Today’s act of self care was saying “no”.
Imagine getting a phone call or an email in the middle of your day asking you to do a quick little tech related task for a very worthwhile volunteer-run charity. The thing that needs doing is something that the person making the request does not know how to do herself. It will only take a few minutes of your time. No biggie, right? At least I didn’t think it was that big of a deal the first hundred or so times I was asked to help out in this way. The women who run the charity I’m referring to do a lot of fantastic work. I saw this as one way I could do a little something to make their “job” easier.
Five years have gone by since that first request for internet related assistance was made. In those five years, nobody else who volunteers for this charity has figured out how to upload email attachments, post images to the organization’s Facebook page, or do any other “complicated computer stuff” that may or may not include sharing digital images or some other kind of attachments.
I’m fed up with it! I’m not doing anybody any favours by allowing this to continue. First of all, it’s 2015 —it’s time for these ladies stop being afraid of the internet and figure out how to use it. It’s not going away anytime soon. Secondly, they waste more time explaining to me what they want done than it would take for them to do the task themselves. Finally, and most importantly, I have got to get a better handle on all the little interruptions that derail my work productivity. This is one of those things. It must stop right now.
Have you done anything to take care of yourself today? Tell me about it in the comments below.