The Mindful Hustle

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Category: GSD List

GSD Week of June 13

It has been awhile since I’ve published one of these. Partly because I’ve been distracted and partly because I have not had much to do, in terms of getting sh*t done. Nevertheless, I’ve decided big or small, that I should create one each week to keep myself accountable for my time.

  • Check address where transcripts were sent, follow up with Cole
  • Wash the “hand wash” clothes
  • Continue looking for side hustle opportunities.
  • Portion chicken stock into 1 cup and 2 cup  quantities and freeze (I make my own chicken stock with leftover rotisserie chicken carcasses. Just finished a batch
  • Vacuum and mop floors :(One day I would love to be able to justify paying for a cleaning service to come do this twice a month):
  • If swim lessons get booked, need at least two kick boards and some pool toys for lessons.
  • Decide if Amazon Prime is worth it
  • Rent a carpet cleaner from Home Depot to clean white rug in living room (sometime in June, doesn’t have to be this week)

Meal Planning (New Section!)

  • Spinach and mushroom strata
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza. (use crust in freezer)
  • Green beans and bratwurst slow cooker (brats in freezer)
  • Chicken salad with leftover chicken from rotisserie bird.

Get Sh*t Done Week of May 16

I’m back with a short to-do list for this week. Life has settled back down to normal since last Monday and for that I am grateful. I was able to knock off the remaining items since the last time I posted my GSD List and am back with a totally new tasks.

I am only including this week’s To Do’s instead of my usual Monthly/Yearly/10 year goals because I am short on time (and also it probably gets redundant seeing those weekly.)

  • Watching Rex through Thursday
  • Make Pot roast Monday when you get home
  • Swim on Tuesday or Thursday, or both if you’re feeling bold.
  • Put Poang chairs away in loft
  • Catch up Bible reading (30 pages)
  • Put motivation book on Kindle to read during lunches
  • Monday night: pack for training class (tissues, water bottle, edamame for snack in Ziploc bag) Note: I am away from my usual office this week and all of the comforts of my cubicle I am sorely missing. Never thought I would miss my cubicle.

Hope you have a wonderful, productive week! Go Get Shit Done!

When life derails your To-Do List

todo list derail I am not going to post a GSD list this Monday because it would look identical to last week’s. Nothing on that list Got Done. Not a damn thing. Last week life got in the way. My boyfriend was in a car accident and the time devoted to undoing the mess (impound twice, subsequent doctor appointments, driving him to and from work) sucked up my free time and my mental reserves. Those in this situation may want to get lawyers involved to recuperate lost earnings etc in the aftermath of an accident; contacting someone like Virginia Car Accident Attorneys could help. I hope I don’t sound like I am not complaining; I’m not. Just trying to be honest about where my time went. Things could have been a lot worse! He is fine and his car has very minor damage. I am convinced that dude has Captain America as guardian angel. If things had gone a different way he may have ended up in an expensive lawsuit. One of our friends was just in a car accident and has yet to file suit, but has contacted a local car accident lawyer after some recommendations from her neighbours in Jonesboro. She apparently has a good case, but she is waiting to see whether or not she can afford to take things further. If you’re concerned about the costs of a potential court case, you may be able to get a loan for your pending lawsuit. It’s all about finding the best course of action for your particular circumstances, so if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you should always seek legal guidance first. So last week was externally focused, my own priorities shifted to more pressing matters than shredding old documents. But how do I get back on track? Could I have gotten some “sh*t” done through all the other sh*t? If I think about it, I did do some things, but they weren’t on the list: I mailed my mom a Mother’s Day Card, carried on with my bible reading, did laundry on a rainy Saturday, decluttered a particularly overstuffed kitchen cabinet, made time for three impromptu social events, and spent 12 hours away from my phone. (Sure it was entirely involuntary because I left my phone in a friend’s car, but I survived it and felt good to take a break from its constant lure.) Gun to my head, sure I could have probably accomplished the tasks, but that’s not what the GSD is supposed to be. It’s supposed to motivate me and hold me accountable, not hold me hostage to things that simply don’t make sense in that time. I wrote that list last Sunday, after the accident but before I realized what an impact it would have on my week. I guess I was being optimistic or more likely, didn’t think through what having one car would mean between the two of us. Of course something serious like a car accident, hospitalization, or extreme weather can throw you off your groove but sometimes minor incidents or even fun events can do the same. If you find yourself in an accident, it might be worth looking a law firm similar to The Millar Law Firm who may be able to help you get your groove back. (Last minute ski trip, dinner invite, whatever!) What’s important is not to let the fact that you’re off schedule become an excuse to stay off schedule. Don’t let your lack of progress from before influence the progress you could make in the future. And don’t beat yourself up about it because your GSD list is meant to be adapted to serve you and what’s going on in your life, and not the other way around. Things have normalized. By tomorrow we will be back to two cars and my list will still be there, ready for me and I’ll try, try again.

GSD Week of May 2

Better late than never. Sunday and Monday were both hectic hence the delay. Ready for the week, my friends.

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