas Day. So I work every Monday unless its Christmas :P
Enjoy your rest day! I enjoyed my day off and bridge with the Probus club members, especially as it was actually warm enough outside all I needed was a light jacket because of the strong winds! Not normal temps yet, but creeping close and higher (hopefully)

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MSLZZY 4/25/2013 10:03PM

    Love the reference to the cookie and candy bar. Thankfully I stock the coffee room and no snacks there. Enjoy your day off. I want to plant grass on Saturday, before it rains next week.

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KARIDIAN1 4/25/2013 9:55PM

    I got all my NUTS done today!

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PATRICIAAK 4/25/2013 9:24PM

    Hoping you have sun to enjoy as you rescue the landscape.

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RAINBOWMF 4/25/2013 9:06PM

    No help here

Enjoy your Friday

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MOBYCARP 4/25/2013 8:58PM

    You might want to consider zoysia grass for the sunny part of your lawn. It's fairly low maintenance, tolerates the heat well, and won't grow where there's shade. Your older sister would be more of an expert on it than I am, but I got a good 5 year run out of it on 69th St.

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WATERMELLEN 4/25/2013 7:33PM

    Lawns: what a lot of attention they demand!! Ours is definitely not the approved "monoculture" carpet of green . . . lots of thyme, stonecrop, clover, and weeds.

Glad you're getting a day off tomorrow: you deserve it for sure.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/25/2013 1:43PM

    Over here on the other side of the seasons have a lawn rescue day of my own ahead of me today.
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CASEYTALK 4/25/2013 11:57AM

    Have you considered clover instead of grass?

http://www.sheknows.c
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Or something else:

http://www.hotgardens.
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I'm a lazy person. I don't like watering, fertilizing, or mowing. :)

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PRINCESSAMY 4/25/2013 11:47AM

    Have fun on your Virtual Friday!!!

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LESLIELENORE 4/25/2013 10:49AM

    I like Arbor Day.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2013 10:41AM

  **SIGH** I feel your grass pain! Our lawn is a blight too for the same reason! My neighbors all around "dutifully" water the heck out of their lawn, had provessional landscapers mow their lawn (NO WAY, JOSE!) and we didn't. Sooooo, have to do some TLC out there as well.

HUGS and good luck.

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DALID414 4/25/2013 9:58AM

    Happy virtual Friday.

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MIRAGE727 4/25/2013 8:38AM

    I'm so excited that I'm in Lincoln for Arbor Day!
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Dunedin, Florida is also celebrating by giving away free trees to grow!
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SLENDERELLA61 4/25/2013 8:10AM

    Best wishes with reestablishing the lawn. Guess we're lucky. Ours can look dead, but the rains come and it springs back to life. As always, love your pep talk. Interesting that you point out that the cookie and vending machine treats may not even help in the short run. Good point. Enjoy your day off! You definitely deserve one - or more!

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SUSANNAH31 4/25/2013 8:09AM

    Here's to greener lawns and a great outdoor day tomorrow.

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KALIGIRL 4/25/2013 7:55AM

    Ah - sounds like spring is in the air @ your house - we have to accomplish some weed control @ the street - hot concrete and grass just don't seem to mix...
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The roots of anxiety

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I read an article once that talked about the things that leads to the most stress in life. It used the acronym NUTs. What drives one crazy, it said, are the Nagging Unfinished Tasks. So it is no wonder that I'm waking up this morning feeling anxious and stressed and wanting to go back to sleep.

At work I have hanging several such things. I will start in on a "thing" (multi-part) that needs to be completed, just a part of the big project I've mentioned. Or maybe it's something independent of the project, just something else among my responsibilities. And I'll get interrupted in the process, by something else that requires "urgent" attention, or is given to me as a higher priority, or sometimes just to help someone out.

Normally, I consider myself an "interrupt driven" processor (IT folks will understand that term). I grab the highest priority task, give it the attention it needs, and move on to the next. However, if I get to the end of my work day, and I never got back to the first thing I was doing to complete it? It remains a Nagging Unfinished Task. I can handle SOME of this, force myself to leave, live my life, saying I'll get back to it tomorrow.

But tomorrow is TODAY now, and I have meetings all over my calendar. The NUTs will remain NUTs... and this is how big holes can end up in work product.

The plan to deal: remember that the PROCESSOR (me) needs to be given priorities. One of those priorities is self-maintenance. So...

1) Drink that water
2) Remember that the cookie at the coffee kiosk and the candy bar in the vending machine won't help in the long run
3) TAKE THOSE BREAK WALKS EVEN IF IT MEANS LEAVING THE NUTS AS NUTS FOR A WHILE.
4) Remember that your value as a producer is worthless if you kill yourself doing the producing!

YOU are worth it. Once in a while close your eyes and remember to breathe!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/26/2013 11:40PM

    Oh, my life is a lot of nuts all the time...I needed that perspective so thanks!

