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Prioritization in a Storm

Prioritization in a Storm

I knew it would happen. After a dead calm of tasks and priorities that lasted almost 2 weeks. Smooth sailing turned choppy turned monsoon in but a few hours. Literally everything became due at work and all the stops were pulled out. Then my family showed up at the same time to stay with me and I took a couple days off. 

pls stop the ride I want to get off

pls stop the ride I want to get off

So naturally my #1 task is to write about it on the internet. That was a joke, but also not far from the truth. First, I read all 50+ of my emails and sorted the majority straight into the garbage where they belong. Then I took some of RSP's thermogenic pills which are really sweet because they keep the lead in my pencil while I'm dieting. I will be the first to admit they are probably a placebo but we take any port in a storm right?

Then I will make coffee and swipe right on a bunch of college aged women on Tinder and Bumble, because apparently this is how we live our lives now in this completely emotionally destitute modern world. 

By now it should be quite obvious that my default mode of function when presented with a ton of work is apparently to do none of it. Maybe this isn't the best path towards finishing anything, but it's a start.

Now I need to come up with some advice and that's awesome because I do happen to have a bit of it kickin' around here. This one is from my old boss and it goes something like this:

"Just do what needs to get done"

-Tom C

This was in response to the last time we were totally swamped and all priorities vanished out the window. Basically what this boils down to is just do something, whatever you can. And after a while hopefully you have whittled down the list enough and made some slight progress and you can move on to the next thing; aka whatever suits your fancy at that given moment. 

Because let's be real: When you have 20+ things to do, nobody is really going to come by and quiz you on your priorities. If your boss needs something done first then at this point he really needs to just come by your desk and tell you what it is, because the guessing game has come to a halt. Also when you are smashing on your keyboard constantly for hours on end with it making that ever satisfying click clack it tends to keep the mouth breathers away. That and your usually DIFFICULT attitude towards mouth breathers in general. I am sorry DDon, but I am extremely difficult when non-producer try to get me to produce for them, which is pretty much all the time. And yes it is selective. Just like how doctors are notoriously short with their nurses and staff to keep them at bay, I employ the same negative tactic. Yeah, I know I need to work on this particular thing, I'll just throw it in the pile and see when it happens. Maybe never at this rate. 

About now you are thinking to yourself "man this guy is an idiot." And you'd be right. But more importantly you'd be wrong. And that's what we need to focus on here. While I am wasting time assuaging my fears that inaction in the face of multiple tasks is possibly the worst type of action, I am recalling a second piece of advice:

I bet he didn't think this would ever be applied to a drab engineering manager's office environment. 

I bet he didn't think this would ever be applied to a drab engineering manager's office environment. 

Technically then, I have already completed a task in writing this article. I have also walked my way through 2 or 3 of the nastier emails in between typing this up. So I have already done stuff. And without ever planning to do anything I have started my recovery process of getting back to where there is nothing to do. Don't think about it too hard.

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