The ever-growing to-do list
I’m not going to deny it, I’ve been on the verge of a melt-down in the last couple of days from thinking about all that has to get done in the next month. So.much.to-do.
So, I’ve started to make lists. On everything I can get my hands on – napkins, post-it notes, several notebooks — all so that I don’t miss something I read I should pack, or forget to do something before I leave the U.S. Unfortunately, I am not a traditional planner. I rarely plan a lot – for anything – I typically just figure things out as I go. This time, I’m trying to be more methodical, so I am fighting my ways as much as possible. I am banking on the satisfaction of crossing things off my enormous to-do list, and the panic of not doing something I should have, to push me through this next month.
I am heading to San Francisco on August 14th, so pretty much all of these things have to get done by then:
- Take the GRE exam – yes, I had the brilliant idea of doing all of this at the same time. This will be the first time I take it, so we’ll see how it goes.
- Buy plane ticket to El Salvador – continue to research discount options
- Confirm housing in El Salvador – thankfully I have a wonderful friend who lives in San Salvador, who is helping me understand my options
- Confirm if I need any sort of visa for El Salvador – it’s tricky with my Colombian citizenship, pretty much I need a visa for every country!
- Confirm if/what vaccinations I’ll need
- Review Kiva’s reading list – I have like the equivalent of 6 books worth of reading, we’ll see how far I get
- Finish UN microfinance course online – about 15 hrs worth of training, a course given by the UN walking me through all the basic technical aspects of how microfinance works
- Finish reading the pre-training materials on the Kiva Fellows wiki site – they have info such as what to pack for certain territories, advice about visas, health insurance, etc. Thank God for the prior Fellows and all their insight!
- Send Kiva a copy of my passport, flight details, and intake form
- Figure out if I should get additional health coverage
- Continue to acknowledge contributions to my Fellowship as they come in, and update the records I am keeping of donors
- Write bio for Kiva site
- Call bank/credit card co’s and let them know I will be abroad for 4 months
- Get fraud protection coverage for the time I am away (thank you Chema for the advice!)
- Make packing list for SF
- Make packing list for El Salvador
- Continue to promote the Fellowship
- Update budget for my Fellowship and share with everyone