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Me And My Shadow [Jan. 11th, 2011|09:28 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I spent a huge (for me) amount of money for 4 extremely helpful sessions with a personal coach who specializes in ADD folks. I can't afford more sessions right now, but that's OK. I need to digest and implement the stuff we talked about... figure out what works & what doesn't and how to permanently (or semi-permanently) fold the working stuff into my daily or weekly life.

She suggested that while I continue to work on my own, I need to get myself an accountability coach (i.e., a friend to whom I am accountable to with regard to my lists and plans).

Now, rather than try to saddle any of you with that job, instead I'm going to try & chronicle my stuff here to manage my accountability.

Part of the plan is to do at least 15 minutes every day of work toward my goal of getting my house (that's my literal house rather than my "house") in order. Hopefully, LJ will allow me to add a tag called "15-minutes" that I'll use for tracking.

SO! Today the BF & I hung the white board I received as a gift LO these many moons ago and which is covered with magnetic words from a variety of different kits. It hasn't been out & receiving modifications in a decade, though it has never been far from my thoughts. Next step there is to assign a notebook & pen to that space so that nifty phrases can be recorded and not lost when I (or other people) rearrange the magnets.

The past week was a daily sorting of stacks of comics into alphabetical order and putting them into boxes; some days I spent 15 minutes, other days I spent an hour or so doing this. I have 3 short boxes full of comics from this project (and 1 short box about a quarter full; a "short" box refers to a smallish box of comics, so named because it's smaller than a "long" box). The four boxes need to be rearranged such that all of the comics in the same series are in the same box (currently 3 of the boxes have issues of AIR; all 4 have issues of FABLES; etc... I alphabetized & filled a box, then moved on to the next box). These comics had built up (in piles, still in bags) over the past... um... four? years of extreme depression. The titles & issue numbers need to be recorded so they can go into an index I'm starting to manage my stuff.

Of course, there are more than a dozen short boxes scattered around the house that have accumulated over the past decade of living here, not to mention the batch I hauled up with me from NJ 16 years ago... But they're much further down the list.

Anyway, there are no loose comics or bags of individual issues lying around the house (so far as I can tell), so that's done.

Next steps:

1. I need to put the list here (it's currently hand-written in my ADD Coach notebook).
2. I need to switch off from using scraps of paper for my millions of "to do" lists and book titles and webcomic URLs and switch over to using something else... I'm not sure what that other thing will be.
3. I need to decide on, perform, & record the next 15 minutes of project work.

[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2011-01-12 12:16 am (UTC)
Possibly helpful: Comic Book Collector Software that helps you catalog things? I don't remember if you have a nifty phone or not but that's just so you can view it, anyway. Still, something like that might be helpful? It's not the only one, there are a few competitor applications, too. That was just the one that looked the most likely.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-12 02:46 am (UTC)
Huh. Didn't occur to me that there'd be helpful applications for this sort of thing, but it makes absolute & total sense.

I have a stupid phone, but I will cheerfully use things on my computer.

Thank you, ma'am!
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2011-01-12 12:31 am (UTC)
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2011-01-12 02:46 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: catness
2011-01-12 02:32 am (UTC)
Oooo, sounds promising! I hope this is a strategy that works for you, or at least leads you to one that does. This seems cool. :) Yay, you.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-12 02:47 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly!

I was thinking of you as we were hanging the white board! Fond memories...
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