I am taking a week off work for two reasons :-
- I have 5.25 Holidays left to take before April 1st
- I have a Vast amount of stuff I’ve been putting off for ages
So I am going to try and get as much stuff done in my week off as I can. To monitor my progress I have decided to keep this blog post open on my Desktop in “Draft” format, So I can see how I am doing. I will Hit “Publish” either late Friday, or at the weekend. So lets see if I can dampen my normal laziness and actually be productive.
I am making a list of things I want to do on my white-board, and crossing them off as I complete them. I’ll use this as a count of my productiveness [Tasks_Completed/Tasks_On_List]
Start of Day [0/20]
Its now midday on the first day of my week long productivity. And I have so far spent the morning “Hacking” my Nintendo Wii. I should point out I only got the Wii Sunday, So I have owned it for less than 24 Hours. I will admit it has lots of possibilities. Only investigating them will prevent me doing the things I’ve already got planned for this week. So its time to leave it alone for now. (Adding several more tasks to White-Board list). I will do a separate post on hacking/tweaking the Nintendo Wii without compromising it. I will say the Wii does make a nice Media-Server. I will say this did not kill my day completely and I did manage to get some stuff done.
Start of Day [4/29]
So I am very unlucky when it comes to trying to be organised. I woke up this morning, made myself breakfast and got half way through when I got a phone call off my mother. She wanted to take her dog to the Vet’s and since I was having a week off work, and the dogs too big for her to handle alone, Would I mind helping her. Being the Nice person I am, I agreed to go with her. That’s when I found out she was leaving at that second. Breakfast abandoned I help her get the dog in the car.
We arrive at the empty Veterinary surgery, Ten minutes early to find the place locked. So we ring the bell and wait. and wait. and wait. Several ring presses later, and almost half an hour I get fed up and phone the Vet’s myself. Turns out they moved twelve months ago. *Mutter* So struggle to get dog back in car, drive to the new location and repeat. Vet says dog’s either not liking its food (Grown an intolerance to it, and to try a different kind) or has an ulcer. So tablets procured and back home we go.
That’s my morning gone so far!
The afternoon went a bit better, I decided to wash my car. Or as I described it on Twitter “I am checking if there is a car under the dirty & mud I drive back and too in” I will admit it took more work than I expected, There was dirt on top of mud on top of dirt. I did discover that my car is a green colour, with silver bits, and even writing in bits. The only bad timing was that the sun decided to make an appearance for the first time in a very very long time. and after washing the car for what seemed like hours under a burning sun, I’m now sore and shattered.
Start of Day [7/31]
I have noticed a worrying trend. The number on the right is growing much faster than the number on the left. I’m sure this is not right.
Today has started off a bit better so far, nothing has come along to distract me from my planned tasks. And my Car’s booked in for getting its new tires this afternoon, so Today should be productive. Especially since I may be God. You see I received an email this morning questioning my existence. To my knowledge the only ones who’s existence gets questioned by people is God, or Lucifer.
So far this morning has been more productive than the previous two days. Lets hope this continues into the afternoon. So that I can take a break to spend some time celebrating St Patrick’s day in the pub.
I went for new tyres finally. I wish places would let you make appointments, I spent almost an hour sitting about playing on my iPhone while I waited for my turn. I should not complain, since they messed up the order for my new tyres and the ones they had in stock were double the price of the ones I had ordered, so I got the more expensive ones for the price of the cheap ones. I also got a warranty with them for the lifetime of the tyres. If they break I get new ones for free. Sometimes things go well.
Start of Day [13/33]
Ok. We are on a roll. The Right hand number is now increasing faster than the Left hand number. This week may turn out to be a success after all.
I’ve also managed to catch up on several movies I’ve had waiting for time to watch, among other things. So even with time set aside for TV, Films, Games, Etc. I have managed to be productive. “Go Me!”
Start of Day [18/33]
OK. I admit it.
Today being the last day of my holiday I left the Productivity by the side of the road, and spent the biggest part of the day playing “Mass Effect” on the XBOX 360, and watching films. I know, its not what I had planned for the week, I just really needed a day off, before starting work again next week.
I did manage to get a few things sorted today, so it was not a total bust.
End of Week [25/33]
I may not have finished all the tasks on the list, but I did finish more tasks that I originally started with. (Five more). I should also point out that a further three of the tasks on the list have been started, and are just waiting for Monday morning before being finalised. So its a technical 28 completed tasks.
I think therefore that this week off I can safely say I was productive. I also seem to work better with a white-board full of jobs and the satisfaction of crossing them off as i complete them. I may have to try this again some time.