Tuesday, August 16, 2022

It all started with a party

For a lot of people, they meet the person that they end up marrying through work or school or something like that. For us, it was a party that we were both invited to. My now husband was invited by someone that he knew through work, and I was invited by a person that I took public transit with. Yes, it may sound interesting as there was really no thought by them about who they invited, it was they were showing pictures of a trip to India that they had recently taken.

For me, it was a simple walk up the street to the other person’s home, where I enjoyed the evening seeing pictures and getting to know a bunch of different people. I also got to meet this guy that came in a little later and seemed very nice. Yes, I wanted to get to know him a little better, but given everything, I didn’t do that during that night.

At the end of the night this guy asked if he could walk me home, but the guy that invited me said no, that it was his duty to make sure that I got home safely. So there goes that chance of talking to this person without everyone else around. During the quick walk to my house, I told my friend off that he could have at least let the other guy with us.  After the event, my friend kept telling me that his guy had been asking about me but never asked if he could give this other guy my phone number, so I thought nothing of it.

Later in the spring, I invited my friend to an anniversary party for my parents because I saw and talked to this guy most days. Of course, the invitation had my phone number on it so that people could reply and let me know if they were coming or not. After my friend received this invitation, he asked if he could give this other guy my phone number and I said yes but told him to remember that I was going away on the Sunday for work and wouldn’t be back for just over a week.

I left on my trip not thinking about getting a phone call when I was away considering I had said that I would be away. I went about my business trip like normal and received a phone call on the Monday night, and I quickly figured it was someone replying to the invitation to the anniversary party. Well, that phone call wasn’t someone replying, but it was this guy that I had met over 4 months prior at the party. My friend had given him my number, but never mentioned that I was away on a business trip. I was out with friends so looked at the number and said I would call it back later, but my friends told me that I had to call that number back just to see who it was.

So as you can guess by now, I called that number back and talked to the person on the other end and found out he was the guy from the party. We talked for a few minutes, and I gave him my email address, as it was the easiest way to communicate while I was away. I ended the evening with friends and returned to my hotel room to find an email from this guy. Our communication started that week with emails back and forth, and he understood that I travelled for work and didn’t have a problem with that. After I returned from my business trip, we set a date of when we were going to go out on a first date. Now, what I can say is that first date was 23 years ago, and we have continued to go out on dates and still celebrate the anniversary of meeting and our first date. We also got married during this time, and he is my best friend and partner. I have thanked my friend for giving the other guy my phone number because I got a chance to meet my partner, and I am very happy about that.

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Our mobile devices/network connection

I know that a lot of people use their mobile devices for everything. Imagine if your service is down, and you can’t do anything. As I am writing this, we are currently dealing with an issue with the service provider that we use. Now here is a list of the things that are affected when things are down.

  1. Phone
  2. Texting
  3. Email
  4. Internet
  5. Debit/Credit
  6. Apps

Phone

Imagine not being able to make or receive any phone calls. This also means that even trying to make a 911 (emergency call) cannot be done. Yes, the emergency calling is the big issue, so hopefully the system will be back up soon.

Texting

For a lot of people, texting is how they communicate with each other, so that means that all of those conversations are going to be delayed for a while today.

Email

If your network is down, that means that you aren’t going to be spending or receiving any emails. For businesses, this is a major impact because that means that work cannot be completed.

Internet

So, when your internet is down, there is a lot of work that cannot be done. If you are working remotely, that means that you aren’t going to be able to connect into the office to get your job done. The office might not have internet either, so even if you were in the office, you might not be able to do a lot of what you normally do. For a lot of people, they also store everything on the internet, so when there is a problem it means that they cannot access anything. I am one of those people that store lots of things on my own system. It means that when there is an internet issue, I can still access  

Debit/Credit/ATM

As the debit and credit systems rely on networks to process transactions, it means that these services are also down. So, for everyone that has got into a routine of paying everything with a credit or debit card, it means that you aren’t going to be able to go and get your morning coffee less you have some cash.

Apps

Now as a lot of the apps use the network to connect and provide information it means that they are also down, so even if you have an app that you use to pay for things it is also down.

Overall

So yes, it means that if you are someone that replies on some sort of network to do your job, it is going to be a challenge to do it. It also means that if you can work without a network connection, you are going to have time to do the work that you want to do without all those interruptions. I am currently sitting and working on some writing and must admit that it feels nice having some time without all the other distractions and things that prevent me from getting the writing done.

If you are someone that can function when the internet is down, you are lucky, and you should enjoy this time because it won’t last for long but at least you have this bit of time to do the things you have wanted to do. If you either store everything on your computer or your job doesn’t require any internet or connection, you will be continuing like normal.

In today’s work we have become so dependent on having a network connection either through the internet connection on our computer/laptop/tablet or the network connection on our phone that when it is down it is making things harder to do. For some people it is a break from everything, and then there are those that are going to be having a hard time functioning until the issue has been resolved. If you have a chance, maybe it is time to go for a walk to just get that break away from those things and enjoy some time knowing that you can take this break.

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Juggling all the demands on your time

 

I think I am like a lot of other people and yes, I have times when I can do things but sometimes, I feel like I just don’t have enough time to get everything done that I want to get done.  If you are like me, you will understand when I say that there are days I don’t feel like I got anything done because I didn’t have enough time to do the things that I wanted to get done.

For a lot of us that are juggling several projects and other responsibilities it means that we must figure out a way to get the things done that need to get done and then figure out what time is left and how much energy you have left as well. There are days when I am finally able to sit back and relax, I realized that I got quite a bit done but when I was in the middle of it all it felt like nothing was getting achieved. 

One thing that I have found that helps me is my planner that I use.  I have two pages for each week and one page is the things that need to get done and the other page I write down what I accomplished.  Sure, there are days when a lot of things get accomplished and then there are those days that you can only write down a couple of little things you have done.  It doesn’t matter how much you get done but at least at the end of the day or week you can look back and see that you have been able to accomplish more than you thought you did. On these pages, I also indicate major things that have impacted me not getting things achieved.

Juggling all the demands on your time can be a challenge, but figuring out how to see what you have accomplished is also important. We all need to know that at the end of each day that we have achieved things, even if your to-do list didn’t get finished.  Making sure that we understand, we normally put more on the list than we can accomplish in a day. 

One project at a time is the best way to do things, but I know that normally doesn’t happen so we just have to juggle things and get as much done as we can with the time that we have. Juggling all the demands of your time is important, and how you see progress is up to you.

We all juggle both work and personal demands on our time, and understanding how to see what things get done is important. If you record your accomplishments, it is good to include both types of accomplishment, so you know you can get things done.