When I was in high school I had an amazing teacher who threw out the regular learning schedule and taught us the more important things. How to manage your life! One of his lessons was on TCOB. Taking Care of Business was a list of things you needed to get done. No whining, no complaining, just get it done. Handle your business. To this day I don't write "to do" lists, I write "tcob" lists. Here is mine for March 2008.
1) Criminal Record Check - Job search related
2) Food Safe Certificate - I have taken food safe a million times but I don't have the certificate because it was in school. When I call they can't find it on record so I will be taking it again on March 9th. This is also job related.
3) Start new Job - I've got some prospects in the work. Two job offers in the same field but one is seeming to far exceed the other one in benefits to Dolly.
4) Get Learners License - Yes, as you know if you've been reading my previous posts I do not have my drivers license. It's a goal to at least read the book and get my learners this month to start me off in my journey to getting this fear off my back.
5) Pay last debt under $3,500 - Last month I focused on paying off the remainder of my BC student loan and adding some money to the EFund. This month I plan to knock another chunk off my debt and bring me a little closer to the finish line.
6) Get my taxes done - I'm still waiting for some of my T4's. I am betting one won't show up at all because we are in a labor dispute but we'll see. Yesterday was the cut off for employers. I called Revenue Services and they told me to estimate my earnings with whatever figures I have and send in an attached note explaining the situation. They will then go after the ex employer. Oh happy day!
7) Organize my home office - I haven't shared this on this blog before but sometimes I design jewelry in my spare time. I really enjoy it but the last year its been stifled by too much external stress. I hope to organize my space to get the creative juices flowing again. Hopefully then I can make some extra money at the local Farmers Market. I have a special room dedicated to my crafts but its been overrun by mess and disorganization.
8) Renew Farmers Market membership - self explanatory. $20 fee but it goes to charity.
I think all of these thing are very attainable for the month and it will be a great relief to me to have them done. Money will be tight this month but I'm going to try and watch my spending very carefully. Next month I'll start tracking expenses.