From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
A variation on Murphy’s Law is everywhere. I’ll go a few days, maybe as much as a week with little or no communication with people. Then, all of a sudden, everyone wants to talk with me. I’ll be in the middle of a Skype with someone, then Facebook PM pops ups. Then a second PM from someone else, at the same time. I excuse myself from that Skype to manage those two PMs. And as I’m doing that, my cell pings with a text message. Then, a couple minutes later, it’s rings for a phone convo. Seconds later, I get a prompt telling me I just recieved an important email. Now obviously, the way to manage such things is to prioritize. Which, of all these comunications is most time-sensitive? Which of these people most demand my attention?
As the author of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books, I always have various projects happening. And those projects involve the creative input of other people- all of whom are important to me. But when I get his tidal wave of communications, they’re all those important people.They each have priority in the big picture, but they’re all collectively coming at me at the same time. I’m grateful to have such people in my life and I try my best to give each individual my undivided attention. And hope to receive the same from them. But sometimes Murphy has other plans.
This also applies to people in my personal life, people who have no association with any Hadley Projects. They too join that tidal wave of communication. You never know just how many devices you have until they beep, cherp, ring or prompt- all at the same time.
Has this happened to you? Have you ever been presented with such a Murphy senario? If so, how do you deal with it?
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