Time, event, and life planning. The struggles are REAL.

This is my FIRST time at actually planning multiple items on a daily basis.  Usually I only try to manage two, three tops.  My paperwork, some housework, and time for my crafting.

Yesterday, Joe and I went to Office Depot and I purchased a couple of items for the planning and organizing of my life.  First up….a large wall calendar.

Large wall calendar

Large wall calendar

Colored dots have been chosen to designate several different things.  Of which, by the time I turn the page for October I will have forgotten what colored dot goes with which event 😦

Green dot with an “R” written on it is our trash Recycle days.  Yellow dots with an “X” through it designates Joe’s pick up and delivery locations, and the hotels he stays in, while he is out on the road.  The red dots are my doctor appointments.  Blue dots are Joe’s medical appointments.

I have a solid yellow dot for the evenings our neighbors come over for dinner and a few hours of card playing.  We play a game called “Phase 10″ which is a kind of Rummy card game.  Our neighbors will bring dinner over, from time to time,  and that is enjoyable.  Tasting and seeing what other people cook in their homes and would like to share.  Seriously, they need a break from the bombs I offer from time to time in an attempt to do healthy cooking.  Let’s just say…..”Tandoori Chicken” will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER be a recipe I will make again.  Once was horrible enough, and I made them suffer as well.

Appointments, work related, and just stuff

Appointments, work related, and just stuff

More appointments, work related, and stuff.

More appointments, work related, and stuff.

I made my own calendar planner for my breast cancer stuff.  I could start at any point in the year I wanted to since I was the one in charge of it.  Have you recently gone to an office supply store to purchase a calendar/planner for the remainder of 2016?  Good Luck With That!

I finally found one that goes into 2017 and am trying to make it work for me.

So a bit of a back story.  I have been attempting for many years to create a business from my crafting.  Never home long enough for craft fairs…..create a stock of items to sell.  Never home long enough to even get my mind focused on any one type of thing.  From 2001 to 2016.  15 years I have been thinking of doing this.

Who watches Food Network’s “Worst Cooks In America”?  I do, I do!  This year they have a celebrity edition.  One of the celebrities was cooking spaghetti noodles.  She did not know the cooking time necessary for done-ness.  She had a test of her own.  Pull a noodle out of the hot water and throw it at the wall.  If it stuck….the noodles were done.  There was quite a good shot of a growing pile of noodles on the floor. 😀

Well, that has been my story.  Throwing stuff to see what sticks.

Last year I found a set of videos on what a person needs to do to have a successful handmade business online.  Rich Mom Business.  Watching the videos and seeing what was needed to start and maintain a business, an actual Handmade Business, I wasn’t sure if that was even within my galaxy let alone world.  I talked with Joe about this.  He watched several of her videos and he approved the business strategy.  Creating, product lines, marketing, and online sales.  I thought it was a great series, being business owners ourselves we know this doesn’t come easy.

In January of 2015 I found out Renae Christine was selling her product line.  Rich Mom University.  Do I?  No.  Should I?  Yes.  Really?  No.

Joe knew that I had something on my mind.  When I have a big decision to make and am fighting with it I don’t share it. I keep it to myself and I struggle with it.  I become quiet and introspective.  Distant and remote.  Poor Joe thought he had done something wrong and I was punishing him for it.  Time to fess up.  This was near the end of February.  Poor guy had been worrying for a month that I was upset with him.  😦

The course is almost…..not quite but almost…..$1,000.  Spend that kind of money and let it sit unused for the remainder of my life?  Nope.  That is not a good decision.  Can I make do with the free classes at Rich Mom Business?  Yes.  Would I get the information and clarity as I would with the full course?  No.  Enrollment time was in March and for only 10 DAYS!

When I told Joe what was weighing on my mind……you can imagine the great relief he felt at knowing it wasn’t him!  We talked about Rich Mom University (RMU) for the month of February.  He telling me “GET IT” (because he was so relieved!) and me trotting out all the reasons why NOT TO GET IT.

January 1-8 2016 we were in:

  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Glendive, Montana
  • Bismark, North Dakota
  • Clearwater, Minnesota
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Sharonville, Ohio
  • Burlington, Kentucky
  • Danville, Illinois
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Osceola, Iowa

January 9-17 2016 we were  home.

