Posts Tagged With: prioritizing

Day 2088: You’re probably asking yourself …

You’re probably asking yourself, “What is this title and what does it mean?”

I’m definitely asking myself, “Why didn’t I set my alarm last night so I could get to physical therapy on time today?”

You’re probably asking yourself, “What photos will Ann share today, if she’s in such a rush this morning?”

Good question.

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You’re probably asking yourself, “Should I answer any of those questions?”

I’m asking myself, “Do I probably have time to look for and share a relevant YouTube video?”

The answer is no.

You’re probably asking yourself … how will Ann thank all those who helped her create today’s post and also thank ME?

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Day 2045: Priorities

It’s been over five years since I’ve written a post about priorities,  and writing another one is my priority today.

With the overwhelming amount of information and responsibilities that many of us have, setting priorities can be difficult.

For example, what are the priorities among all the headlines in my Google news feed? Let’s see.

Takeaways from day 5 of the Paul Manafort trial

California fires: 14,000 firefighters now battling 16 major blazes across state

West Hollywood passes resolution to remove President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

In Chicago, One Weekend, 66 Shooting Victims, and Zero Arrests

Parkland school shooter told detective he heard a demon in his head, transcript shows

Armed bystander shot man who opened fire at a crowded Florida park

Former Nev. Senator Paul Laxalt dies at 96

Three employees of real estate company, two family members killed in California plane crash

Venezuela Is In Crisis But Its President Might Be Stronger For It

US economic sanctions against Iran are back in effect

Deadly Tanker Explosion on Italy Highway Causes Extensive Damage

Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to visit US

Judge in AT&T Case Ignored ‘Economics and Common Sense,’ Government Says

Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too?

State media gives Google conditional welcome in China

Indra Nooyi’s Pepsi exit: Yet another female CEO replaced by a man

Google officially names Android 9 ‘Pie,’ rolling out to Pixels today and other devices this fall

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: What it’s like driving the car made famous by Steve McQueen

Dead Cells beginners guide

Microsoft adding support for Movies Anywhere, giving away free X-Men movie

The Bachelorette’s Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen Speak Out on Instagram Controversy

Tristan Thompson Defends His Lunch With Mystery Woman To Khloe Kardashian

Shaun Weiss, actor who played Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks, arrested for public intoxication

Johnny Depp’s Notorious B.I.G.  Movie Pulled From Release Schedule

Don Lemon rips Trump over personal attack

Yankees finally getting their rotation trade prize back

Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield show to debut Thursday night

The 15 best 2018 fantasy football team names (that we could print)

Earth at risk of becoming ‘hothouse’ if tipping point reached, report warns

Massive rogue planet found lurking outside our solar system

SpaceX launch: Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral

Incredible Hulk? Nah, This Glowing, Green Light in the Night Sky is a Comet

What Does It Mean To Be A Doctor With A Disability?

A Soviet-Era Fox Experiment May Finally Reveal The Genes Behind Domestication

“Snapchat dysmorphia”: Selfies, photo filters driving people to plastic surgery, doctors say

Mosquitos in Logan test positive for West Nile virus, officials say

I assume that, depending upon your priorities, your Google news feed might be prioritized differently.

My priorities, here and now, include letting you know that

  1. The news item of the highest priority for me appears eighth from the bottom of that list and
  2. Another personal top-priority news item (today’s special election in Ohio) doesn’t even show up in my Google news feed.

One of my priorities in this blog is including a YouTube video that connects to the post title:

 

Another one of my priorities for these daily blog posts is sharing my photos from the day before:

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Obviously, my priorities today didn’t include repositioning any of those photos. However, my priorities always include thanking all who help me create these posts and — of course! — YOU!

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Day 1674: Firsts and seconds

First, I notice that today is the first of the month.

Second,  I will share, for the first time,  the first photo of this post.

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Here are the first and second questions I had when I first saw that box:

  1. How did Michael decide which knick-knacks were secondary?
  2. Where the hell is the other box of knick-knacks?

It’ll take me  just a second to share some other photos for the first time.

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First comes peace. Will anybody second that?

Here are the first and second songs that come to my mind:

What do the firsts and seconds in this post mean to you?

It’s not a first for me to end with gratitude.  First, thanks to all who helped me create today’s post. Second, special thanks to you — of course! —  for being here, now.

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Day 566: Must Haves

Today, I’m starting  with something that used to be a Must Have, for my blog posts: a search, on Google Images, for the title.

Here’s what came up, just now, for “Must Haves”:

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Breastfeeding Must Haves

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Monday Must Haves May 11

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I must have something wrong with me, dear readers. I mean, I’ve had one (or maybe two) of all those Must Haves. So what does that make me?  A Have Not?

What do you think?

Now I’m wondering why I must have stopped visiting Google Images for photos.  Perhaps, because I …

  1. lost track of doing that,
  2. had fears of consequences, for using images that weren’t mine,
  3. felt like I had “been there/done that,”
  4. had better things to do.

I have not one, single, perfect explanation for this notable change in my blog posts.

I will tell you this, though.  While I must have had good reasons for excluding Google Images in my blog posts lately, I have not any regrets for including them here, today.

I must have something else i can show you before I end this post. How about some photos  from yesterday’s walk?

