Dee’s Key Notes (April 2020)

“Help Me Help You!” 

A quick 4-3-2-1 safe, socially distant note from your friend and real estate agent, Dee. 

In the midst of this pandemic, I hesitated to send you this month’s letter. It seemed frivolous to be sending out a silly newsletter. But, checking in with friends during these socially distant and uncertain days matters even more now. And, in these harrowing COVID19 moments in history in which we’re living, it’s mentally healthy to keep going, doing, helping, and living in the best way we possibly can while considering the safety of others as well as ourselves. 

So, while doing your part to slow down the COVID curve, why not fill some stay-at-home time and focus on a few frogs, tasks, homework assignments, or projects you’ve been trying to finish—or start? Below are the next tips—10, 11, and 12—from the procrastinate-less-and-get-stuff-done book, Eat That Frog!

If you want to stop reading here, that’s okay too. But before you go, check out my 1 quote to inspire you at the end of this letter and let that wash over you during these stressful times when cabin fever is becoming too real! And, if you’re a medical worker, first responder, work in food distribution, or any other frontline or military work, THANK YOU for your bravery and service! 

4 earthy things to know about April 

  1. April is the time to try growing flowers, veggies, or herbs in a container garden in 5 steps.
  2. April 7 is “National No Housework Day” (You’re welcome!)
  3. April 22 is Earth Day. Here are some Earth Day ideas and activities (most of which can be done at home)
  4. April 24 is Arbor Day. Plant a tree: this is how you do it.
(I planted this tree four years ago when it was tiny and look at it now!)

3 frog-eating ways to help you focus on that important task or project you’ve been wanting to start—or finish. (You know the one.)

  1. Take it one oil barrel at a time: You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time. 
  2. Upgrade your key skills: The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done. Determine exactly what it is that you are very good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well. 
  3. Identify your key constraints: Determine the bottlenecks or choke points, internal or external, that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals, and focus on alleviating them. 

*Source: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

2 bits of good-to-know info 

  1. Yes, you’re washing your hands, but how clean is your cell phone? Here’s how to really clean it in 6 steps
  2. COVID19 is bringing out the best and worst in people. If you’re a homeowner (Mortgagor*), it’s important to be aware of and on guard against fraud schemes, spam, and spoofs.

    *Mortgagee refers to the ‘giver’ or ‘lender’ in a loan-deal; the receiver is termed as Mortgagor.

1 quote to inspire you 

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Dwell well, keep up with the latest COVID19 facts, be safe, live, work, home-school, and cope in the best way you possibly can.  

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