Archive for May, 2012

Overcome By Events

Friday, May 25th, 2012

So if you may permit me to geek out for a moment, and if you will not I suggest you’re on the wrong site, I’ve been rather caught up by the reimagined version of the show Battlestar Galactica. For my purposes here you need not know the details, but in this world a character presents the acronym ‘OBE’ or ‘Overcome By Events.’ Apparently it’s commonly used by deep space pilots…but I’d suggest it’s pretty common here in our world in the business realm.

*End Geek Speak*

Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months where nothing in particular is wrong, but the sum total of a million little things has you so far behind schedule that you wonder if you’ll ever get on top of it again? I think it’s far more common than any of us would like to admit and I know I’m finding myself more than a little OBE right now.

Working long days to meet a tight deadline for one client meant that I lost track of another clients project and felt that dreaded, cool breeze of a deadline sailing by. It’s something that I hate to do – but again, Overcome By Events. Maybe there’s a valuable lesson in there about only pleasing so many people in a day or over extending one self, but I haven’t the time to think about that. However the one sure moral of the story is that while I’d love to take on your new project and make it work for you, realistically we’re looking at mid-June before I’ll have the time.

But to steer somewhere closer to the topic of this rant, what can we do when finding ourselves Overcome By Events? It’s more than a little counterintuitive, but I find it best to take some time off. For me, spending a couple days out bike packing with your biggest concern being where to find food and a place to sleep is refreshing and sort of like a mini reset button on life. I’ll come back with a new perspective and ambition to tackle those things that were bogging me down before and find time for other important things in life (like cleaning this office, yikes).

And so this weekend I plan to cast aside my OBE-ness, at least for awhile, with a couple days riding along the Grand River with a friend. I don’t know where exactly we’ll end up, but that’s a big part of the appeal of these trips, discovering the unknown. That and I’ll be testing out a great, new solar powered bike light – here’s hoping it lives up to the promises.

So what do you do to remedy a bad case of OBE?