Time Management and Prioritizing

clockHi, everyone. The first issue to address for managing everything is time management. Allocate the time and time the allocation is the key. There are only 24 hours in every day and some of them are already spoken for if you need any type of sleep and we all need some. Right? If you don’t need any at all, I just might be inclined to add you to my prayer list.

I have found that doing this is tricky, especially for things like emails. I have three accounts that I use regularly and one that I really need to clean up. Emails pile up quickly. I have found that some of them come twice a week. Realizing that in our age of technology, it is how people and businesses create awareness of what they have to offer or what they want you to know. I’m not upset with this strategy. I just do not have time to read through them all everyday. I do make a practice of cleaning out my boxes regularly and what really doesn’t interest me, I throw it out. Now, with that being said, my next step is to unsubscribe from these websites. I realize that if this step is not taken, I will continue to pile up the emails and have to dump my box on a regular basis. And, while I am using time management skills and managing to stay abreast of the barrage, this becomes a vicious cycle. So, a key step in using my time wisely is to unsubscribe from what I do not need and what is not of interest to me.

Prioritizing is simple but not always easy. Although planning my day is simple enough with the time allocations, it takes awareness to not let the unplanned activities sabotage my day. And, as the unplanned things come up, I have to establish if they are priorities or not. There are times when I have to remind my family of my priorities as well. Awareness of what is going on with me is vital. Reassessing the day’s activities is a continual process and as I practice this, it does get easier. Putting in this type of work is critical in order to be successful. I have learned the hard way. So, my friends, I am staying focused and hope you do too.

Sandra

Decisions, Decisions

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It’s me.

After posting my apologies for being missing in action, I thought about how often I will be blogging. Twice a week will be the magic number. The days may vary based on what activities have priority. Between working a part-time  job to pay the bills and doing graphic design projects as well as content writing, the time flies. I have to say that working from home is a challenge but a joy as well. Staying organized can be quite elusive sometimes. Managing your time when time is flying by is a catch 22. However, it can be done. As I share my journey for PERSONAL DESIGN by Sandra and other endeavors, it does help to share the challenges and the triumphs.

I do have my website up (www.sanvercell.uphero.com) and will be updating as I complete new projects. It is a work in progress, of course. Take a look. I am a little nervous. School is over and welcome to the real world. As I take a glance back over the last three and half years, I can see growth, challenges, pain, joy and changes. It has not been an easy time, but it has been a good growth time. I did stay focused on my goal to graduate and thanks to God, He provided a way when I didn’t see one. Now that graduation draws nigh, I see the next mountain to climb, student loans to repay. Or should I say mountain to move. Faith and hard work are two key and vital elements for the future. Getting the business running well so I can pay back those loans is certainly a priority! The new year will be here in the blink of an eye and I can say, nervous or not, I am ready.

Please feel free to leave comments or helpful suggestions as I move forward and share my journey with you.

Sandra

Missing in Action

 

High HeelsHi, everyone. I must apologize for the absence. I have been working on finishing my degree in graphic design, taking care of my family and getting organized. I have set up Personal Design by Sandra. I have added a link to my portfolio should you want to check it out. Moving forward fully into the world of graphic design is exhilarating and a little intense. After graduating in December of this year, moving full force into business for myself is both scary and exciting. I will be posting regularly to my blog now. I haven’t decided what direction it will take. Right now, the focus has been on spiritual growth and social issues. I may decide on a separate blog for the graphic design area. I also may decided that growing in my business is also growing spiritually and socially. And, I may just make this blog about what is going in my life in all these categories.

I took this picture of an actual painting at a model home in South Carolina. I liked the heels but also wanted to use the photo as a background for the theme of walking in my shoes. Some of you may be able to relate to starting a new business, walking out in faith and taking what you learned from that expensive education to bat for you. At any rate, here I come. Any shout outs are welcome and I’ll be back real soon.

Sandra

 

Personal Sabotage

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Can’t See the Sky for the Trees

PERSONAL SABOTAGE

I spoke a couple days ago about the shoes we are given for our journey. And, while I definitely pointed out that we share our journey with others, whether we want to or  not, I also want to share my thoughts on personal sabotage. As I have been reflecting, and I do a lot of that, realization is that sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I never thought about personal sabotage before. Sabotage always reminded me of the spy movies where one covert agent was trying to make sure the other agent’s plans were unsuccessful. Well, unfortunately and yet fortunately, I realize that I have been responsible for sabotage actions in my own  life.

