Parking Ticket Perfect Storm, Thanks Conrad Murray!
Last time I asked Can You Walk Away, Jerry Yang? This time, let’s throw some gratitude to another media darling, Conrad Murray. You ever had one of those days where everything conspired against you? Well, I had one of those just the other day. I was already on edge as I had to juggle two phone meetings and a doctor’s appointment. I’ve managed this before, but what happens when some unexpected curveballs come my way?
Move The Car
Before I went to bed, I mentally reminded myself to move my car because of street cleaning. No problem right? Wrong! When I woke up the next morning, I did my morning ritual of reviewing comments and checking my work email. I was about to fire off a witty reply when my boss informs me to join an unexpected conference call. Zoinks!
After finishing the first call I was hypnotized by the Michael Jackson trial. Can you believe Conrad Murray was paid $150,000 a month? Michael Jackson was crazy! I digress. Out of the blue, my friend calls to shoot the breeze. After catching up, I needed to prepare for my next meeting. Thankfully the meeting was cut short. Unfortunately, I was 40 minutes late from realizing that I forgot to move my car!
I bolted out with my flip flops and ran a block to my car. Have you tried running in flip flops lately? Not fun. Out of breath I see my expected surprise. I missed my friendly neighborhood parking attendant by ten minutes. I sat in my driver’s seat and reviewed the chain of events. One thing just led to another. I really had no chance. Rather than cry over spilled milk, I wanted to learn from this.
Next time, if I have a pressing matter, I need to prioritize and take care of business right away. My procrastination cost me. My second line of defense is focus. My main goal of moving the car was buried under a doctor’s appointment, a last minute meeting, my friend’s unexpected phone call, and Conrad Murray. This is more than a usual morning, but still, I can’t be that easily sidetracked. On the bright side, at least my car wasn’t towed away for a few hundred dollars. Good Buck, you escaped with a bargain and a lesson to boot.
Have you been hit by a perfect storm lately? What lesson did you learn?