On Getting Shiz Done

Nine months into the year, and I’m finally starting to pull finger and get shiz done. Attempting this grown-up do things responsibly and timeously thing. Trying not to let everything overwhelm me all at once, by breaking it down, yo.

I am keeping a to-do list (a handwritten one) in a little notebook. It’s working for me. Even though I’ve tried a million online task managers, I’ve never found one that works for me. The downside to having an actual to-do list? The more things you tick off, the the longer the list seems to get, regardless.

My student debt is finally sorted out. I no longer have any tertiary-education-related debt hanging over my head. I no longer have reason to worry about being blacklisted. It took me nearly two years to pay it off. Plus interest.

For the moment, I seem to be handling the work/home balance rather well. Despite being alarmingly busy, I’ve not worked at night for nearly two weeks. When I get home, I leave my macbook in my work bag, and it stays there. Until I get to work the next day. This comes, somewhat, from not procrastinating as much.

I seem to have be managing my money better this month. All, of course, helped by the fact that my student debt is gone. I even have money to pay my R1400 traffic fines. Thanks to winning a Facebook competition** held by The Classifieds. I won R1500 for myself, and R1000 for my favourite charity. Which just happens to be C.R.O.W (Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) This is a definite bonus, as it’s The Boyfriend’s birthday in September, and it’s his 30th – so the budget for the gift will be rather large.

I seem to be better at this whole keeping-in-contact-with-distant-family thing. I phone my grandmother regularly, and have done so for the last few weeks. Previously if I spoke to my grandmother twice a year, it was a lot. I was a really, really bad grand-daughter. Now I just need to start phoning my Ouma more. In my defence: she’s really loud and getting her on the phone means a 45day long conversation – so I really am only sparing my phone bill here. Further in my defence: She stalks me on Facebook and comments on pictures of my Kid and Pokes me ALL THE TIME. I phone my father more as well, which he appreciates on account of how I am his only child and he’s far away in Durban. Speaking of fathers. He came up to Joburg yesterday and spent the night – The Boyfriend cooked his specialty f0r my dad (spaghetti bolognaise) and I made garlic bread and my dad got to spend some time with his grandson.

As to why all this is happening, I have no idea. Clearly my planets have aligned with my chakras and all the omens are lining up to give me a big kick in the pants.  Regardless of whence it comes, it’s somewhat satisfying to be getting shiz done.

** Speaking of Facebook competitions - you too could be a winner:  

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3. Career/Finance: Getting that promotion, starting your own business or investing in your future.
4. Health/Wellness: Loving yourself inside and out with spa treatments, makeovers and fitness.
5. Other: If none of the above categories describe your moment.

How do you enter?

1. Apply for a MyCard credit card (who doesn’t need more credit, right?) and if your application is successful, you could win the booty grand prize of R 50 000!  All it takes is a successful MyCard credit card application and you could win. Fifty grand is a LOT of shoe money!

The MyCard grand prize competition runs from 19 July to 19 November 2010.

**AND/OR**

Share your MyCard moment and win:

2. Enter the weekly Facebook competition to win R500 gift cards when you share your MyCard moment, which will run until 12 November 2010.

To win here, all you need to do is decide how you’d use your cash-back to create a special moment for yourself. Why? Because, as women we tend to put everyone before ourselves. We’re selfless like that. This competition is about embracing the selfishness, celebrating YOU and doing something for yourself. Whether it be going on a shopping spree and splurging on   only recipe books, having a pedicure or going for sundowners on the beach with your mom,  your moment shared could get you winning one of 5 weekly gift cards worth R500! 

The weekly competition cycle runs from 19 July to 12 November 2010.

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9 Responses to On Getting Shiz Done

  1. Oh I also have a handwritten to do list – actually 2 – one for work, one for home. They work better as the feeling of satisfaction when ticking off is way better than electronically.

    And what? Your Ouma is on Facebook? Heavens, what has the world come to?
    .-= cat@juggling act´s last blog ..The best Idea ever! =-.

  2. cath Jenkin says:

    OMG you and CROW. You know my mom worked there, hey? You know her ashes are there. That was her heart after my dad died. She loved that place. In fact, she was writing a book about it when she died. She’s left it to me to finish.

    Fact. x
    .-= cath Jenkin´s last blog ..a word on wonderful friends =-.

  3. Dawn says:

    Please come take over my life? Normally-calm-and-chillaxed-Dawnie is gonna have a friggin aneurism. Meh!

  4. OMG, Ouma POKES me every.single.day!!!! Sometimes twice. She’s relentless.

    Love you x
    .-= AngelinAfrica´s last blog ..On Being A Stay At Home Mom Of Two… =-.

  5. Louisa says:

    Nothing quite beats a real live to-do list. I find that even if I don’t keep it with me, having taken the time to actually write it down sometimes helps me remember and prioritise.
    .-= Louisa´s last blog ..240 of 365 =-.

  6. getting by says:

    I feel inspired now, I so need a to do list, in a big way!!!!

    As for Ouma, enjoy it my grandfather, who is my only living grandparent is a doomsday prophet, always telling me to take care of my mom or she’ll die :/ I get she’s his only daughter, but dude, I am the second youngest in the family, I have two older sibling he can preach Armageddon to ffs!!!
    .-= getting by´s last blog ..Now and then =-.

  7. Craig says:

    Ahhh this post was just too controversial for me to withstand! You deserve a blog award. Most controversial blog award. 🙂
    .-= Craig´s last blog ..Google Call Phone Feature! =-.

  8. cassey says:

    To-do lists scare me, they’re never ending. It could be why I don’t get lots done, oh well. Yay you for no more student debt, I got rid of mine last month and it is the awesome 🙂
    .-= cassey´s last blog ..Smile =-.

  9. Angel says:

    Thats pretty damn impressive! I’m forcing myself to plan my day in such a way that when my Glugs gets home I’m done working for the day. Its so cool that we have our evenings for us again.
    .-= Angel´s last blog ..Blogging My Blog- Cat @ Juggling Act Asked… =-.

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