Day 332, Timely, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity

Day 332, Timely, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity

Friday Morning

Cronometer reports that I have kept a complete Cronometer log 73.2% of all days since Lisa’s Diet Takeoff Day (June 22, 2019).  That has been almost six weeks.
 
What planning would make today a success?  Let me consult TCC P&L for PC (Time, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity).
 
Here is a rough sketch of my planning for today:
 
TCC P&L for PC
Timely, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity
Time
Plans
Actual
Up to 8
Blog
Morning Routine
JV Life Tracker
Get Dressed
Aspirations
10 Powerful Affirmations
 
8-9
Christian Brothers A/C recharge
Get Mail
 
9-10
Clean the Kitchen
Breakfast
 
10-11
Blog
 
11-12
Fill Energy Supplements
 
12-1
Lunch
 
1-2
Seth Godin’s Linchpin
 
2-3
Blog
 
3-4
Android Studio & Remove SDK from C: drive
 
4-5
Blog
 
5-6
Get the Jeep
Declutter Desk
 
6-7
Dinner
 
7-8
Blog
 
8-9
Sympathy Cards
 
9-12
Get Ready for Bed
Take Medication
Electric toothbrush
 
 
Now I have a view of my planning for today.
 

Healing Eczema

 
Let me do some planning to minimize the pain of a patch of eczema.  I just put a drop of argan oil on the patch of eczema on my left middle finger.  This is the second time I have done that.  Last time, it seemed to relieve the soreness. However, I have no proof yet that argan oil is effective at healing my eczema.  I am willing to try it though.  Coconut oil helps prevent eczema.  So far, it has not healed it.  I have some evening primrose oil on order, which is what I typically take to heal eczema.  That remedy can take a while.  In the meantime, I have some 1% cortisone cream, which generally is not as effective as the evening primrose oil.
 
Gluten can exacerbate eczema.  I am going to eliminate it again from my diet and forgive myself for slipping on my resolve.  I already have “Eat no gluten” in JV Life Tracker.  I have scored it only 34 times between January 14, 2019 and July 31, 2019.  Let me see if I can improve on that.  Lately, I have been eating bread; substituting brown rice would be better.  Rice is a lot less expensive than bread too and does not contain yeast, which can contribute to candida overgrowth.
 

Morning Routine

 
In preparation for my errand at the automotive repair shop, I got dressed this morning.
 
The table below shows some prior planning I have done for my morning routine.  This is what I have currently.  The list is a bit bloated; so far I have never done it all in one day.  However, the list seems to work as long as I do not try to do everything.  Can I get myself to do my morning routine every day?  Not yet.  There is a part of me that balks at being relegated to a routine.  I just want to go out and do everything impulsively or perhaps you can say spontaneously.  However, going too far with that way of doing things can lead to mania.  Planning is better; it is just that it is harder.
 
Done
Activity
Notes
 
Put Away Night-Guard
 
 
Take Thyroid
 
 
Take SAMe
 
 
Adjust Thermostat
 
 
Denneroll
 
 
Meditation
 
Check Calendar
 
 
If Past Sunrise, Open Blinds
 
 
Record Weight in Cronometer
 
 
Record sleep in Cronometer
 
 
Clean Eyeglasses
 
 
JV Life Tracker
 
 
T2 Mood Tracker
 
 
Make Bed
 
 
Aspirations in Joyful Vibrance
 
 
Set 3 MIT (most important tasks) for day
 
 
TCC P&L for PC (planning and logging)
 
 
If Ready, Start or Empty Dishwasher
 
 
Shower on Shower Days
 
 
odb.org
 
 
Blood Pressure
 
 
Put Blood Pressure Reading in Cronometer
 
 
Cognitive Distortion Analysis
 
 
Put Notes in Cronometer
 
 
Progress Ritual
 
 
Move Laundry (if needed)
Lynda.com (10 min.)
 
