THIS WEEKS THEMES:
Disliking, Drinking, Learning, Loving, Managing
I am currently:
Disliking ... Being awake. It is so hard to be awake right now. So I have my music on, soda in my hand, trying to wake up a bit. 5 am is too early for humans to be awake, let alone be at work! And I'm a morning person!
Drinking. .. Pepsi. I am trying to quit drinking soda, but sometimes I let myself have one in the morning. Otherwise the rest of the day I usually drink water. And that does help keep my energy up during the day. But sometimes I just want a soda.
My new desk. My cubicle actually had more desk area. And storage. Hmm. Who would have thought?
Learning... How being in an office is different from my cubicle. I don't have to have my music on as loud (my office mate didn't like my N'Sync yesterday.. men.) and just to be with Art (my office mate) even more than I'm used to. So that will take some getting used to. Just being by a different person can change a lot. Art and I have worked together a lot in the past year, so I think this will be good for us to be closer!
Loving... The cloudy skies. It has made our weather reallyyyy humid (which we usually aren't. like, at all.) so its been muggly and horrible. But it is only like 80 degrees, so its not as bad as if it were 100+. But still. I wish it would rain! I don't feel that tension in the air that I feel before it rains, so I am not getting my hopes up. But the skies look like they could let go at any minute.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. For weeks now in the blogosphere, I couldn't stop hearing about the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. But then I went to Starbucks while waiting for my Little Ceasar's (I have a teenager and Dakota - don't judge.) and I saw it. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate was back as well. Oh my goodness. Have you Pumpkin Spice people tried it? If not, you need to go and get one. Now. And bring me one.
Oh, speaking of which. I now LOVE Living Social. I had never used it before, because the closest towns it had were like an hour away from me (Because some people don't realize there is more to the San Joaquin Valley than Fresno) But I found a deal for $10 of Starbucks, for $5! Isn't that amazing?! I was skeptical, I will admit, having never used LivingSocial before. But I tried the voucher yesterday at Starbucks, and it worked! I will have to look more into Living Social. That's for sure.
Managing ... My email. It is something that I have the most control over. I use David Allen's Inbox Zero theory. If an email takes less than 2 minutes, I reply. Otherwise, it gets filed. Into folders that tell me I need to do something with them, if I am waiting for soemone else's actions, or if I just need to follow up. I think its a great sytem because it really helps me stay organized. I have been kind of lax on my Weekly Reviews for a few weeks, but I am hoping to get back into it tomorrow. Just the act of doing a review every week helps me not feel so overwhelmed. And that is a major improvement.
Maybe tomorrow I will do a post on my weekly review, and on my GTD system in general. Typically I don't follow these hyped up programs and theories. They just don't work for me. But GTD is so tweakable that I made it work for me. And it really does help.
And now it is time to tackle my to do list for the day!
Happy Friday Eve!