The point is, though, that between emails and phone calls, I haven’t moved forward with what has been on my list today. At the end of this day, I believe that tempers will have been soothed, concerns will have been allayed, and the right people will have had a fire lit under them. There goes that “fighting fires” analogy again. But I still haven’t accomplished as much as I had hoped.
Am I upset that everything on my list won’t get done today? Yes, and no. I felt quite virtuous last night, making my list and highlighting the most important things to cover in the morning. Yes, I thought, I would really be productive for a Monday. And yet, once again, life intrudes.
That is what happens when you run your own business, or in my case, businesses. You are not a master of your time, rather, you are a slave to it. It is one of the tradeoffs to not working for someone else and that is what makes the disconnected day worthwhile. Although my list hasn’t been reduced too much, I have reached out to people and they know that they can trust me to get the job, or jobs, done. When these “fires” crop up, how they are handled is important.
So, even though I am a firefighter today, it is a good quality to have in my back pocket.