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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Scheduling - the next 34 days.

Cry uncontrollably?
Laugh hysterically?
Throw a fit of anger?
Drink myself silly?
Hibernate in bed?

Those were the options running circles in my mind the other day as I stood in my house, surrounded by construction chaos, and was covered in paint splatters. There appeared to be an insurmountable amount of work left to do with not nearly enough time and this was causing me to have a meltdown.
Yes, I felt a tad overwhelmed.I opted for none of those options, instead I took the bull by the horns and seized control. Being the champion of lists that I am, I made two. I needed to see a plan of action of how we could attain our goal of completing this house in a little more than a month.
My lists: 1. what tasks still needed to be done and
2. when each of these is going to be carried out and how long they are projected to take.
Bottom line: We have a lot of work to do in the next month but if we're diligent and work hard we can be in by the end of January.
The reason we want to be moved in by then - and no, it is not because living with my parents is driving me bonkers, which it is actually starting to, truth be told - it is because my in-laws are coming for a visit February 11-17. We need to be in our house in order for them to have a place to stay and I am NOT moving in last minute the weekend before they arrive - too much.
Needless to say I was stressing over the pressure, hence said lists.
I feel better now.
I have an allusion of control.
If we don't make the goals than I will most likely have a breakdown.
No, I'm prepared for the possibility of failure, but I'm not actually planing for that because Trevor says I'm too pessimistic as it is.

Oh and by the way - Trevor and my Dad are totally disgusted with my lists and don't get them. Trevor was sarcastically bragging to me how he managed to make grilled cheese sandwiches without a list.

And another thing...yesterday while out with some friends Trevor had the nerve to say that if the market picks up we're selling this house and building again.


Sorry for the outburst.

Just in case I don't have time to post before then...

Happy New Year everyone!


med neophyte said...

I am all with you on the lists. The more detailed the better. It makes me feel like I am making progress if I know where I stand and what exactly I need to get done. I have one paper list and another on my Palm. I even put "update to do list" on my list.

I hope you are having a great holiday despite all the pressure.

Carla said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one obsessed with lists - must be a female thing. The best part of lists is crossing items off.