This week saw a huge step in my personal development.
After an enormous amount of angst, I actually told Old Boss that I had no time to help her out with the totally, absolutely, ridiculously important project The Professor had dropped the ball on. Usually it is me who comes to the rescue on these things at the last minute and, being me, I never, ever say no to any request (which, of course, can be a big problem) and I *always* get things done – no matter how unreasonable those *things* might be.
I have already been working seriously ridiculous amounts of time trying to get everything squared away so that I may leave for The Holiday with a clear conscience and I’ve still got loads on my plate, and if I’d said yes, I would have been working all weekend (rather than just needing to look over the few things I do now).
And who knew that the simple saying of “no, I really can’t do it” would be so very liberating. I was a minion for so very long – where the way to get ahead was to take on everything and solve every problem going. But now I’m no longer a minion (undoubtedly the result of taking on everything and solving every problem) I cannot sustain this mindset.
Many thanks to Don, my ersatz career counsellor. Everyone I work with loves them some Don1, and I can learn much from his ways.
1Admittedly the Don-as-God thing in my workplace can be a little tiresome.