Ever have one of those days? You got up a bit early because you have a lot to do (and don’t we all), the day looks fabulous and you say to yourself “this is going to be a very productive day”. Your list of things that just have to be done today (which you made at the end of yesterday) is on your desk and you are psyched.
You quickly get your morning routine out of the way (go back and brush your teeth, remember what your mother said), start the coffee for breakfast, take the dog out for a little walk and realize you have to clean up after him or the neighbors are going to complain. Get out the pooper scooper equipment and pick up the litter. Boy, it must have been a while, there is a lot more to do than you thought. Put the litter in the trash and remember that today is garbage pickup and you forgot to put the cans out front. While carrying them to the curb, you remember that there is another bag in the garage.
Oh yes, here it is, but you did not get the mess cleaned up from working on the mower. Get out the broom and dustpan, clean up the clippings. The mower has needed to have the oil changed and you have put it off since last year. Alright, if you don’t do it now it will not get done. Drain the oil, put the plug back in and find there is no oil to put into the mower. Hop in the car and pick some up at Home Depot and while there look at a new gas grill, but it is too expensive right now. Back home, finish changing the oil, put old oil in recycling container, garbage in bag and take bag to curb. Oh no, they picked up the garbage while you were working on the mover or at the store. Take bag back into garage.
Go inside, coffee now cold, reheat in microwave and get piece of toast and bowl of cereal. Glance at headline of newspaper and read about neighborhood crime wave. Put dishes in sink and run garbage disposal to get rid of leftover cereal. What? The disposal does not work? Well the last few times it was making a funny noise and now it seems jammed. Saw on internet how to fix this. Fabulous thing, the internet. Only took 20 minutes to find what might be the right wrench and it is not! Okay, the guy on the internet said you could use a broom handle and I have one of those. IT WORKS! Boy, am I good.
Put wrench and broom away, go into kitchen to find dog looking to go out again. Quick trip, right? Run into neighbor who needs help moving a cabinet in his house. You owe him for helping with your last big project, so can’t get out of that.
Get back inside to be greeted by kids asking what’s for lunch. LUNCH, we just had breakfast. No way, that was hours ago and my little army marches on its stomach. Youngest needs to be dropped off at his friends house (we walked didn’t we), and the oldest wants to have a driving lesson on the way home.
Finally, time to get something productive done. Flip on light switch and flash, the bulb burns out. Oh boy, what next? Get step stool, take globe off fixture and unscrew bulb. Just look at the mess in the globe. Take globe to bathroom sink, wash out dead bugs and junk that has collected. YUCK, now have to clean out sink. Put new bulb in and globe back on, flip switch, ahhh, let there be light. Take stool back to storage closet; find someone has left a mess on the floor. Straighten it up because no one else is going to.
Back in office, light is on, sit down and turn computer on. Phone rings, answer phone, it is your sister who has just spent the whole morning trying to get your mother to the doctor and back again, fighting with her kids, flat tire on car and just wants to unload on you. This IS your only sister, so you commiserate and be nice to her.
By now it is 4PM and what do you have to show for it? Sure you got a lot done, but it was not a focused effort on what you really needed and wanted to do. This happens to all of us even if we work outside our house. Life has a way of getting in the way. This little spoof highlights that we have to plan, focus, prioritize and stick to it to accomplish what we need to and have set out to do. Good Luck.