I’ll do it now, I’ll do it later

Taking a short break from work, let's call it lunch, although there is not a drop of food going into my system, just another cup of coffee and an aspirin or two. There is always something to be done, yet my days seem filled with meeting after meeting and meetings about meetings and follow up meetings. I wonder where my day has gone when it's finally over and my checklist of things to get done looks about the same as it did the day before. We say we can multitask. It makes us feel like we get so much accomplished, until you get that dreaded phone call, or that nasty email-"Hey, did you finish that document?" "Oh, yeah, that's right, I'll do it now." But now is 12 hours into your workday and all you really want to do is go mix a drink a sit on the front porch and relax for an hour or two, listening to the calming songs of the summer before retiring to bed in hopes that you can get some good sleep without waking up in a cold sweat at 3am wondering what it was you needed to get done. So then you decide to say, "Oh, yeah, that's right, I'll do it later. Tomorrow looks pretty open." And then tomorrow comes and you spend the morning in meetings about meetings about meetings and the afternoon focused on what you really need to be doing right now, because, you know, there are deadlines. Then once again, you reach the end of your 12 hour day and all you want to do is pour a glass of chardonnay and sit on the front porch for an hour or two and try to relax before going to bed. And you do this knowing that you will wake up at 3am in a cold sweat wondering what it was you were supposed to have completed. Meanwhile, your task at hand, the one with the really tight deadline, well, it's making progress, but not as much as if you were focused all day. Time. Never enough, but sometimes too much. The balance. Maybe one day I'll figure it out. Maybe one day I'll have excess. A little inspiration tonight... "Days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, your life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours." ~ Brian in Cocktail "I must govern the clock, not be governed by it." ~ Golda Meir "Gettin' loose and killin' time - This killin' time is killin' me" ~ Clint Black “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”  ~ Groucho Marx “How did it get so late so soon?”  ~ Dr. Seuss “Time is an illusion.” ~ Albert Einstein “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~ Carl Sandburg “The years teach much the days never know.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson “I sit beside the fire and think Of all that I have seen Of meadow flowers and butterflies In summers that have been Of yellow leaves and gossamer In autumns that there were With morning mist and silver sun And wind upon my hair I sit beside the fire and think Of how the world will be When winter comes without a spring That I shall ever see For still there are so many things That I have never seen In every wood in every spring There is a different green I sit beside the fire and think Of people long ago And people that will see a world That I shall never know But all the while I sit and think Of times there were before I listen for returning feet And voices at the door”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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