Please give me your undivided attention.


Note: percentages not accurate. I mean seriously, who has time to figure this stuff out?

You know, I never really thought about that sentence much. People (mean teachers, in particular) say it all the time.

Undivided attention.

But boy, oh, boy, is my attention divided these days. I’m divided by:

Me (no, not really)
Friends (not nearly enough)
Family (not enough either)

If these were divided equally (which they’re not) they’d each get 11% of my attention.


That’s not even a good tip.
Not a passing grade in school.
It’s how much credit card delinquencies have fallen this month
And how many online adults now use status updates
The amount of homeowners falling behind on their mortgages or already in foreclosure in Q4, 2008
And how much Eastman Kodak’s shares fell
The amount of staff NY Jewish federation cut
And how much Yahoo! search revenues are up
The percentage of gamers who own unopened games
And the amount that taxable sales dropped in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas)
How much electric bills are forecasted to jump…

And I could go on.

It definitely isn’t enough attention to give to my kids, my friends, my mom, my honey. Or my work.

I really love my work. We’re creating new and exciting ways to gather knowledge. To dig deeper. To analyze more. And we’re doing it with some great tools and some amazing technology.

What I don’t love is that it never ends. We’re busy trying to get business, to keep our current clients as they lay off staff, and to create new opportunities. We’re strengthening current relationships and building new ones.

That shit takes time!

So if I’m not giving you enough, I’m sorry. I’m trying.


8 thoughts on “Please give me your undivided attention.

  1. You work very hard, both at your job and at having the wonderful family you have. Anyone who says “boo” has no idea what you actually do. Believe me, so many women are pulled in the same directions and it often feels like we just can’t make everyone happy or do everything well. which is true. but here’s my question: why do women feel like they have to make everyone happy or they’ve failed? my girlfriends and i talk about this a lot. hmmm. maybe we should just chuck it all and have some margaritas 🙂

  2. I think you do an awesome job at juggling your schedule and attention. You have great priorities and don’t think twice about it!

  3. balance is different from juggling. but from where i sit you do both incredibly well. and if we asked your family i think they would agree.

    face it, there is never enough time. so what. it gets done, some stuff better than others. and hey, you are never bored.

    btw, the pie chart is proof that you love your job exceladdict

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