I did a really stoopid thing! (perhaps that should read ‘another’ stoopid thing) just before Christmas but I foolishly updated the ever present ‘To Do’ list.
I was flabber-ghasted, after totting up the tasks I had set myself to do, to be presented with no fewer than 37 items.
Some might say that I’m simply not working hard enough, or that my prioritisation skills are some what lacking. Others just keep telling me over & over again ”You really are going to have to learn to say ‘No’ aren’t you”, but to say I felt as if I was gradually being crushed under the weight of it all would be…well, an understatement.
To be honest I ‘m not sure what caused the log jam at all. Wether it was the double edged consequence of having recently decamped from my old cupboard like office out in the nether regions of our site to a new one in the Staff Resources Center with a heavy footfall of people wanting/needing/requesting more stuff than ever before or simplytrying to take on too much. What has surprised me is how much the mountain of ‘To Do’s’ was actually affecting me stress wise.
In the old place I could at least focus on the brain achingly complicated stuff with little interruption if need be whereas now I’m infinitely more accessible & infinitely more interruptible. On the plus side at least I now have a workspace that actually gets some sunlight & I can actually see the outside world but the workload has gone through the roof. There is only so much you can can actually do in any one day. To quote BA Baracus…”Crazy Fool”.
Enter my saviour & SMT super hero Mr X (He’s WAY too bashful for me to big him up in person) but suffice to say with his & our very helpful personnel officers help we now have a manageable & scaleable scheme to help me plough through the pile of stuff. In one way all of this is quite a compliment I guess. Hopefully people like what I do and just want more of the same. I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint some of them by using the ‘N’ word. “No”