January 18-23 2016 we were in:

  • Blue Mound and Tyler, Texas
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Clinton, Mississippi
  • Register, Georgia
  • Pembroke, Georgia
  • Duncan, South Carolina
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • West Memphis, Arkansas
  • finally home

So, as you can see, I had a preponderance of proof as to why joining RMU would not work.  That was only for the month of January.  February we were gone the entire month.

RMU enrollment day came.  Joe had an hourly mantra going, which drove me crazy!  “Did you sign up yet?”  “Are you going to sign up?”  “Do I have to do it for you?”

I signed up.  The self flagellation began.  $1,000?!  Really?!  While I am kicking myself and berating myself, I have my husband next to me in our business truck…..way out in the back of beyond of McCamey, Texas…….”When are you going to start?”

The Rich Mom University course features online real time coaching calls from time to time.  Training modules 24/7 I have access to with videos and information to start thinking and acting like a business person.

“Really, Joe?!”  I have to watch all the coaching calls on my cell phone.  These live coaching calls come at times when I’m out in the boonies with 200 miles of spotty cell service.  Regular business matters need to be handled during these calls.  Watching the road for fellow drivers – auto as well as trucks – road construction, highway exits, delivery locations and/or pick up locations.

Well, the RMU course sat on the back burner until we came home June 27th when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  July, and August were months packed full of doctor appointments for me.  September things have begun to slow down enough that I can actually begin to focus on creating a handmade business and figuring out how to continue my YouTube videos.

So here’s the daily plan so far.

Today's schedule

Today’s schedule

For the time designated for “Meal Planning” I wanted to see if there was an App that I could use.  Well……there are……265 of them to be exact.

Meal Planning Apps for IOS

Meal Planning Apps for IOS

Okay….I’ve already blown my time management for the day.  TWICE.  I finally had a good nights sleep and didn’t wake until 7:00 this morning (that shot the 6-8 paperwork slot).  And now I am just about out of the time slot for “Meal Planning”.  I have the rest of the day to get back into my plan.

I do have a video to edit for my YouTube channel and get it posted today.  So I better get off of here and stop delaying things!

Leslie

My cancer treatment planner

My cancer treatment planner

My cancer treatment planner

I spent a number of hours online searching for a medical planner and could find NOTHING!  There was not a breast cancer, cancer, medical, or any other kind of planner that would be used for a long term illness record keeping journal.

If I were to mass produce this and offer it to the general public there are many things I would do differently.  This is a “Prototype” and I need to work out the kinks and bugs in it before I even consider putting this up for sale.

I am trying to find my way through the “Rich Mom University” course by Renae Christine.  I will have to do another post and title it “Be Careful What You Wish For”.  I’m not bashing Renae Christine’s course.  It is ONE AWESOME COURSE!!  It is a MUST  HAVE if  you are thinking about growing your Etsy store, an Online Store you already have, or if you are just thinking about selling handmade products anywhere.

My problem is….I have not yet been able to get fully into the course since my wonderful husband, Joe, purchased it for me way back in March when the Rich Mom University program was open for 10 days.  It won’t be open again until 2017.  Check out her Rich Mom Business FREE training to see a smidgen of what  she teachers in her RMU course.  You can get there at this link.  http://richmombusiness.com/about

My truck driving job kept me away from home.  I would listen to her coaching calls on my iPhone as I drove the highways.  Did you know there are cellular dead spots in a lot of places?  Well, there are.  Renae Christine would be answering a question from a fellow RMU participant and my phone would freeze.  This dear sweet woman, who has poured her heart and soul into creating a business plan…..a TITAN OF HANDMADE business plan, and her cute face would be frozen in the odd positions for many miles and several hours.

You know what I mean.  You have a television that you can pause the program you are watching.  The face of the person on television at the moment you paused it.  Open mouth, one closed eye, or some combination that makes you look twice at the screen and chuckle.  Poor Renae Christine spent many hours frozen in an odd position.

Then I have been waylaid by doctor visits and other things for my breast cancer.  I get distracted by the paperwork I have to do for our business.  I have way to many excuses for not getting in to the RMU course.

Okay, I tend to get off track.  So, the changes I would make to this planner would first be make it with a 3 ring binder.  Not everyone is like me and would not appreciate having the spiral binding which prohibits insertion of different things.  Or even relocating the guts of the planner into different positions.

