So Busy But In The Best Way Possible

One of my pet peeves is people who complain constantly about how busy they are, especially when they do so in a way that involves them taking time out of what they’re doing to log in somewhere and take the time to complain about being busy.  I figure if you are so busy that you are complaining about it, you should probably avoid taking the time to complain, because it’s just preventing you from getting what you need done.

So, I’m taking a slightly different spin.  I’m reporting on how busy I am, but with a positive angle.  Everything that I’m busy with is actually working toward something positive, so in all honesty, there are no complaints!

Here’s a list of the good things that have been keeping me busy:

  • Work project #1 – The place where I work made a big acquisition a few years back.  Bringing their IT into the fold of our IT was something I wanted to get involved with as early as 2009.  However, the decision was made to let the IT support stay with the old company for a few years.  Finally, they decided to make the transition, and it’s a year-long program that I lobbied hard to be a part of.  I got assigned as the project manager to move their shared files from the old company’s network to our network.  With about 2,000 users, there was quite a big file.  The transition took place over the last three weeks, and while there were some bumps, it was a great success!
  • Work project #2 – Along with the file transition, I was also assigned as the project manager to move all the computers and laptops to our company’s support.  Every desktop will either be replaced or re-installed with Windows 7 (they had XP), as well as all of our applications. There are over 2,100 desktops, so this will be a big project. We just had our first three desktops migrate over last week as part of our ‘early adopters’ program.  While three desktops doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s noteworthy because so much of the planning is up front, so the fact that they went in and users love the new setup was great.  This week, we begin the process of moving the rest, a process that will take approximately 7 months!
  • New roof – We had the new roof wrapped up late last month. It was a fantastic experience (or at least as fantastic as can be given how messy of a job it is).  It took three days, and the weather was no help (rain delayed the start by several day), but it looks fantastic.
  • Camper is de-winterized and ready to go – We had our camper stored at my in-laws, and we pulled it out, got everything de-wintereized and tested.  I washed and waxed it, and my wife washed all the bedding, dishes, and the entire inside.  Our first trip on the schedule in next month, but we will probably see if we can get a weekend trip in sometime this month, and it’s good to know it’s ready to go!
  • Stripping and painting the desk – I last power washed and painted the deck in 2009.  I did give it a quick coat in 2011, but it was time to give it some attention.  I spent an afternoon power washing, then had to wait a week as it rained a couple of times, but I’ve been busy getting it painted.  It will be so nice to have it clean, fresh, and also be able to put our table, grill, and the kids toys out there!
  • T-Ball – Little Boy Beagle is in a t-ball league, and I volunteered to be a coach.  It’s only an hour a week, but man, running around with 10 three and four year olds wears you out!  It’s fun and I hope that it establishes some good bonding between him and I, as well as sets a good foundation for him to participate in group sports.
  • Garage – With spring comes the old practice of tearing apart everything out of the garage.  Since we haven’t been able to put the patio furniture out yet, the furniture is spread around, but I still wanted to get the mower out, so I could change the oil, as well as the edger (which also needed a new blade this year!), so it’s been a whirlwind in the garage.  Not to mention that all this works around the kids growing stash of outdoor toys.

All of this has made me fall asleep on the couch more than a few times over the past few weeks.  It’s been exhausting, but when I look at the list, it all relates to positive things.  All the outdoor activity means that summer is coming.  The roof project means that we have done a major home improvement project that looks fantastic.  The work projects have been busy but they’ve been considered very successful.

So, while I’m busy, I have no complaints!

Readers, has your spring kicked into overdrive yet? 

25 thoughts on “So Busy But In The Best Way Possible”

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of accomplishments!

    It’s good when planning ahead actually works, making a job like changing out operating systems go smoothly.

    Deck. Eeek. I’m sooo glad the previous owner here used that expensive fake lumber to build the deck. It’s totally labor-free and seems to be impervious to weather and water.

    LOL! Our son’s dad got volunteered to coach the soccer team…it was that, or no soccer team. He had no clue about soccer or about coaching, but he was a quick study. I think he enjoyed it and was sorry when our son decided, after a few years, that enough soccer was enough.

    • The fake deck stuff will probably look more and more appealing as time goes on and the wood continues to age. I can already tell boards that are very dried out that will likely start peeling sooner and sooner.

  2. Wow, you are crazy busy. And somehow you still find time to blog. I’m glad to hear that your roof repairs went well.

  3. The deck! We have a 15’x60′ deck, and it is a WEEKS long process to get it resealed every few years. I shudder at the memory. 🙂

    • That’s some pretty serious square footage. I think ours is between 300-400 sq ft. And that sucks!

  4. As a teacher, I am wrapping up the semester. I finish school on June 7th. My workload peaked weeks ago and now I am closing in on the end. I just turned in 15 week progress reports and I am working with my failing students to turn it around. Teaching has a different cycle!

  5. Couldn’t agree more. So far we have

    -remodeled our master bath
    -cleaned and sealed the deck
    -mulched and planted flowers
    -finished up high school soccer season
    -preparing for summer guitar students

    I always say I know if I don’t keep extremely busy, I will just sit and watch TV and feel guilty later, so might as well keep going.

  6. I like your spin on the business, negativity bums me out! I’m actually busy with a lot of the same stuff you mentioned, isn’t spring fun?

  7. I use a computer but have no idea how they work. Good for you to secure work projects number 1 and 2 but I have no idea what you will be doing. That IT stuff is some sort of strange foreign language.

  8. Yes, lots going on here too! Some really good, other not exciting but necessary. Better busy than not!

    I’m soon to be involved in sports with my youngest, about the same age. May not coach, but I can appreciate what those efforts would be like.

  9. Busy is certainly better than bored. I love you take on attitude. I’m very excited to get our deck furniture out, but the windy season hasn’t fully passed her yet. Very soon. When we built our house, we were insistent on Trex decking. We used to have a redwood deck at our old house, but it did take lots of work to keep it looking good. I love never having to paint the deck. Now the trim around it is another story, but it does mean summer is close!

  10. Yeah, it is annoying to hear people complain about how busy they are. My favorite is when you ask them what they do, and you realize that you are busier than they are!

  11. You’re quite the busy beagle! Funny you mentioned your IT projects. My work needs to transition from XP to Windows 7 soon. We’re looking at about 1000 computers. We need to exchange notes, haha!

  12. Wow, that is quite a list. I love your attitude on it and one that I like to try and have as there are much more worse things. We’ve kicked it into high gear for Spring. We’ve had our master bath redone, bought new mattresses, getting ready to have a window and some siding replaced, started working on the garden & landscaping and are getting ready to sell a bunch of stuff on Craigslist.

    • Probably need to sell some stuff to pay for the siding and window project 🙂 Good luck!

  13. This is also one of my pet peeves are people who complain they “always busy.” Most people especially in the U.S. and big cities live empty lives that are constantly distracted with social media, television, happy hour, etc and etc. Rarely I meet the person who has 2 jobs and goes to school full time. It seems like the people I meet online are the real busy ones.

  14. That is quite a tough schedule for you. I don’t mind being busy when I know I will reap something good at the end of it.

  15. Leslie & I can definitely relate to being busy but would also agree with your positive angle. The things that we’ve been busy with have been adding value to our lives and the bonus is that we are super passionate about what we are doing! People that complain I believe are busy focusing on the wrong things that have minimal or in some instances nothing to do with their life goals… if they did they’d be able to turn that complaint around.

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