I’ve been having a marathon session of “Get Stuff Done” (GSD) so far this week. Well it’s only fair. I’m off on my hol’s the least I can do is not leave too much work laying around for my colleagues to have to deal with in my absence. It’s satisfying but also draining which in theory will make my week off all that more enjoyable.

I rarely use ToDo lists to do this stuff (all puns intended), preferring to have a list of projects with status which I constantly cycle and update. This means I have a living “whiteboard” of what I’m doing and often what I’ve done which means I can pinpoint a moment within a given project’s life cycle very quickly.  It doesn’t always work out that way. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s served me well for a very long time.

I’m starting to really wonder if I’ve made a sensible decision regarding departmental shuffles that I’ll be doing after Christmas. A part of me thinks not, but while I’m sat here with my first cup of coffee of the day analysing the situation it has occurred to me that I may be feeling this way purely because I’ve been having a marathon session of ‘Get Stuff Done’.

Having now got stuff done, my workload has faded away nicely and is reminiscent of how things used to be when I enjoyed what I do now. Hmmm. Interesting.

This seems to lead me towards the obvious conclusion that either:

A) I should consistently try to ‘Get Stuff Done’ or
B) I consistently have too much to do to be able, at any given point, get it all done.

Now I know that I always apply A anyway, so B must be where my pain is. Having heard a few stats of my colleagues and my performance of late, this does seem to hold up. We are all very very busy none of which is helped by the fact that it’s quarter four (see yesterdays post). I wonder if those in charge try to keep it balanced at this point?  

In the mean time I’ve still got loads to do although from this evening it’s not so much work as it is packing. Luckily a wise man of the road warrior tribe in a far off land, took me under his wing in my youth and apprenticed me in the ways of travelling light but taking everything you need.

I am an expert – ninja level 78th dan bag packer, also known as “Getting It Packed” (GIP). Don’t try it at home or without the adequate training as you’re most likely to arrive at your destination without something vital or worse yet, something trivial.

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One week for two people = 1 hold bag. I’d have preferred to go with 1 carry on each (or better yet just 1 carry on) but Mrs G will insist on having a frivolous number of shoes when she travels. Her justification involves the words, “just in case”. If 27 pairs of shoes would fit, just in the case, I wouldn’t worry. However, as I know which side my bread is buttered, she is of course quite correct.  😉

In other news…. Daughter is very excited to be coming home. Can’t wait to see her and hear all about the adventures she’s had.

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