On any given day I wonder – how many people, what percentage, are experiencing calendar watch?
Counting down days.
Or the hours until something happens, or fails to happen.
My many countdowns are not all professional. So many are ‘days-to-go’ until some event or project is due, to closing, to a ‘next step to be taken date’. It’s always something.
Waiting for something to happen, or for someone to do something can be tormenting. Not so much if we are completely patient, oblivious or if we don’t care.
But waiting for a date on the calendar, for the days to click by like mileage on an odometer. I’ve known this many times. Worst was waiting 30 days. It wasn’t that 30 days was so long, but it was driver’s license suspension (too many speeding tickets). Longest 30 days I’d ever experienced. And yes, I’ve done it more than once – but that’s another story. And I haven’t had a speeding ticket in ages* …
In my work almost every transaction has a series of dates and deadlines, conditions to be satisfied, issues to be waived as satisfied, or just waived to move the deal along. But then comes closing day – it’s a big day for me but really tiny compared to all the other parties with skin in the game, tasks to perform and anxiety at a high pitch. As I write this I’m juggling a busy day – must go hand someone keys at an appointed hour but first I have to draft an offer for another client, waiting on a condition waiver on another transaction.