I have put in a pocket at the front of the book, inside the front cover, to hold the stuff you get from the doctor’s office each visit.  I have used a 13″ x 13″ scrapbook pocket that I cut down to fit in my planner.  There is a place for the business cards I seem to be given at each appointment I’ve been at.

Pocket insert to hold business cards

Pocket insert to hold business cards

The next section of this scrapbook layout thing was intended for stickers or photos you wanted to put on the layout.  Now it will be used for any prescriptions or small pieces of paper I need to keep that I get from the doctor visits.

Short pocket for prescriptions or small papers

Short pocket for prescriptions or small papers

The other side of the scrapbook pocket thing has a place to hold papers or embellishments you want to use on your layout.  I’m going to use it for something, I’m not quite sure what but I’ll figure it out.

A pocket for other things I need to keep

A pocket for other things I need to keep

And the last pocket in this scrapbook thing is for the 12 x 12 paper and other things a person would need to create a layout.  I can put 8-1/2 x 11 paper in it.  Things I get from the doctor office or notes and questions I have for the doctor so I don’t misplace them.

A full pocket for 8-1/2 x 11 paper

A full pocket for 8-1/2 x 11 paper

The Tabs definitely need work.  I used the tabs from the American Cancer Society folders they so generously gave to me.  Plus I had to use the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create tabs for the things not included in the ACS file folders.  Right now they are working for me.

Tabbed sections

Tabbed sections

I had to go through my bead assortment to put some kind of a stopper on the ends of the spiral binding.  To keep them from working out of the holes at the top and bottom.  I used E6000 to hold the beads on.  We’ll see how long it takes before they fall off :/

Stopper bead at top

Stopper bead at top

Stopper bead at bottom

Stopper bead at bottom

I spent a couple days talking to my computer, hollering at it really, trying to figure out how to make my planner pages.  I have a Mac and had to learn how to use the document handling program called Pages.  Let’s just say it got quite noisy and abusive here until I got it figured out.

Planner pages inside my journal

Planner pages inside my journal

My intention is to be an active participant in my cancer treatment and recovery.  All of these doctor offices I visit give me forms to fill out on my Medical History.  I can’t remember what I put on the last form when I am confronted with a new form.  I have created a form that will, hopefully help me keep my dates and information straight.

I want to track my progress at each visit.  Weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rates.  I generally don’t ask my Family Doctor for that info when I go visit him.  I will be keeping track of that this time.  I have created a form for that.

Medicines.  Good grief!  Every doctor visit I have been accompanying Joe to his various doctors, the nurse ALWAYS  asks about his medications.  Some people in the waiting room have ziplock bags with their bottles of medicines.  I have created a form for all the medications I will be taking or have put in me if I go through chemo.

Lab results.  Blood work tests.  I don’t even know what my Blood Type is.  Now I will know.  I will be able to keep track of these results each time the test is done and have a place to record them.

Appointments with the various doctors and technicians that I will need to see, or have already seen.  The dates and times of the appointments, which doctor or technician, which facility I have to visit.  This information will be transferred to my monthly calendar and my weekly calendar.

Dates of mammograms, biopsies, chemo, radiation, or hormone treatments.

I’ve tried to think of everything I would need to have in my treatment journal.  So we will see if this is an awesome tool or a total flop.

Oh, and in case you are wondering what the cover material of my book covers are.  Wallpaper.  I  have a big roll of the stuff I got from my local big box hardware store for about $10.  I think it is quite pretty 😀  It is very tactile.  Bumpy, smooth, visual texture, and so many things that keep this crazy woman that likes shiny things happy.

And, the plastic covers on the outside of my medical journal.  I have one on the front and one on the back.  I have cut down some plastic dividers intended to separate scrapbook paper in a holder.  Organized people like to keep their papers sorted by manufacturer and not by color.  These tabbed dividers work with sorting by color as well.  I have a ton of them in the dark recesses of a cupboard.  Now they will keep the rain, snow, sweat, and coffee spills from marring my beautiful covers.

Okay, that’s it for today.  I hope you all are enjoying  your summer weekend.  Those of you in other far flung areas across the globe that are in the midst of winter, I hope you are enjoying nice weather and not freezing  your hoo-hoo’s off.

Leslie