Critical path, 6 April

Not optimal. A day after outlining my new behaviors, I’m pushing the bound on them. Reframe: a week or less after setting new behaviors, I still don’t have the hang of them. Ok, I see that; better now. Except for the getting-to-bed reality of it all…gotta work short -! So:

How did I get to this time-crunched spot? Exercising one of my strengths!

When I worked as a network manager, the CEO of our 50-person firm consistently praised me for my ability to keep my priorities in line with the best interests of the company.

With computer networks, that doesn’t look like you might think. It’s not an “inscribe the priorities in Q1 so the team remains focused” outline. It’s a core understanding of what’s important, and the ability to assess, minute by minute, whether what you’re working on serves what’s important or not. Important, for a business, revolves around main line of business and return on investment. Will fixing this computer improve our main line of business? If no, don’t fix it. Go tackle something that will. $x is an hour’s chunk of my salary; is the broken component more or less expensive than my time in wages? If the component’s at least 2 hours of my wage, it’s worth trying to fix it.

I’m not a network manager any more. I still do this all the time. With everything that crosses my path. It’s how I lead my mindful life: is what I’m doing at this moment the highest and best use of my time?

In my life, I choose relationship over pretty much everything. Personal mental health trumps, but there’s a lot of overlap. Work or sad girl? Sad girl. Sleep or time with My Sweetie? Tough call–sleep is VERY important!–but assuming a full 8, My Sweetie before lazing between the sheets until 10.

Blogging with just enough time to finish before 9:30pm vs. calling a friend who’s tried to get in touch with me for four days?

So that’s why it’s 10pm and I’m here blogging. But now I’m going to bed, where I belong!

2 thoughts on “Critical path, 6 April

  1. I have to say I’ve set up my life so I don’t have to make those type of choices – but that’s me. I don’t thrive under pressure, so I dodge it. Good on you to take on what’s take-on-able.

    1. It’s interesting that you look at it that way: as pressure to avoid. For me, knowing what I value, in what order, removes the pressure. I’m not temperamentally inclined to regret, anyway; I choose, act, and accept the ripples. If I didn’t know I was choosing what mattered, I’d have a LOT more trouble.
      It likely helps that I believe that it’s all choices anyway, avoiding or engaging. Knowing I’ve chosen the best I was able to in the moment is a consolation.

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