The Day I’d Rather Watch Paint Dry

I make a task list everyday at work. Everyday of the items I need to get done, things I’d like to accomplish. I love crossing those items off my list. Making a list keeps me sane, keeps me consistent. It makes me feel satisfied, helps me remember things and most importantly, productive.

I had 11 things on my list. 11 things most needed to get done. Two of the items were meetings; technically not a task, but two must do items that I could have the opportunity to cross off my list and feel good about.

By the time I relentlessly forced myself to pay attention which was the last 20 minutes of my second meeting that I called for, I was over my day. It was 3:48pm and I had been staring at the little clock in the bottom corner of the computer for at least what felt like 2 hours…but only twenty minutes as the words of the speaker droned on. I’d rather watch paint dry. I finally excused myself. I had to get back to the office to wrap up a couple things before my cohort left for the day, who had only popped in briefly.

I was completely over it. I had taken some work home the night before to work in peace without interruptions and I had been up since 3:30 in the morning and worked for another hour and a half over coffee and my dog snoring.

But at that moment, at 3:48 in the afternoon my brain was in the process of shutdown and there was no turning back. I straightened my desk and took hold of my list. What was I doing? Oh yeah, looking to cross off all the tasks I had completed for the day. I stared at my list. This took some thought to cross things off. My fingers ached as I gripped the pen. Stupid joints, stupid aging. I needed a moment. I stood up and locked the files. I shut down my email, turned off my computer, and took hold of my list once more. I took a deep breath and collected my thoughts.

I was busy today, working nonstop. The time had flown by and I had worked through lunch. I blankly stared at my list. Then crossed off three items. Three. I blatantly said aloud, “crossed off 3 out of 11 items.” The office manager replied with a “well you did have a couple of meetings.” I looked at my list again. Technically I accomplished one task then. “Two of the items I crossed off were my meetings!” I loudly replied out my office door. I could hear her chuckle, and another chuckle from someone at the printer. One lousy task crossed off.

As I drove home mulling over my day, I didn’t feel disappointed about not having more crossed off my list, just annoyed. I was more focused on the enthusiasm and imaging a job of nothing but watching paint dry and how many minutes it would take and if I would have to document the level of dryness and how would I know and would it really be more interesting than my last meeting.

Then I remembered I needed to add two more things to my list. And the list goes on. And I accomplished a bit more working from home, listening to my dog snore.


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Robin is an Administrator with experience in account management, marketing and job coaching. Her background is executive management, marketing and healthcare. Fueled by her passion for understanding the nuances in motivating her teams to work effectively and efficiently, she inspires through a creative mindset and humor while allowing individuals to express themselves through their talents. Robin's knowledge and determination to rationalize and apply systems, assists others in generating effective time management and workflow. She believes the key to success is through mindfulness, positive support and collaboration.

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