White Wednesday

Yesterday was quite a day, and so I’ve had to give it a name. I learnt three big lessons and wanted to share them – so here goes with my story…

White Wednesday

12.01am Finished a Skype call with the excellent Guru Bob from the Thirty Day Challenge – he was being his ever helpful self – thanks Rob.

12.05am My wife and I were up late – watching the snow settle.

12.06am After a couple of weeks of indecision, because I was waiting for multiple things to be confirmed, she persuaded me that a) I can’t please all the people all the time and b) you can’t wait for everything to come into alignment before making  a decision. You can however make one decision and that will help everything else align.

12.12am Thud. Weight of snow (yes it was seriously sticky snow) brings down the phone line and the broadband with it. Obviously the out-of-use line was still going strong…

12.15am On hold to BT.

12.40am Fault reported.

12.50am Mobile broadband clearly couldn’t get through the snow on the local base station.

1.00am Went to bed without booking the flight to Australia my wife had persuaded me to book 55 mins ago.

7.00am Awoke with a start. Schools and nursery closed. Phoneline curled around cars in the drive. Ripped up plans for the day.

10.00am Went to my neighbours to fix their wireless, and then settle down there for the day. Booked the (last seat at the right price on the) flight, did the essentials.

12.05pm Remembered lesson #2 from this post and got thoroughly soaked playing in the snow with the children.

1.00pm More neighbours joined. Lunch was brought to us… working from home was attempted by a few.

2.00pm Did some more essentials

5.00pm Opened a bottle of red. Work fizzled out for all the neighbours. The 8 children who had been playing together all day continued (great to watch).

6.00pm Dad’s went down the pub. Yes on a school night. Except surely school would be shut tomorrow wouldn’t it?

7.00pm Dad’s experienced what the aftermath of armageddon would feel like, as we walked through the snow to a shining light that was the curry house like the three musketeers. Saw about 1 car.

8.00pm Enjoyed a wonderful meal.

10.00pm Thought it was time to go home, carried the kids through the snow and put them to bed.

So, what has this got to do with Being Smarter? What did I learn?

  1. Accept when you have a problem, accept when it’s not fixable and do something about it. Don’t spend hours complaining about it.
  2. Make decisions which are informed. Accept that every ‘i’ is never going to be dotted. Don’t not make a decision (you’ll pay an extra £500 on your flight ;-))
  3. Make time for your family and friends. Business is NOT everything. Some things really can wait. Some things (like trudging through the snow for a curry in the dark and throwing snowballs at your son) can’t.

What business lessons have you learnt recently from a memorable day?

Yesterday was quite a day, and so I’ve had to give it a name. I learnt three big lessons from the day and wanted to share them – so here goes.

12.01am Finished a Skype call with the wonderful Guru Bob from the Thirty Day Challenge – he was being his ever helpful self – thanks Rob.

12.05am My wife and I were up late for us – watching the snow settle. After a couple of weeks of indecision, because I was waiting for multiple things to be confirmed, she persuaded me that a) I can’t please all the people all the time and b) you can’t wait for everything to come into alignment before making  a decision. You can however make one decision and that will help everything else align.

12.07am Thud. Weight of snow (yes it was seriously sticky snow) brings down the phone line and the broadband with it. At least the out of use line stayed put…

12.10am On hold to BT.

12.40am Fault reported.

12.50am Mobile broadband clearly couldn’t get through the snow on the local base station

1.00am Went to bed without booking the flight to Australia my wife had persuaded me to book 55 mins ago.

7.00am Awoke with a start. Schools and nursery closed. Phoneline curled around cars in the drive. Ripped up plans for the day.

10.00am Went to my neighbours to fix their wireless, and then settle down there for the day. Booked the flight, did the essentials.

12.05pm Remembered lesson #2 from this post and got thoroughly soaked playing in the snow with the children.

1.00pm More neighbours joined. Lunch was brought to us… work was attempted by a few.

2.00pm Did some more essentials

5.00pm Opened a bottle of red. Work fizzled out for all the neighbours. The 8 children been playing together all day.

6.00pm Dad’s went down the pub. Yes on a school night.

7.00pm Dad’s experienced what aftermath of armageddon would feel like as we walked through the snow to a shining light that was the curry house like the three musketeers. Saw about 1 car.

8.00pm Enjoyed a wonderful meal.

10.00pm Thought it was time to go home, carried the kids through the snow and put them to bed.

So, what has this got to do with Being Smarter? What did I learn?

1) Accept when you have a problem, accept when it’s not fixable and do something about it. Don’t spend hours complaining about it.

2) Make decisions which are informed. Accept that every ‘i’ is never going to be dotted. Don’t not make a decision (you’ll pay an extra £500 on your flight ;-))

3)

3 replies
  1. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Good stuff, and I like the advice linked to at 12.05 pm. If only a few more employers would heed the same – and bankers, management consultants and lawyers for that matter. But they won’t, because their shift in dedication from work to family means they’d be down a Porsche or two. Can’t have that!

    • markcopeman
      markcopeman says:

      Couldn’t agree more Mr Thomas… I’m desperately trying to practice what I preach here and it’s not easy. Fairly sure you’ll never regret spending more time with your children however when you look back later in life.

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