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LEANJEAN6 4/25/2013 6:37AM

    so true eh??--What you "'want"" to get to---or have half finished, drives one nuts!---And you know what?--It usually gets done in time!------We worry-----for nothing---*S*----Good morning Ba emoticon rb!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/25/2013 5:21AM

    Barb,
Thanks for describing my life right now.

The stress has given me sleepless nights, cardiac palpitations and ...the dreaded overeating monster again!
Vicariously yours,

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KARRENLYNN 4/24/2013 10:23PM

    I hate to say it but I think I am fairly easily distracted. Real pain when you're trying to get certain things done in a timely manner. I'm definitely a stress / boredom / mindless eater, also not good.

I'm rooting for you success in your producer plan!

Karen

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_LINDA 4/24/2013 9:49PM

    Ob boy do I get where you are coming from here. So many tasks, so little time. What to get done first. What will be needed first of course. But some tasks are more interesting then others and you rather leave the unpleasant ones as long as possible. But frantically doing them the night beofre they are needed is unproductive and adds to more sleep deprivation and continuing the vicious cycle. In a perfect world you won't get another task dumped on you before the first one is completed. but of course that never happens, there is always something coming up.
Fortunately, I never let anything get in the way of my exercise. But unfortunately, the stress eating needs work. Maybe I need a time management course. Or to learn to say N.O.
Taking deep breath.
Spark On!

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DALID414 4/24/2013 9:29PM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2013 9:15PM

  Good for you for having your plan in place to deal with those nutty NUTs. UGH Used to drive me crazy too.

HUGS

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2013 8:38PM

    I'm thinking that maybe remembering to breathe could be permissible oftener than once in a while . . . this situation does sound awesomely NUTZZZZZ.

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KARIDIAN1 4/24/2013 8:34PM

    I live that term NUTS. I have a bunch of them so many days.

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MSLZZY 4/24/2013 8:25PM

    I have a deep pile of NUTs only my desk right now. I hope I can handle it as we'll as you do.

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PATRICIAAK 4/24/2013 6:24PM

    Great that your priorities are right! If you don't take care of you, you won't be able to tackle the NUTS.
In my life, I put God first and ask His help in taking care of me and His people.

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LJCANNON 4/24/2013 2:37PM

    emoticon "Nut" is a Very Good term for those tasks!!
Thanks for sharing your 'Processing' with all of us!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/24/2013 2:07PM

    Amen to that! Before I took this break I managed to finish a NUT from weeks ago and am amazed by the feeling of lightness and refreshment when I went to work, simply from getting it done. It was lower priority than everything else but still up there, but just wasn't shifting from my list of things to do. I had no idea of the drag effect it was having on me until I got it out of th way.
We are and will remain low staffed at my work and I realize i am going to have to find a way t deals with this situation. Perhaps even reprioritise those NUTs tasks to get rid if the drag effect, because they do affect my productivity.

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BUSYBEE37 4/24/2013 12:15PM

    Well now, you described my work likfe to a T! NUTs, I like that. Thanks for sharing.

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DEBRA0818 4/24/2013 11:06AM

    There is no question that when a big pile of NUTs happens, I have to remind myself to slow down (not go faster), breathe (good idea for all living creatures) and whisper a short prayer (Thy will, not mine, be done). I repeat this until I don't feel nuts anymore. It helps!

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PATTYR81 4/24/2013 10:00AM

    You are telling my life story!

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CONCHA77 4/24/2013 9:12AM

    From one nut to another, have a super day!

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DLDMIL 4/24/2013 9:08AM

    AH, yes I have several NUTs sitting on my desk, and they will sit there until I return from vacation, and then the big NUT will be Union negotiations.OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for posting another great blog. Let us keep the processors well and happy.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/24/2013 8:58AM

    Very interesting blog. I totally understand how NUTs can drive someone nuts. Best wishes for treating the processor well! You are definitely worth it. I personally had a melt down this morning worthy of the two year old -- all about shoes. Anyway, sometimes I find I can stress out over nothing important at all. So at least you can comfort yourself knowing that you are stressed out over something -- something I suspect would stress anyone. Happy processing and producing! Wishing you fewer and fewer NUTs-- and happy acceptance of those that have to be pending. Happy walking and water drinking!! Wishing you restorative rest in moments of breathing and closed eyes for anxiety-free hours. Anxiety is the enemy. It does not help us produce. When we can master it, we are happiest and most productive!!

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ALOHAEV1 4/24/2013 8:20AM

    I have a stack a foot high of NUTs myself.

I'm going to share this with my daughter, she is facing a lot of the same NUTso stuff you are as the month comes to a close, think she will benefit from it.

Love your background pic by the way!

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KALIGIRL 4/24/2013 8:07AM

    Love your acronym - here's to caring for the processor!

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GABY1948 4/24/2013 7:59AM

    Makes sense to me! That really is the reason for most anxiety...that's when I sit down and make lists! Thanks

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KELLIEBEAN 4/24/2013 7:56AM

    No wonder I am NUTS, I have a few NUTS hanging around! I do believe this. If I could just focus sometimes, life would be better. I'm working on it!

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