Did you ever have to give someone a review? When I needed to give performance feedback, I always said 2 positive things that the person did and 1 negative. This seems fair to me- acknowledge the good, and give them something to work on. This week I needed to review my performance, because everyone needs a self check every now and then. So here are my personal positives, and negative.
Positive: I finally corrected the time on my blog. For some reason, when I set up my blog, my day ended at 4pm New York time. For someone with OCD like tendencies- this was a tad annoying. I finally figured out what I had done wrong, and I am happy to say my blog time corresponds with my real time.
Positive: I learned how to schedule blog posts. As I think WordPress was solely created to humble me, I was amazed that I learned how to do this task. It was a life saver for me this week when I had pre-written a few posts but wanted to scatter their publishing. One of my odd tendencies is the need to publish things in the morning.
Negative: The dreaded beach shelter, and how I gave up. (I don’t like sitting on the beach in the sun- I prefer to sit under an umbrella. I hate being hot and I have trouble reading when the sun is directly overhead- but that’s not the negative- I’m actually proud of my inability to sit in the sun)
Last week we purchased a foldable beach tent. It takes up way less room in the trunk than an umbrella, but would provide me with needed shade. I was so happy…. until I tried to put the beach shelter together.
Step 1- Assemble collapsible poles– OK- that was easy.
Step 2- Find front of shelter– Is this the front? Or is this the front? I frantically turn shelter over and over, attempting to figure out which side it the front. A big “F” would be helpful about now. I’m not quite sure where the front is
Step 3- Slide short pole through top point F, continuing to bottom– (WHAT? The pole goes through what hole?) Is it supposed to form a straight line? Wait- which holes are supposed to connect?
Step 3– (Hmmmmm)
Step 3– (Is this right?)
Step 3– (Maybe this isn’t the front of the tent)
Where’s the picture? the pic looks like back of tent? Why do the instructions say front of tent if poles go down back of tent? Is there a utube video of someone putting tent together?
Look at picture, instructions, and tent- continue this for half an hour- just staring at these three individual things
Angrily throw all things in a pile. Fail at attempting to fold very large tent back into very small carrying tote
I sat on my chair. Fuming.
I gave up.
I don’t like giving up, but I also don’t like wasting time on things that seem futile. This is supposed to be my first day of vacation. This is supposed to be a time to relax. I’m supposed to be having fun. Yet I sat there, frustrated at my inability to read directions, my inability to figure out what the front was, and how to attach the poles. I guess there are multiple negatives- inability to assemble beach shelter, and low frustration point.
I didn’t want to attempt the shelter again- but I could change my attitude. I put on extra sun block, stole my husbands hat, sat in the beach chair and read. And had a great time.
I didn’t make another attempt to try to assmble the beach shelter while on Cape Cod, but I’m going to give it a go in Maine in a few days. I don’t like giving up, but during my short vacation with my family, I would rather concentrate on the important things- relaxing, having fun and spending time with my family. At the end of the day- putting together the beach shelter just wasn’t that important.