Saturday, January 17, 2009


On Thursday I worked very hard all day. In fact, it was one of the most productive days I've had in a long time. When I walked in on Thursday morning my desk was a mess. I had files that needed taking care of and I needed to follow up on stacks and stacks of order, objections, and inquiries. I spent all day up to my elbows in documents. But by the end of the workday, I was able to clean off my desk, leaving on the essential file, yellow notepads, and staplers on my desk. I even managed to go through my court emails (yes, there were almost 100 of them, but I did get to just delete half and save the documents on the other half). I felt so proud of myself.

About 4:30 my boss, Sam, poked his head in my door and asked how the day had been. He likes to do that when he doesn't want to work any more for the afternoon. I proudly told him of my accomplishments in pushing paper. His reply was something to the effect of "ya, but now you have client emails and phone calls to return." I was devastated. I had gotten so much done to just be deflated. Now, don't get me wrong. I have the BEST boss. He lets me work and get what I want to done, he lets me pick my own hours, he supports me when I have crazy clients, and best of all he pays well--so we all love Sam, but that was not what I wanted to hear. I wanted an "atta job" or even a "wow, I can actually see your desk." But alas, he just reminded me that in this business, it never stops. Clients keep emailing, they keep calling, and they get upset when they don't get a response within three seconds of calling/emailing.

I suppose the moral of this little story is that life keeps coming. We get on top of one hill to see that another looms right in front of us.
One task gets accomplished to be followed by three more that need attention. But that doesn't mean we can't be proud of those accomplishments. So, by darnit, I want everyone to know that even though I have 40 client emails in my inbox and who knows how many calls to return--I accomplished something this week. My desk is clean and I'm proud of that fact.

1 comment:

Canyon Chica said...

GOOD JOB JESSIE! I am so proud of you. Getting your desk cleaned off is a huge accopmlishment. We don't call you Messy Jessie for no reason.