Sandpanther (sandpanther) wrote,

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Scheduling, Planning, and Death

Work just threw three unscheduled roll-outs at me in the next four days, starting with today. This is on top of the project that I'm working on being delayed thanks to a near relative of feeping creatureitis.

This annoys me. I was sitting here wondering just why it is annoying me so much. And then I realized something...

My life right now, you could call it a little chaotic. Right now at this moment, I don't know if I'm leaving work early to go meet with my realator or leaving work late because I have so much to do and if I'm not meeting with my realator, then I probably should stick around and try and get somewhere on the growing pile of work. I don't know if I'm going out tomorrow night or not. I don't know what time I am meeting my realator on Saturday, and so I don't know if this leaves time for redeeming my promise to my mother to take her out car shopping. I do know (now) when my roommie is moving out, which means that I can cancel the plans we were thinking about making to go to Santa Barbara next weekend and I can make new plans with the realator. And that's just my life for the next few days.

On a more cosmic scale, I don't know when I'm buying a house, which means that I don't know when I'm moving This makes it hard to plan if I'm going to Rim at the beginning of May since I don't know if I need to be house hunting, signing paperwork, or moving. I really need to take a vacation, but I don't know when I'm going to be moving or what my finances will look like, or, or, or --!!

You get the picture. There is so much going on in my life right now that anything unplanned-for has to be evaluated for potential impact on any of countless contingency plans. If I need to schedule something new in, I can. But only if I have several hours to finish crunching the numbers to figure out the impact it has on all the other balls up in the air. I think this is why anything unexpected just plain pisses me off right now. I need the scheduled things to stick to the schedule, or the whole mess just... well, it gets ugly.

So, yeah. I guess part of what I'm trying to say is that if you try to throw something unexpected in my schedule, don't get offended if I give you a paniced look and ask for a few minutes to deal with it. And the same thing goes if you cancel and take something out of my schedule. Right now I need the inertia, and I don't have the brain power to process it if I suddenly end up with more free time than I was expecting. I know it sounds dumb, but that's the way I am.

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