Let me explain. The last two years have been difficult, challenging, transient, tearful and yet rewarding at the same time. As I acquire the wisdom and knowledge God is giving me about myself, I am developing that understanding for others. Remember from the previous post, I was speaking about empathy. When we can and do receive the revelation and understanding about ourselves, empathy begins to develop. Revelation and understanding do not always bring a smiley face. Sometimes the pain of understanding ourselves and what we are truly responsible for in our own lives is more painful than a needle shot. And, if we truly accept what God is showing us about ourselves, the pain does last quite a bit longer than that needle shot. Oh, but after the pain, the knowledge, acceptance and vision for change is more awesome than we can imagine.

What Smiles Mean

When someone smiles at you, do you see a genuine smile or does it look like something is lurking behind the smile? A smile pockets a rattling controversy.  This statement takes into account that some smiles may reflect hidden motives.  While smiling is important in many professions, what guarantees a sincere and heartfelt smile.  When genuine, a smile has warmth and lights up the face.

Sandra Vercellono

Hurry Up and Wait

My sister and I were talking last week about the aspect of waiting.  When I think about our fast society from instant communication to instant food, I thought about this point in relation to God.  When we pray for specific things and it does not seem that God hears us, it is called waiting.

I believe that maybe we are under the impression that God is an instant God.  He very well may be in the terms of answers because He gives us one of three different answers for prayers.  It is either yes, no, or wait. Some may beg to differ and that is fine.  I just wanted to focus on the wait answer.  Waiting means trusting.  When you trust God to provide the best for you, then you wait in peace. You know the answer will come on time because God is an on-time God.  As matter of fact, He epitomizes perfect timing.

Waiting means growing, developing character and patience.  The Word says be anxious for nothing.  You just can’t wait for something and when you finally get it, the anxiety may have changed the flavor of receiving it.  By that I mean, it may turn out to be different than your expectation.

Waiting means you have learned the art of appreciation.  When you can honestly wait for something, not be anxious or worried, but know that receiving what God has for you will bless you, there is a level of enjoyment, appreciation and thankfulness that you feel in your soul when you get it.

Waiting in line is often viewed as a waste of time for some of us.  We get hurried by the things we call life.  But  life is supposed to be enjoyed. Standing in line can mean saying hello and encouraging a stranger.  Never know who might need a kind word, a smile, or just a moment to feel that they matter.

Waiting for that spouse can mean taking the time to prepare for them.  Allow God to direct you, heal you , change you or any other element that is relevant to you and be prepared when you meet your spouse.  Waiting means preparing for the opportunity to not only get blessed, but more to be a blessing.  Waiting means living and growing and enjoying this life.  Wait is actually a verb, you know and calls for action.  Waiting for a big break, wait in motion.

Sandra R. Vercellono

Aligned with God

I thought about this post yesterday when driving to pick my daughter up from work.  Gratitude and appreciation fill my heart today as God continues to prove His faithfulness and love.  Writing is a passion of mine and He has opened the door.  Of course, it is His gift to me. The Word of God says that your gift will make room for you.  You may be asking how this is related to the subject.   When things are chaotic, and you really can’t figure out what direction to take, it’s time to stop, take inventory, and proceed with knowledge and wisdom.  The knowledge of truth and wisdom comes from God.

Well, a few weeks ago I attended a service that talked about being aligned with God. This Pastor spoke about receiving strange instruction from God.  In his review of the Scriptures, he brought to our attention several instances that showed when the children of God called upon Him in challenging situations, He gave strange instruction.  I preface with this because many times when we finally get to that place when we are aligned with God, He has given us strange instruction. It’s not the typical “what I would do in this situation” instruction.  It’s what He wants us to do in the situation.  Strange instruction may seem just that to onlookers but being in alignment with God is more important that making sure someone understands exactly what’s going on.  Many times, we don’t even understand every element of what God is doing.

