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Are You A Checklist Kinda Person?


If you are a checklist type of person, check out the link above for the short story, but if you are interested in the longer version, continue reading.

Ok, I admit it. Yes, that’s me. I enjoy making lists!

I love to see obligations marked off my “To-Do” list. I will make the list just to check things off as done.
I keep a mental “To-Do” list with items that don’t always make it to the physical list. However, I do want to keep track of when I finished it…hence the writing the list and checking it off. I am a results-oriented person who likes things to go from “To Do” to “Done.”

Although many things in my life are driven by a deadline, I’m one of those who gets satisfaction off finishing earlier than necessary so I can begin something else with a few days to play around, especially if I’m not too enthused about the project. I make room for my displeasure, so it doesn’t get in my way of meeting my deadline, I’m able to hop right in on time and am better prepared to handle the next thing.

Being a Business Analyst and certified Project Manager for over ten years means I’ve had to set my own internal timer to meet the job’s timers. What revs up your productivity? Some people are attracted to calendars, timers, and even the 11th hour.

I am totally a Type A who likes to finish earlier than required. Yes, this can make the people who have other drivers that self-motivate them cringe. I’ve been known to overhear a grunt or two when I supervised others who were different; however, my desire always is to get to the other side of DONE. That supersedes all the negative chatter. I’m making progress and I like that. Did I tell you I like making lists?

There are lists for things I want to do in life.

There are lists for places I want to see.

Lists for things to do around the house.

Lists for things my customers need to get done.

My list of lists is endless. It’s how I stay functional and how I keep things in order.

To some, you may be enjoy doing things different…but, I encourage you to get things out of your head and into your
life…on a list. Most of us have mental lists of things that are important to us. However, with all the noise in life and all the internal noises…how in the world are you able to keep things properly organized and moving forward?

Many times, our minds stay cluttered with mental lists that make it so hard to remember it all, and that is one reason why we procrastinate or never get things done.

Dancing through life without using a guide will ensure you miss something. I would rather make a thousand lists to ensure I have all my i’s dotted and my t’s crossed.

Yes, I am a list person and I enjoy writing them up and then checking them off. I feel accomplished when I’ve listed what needs to be done and complete it.


Handling Uncertainties of Income Disruption

Street.com cites, “The current shutdown affects approximately 800,000 government employees. Among them, more than 380,000 have been furloughed and another 420,000 continue to work without pay.”

In 2013, I was told my services were no longer needed. I had recently bought a new house (yes, in 2008 during the housing crash), was going through a divorce, and did not have a Plan B. I was mortified! Like many Americans facing the government shutdown, I was one paycheck away from complete homelessness.  It’s Day 25! This shutdown has me reminiscing those days between jobs and needing additional funds.

I had to take time to create another Plan A. When you are going through income disruption, solutions are what you need so here are a few from my time of facing that income disruption.

1.    I reviewed my talents and skills to determine what marketable skills I possessed. I have always had writing skills, so I started writing business plans, professional documents and creating resumes.

2.    I became clear on exactly what my needs were; it is amazing how much I had that I didn’t truly need. I streamlined my life and sold those things I didn’t need nor wanted at that moment. Decluttering allowed me to think.

3.    I only wanted to talk with people who offered solutions. I had no place or time for pity. I needed results so I limited the amount of time I spent with rehashers, complainers and the pity party. If you could give me a lead or a referral to making so money, I had nothing but time for you.

4.    I talked to creditors to work out short term plans so I could spread what money I had out equally. It also gave me more money to work with towards earning more money. I looked-for short-term investments or purchases of items I could resell to make money were available?

Hopefully, this shutdown is a temporary situation and they will be back to working for pay very soon. You never know just how resourceful you are until you have to use them. I also opened my business consulting firm, LSMB Business Solutions, LLC, during that time. I want to help people find secondary and even tertiary incomes, that is why I am also hosting “Vision Boarding For Multiple Streams of Income Goals,” on January 26 in Chattanooga. Having multiple streams of income is absolutely essential in combating income disruptions in these unsettling political times. My hope is for you to find the help you need to get you through. All the best to you.