 
Declutter Desk
 
 
Post Blog
 
 
Review 14 Beliefs for a Popular Blog
 
 
Preparing For My Day
 
 
Strength Training
 
 
Walk in Hallway
 
 
Walk with Husband
 
 
Breakfast
 
 
Cronometer
 
 
Brush Teeth & Special Rinse
 
 
Don’t Eat or Drink for 20 m after rinse
 
 
Breakfast for Husband
 
 
Check Email
 
 
MailChimp Mailing List
 
 
Set up MIT’s
 
 
Vacuum
 
 
Blog
 
 
 
Lunch (preferably a green drink)
 
 
Put Images on Blog Daily
 
 
Devotional with Husband
 
 

Jeep Maintenance

 
As I was planning, I took the jeep to the shop for maintenance on the air-conditioner.  The shop’s driver courteously gave me a ride home.  Then I made my husband’s favorite spinach, tomato, and cheese omelet for breakfast while cleaning the kitchen.  After breakfast, I hauled some boxes and trash to the condo’s dumpster complex and got the mail.
 

Supplements

 
A package from Swanson’s Vitamins was in the large mailbox, the key for which the mailman put in my mailbox.  I loaded my “energy cocktail” in my pill containers.  Instead of using silica complex, containing calcium and magnesium, which I get from other sources, I loaded the containers with three pills from Swanson’s:  6 mg boron, horsetail (containing silicon), and 22 mg of zinc picolinate.  (15 mg of zinc is generally not enough for me; 30 mg can be too much–based on the nutrient balance indicator in Cronometer.)
 
Swanson’s is a company I feel comfortable recommending.  They have given me great service and great products.  My dad was the first to hand me a Swanson’s catalog.  I believe the three new supplements will be great for my fingernails and possibly for my bones as well.  Of course, I take calcium and magnesium also.  (I have difficulty moving my bowels in the morning if I have not had magnesium the night before.)  Sometimes, I take strontium citrate, though I have not yet done it regularly.  To round out my bone health, I take 100 mg vitamin K2 and 5,000 I.U. vitamin D.  More vitamin K2 would be even better.  However, it is a pricey vitamin.
 
Unfortunately, I am not sure all of this is enough.  Weight-bearing exercise is important.  I may need to do more than walking.  I sometimes use stretch bands. However, my consistency is not what I want it to be.  Bioidentical hormones would probably help, but they were priced out of my budget at the time my doctor prescribed them.
 

Friday Afternoon

 

Bone Health Mind Map

Jeep

 
Although I was not planning on it, I had to do some wrangling about the price listed on the coupon.  The man from the shop did not seem familiar with the coupon I had on hand.  It surprised me that he did not seem aware of how his own company was advertising.   After checking with someone else, he accepted my story.  However, the disagreement blew some of my faith in the company.
 
My husband just recommended we eat our leftover dinner salad with avocado for our snack today.  Good idea.
 
Wow!  I just did the mind map above.  It is one of my first.  It is much easier and concise to explain these concepts with a mind map than it is with text.  I think I will post it on Facebook.  There.  I did.  I am planning to become more familiar with the tool of Facebook.  It can be a distraction, but it can be on the path to success.
 
I got the jeep back and paid the price listed on the coupon.  All is well.
 

Dinner Planning

 
My husband wants dinner with more fiber.  I am planning to stir-fry a blend of frozen vegetables from Costco with salmon burgers.
 

Computer Planning

 
I removed 8.29 GB of Android SDK packages from my C: drive and copied them to another drive.  That way I have room for additional programs on the C: drive.  I have my eye on Serif Designer, which will provide tools to produce even more visual material for this blog.  Reviewers say there is quite a learning curve for the program, so do not expect a Rembrandt overnight.
 
I proceeded and purchased a year’s subscription to the Mind Meister mind mapping tool.  Fortunately, it will not require any space on my C: drive.  Today’s bone-health mind-mapping experience was my third free mind map of the three allotted, and I do not want to stop making mind maps or erase the ones I have already started.  I was planning for the mind map tool to be a reward for doing my planning for a month, but now I will consider the planning I have already done to be the requisite month.
 
