Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tackling Giants

I am all about prioritizing. I'm that girl who loves "To Do" lists. I'm a complete sucker for structured notepads (To Buy, To Do, To Call, etc.). My iGoogle has a to do list gadget. My Google Calendar has "tasks" included throughout. My Blackberry has notes and tasks entered left and right, including everything from the website I didn't have time to check out to the recipe I swiped from the magazine in the doctor's office waiting room to what to pick up at the grocery store.

What I HATE, HATE, HATE is when you just can't prioritize.

I remember a day last year when I came into my office, dropped my purse and entourage of miscellaneous baggage in a heap on my desk and let out a frustrated growl fit to scare small children. My partner and officemate at the time looked up from his daily dose of and chuckled, "Having a good morning, Sunshine?"...a question I'm sure he soon regretted asking.


"That's when you've got to prioritize," he smugly replied. Who the hee-haw does he think I am? An idiot? "You need to write it all down and then put it in order and start at number one." Duh, Dingbat!

"THEY'RE ALL NUMBER ONE!" After rambling off a litany of urgent tasks with near immediate due dates, I bit my tongue to prevent dishing out any further coworker abuse.

His reply? "Yep. That sucks for you, doesn't it?"

I think he may have actually seen the smoke beginning to seep out of my ears and the flames stoking in my eyes, because he and his sports web page made a hasty exit stage left.

This week has been another of those weeks. It is as though I blinked my eyes and, upon opening them, was surrounded by a herd of giants towering around me.

"Oh yeah? Well, excuse me, Big Boy, but take a number and get in line...I'll get to you in a minute."

Perhaps what I need is improved strategery. (Aaaah, Georgie-Porgie...that word makes me smile.)

You see, I've never really enjoyed games of strategy. It is a skill I've been able to avoid sharpening in my life. Games like Risk, Axis and Allies, Doom, checkers...I've just never been interested. Even strategy-laden card games like Hearts, Spades, or Rook and strategy puzzle games like Sudoku or...tic-tac-toe...they're just not for me. I'm really more of a Go Fish or War kind of gal...take it one step at a time. Climb one mountain before starting up the next.

Unfortunately, life doesn't seem to play fair sometimes. And I find myself staring into the eyes of a herd of giants, yet again.

Perhaps today is the day to start working on my strategery.

Here's "The Plan": I'm going to bat my eyelashes, smile real pretty-like and spread on a little sweet talk....

"Oh, boys.....maybe one of you big, strong men can help me. I just don't see how little ol'me can ever do all of this by myself! Any suggestions???"

Wish me luck!


  1. Yeah, I've tried that. It doesn't work here either. And your co-worker? I would have beat him with the paperwork on your desk.

  2. Good luck! I hope your to-do list begins visibly shrinking soon. :)


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