Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Life Plan: Rough Draft FAQ

Some good questions regarding the New Life Plan: Rough Draft:

-Can I adopt this life plan as my own? Yes. Please do. Thus the "Feel free to follow along" tag. This could work even better if we all did it and the New Life Plan: Rough Draft is easily altered to fit any life. Also, you could leave comments telling me what you accomplished and how proud you are of me for accomplishing what I accomplished and we'd all be so, so happy. It's brilliant, really.

-What supplies will we need? Will I need a label maker? The beauty of the New Life Plan: Rough Draft is that we don't really need a whole to-do to get started. If you are itching to steal some office supplies from work, I think a legal pad and a nice black ink pen would be helpful. Then you could make lists of ways you could Market Yourself, your Meal Plan, Shopping List, Dilemmas To Be Solved, Solution Ideas For Said Dilemmas, Organizational Ideas, Assignment Ideas, Family Fun Ideas, Cleaning Schedule, Stuff to Nag About.

So yeah, I guess you definitely need a notebook and an ink pen. I'm sure we'll come across other things too. We will definitely need stuff when we finalize things into New Life Plan: Final Copy. We're a pretty long ways off from that right now though, if we're going to be absolutely honest with ourselves here.

Oh and you definitely need a label maker. Are you kidding me? How have you lived this long? It must be total chaos. Yes, do go get a label maker. ASAP. I hope that was a joke and you're not living without one.

The Renee mentioned Fly Lady and how miserably we have failed on that in the past. I think I've mentioned before that I can't deal with all of her emails and nagging so I cannot participate in her email program. The Renee used to be The FlyChaw and would give us our assignments Cliff notes style and whatnot, but I guess she got tired of responses like, "Tell Fly Lady she can kiss my fucking ass and that I've got more going on in my life than my dirty sink and I think she's a freak with this whole 'put your shoes on in the morning' bullshit. Nothing personal FlyChaw." I don't know, maybe not, but we don't do FlyChaw anymore and no one even asks about it.

HOWEVER, I do have one of her books and I do think that all in all she's got a good idea. So maybe I'll throw in some Fly Lady nuggets of wisdom to help us along the way.

And all of you who are dreading the New Life Plan: Rough Draft because you think it will take away from the fun stuff, you are wrong, this will be "in addition to" and not "instead of" (and who knows how long it will last anyway. I'm hoping for the best, but we'll see.)

I'm pretty sure together we can do it. Those of you who have this shit mastered (Clemsongirl, aren't you an expert?) you can be our Closet Organizers and share your infinite knowledge with us.

--When are we starting? You are absolutely correct that I hardly ever start anything on any day other than Monday. It just doesn't seem right. HOWEVER, I think we can start a rough draft on a Wednesday. If this was New Life Plan: Final Copy, no way would be starting any day other than Monday. But I think we need to utilize this current bout of momentum and Work It Out Wednesday will be our first day of New Life Plan: Rough Draft.

Tomorrow we will choose some sort of dilemma, phone call, issue, mess that is hanging over our heads and we will deal with it. We will meet back here tomorrow evening (or whenever you end up back here, feel free to comment on anything anytime, no time limits) and share what we accomplished.

I've got two things I'm going to try to tackle tomorrow. I'll tell you tomorrow because I don't want to be stressed out about them tonight. I can't even think about one of them because I'm dreading it so and the other seems overwhelming. It would be awesome if I conquered BOTH things tomorrow, but as long as I get one done and the other started, I'm doing great.

So by tomorrow morning we will face whatever issue needs to be addressed and by tomorrow night we will have it checked off the list, no longer to be worried about. It will feel good, I promise.


Multislacking Mama said...


I have been totally without a label maker for, well, forever. This is bad. I can feel impending disaster.

I do not know if I can participate in the New Life Plan now.

I will scour (is that the correct spelling? Maybe I need one of those hand held spell checker things?) the building tomorrow for a label maker. This may be my first issue that I address in the NLP. Will that count?


Unknown said...

That totally counts Holly! You've got a huDge dilemma and you're going to solve it. It would be all right to start the New Life Plan: Rough Draft without one for just the first couple days, but I think success is almost a guarantee if you run right out and get one tomorrow.

Congrats on recognizing your issue, that's the first step.

Multislacking Mama said...

Note well taken.

I have put a post on my blog re: New Life Plan. I am referring my readers (like I have any) directly here.

You may thank me later.


Things I May Regret Writing said...

This blog is becoming too organized and proactive for me. Can I still read if I don't participate in the Life Plan and just judge you instead?

Mom Of 3 said...

Ok I am ready for a new life plan, although with everyone in the hosue sick I may have to start a little late.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog and have been lurking and laughing the past couple of days. I'd love to join in the NLP. I have parent teacher conferences tomorrow so that's easy for me.

Sasha said...

Shit. Are you serious? I can't find a legal pad in this mess. I do have pens, lots of them. All over. Maybe I can just write it in Word on the computer.

But can this be co-related to making my kids behave and making WC stop biting? Can I do NLP: Raising My Kids Better At Home So That Daycare Doesn't Kick My Kids Out? That's my biggest concern right now. Lexapro has taken care of the rest.

Anonymous said...

I leave for vacation on Saturday (heading your way, Ashley, it BETTER be warm!!). I can't possibly start the NLP now. Once I get back home there's the unpacking to do (that takes at least 7-8 days) then the laundry to do. Then Easter is right around the corner. Maybe I can start in April. No, wait, we have orthodox Easter in April. Ok, now we're looking at May, yes, May it is!

Thanks, Ashley!

Joy said...

I am so excited I really need help.

One good note I did get a label maker the other day!!! so I am already off to a good start.

On the topic of Clemsongirl she really needs to move back here so she could be of real help to me. I get all pissy when I read her blog and try to compare her organizational skills to mine which totally suck.

Multislacking Mama said...

4am & The New Life Plan

Uh, Ashley, I woke up at 4am and started thinking about the NLP. Now I'm awake. Making lists and whatnot. Tell me I'm not the only one.

This could be bad for my beauty rest.


October said...

I kinda want to participate even though the procrastinator in me says it's too soon to start on wednesday (and the procrastinator part takes up pretty much all of me). But my real problem is that I live in a completly different time zone (Oslo, Norway) so my evenings happens long before your evenings wich means I'm way ahead of you at all times.

sunny-daze said...

Okay, so I just made that all important phone call, I RSVP'ed my son for a birthday party. Even talked to the mom which I usually avoid because I hate the phone. Wow it's 9:30 a.m. and I can already check stuff off my list. I love this New Life Plan.

Mitch said...

Can I just apply the NLP to my job? That way, I look impressive at work, but my DH will still think I'm a slacker and not expect too much from me.

Anonymous said...

I've got my label maker ready... I'm in!!