Sometimes I create my own problems. (Sometimes?) I spent most of today waiting for something to interrupt me. I knew there were big meetings going on in Southern California, and I knew someone would need my help. That's why I didn't get started on any big projects of my own. I didn't want to have to stop and start over.
If the phone had rung, or if there had been an emergency revision of the letter we were working on last week, I would have felt pretty smart about not getting started on my daily work. I waited and waited, but the shoe never dropped. I guess that's why the expression mentions the "other" shoe. If you're waiting for the first shoe to drop, you might not exhale for a long, long time.
Don't get me wrong. It's not as if I took the day off and sat around waiting for the phone to ring. But I'm only working four days this week, and I could have made up the whole extra day I'm taking off if I'd ever managed to get myself going. It was mostly a little filing here, a little data input there, until late in the afternoon, when I finally accepted the fact that they could get along without any help from me.
I did start doing the accounts payable late in the day, but my heart wasn't in it. It was hot, and I really wanted to be sitting in front of the fan. I got a lot less done than I would have on a normal Monday, even with normal Monday interruptions.
It just goes to show you— something. Never anticipate, never assume. Which is a crock, because if you don't anticipate you're never ready, and if you don't assume, you have to start from zero every day. I base everything I do on assumptions and anticipation. Today I just assumed the wrong thing.