Another Day, Another Plan.

It’s about seven hours since the last post, but I’ve managed to sleep and get Julia to work in that time.

I’m hoping that today will be better in terms of productivity, decluttering and writing.

I’ve just about shaken off the bad cold I had last week and there has been no repeat of the nose bleed. I have a weak nostril that often bleeds when I have colds (maybe two or three times a year – but I consider that “often” for an adult). Β It was a notable nosebleed, and though I don’t have a proper marking scale I’d rate it as high volume, short duration. My normal nosebleed is low volume but longer duration. Maybe the anti-coagulants are altering the way my nose bleeds.

Practical advice. Forget pinching the top of the nose or putting your head back or all that stuff. Roll yourself a decent cylinder from tissue and shove that up. You can leave gaps, and you don’t need to ram it home, as it’s a nostril, not a cannon. Just make it big enough to stay in without help. I find it usually stops the bleeding quite quickly.

When I finish this post I’m going to sit and write my plan for today. Top of the list will be “make chicken stew” and second will be “make soup”. Β Actually, it may be the other way round, as I need the soup for lunch. Butternut squash and roasted Winter Vegetable Soup is the plan. Ready cut butternut squash was on offer yesterday and the veg are left over from yesterday’s tea.

After that I will “make sweet potato, lentil and chickpea curry” and put it in the fridge for tomorrow, “tidy living room” and “hoover”.

There will be other things too, but I’m just trying to convey an impression of the day, and I don’t want anyone asking me if I’ve done it all. Short lists are better for that sort of thing.

Plans, like blogging, are a good way of delaying work, but they have their uses too. They are a bit like meetings -everyone does them but only some of them are useful. About half of all lists and ninety percent of meetings would have been better if they had never existed.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to start that stew.

25 thoughts on “Another Day, Another Plan.

  1. Clare Pooley

    I find that lists are useful when they are shopping lists but to-do lists only seem to work well when I have no more than three items on them. I get disheartened with long to-do lists and find myself getting distracted by *anything*!

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  3. beatingthebounds

    Ah…meetings. My theory is that, if you must have them, then only two people should attend. Maybe three. Other people present are probably wasting both their time and yours. Then again, I’m probably not a good person to ask. I hate meetings. At work, I write the minutes. Clearly, nobody reads them, otherwise there would be reprimands. Although I used to think that about our online training log. And then I discovered that I was wrong. Oops.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Sounds like the minutes I used to write. Unfortunately there’s always somebody who spoils things by reading them! πŸ™‚

      I used to work for a successful company that only had one regular meeting – the boss and the book-keeper every month. No others. I worked on the farm for an idiot (as you may have seen) and he tried for weekly meetings, with a big meeting every month. Useless!

  4. dawnwairimu

    My brothers get nosebleeds quite often too. They had their nostrils treated when they were younger, but I’m not sure if it was effective because they still get the nosebleeds.

    1. quercuscommunity

      A friend of mine had his nose cauterised in middle age, which did stop the trouble. However, I’ve had skin tags removed with the cauterising iron and find the sizzling a bit off-putting. πŸ™‚


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