I admit it. I’ve been running really really fast this summer. Too many things to do, to little time. I’ve been sleeping less in order to get it all done and my brain is a bit fried, which causes forgetfulness. (Don’t worry, I’m going on a few day vacation next week with hubby to recuperate).
My best friend called me the other day and when I picked up the phone she said: “I’ve called you the last 4 times and you haven’t called me once in days”. Mind you, she and I talk almost everyday and at this point I’d hurt her feels and she was not feeling the love. OUCH.
You see, my BFF and I have been friends for over 25 years and we call them like we see them with each other. And yes, I hate it when she points out things I should see within myself before I do and vice versa I’m sure. That’s what 25 years earns you.
While I am not a perfectionist, I strive to be really good at what I do and have a high ethic of integrity. I meet my deadlines or even if I have to stay up all night to finish something or I ask for an extension. And yes, I am deadline driven. I prefer to call it priority management.
Anyway, I digress. I have a confession. I messed up this week. I have been running so fast and the last week brought travels 4 days of travel and an unexpected flight cancellation and travel challenges that added an extra day to my trip.
In my frantic hurry to prepare from my trip last week I forgot to notify one of my groups that I needed a leave of absence. Because this group is a content syndication group I have let down those who were counting on me to syndicate their content and that makes me mad at myself. Ok, maybe there’s a little perfectionist in me 🙂
Worst of all, I have now ended up in the “blacklist” and need to work my way back up into the regular team rotation. I’m fine with that and accept the consequences of my actions. I still don’t have to like my faux pas.
Back to the title of this post. Details. Details are important. How do you keep track of them for yourself?
I use an electronic planner and a notebook to write things into to keep myself on track. I’ve struggled for over 20 years trying to find the perfect system for my individual needs. I thought the electronic planner would be the way to go. Well, it is great unless you forget to input information. 🙂 Now, I only use the electronic calendar portion for my appointments and I sync them with Tungle which is awesome. I have found that I still need to write my to do list on paper versus put it into Evernote or another electronic form. I still like checking things off with my pen.
Sometimes we miss a detail or a task. It happens, we’re all human. Flubs happen. We need to cut ourselves a little slack and get back on track rather than have it hold us down. That is the lesson I learned in this.
Do you have a favorite method of keeping track of the details in your life? If so, I’d love to hear it in the comments below. I’m always looking for a better way.
And now, I’m going to go work on giving my syndication team a little groveling love. And I am going to call my BFF today.
Have a great week everyone!