|Dr Mark Sloan, a role model for wannabe multi-taskers|
I am a big believer in carpe diem (seize the day, as I’m sure you all know). Unfortunately, belief doesn’t always translate to action. There are times when very little diem gets carped and I drift through the day doing minimal housework, maximum reading, minimal freelance work and maximum faffing about thinking about what I should be doing.
But I always get up in the morning full of good intentions with all kinds of worked planned, including industrial-strength cleaning, getting to grips with the jungle that is my garden and writing a best-seller before the sun is over the yard arm
I always write a list but occasionally writing the list takes longer than doing the work. So my guest bedroom remains a dumping ground for anything in the house that doesn’t have a natural home, the garden could still have undiscovered species of animals in it, hiding in the undergrowth, for all I know and the novel remains a concept rather than a reality.
So it was I found myself trying to fill in some gaps in my education by catching up on Charles Dickens. He knew how to tell a good tale, that one. Unfortunately he never quite learned to tell a good tale succinctly. You can’t finish one of his novels in one sitting.
It doesn’t help that I have developed the old lady habit of falling asleep in the chair after lunch. One minute I am watching News At One and the next Dr Mark Sloan is half way through solving a grisly mystery in Diagnosis Murder. He’s a full time doctor in a busy hospital and still finds time for some very successful sleuthing.
There’s him tackling a triple heart bypass before breakfast, dealing with the victims of a head-on train crash before lunch, tracking down a vicious drugs baron in the afternoon and still finding time in the evening for a great social life with his fellow doctors and that dopey policeman son of his who doesn’t seem able to wipe his backside without his dad's help.
But I intend to turn over a new leaf and tomorrow I plan to solve global warming and put an end to war, pestilence and famine before I lay my head on the pillow in the evening.
So that’s Wednesday taken care off but what am I going to do on Thursday?
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