Nothing Was the Same After I Did 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing. Friday is an acceptable day also. 

My 1 thing for today is to clean my room and do some laundry (“do some laundry” = drop some laundry off for someone else to do) (Newwww Yoorrrrrrrrrkkkkk). Buy some toilet paper. Drink a lot of water since I’m getting sick. What else. Eat some vegetables. Take a shower, that’s a good one. Floss. You know, just generally take this day to do things that need to be done, in life.

This week also marks the countdown into absolutely-have-to-do-my-taxes-now-there-are-no-other-extensions territory. My brain sure will have fun thinking constantly about them yet doing nothing for the next two weeks! The deadline is October 15th. My goal is to have them done by the 14th. (bb steps.)


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annecara (#1,914)

My one thing needs to be calling the electrician to schedule a time for him to come install a switch so I can actually use my garbage disposal. I’ve called twice and hung up, though, so I should probably amend that to “calling and leaving a message.”

calamity (#2,577)

Visiting a wine store to finally resolve an extra $85 that was charged to my card in JULY. A month ago someone took my credit card information and said he’d process the return, but it never came up on my credit card bill. I sent them three emails (I’m phone-averse, what can I say) over the course of a few weeks. I have yet to receive a response or acknowledgement.

To ensure I finally deal with this, I forwarded the entire email chain to them earlier today and said I’d be coming by this evening. Hope they’re ready for me! (And hope I maintain my current resolve.)

OllyOlly (#669)

@calamity that’s messed up. Don’t let them back you down! Demand free wine as interest!

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

@calamity did you contact the credit card company directly? I’ve found that they’re usually quite responsive to inaccurate charges

planforamiracle (#4,034)

ugh my One Thing is organizing how I track my spending. Need some recommendations! I’m using the app BudgetCare on my iphone right now, but I can only export as a .CSV and I would like to be a person who has a spreadsheet or whatever.

Heckyes (#1,162)

@planforamiracle I use You Need A Budget (YNAB). It’s a downloadable thing and it’s like $50 but it really appeals to my need to track and categorize every dollar I make/spend. There’s an app and a computer program and they sync so you can add transactions when you’re on the go or whatever. It’s great.

qwer1234 (#4,140)

@planforamiracle changed my liiiiiiiiiife. It’s a free web & mobile app that tracks your spending and allows you to budget and makes fancy charts that are wonderful and help me wrap my artist brain around the numbers in a much better way. You can probably export the data, I haven’t tried, no real reason. Oh, did I mention it’s free? It’s free. I know that a certain degree of risk is involved in having my bank information linked in an account like that, I totally get it. But the reward on how it’s changed my spending habits, and consequently, my entire life is so much greater than that risk. Great user interface. I can’t say enough nice things about it.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@qwer1234 OH MAN. sounds real good. Bonus of seeing everything in one place, is that I won’t feel tied to my bank the way I do now.
I just took a closer look though, and it’s really hard to figure out what the export capabilities are. Hmmmmmmm…

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Yesterday I did my one thing, which was to bring my car in and get new tires. The man there asked why I didn’t have a boyfriend to take care of this kind of stuff for me….thus I will never return to that shop.

I just scheduled my September Amex payment, aka the first time ever I am paying less than my total statement balance. I bought all my holiday plane tickets last month, and now I’m not getting a paycheck until the Republican tantrum is over (uuuughghghgh). I’m still at the 0% introductory APR, so that’s good…. but is this how consumer debt begins???

honey cowl (#1,510)

@cuminafterall It was how mine began. It is almost gone now but SRSLY. That is how it started. BE CAREFUL

hotdish (#1,868)

I did my One Thing yesterday. Our auto-toll pass was linked to a credit card that was stolen, so when the balance depleted and we drove across a toll bridge it pinged the (cancelled) credit card and the state mailed us a bill. Which I promptly ignored for… 8 months? while I continued to occasionally drive across the toll bridge. Not good. SO, I went in to the customer service office, paid my fines, de-activated the old pass, bought a new pass (for the new car) and affixed it to the car. I’m feeling rather pleased with myself.

readyornot (#816)

@hotdish as well you should, you hot dish you.

qwer1234 (#4,140)

@hotdish Oh man. Get down with your bad self. For real, dealing with EZ Pass, or whatever your region has, is the worst. A few months ago, my one thing was to deal with a similar situation, but one that went into collections, and I spent four hours on the phone over two days before I got in touch with someone who would just take my money so I could resolve the issue.

readyornot (#816)

I got an estimate for the damage done to my car when someone rear ended me. And I picked up shoes from the shoe repair place. So shiny and reheeled! Also picked up the dry cleaning.

But the thing I am most proud of doing: calling a bunch of airlines. We are going on a big vacation (wedding, hiking, family seeing, and rainforest trek in South America) which involves a multi-city itinerary, and we had some crazy terrible seats assigned to us at purchase, couldn’t actually select them on the website. So I figured out all the customer service numbers to call for like four different airlines, waited on hold, persisted through several hangups, and finally got at least adjacent seats. And got our frequent flyer numbers added to the tickets. So. Done.

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