Friday, August 24, 2012
I always thought I was a list maker and list crosser-offer. I always figured I relied on my lists and could find whatever was necessary from my lists. I have also, always known that I am organizationally challenged. Finding my list, filing my list, remembering which pad I wrote my list on was a challenge. Heaven only knows how many clip boards that say C's STUFF have floated from booth to booth, table to table, finally found and retrieved by whichever spud is driving the golf cart this year. It is truly a challenge.
Over the past few months I have been working hard to learn to delegate. What I have learned is that the lists are all in my head. Writing them is really just a means to cement them into my brain. The paper is pretty much irrelevant to the final memory.
Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, the folks to whom I am delegating have discovered this as well. That the paper lists aren't really the real list. There is always more. Some detail or relationship that needs to be attended to.
The long suffering Mr D has finally decided that he is going to extract all of the lists from my head and put them into electronic documents that can be sorted, prioritized and understood by any who access them. His lists are a thing of beauty. No really, there is nothing so beautiful (at least today) as an excel spreadsheet that has all the relevant information laid out in order. No random notes. No bizarre columns off to the side with weird shorthand and unidentified calculations. Yes, I am trying my best to help him. But it is infinitely clear to anyone who looks which ones are mine.
The thing is, I am greatly afraid that once Mr D extracts the last little bit of information from my brain, categorizes, sorts it and commits it to electrons the vacuum left behind will cause my head to implode.
Well, we'll see next week. Pray for good weather and safe passage for all of our racers and riders and festival attendees. And perhaps a wee one for my poor head, soon to be empty of all but the most trivial of details.