Posts Tagged ‘Work’

It’s An Ugly Cycle

April 12, 2022

On days like today I remember the day I learned that beyond a certain point of being overworked and overstressed you find yourself capable of doing less and less work while your stress continues to increase.

My Son Learned This Fairly Early On

October 7, 2020

I didn’t inherit every belief about work that my grandparents held, but one thing I did inherit from them was the belief that the statement, “I have nothing to do,” is an open invitation to give the speaker something to do.

That’s My Generic Answer To That Kind Of Question

September 3, 2020

“Why isn’t this working?!” L’s Mother asked this morning, and I pretended the question wasn’t rhetorical.

Glancing over at what she was working on, I answered, “Because it hates you, and secretly plots against you at night.”

And If You’ve Only Just Now Gotten That Song Out Of Your Head, You’re Welcome

November 12, 2018

This is the work that never ends; yes, it goes on and on my friends . . .

This Was Last Night, By The Way

August 2, 2018

Years ago I remember Dad telling me how every task in the eyes of one of his bosses was “priority one,” which eventually prompted my dad to ask said boss to please clarify what was “priority one alpha,” “priority one beta,” “priority one gamma,” and so on.

L’s Mother and I do our best to keep this idea in mind in our daily routines, but lately her job has necessitated priorities above “priority one alpha” which she has dubbed “OMG alpha,” “OMG beta,” and “OMG gamma.”

I Should Put That On A Poster

March 4, 2016

When your schedule is filled with tedious (but necessary) busy work, sometimes you just have to remind yourself that boredom has a very low mortality rate.

A Quick Riddle

September 18, 2014

Question:  How has my work schedule lately also been like me moving my side of the bed into the corner of the bedroom this week?

Answer:  I keep hitting the wall at odd times.

(Put another way,  my twin thoughts upon waking this morning were “I have a LOT to wrap up today, so I hope nothing else goes wrong to stop me from doing it,” and “Who put that wall there and why did I kick it?”)

There’s Your Plan . . . And Then There’s The Toddler’s Plan . . .

June 23, 2014

The Plan: Get up and start working as soon as possible.

The Practice: Have an impromptu “birthday party” with my son because he found a small (empty) gift box, and there was some leftover (not-birthday) cake in the fridge.

The Regret: Minor, and nothing at all to do with delaying work.

The Lesson: Cheesecake for breakfast isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but finishing off your child’s slice as well as your own “so it doesn’t go to waste” might be . . .

Maybe A Little TOO Easily Now That I’ve Realized I Need To

September 20, 2012

Yesterday it became clear to me that while I’ve been working at life a lot lately, I’ve only been enjoying life a little.  Son, this in particular is something I never want you to imitate, so it’s time for me to make some changes.

In this case, at least, it’s not so much that I need to work less, but that I need to enjoy more.

I can do that.