Must-have confession: I forgot to take my must-have photography equipment with me, but boyfriend Michael was there, and generously offered his iPhone instead.

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Ooops! I must have lost track of one of those must-have shots from yesterday. Hold on …

Found it!

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Thanks to Michael, my other Must Haves, and to you — of course! — for whatever Must Haves you must have, today.

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Day 285: How to choose a doctor

Dear Readers,

I would like to share my abundant expertise with you about an important and timely topic.

Where I live, everybody is talking about health care.

And no matter where you are, having a good doctor on your team is really important.

Here’s what I’ve learned — over many decades of experience — about choosing a doctor.

  1. Make a list of your priorities.  In other words, think about what’s important, to you, in a doctor.
  2. Be an educated and self-empowered consumer. That is, ask to meet different doctors until you find one that matches your priorities well enough.

It’s a short list, isn’t it?  However, it took me a long time to figure that out.

But that’s how I always choose doctors, ever since I’ve become an adult.

Let me show you how it works, for me.

Here’s my list of priorities, for a doctor:

  1. Experience with my medical issues (or, at least, eager to get more experience).
  2. Listens well.
  3. Explains and communicates well.
  4. Flexible thinker  (in order to understand unexpected and complex issues of care).
  5. Responsive to requests, in a timely enough manner.
  6. Demonstrates kindness and compassion.
  7. Creates a comfortable enough atmosphere.

For every doctor involved in my care, I’ve made choices, using that list of priorities.

Last week, I saw my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Laura Snydman.  She definitely meets my priorities.

Here’s some proof, of at least one of those priorities:

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Don’t you agree?

Thanks to Dr. Snydman, adorable dogs everywhere, compassionate treaters of all kinds, people dealing with health care issues,  and to you, of course, for reading today.

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Day 122: Progress Report

Here’s a list of some areas where I’ve been making some real progress:

1. Setting priorities.

I’ve been including taking care of myself as an important consideration, when I’m deciding on my next choice, next step,  or next decision (especially when I’m overwhelmed).

Also, I am letting go of some anxiety and fear of consequences when I’m making choices (for example, “If I make this decision, what if it’s the WRONG one?).  That  helps me think more clearly and make more balanced decisions.

2. Being present in the moment.

Letting go of anxiety regarding fear of consequences (see directly above) is helping with that, too. What’s also helping?  The fact that it is so friggin’ beautiful outside right now …

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… as Spring has sprung in  Boston.

3. Realizing I have “all the time I need.”  

This really helps me, when I’m overwhelmed. I’ve been having some trouble sleeping lately, so it  is especially helping  me to take my time, be careful, and think. I notice that when I take my time, I get as much done as when I’m rushing (and I make fewer mistakes).

4. Sleeping.

Yes, I see progress there, too. For example, I’ve been falling asleep more easily.  My sleep challenge, lately, has been waking up in the middle of the night, and having trouble getting back to sleep. Last night, though, I did some things differently.  When I woke up (probably around 4 AM), I:

  1. did NOT look at the clock,
  2. noticed my thoughts about what I might blog about today,  but let them go, and
  3. noticed my fears about possible disconnects with people, but let them go, and
  4.  noticed my guilt about things I haven’t gotten done, but let them go.

5. Writing.

Doing this daily blog has helped improve my writing.  Also, it’s helped me tell my story in a “better” (more healing, more clearly, more nuanced, more balanced) way.

6. Self-consciousness.

I’m not as concerned, lately, about what other people think, especially when I’m doing “weird” things, like walking down the street, listening to music and singing. What does “weird” mean to me?  Well, I don’t see too many other people walking and singing out loud.  However — here’s a thought — when I do see other people doing that — I like it!

What’s help me reduce self-consciousness?  Thoughts like that one I just had, above, plus:

  1. Letting go of mind-reading (I don’t know what other people are really thinking)
  2. Realizing that I am neither as important nor as unimportant as I fear (most people aren’t noticing)
  3. Realizing if my worst fear is true (that other people think I’m weird) … SO WHAT?

6. Mistakes.

When I realize that I’ve made a mistake, especially one  that might

  1.  cause a disconnect with somebody else or
  2.  “get me into trouble” (especially at work) ….

… I STILL get a sinking feeling and panic a little. But that panic has been passing more quickly.

Also, I’ve been able to say helpful things to myself quickly, such as

  1. “it’s probably not as bad as you fear,”
  2. “you can probably repair this”, or
  3.  (once a week or so) “SO WHAT?”

Okay, that’s the end of my progress report, for today.

In the therapy groups I do — if it’s appropriate, comfortable, and the group wants to do it — we applaud when somebody reports progress (or doing something new).

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Are there areas for improvement?  Oh my goodness, yes.  And, originally, when I first start writing this post, I wanted to highlight those.  However, since that list would include

  1. giving myself more credit for what I am doing (rather than focusing on what I’m NOT doing) and
  2. feeling good about my accomplishments (without thinking I’m being too self-absorbed or conceited),

I’m going to bring this post to an end.

If  you want to read more about cognitive distortions, like mind-reading, check this out.

If you want more information about ways to challenge these distortions (including the “So what?” method), see here.

And, as always, thanks for reading, everybody.

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