Yesterday, I also set up Grammarly in Chrome, which is mostly free.  It checks the correctness and clarity of blog entries.  I wish I had started using it sooner.  I just scored 99 on my first draft of Computer Planning with no alerts.  (I wonder why I never score 100.)  There is “1 additional writing issue,” available only for premium users.  For now, I will spend my money on visual tools.  Serif Designer is considered to be a bargain but is not a full replacement for Adobe Illustrator.  However, for my workflow, that is probably okay.
 

Friday Evening

Dinner

 
Not many minutes ago, I started dinner.
 
 
Later, I served it: colorful, tasty, savory, easy-to-prepare, nutritious.  I need to do something this good (or better) more often.
 

TCC P&L for PC

 
If you want a peek at my day so far, it is going well, probably because I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do.  Here is my planning log:
 
TCC P&L for PC
Timely, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity
Time
Plans
Actual
Up to 8
Blog
Morning Routine
JV Life Tracker
Get Dressed
Aspirations
10 Powerful Affirmations
JV Life Tracker
Blog
Got Dressed
(did not get all the morning routine done, but that is okay)
 
8-9
Christian Brothers A/C recharge
Get Mail
Christian Brothers
Aspirations
Take Out Trash and Boxes
Get Mail
9-10
Clean the Kitchen
Breakfast
Clean the Kitchen
Breakfast
10-11
Blog
Blog
11-12
Fill Energy Supplements
Filled Pill Containers with Energy Supplements
12-1
Lunch
Lunch
1-2
Seth Godin’s Linchpin
Mind mapping
Blog
2-3
Blog
Linchpin
Visiting with husband
3-4
Android Studio & Remove SDK from C: drive
Picked up Jeep
Salad snack
Facebook
4-5
Blog
Removed SDK from C: drive
Linchpin
Discussed dinner with husband
Updated log
5-6
Get the Jeep
Declutter Desk
Blog
Prepare dinner
6-7
Dinner
Dinner – Kirkland stir-fry with salmon burgers, pickle, and tamari sauce.
7-8
Blog
10 Powerful Affirmations
Declutter desk
Grammarly
Check AWstats for blog
8-9
Sympathy Cards
Sympathy Cards
9-12
Get Ready for Bed
Take Medication
Electric toothbrush
 
 
The main thing left to do tonight is the sympathy cards.  My father passed away last November, and my sister passed away in May.  I have been procrastinating getting the cards sent out.  Perhaps I could use a strategy taught by Dr. David Burns.  I will tell myself I do not have to finish.  I can just get started on them.
 
I finished them.  They are just waiting to be put in the mail tomorrow.  That strategy worked, this time at least.
 

Prayer

 
 
 
Evening Prayer
 
Dear Lord,
 
Today has been a good day, even for a Friday.  I used my Timely, Consistent, Clear Planning and Logging for Productive Creativity.  The day surprisingly turned out a lot like my planning.
 
I noticed in my statistics that quite a few people have downloaded my first novel, Lisa’s Light and Hope.  I hope they read the novel also.  It is my gift.
 
Seth Godin’s Linchpin has
been an inspiration to me already.  I am creating art and giving gifts of that art.  I have wanted to share it all along.  However, I just did not see how.  Now the path to follow is becoming more clear to me.
 
Guide me, Lord, in what to learn and do.  Give me courage.  Bless my husband with the ability to recover.  I disobeyed him, and it worked out okay.  I did not
get his drink for him, and he did not ask for it again.  So far.
 
Dinner tonight was simple and nutritious.
 
I especially enjoyed making the mind map about bone health.  It was much easier to explain the concepts in my mind with a mind map than with a paragraph or two or three or more.
 
An important goal to send sympathy cards to my mother and siblings is all but done.  When the time came to work on them, I thought I was too tired.  However, I went ahead and finished them.  I hope it helps to comfort my family after the loss of our family members.
 
Bless my readers with the ability to share their own art, their own gifts.  Give them inspiration and vibrant joy.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
Stan and KaeLyn Morrill
 

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