August 18, 2010
She wants you to listen, not to offer a solution to what she’s venting about.
Guilty. But I can’t help myself!
Get on the wagon every once in a while. If only to appreciate that first sip a little bit more than the last.
And to save yourself a shitload of money.
I think the most interesting one for me is:
No one gives a damn about the size of your to-do list.
I think if the point is that it doesn’t matter how much you have to do more will still be expected of you then I guess it’s true, but as someone with a perpetually hefty (and growing) to do list I find that actually everyone I work with is very aware of it and doesn’t want to add to it but they still do. I would have the life lesson as: everyone thinks they are an exception.
If you sit everyone down in a room to agree on a standard across the board and you reach a consensus as soon as one of those people has an individual project it will require something different. The agreed standard will even be referenced but will be shortly followed by a ‘but’. People will always see their project as an exception to the rule even if they set the rule (often especially so in that case) and in terms of a to do list someone may try their hardest to stop others from adding to your to do list but when it comes to them the situation is different – which ultimately leads to the same outcome when everyone thinks that way – but as a rule I think it can be applied to a wider range of situations.
(thx to Justin)