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Oh, Crazy Woman.

August 29, 2010

Dear Heather,

Have you lost your mind?
You just signed on to work 32 hours a week, at your part time/second job, for the next three weeks.
What the hell are you thinking?
[this is called panic]


On top of your 45 hours a week at your other job.  On top of the outings and trips you have planned.  On top of weekly conference calls, and book discussions, and breakfast meetings.  On top of your other responsibilities, and other super-fun-sibilities.  On top of the Badger Football Schedule.


Oh, but I know that you can do it, you crazy lady, you.
You could use the extra money, and the extra structure.  After all, you strive under a hectic schedule and you haven’t had a hectic schedule for over a year. 

Since the summer of 2009, you’ve allowed your weekly schedule to be filled with free time; time saved for what you wanted to do.  Time in which you could choose to be productive or lazy.  Time to learn presidential fun facts, watch entire seasons of television on DVD, read billions of blog posts, and drink 729 lattes.  And occasionally, and only occasionally, clean your apartment.


But you’ve missed the lists.  The color coded spreadsheets of responsibilities which may or may not match the color coded calendar of scheduled responsibilities.  The timelines of how to go about your week and accomplish everything you need to do, and a few items of things you want to do, as well. 

You’ve allowed your having extra time to work for your laziness, and against your motivation.  Why run in the morning when  you can run after work?  Why run after work, when you can run after dinner?  Why run after dinner when you are in the middle of a great episode of Lost?  And then your curiosity insists that you have to watch the next episode. And the next. And then fall asleep during the next. It’s okay you can run in the morning.  And the cycle starts again.


When you are at your busiest, you force yourself to follow through with what you deem important.  You won’t skip morning runs or evening strength training when there is no other time to do it.  You won’t tell yourself you’ll prepare your lunches for the week in a few hours, because there is no “in a few hours” to do so. Scheduling your priorities in your date book becomes your survival, even as your priorities include work, run, plan, meet, talk, play, rest-and-just-be.


These next three weeks might not be easy.  Working 77+ hours a week is hard work; but hard work is good for you.  You can do anything for 3 weeks.  You can work two jobs each day of the week and still find time for a job.  You can run from one place to the next and not rely on junk food.  You can take advantage of your love of a control schedule, and pencil in sharpie in a few hours of alone time to do whatever your heart desires.  You can continue to make one healthy decision, followed by another healthy decision.  Just one at a time.

And you will be a better person for it.  A more devoted person.  A more focused person. A more accomplished person.  A more balanced person.  I know you can do it.  I know you will do it.  Let’s do it!




20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2010 1:25 am

    Oh wow! You are going to be one busy woman! Best of luck!!!

  2. cookeatburn permalink
    August 29, 2010 6:21 am

    Heh, that is the kind of pep talk I would have to give myself through college when I was juggling 3 jobs and classes… you go you crazy woman! 😉

  3. August 29, 2010 6:51 am

    Yes, you are nuts. Yes, you’ve got this. After all, God created coffee for weeks like these 🙂

  4. August 29, 2010 7:29 am

    Hooray for structure, and a little bit of extra $$. And, if there are days when you question why you are working so much, remind yourself: this is only temporary.

    Also, I am honored to be on your to do list in that last pic. 😉

  5. August 29, 2010 8:34 am

    Hello there crazy lady! Good luck with the next few weeks. I know you can do it! At the end of the three weeks I think you should allow yourself a nice, long, relaxing nap!

  6. August 29, 2010 9:03 am

    You are crazy!!! Hahah but not in a bad way. I’m glad that there are people like you around. I can’t handle that kind of structure, but I’m kind of jealous of people who can!

    Good luck 🙂

  7. August 29, 2010 10:46 am

    You are going to rock all these responsibilities for the next 3 weeks! I couldn’t agree more with your thinking about structure and productivity. I could probably use a bit more structure in my life right now. I haven’t been the best at time management lately but I have plans and good intentions to turn it around. 🙂

  8. August 29, 2010 11:59 am

    You’re brave to take on all that! Good luck 🙂

  9. August 29, 2010 12:55 pm

    cash monaaaaaaaayz! gotta love it.

    hang in there! text/tweet me if you start to lose your mind.. which hopefully you wont ❤ you've got this!

  10. August 29, 2010 1:07 pm

    Love your attitude! Plus youll be rich. You CAN do anything for 3 weeks!

  11. August 29, 2010 2:24 pm

    Yes, you are krazyy. With a k. But you have AWESOME organization skills and this will be FUN for you 😉

  12. August 29, 2010 3:42 pm

    Wow, 77 hours a week is insane!! Good luck. No doubt the extra $$$ will be handy though.

  13. August 29, 2010 8:40 pm

    As someone who is CRAVING crazy structure with little time between events/jobs, I needed this today. I am hesitant to jump back into that kind of life but I know it’s what I need to do to be happy.

    THS = inspiration in all forms, in many many ways. TFY thanks you 🙂

  14. August 29, 2010 8:43 pm

    Hang in there kiddo! I totally feel your stress–I’m looking for a second part time job and it’s going to be super stressful getting everything done. But you can totally do it for three weeks!

  15. August 29, 2010 10:01 pm

    77 HOURS A WEEK? Yep, insane would be the perfect word! I’m your total opposite!

  16. kiera permalink
    August 30, 2010 10:02 am

    random question: where did you get that planner? i love it! i’m slightly obsessed with planners and the art of writing down everything i have to do (not just linking it in a google calendar!).

    • August 30, 2010 10:14 am

      Be prepared to be surprised: I got it at CVS!

      I always spend SEVERAL weeks looking for the perfect calendars and datebooks, but this one I found at the local CVS and it is PERFECT! Weekly layout and monthly, each month seperated by being a different color, plus good “little extras” like weights and measurement conversions, fraction to decimal equivalents, and LOTS more. It was a STEAL at only $5!

  17. jessicavogel permalink
    August 30, 2010 2:17 pm

    Ah crazy! I’ve been there though! I work two jobs as well, and last year during the holiday season I was working 70 hrs a week the whole month of December. Wait till the paychecks roll in…you’ll be glad you did it!

  18. August 30, 2010 10:03 pm

    I think you are absolutely nuts…but then so am I. I crave a packed schedule to push me to find time to do the things I love instead of putting them off til later.

    So happy that I get to be part of your nutty few weeks 🙂


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