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Gratitude #7 - focus

I ran into someone from my old day job yesterday who let me know how much she missed working with me.* She says my replacement takes forever to get things done and seems to fritter away all her time chatting with co-workers. Being an only graphic designer is a very self-directed position. (As opposed to being a designer in a firm where your boss is a designer too, and would give you specific tasks and tell you how long it should take you to do each of them. When you're the only one you can choose which projects get a "quickie" and which to delve into more deeply so you can manage your time.)

I'm pretty focused. I appreciate that when I see lots of people aren't. Even though I had a day this week where my attention kept wanting to wander, I managed to keep consulting my to-do list and encouraging myself to work on "just one more thing."

*wouldn't it suck to hear "glad you left...the new gal's ten times better than you!"

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
That's a Joan Jett song...I need to make a Joan Jett playlist for myself on Rhapsody :-)
egret17
Dec. 3rd, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
LOL - that WOULD suck.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
It should happen to someone in a story. I don't think most people have the cajones in real life to actually say that.
ephemera
Dec. 4th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
It boggles my mind, sometimes, how different people define 'doing a reasonable job' - I'm with you on wanting to do a good job and being effective with my time, whether in my day job or the rest of my life (not that I'm as productive as you, mind!)
jordan_c_price
Dec. 4th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
It really is bizarre how different working styles can be. I remember co-workers who'd flit around going on about how busy they were (but not working, just talking about it), co-workers who'd do the most low-priority tasks with a focused ferocity but leave the high-priority tasks undone....

It's a wonder anyone gets anything accomplished!
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