Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday's Productivity

Here's today's to do list:

- Go to the office - DONE
- Attend colleague's retirement function - DONE
- Bank - DONE
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Water the front garden - DONE
- Call neighbor - DONE
- Tidy/clean the living room (DONE) & dining room
- Put away laundry from yesterday - DONE
- Do another load of laundry
- Go through today's mail & weekly grocery ads - DONE

At first, I felt I hadn't been as productive as I had planned to be, but now that I have listed every thing I did do, I see that it is not too shabby.  I didn't do the dining room and I didn't do a load of laundry, but that's OK.  I'll just put them on tomorrow's list.  I don't have as much time and energy on work days.  They are long enough as it is, since I am at the office for 9 hours plus an hour long commute each way.  I need to learn to pace myself!

How did your day go?  Were you able to accomplish all what you had planned for today?


  1. Hello dear blog friend,

    I have now read this far from the beginning. You do put in an incredibly long day when you go to the office. I don't think I could do that commute. I am retired now but worked in a nursing home for 26 years and my commute time was short.

    Amazed at how you are budgeting to put your daughter thru uni - I went back to work full time so that our three could attend first rate university. Well worth it in my opinion.


    1. Hi Sandy, glad you made it this far! I am enjoying re-reading some of my old posts, when you and Joy (another reader who was reading from the beginning) comment on an older post. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Yes, I work what they call an "alternate work schedule". Our pay period is 2 weeks and we work 80 hours but we are allowed to spread those 80 hours among 9 work days, so we can have the 10th day off. This means we work one 8 hr. day on one week and four 9 hr. days the rest of that week and four 9 hour days the other week; this gives us 80 hours of work plus a regular day off every other week. Add a 30 minute (minimum) mandatory lunch break (during which we do not get paid) plus an hour long commute at each end, those work days are routinely 11 1/2 hours long! Of course, one has the option of working regular 8 hr. days, as well, but then, one doesn't get the 3-day weekends every other week!

      Yes, I was blessed to be able to put my daughter through both undergraduate and graduate school (the first at UCLA, the 2nd at Berkeley) without her having to take out loans. She worked part time throughout, up to 3 different part time jobs at a time, sometimes as many as 36 hours a week, in addition to taking a full load of classes, as many as 21 units a quarter. She paid for her clothes and any extras; I paid her tuition and fees and text books, and later, when she went to Berkeley, for her rent. I didn't ask her to contribute to groceries and utilities when she lived at home and was ready to pay for them when she went to grad. school, too, but she volunteered to pay for them, herself. I, too, think it's well worth the sacrifices we make to give them a helping hand.


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