As I write, and praise God for new paid writing assignments, it has taken me quite a bit of time to be rightly aligned with God.  I’ve tried doing my own thing for so long and trying to figure it out, I kept missing the mark.  God didn’t withhold blessings but the fulness and richness of His blessing was amiss.  I don’t say this lightly and don’t want it to be construed in the wrong way.  But, if you evaluate situations that have occurred in your lifetime, check and see which of those had the fullness and richness of God’s blessing.  We walk this journey sometimes accepting that we will just get by, and that God will give us enough strength for the next step or carry us sometimes.  And, then, there are  those times that His richness and fullness brings tears to the eyes because you cannot get this from anyone but Him, your Creator.  He fills your heart with His love for you when you realize that He knows the most intimate details about you and fills the needs of those details.  Today I praise God!  Praise Him with me.

Sandra Vercellono

Balancing Act

This week has been a balancing act.  Completing homework assignments; working part time in retail; making sure that I pick up my younger daughter from school and take her to school; certainly make sure I have babysitting arrangements for the time I have her when I’m at work; accepting a new writing assignment; taking my 18 year-old to work; or, picking up her friend to babysit; getting my 14 year-old to the gym; and, get to sleep in between is a balancing act.  Oh, I forgot about dinner, laundry, cleaning…The challenge is interesting, can be taxing, but certainly leaves no room for boredom.  My point is that I still want to show gratitude for this life God has blessed me with.  God’s blessing of mercy and grace is surely a reason to be grateful.  Even when I cannot come up with the answers to the balancing act, God’s mercy seems to emerge larger than life and I find myself thanking Him because He saw my need and worked out the situation.  I know that He is opening up doors that no one can close and closing doors no one can re-open.  And, I thank God that He is the only one that can do that.  God’s true justice and mercy is the source of this life for me.  My challenges, trials, successes, and, what might even look like failures are all to His glory.  This post is to glorify my Father in Heaven, proclaim Jesus as Lord and be eternally grateful for who He is and what He has done for me.  I thank God for this day.  “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Sandra Vercellono

Letting the Creative Juices Flow…

As I write this post, I am currently challenged in my school assignment to draw an aerial perspective painting.  Now since I love the graphic design field, and thought gaining some training on how to open up that creative flow would be the way to go, I am now at  an impasse.  I understand the perspective.  I’ve taken photos of that perspective.  But drawing it?  Another story.  I may be coming down on myself too hard since I didn’t really draw anything before this class but did everything digitally.  I think playing around in the photography area is as far as I’ve come.  I am not giving up but just voicing the challenge before me.  I did go to several sites on drawing the aerial perspective and got the technical understanding.  I drew about seven or eight pictures last night but wasn’t satisfied.  Abstract drawing was part of the challenge since as a beginner, lines are my ace. Just need to practice the actual process.  I think maybe a drawing class or sketching class could have come before this one, graphic design 120.  Just a thought.  Anyway, really busy and looking forward to exciting new growth in the aerial perspective and other things.

Sandra Vercellono

Creativity – Our New Culture

Today’s post is about creativity.  What does that mean?  Is it different from individuality?  In today’s culture, creativity seems to be the standard for traditional as well as non-traditional jobs.  While watching a TV reality show for hair designers, it seems that things have gone to the extreme.  What used to be a standard of excellence is now boring and considered non-talent.  When looking at what the contestants are asked to do and to prove, it seems we have gone way over the top.  The theme for this particular hair show was designing in a vampire theme.  Now, personally, I don’t care for vampires or the background about them.  Consider this a bias point from the beginning.  However, the resulting showcases were a bit much.  One model looked like she was wearing a farm house on top of her head depicting things from a vampire culture.  Another model had a hairpiece that looked about four feet tall; blond in the front and black in the back.  While not being critical of creativity, do we need to go so overboard that it just seems ridiculous?  Take into consideration that while reality TV is not the real reality because we are led to believe that over-the-top drama and excitement must exist in the piece to be appealing to the audiences. Is it necessary to push competition to the point of dogged personal ambition?  Do we really need to literally try to nail another person in order to prove our creative prowess?  Understanding the statement that “real life” is stranger than fiction, going above and beyond to prove that in our reality TV shows seems like overkill.

While walking this creative journey, hopefully the need will not arise when a choice has to be made between real talent and creativity and an extreme requirement to validate that through someone else’s perception.  Everyone appreciates the compliment that your efforts are well received; however, no effort will please 100% of the people 100% of the time.  Can we keep a level of integrity and true character when it comes to developing our creativity and talent.  And, especially when it comes to encouraging the next generation to develop theirs.

Sandra R. Vercellono