- Arrive at work on time
- Talk to boss about "things"
People. I know I'm being difficult. And I'm damn good at it. I can be as obstinate as a mule. But if you have an obstinate mule working for you, who is pulling more than her weight, who regularly loops you in with emails and the occasional face-to-face conversation, who is making good decisions and managing things well, why wouldn't you just leave her alone for a while and see if she can get over her obstinate-ness. I know I'm not helping the situation. But what she wants--a friendly rapport, an easy chat about the details of my projects--I can't give to her. She has more than enough information to know exactly what I'm up to. Her monitoring level is fully satisfied. And it is her fault that she's so hard to talk to. She fixates on trivial things. She repeats the same questions over and over--not just in a particular meeting, but often over the life of a project. What you tell her, she doesn't remember. When you ask her to review things, she doesn't meet your deadlines. When you give her final products that she's reviewed up to five times, she'll often still have comments--as though she didn't pay close attention the first time she read something. It's beyond frustrating to deal with her, which is why I don't like doing it. It's not merely that I'm obstinate. It's that she's demanding and what she demands is silly and trivial yet often time-consuming and difficult to provide.
Anyway, at least I'm more awake today!
Grateful for: being back in the same time zone.