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1 June, 2007

Nice metaphor

Email is such a funny thing. People hand you these single little messages that are no heavier than a river pebble. But it doesnít take long until you have acquired a pile of pebbles thatís taller than you and heavier than you could ever hope to move, even if you wanted to do it over a few dozen trips. But for the person who took the time to hand you their pebble, it seems outrageous that you canít handle that one tiny thing. "What 'pile'? Itís just a ****ing pebble!"

That applies to my daily workload, too. Many tasks are individually small, but collectively they're overwhelming. I arrived at work this morning with a clear idea of how to progress with the essential projects, but over five hours on, I haven't even looked at them yet.
I don't think I'd be allowed to declare project bankruptcy....

[Via Boing Boing.]

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