Friday’s walk, on Christmas Day, mid-afternoon, I expected few people out. To my surprise, the park was amply sprinkled with pairs/couples, dogs, and families. Many appeared to be trying cross-country skis and snowshoes for the first time. It wasn’t pretty, but everyone was having a good time.
Yesterday’s walk, Boxing Day, mid-morning. Expecting a similar crowd; to my surprise, hardly anyone out. Perhaps they were all lined up 6-feet apart, waiting to enter a store somewhere.
Abundant critter tracks, but no critters. Finally, one massive jackrabbit sighting. Vaulting across that snowfield, I was expecting a dog or coyote in hot pursuit. None appeared. Rabbit stopped abruptly, stood as tall as giant rabbits stretch, sniffed, wiggled those rabbit-ears, and then bounded off.
Then brunch, reading papers, sipping coffee ~ a single item on my agenda: touching base with people I’d not connected with recently – my commitment to self, ‘to catch up.’
Don’t we all have ‘not pressing’ needs to reach out, follow up, call or send touch-base notes with people we’ve not talked to lately, the kind of thing we never quite get around to doing?
Yeah, me too.
Best intentions …
Over the last couple of months, I hatched a plan. To finally and cleverly wrestle my persistent procrastination to the ground; to schedule each of these postponed mid-priority plans to call or write as to-do tasks in my database: 3:00 PM, December 26th.
When something came up on my diary recently, or someone crossed my mind I didn’t want to lose track of or forget to call, I scheduled reaching out to them.
You guessed it, 3:00 PM, December 26th.
Seemed like a great idea every time.
I’m not talking about my annual yearend/season’s greetings email to everyone on my mailing lists (watch for that in coming days) but instead planning to reach out with a personal note or call, to check-in, follow up on something specific, to share an exchange with friends, colleagues, and clients I’ve not connected with lately.
Keeping with our Canadian/British Tradition of ‘visiting friends’ as the rationale for Boxing Day, I thought, ‘great timing.’ I pushed each task to when I knew I’d be free, relaxed, and available: 3:00 PM, December 26th.
I was expecting an accumulation of maybe 30-50.
Sure, that would be manageable.
I had no strategy for 139.
Some got calls; some got voice-jail messages; some will find hand-written notes in their mailbox soon.
Most got an email dated December 26th.
By 8:00 PM, exhausted, I’d done only half.
If you got an email from me yesterday, you were one of those.
If you were in the other half, you will hear from me in a day or two.
If you weren’t in the 139 at all, don’t you think it’s time you wrote to me?
C’mon, work with me here …
I don’t yet have a clever strategy for handling 139 replies/conversations in three days, so please, don’t all call me back at once. For 2021, I need a more-sane procrastination plan. I’m thinking, 3:00 PM, last Saturday each month – maybe 30-50 at a time, I think I can handle that.
That’s the plan for now, subject to change.
I blocked off time on my schedule in my database, and I’m telling you so at 3:00 PM on the last Saturday of every month, you’ll know where I’ll be – and I’ll have a fantastic alibi if anything goes wrong in the world – because I couldn’t be there …