I’m working on it

[picture: david and me in a restaurant]
Me and David in Chopsticks restaurant in Gainesville Saturday. It’s kinda hard to tell, but David didn’t really want to kill the photographer. Honest. A rare shot of me donning a hat.
So the last couple of days have been good to me. After getting back home from Gainesville around 3pm on Sunday, I spent a good chunk of time getting the images you saw in my last entry ready for posting to the local Ultimate Frisbee discussion board.
Got to chat with Tex last night! Well, technically, I guess it was this morning. Tex is a good friend of mine that works for a certain large software company based out of Redmond, Washington. We bitched about bad user-interface design, in particular, the design of the latest edition of MSN Messenger for Windows. Did you know you can browse the web inside your contact list? Why god, why?
Ended up getting pretty early, or, as Mom likes to put it, “burning the candle at both ends of the stick”. That has got to stop. That and a whole bunch of other things. So this morning I made a list, a whole bunch of ideas/priniciples/resolutions which I’m going to try and satisfy. Among them: go to bed by midnight at latest during weeknight, have a tea in the morning, to eat a proper breakfast (this has been suffering as of late), to arrive at work by 8, to figure out a proper budget (not just the intuitive one I’ve been using), pay off the money I owe Mom & Dad, pay off my Canadian taxes, pay off the remainder of my provincial and federal student loans and not to let the heap of laundry in my room grow so big.
These things are all fixable. Some of these things weren’t problems until recently.
For example, I didn’t owe Mom & Dad money until I fell asleep at the wheel of their car two days before last Christmas and side-swiped a parked ’94 Nissan Micra on the other side of the road. Thankfully it was 7am on a Sunday and I was the only person on the road.
Guess that was lack of sleep. You see? It all ties together nicely. Heh.
And for some reason, lately — in the past two weeks or so — I haven’t been able to keep up with either my dirty clothes or my dishes. They just sort of fall by the wayside on my list of things to do. I can feel my standards slipping!
Do you live by yourself? How do you motivate Mister/Miss Clean?


  1. woo hoo! i’m not the only one! i just finally cleaned the kitchen (again) and living room the other day. i had forgotten how nice my house is without all that clutter lying around. i’m not cleaning everything all at once, just bits of it all this week. it’s easier to actually get somewhere that way.
    i also need to find a good budget plan. like you said, an intuitive one doesn’t seem to work so well.

  2. Hey Krish,
    If you’re not using a personal finance app like Quicken, then I have a decent xls I did up for budgeting. Should have most of the items you need, some graphs and all the formulas work! 🙂

  3. For cleaning up, what I’m trying lately and seems to be working is: As soon as I come home from work (and of course, take of my shoes and pour myself a drink or whatever) I set a timer for 20 mins, and clean up the house for 20 mins. Usually, that’s about enough to get the place straightened up. After that, it’s really easy to notice when things are cluttered, and you’re more likely to pick those dishes up and put them in the dishwasher than you are to let them sit on the table. 🙂

  4. easy way to get place clean: have something else you should be doing -sleeping, reports or whatever. mind you the 20min idea sounds a bit better
    budgeting: everyday write down on your calendar what you bought that day. look at your calendar lots!

  5. julie, heh… piecemeal is indeed better. at least then the task doesn’t seem so daunting. got the dishes and laundry out of the way. of course, it was all a little easier to do, considering i had a little more inspiration: mom dad & neil came back tonight after spending two weeks in trinidad.
    ryan, sounds good to me, can you email it to me?
    sue, what a great idea! i love it. gonna try it tomorrow.
    hilary, hahahah… um, y’know, you’re totally right — i clean when i procrastinate. but it has to be something i totally don’t want to do. sleeping…. well, i don’t hate it. it’s just…. low priority? hee hee.
    thanks for all the hints guys! i’m going to see what i can do about these bits over the next couple of weeks. next item up? tea in the morning.

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