Learning From Dr Mark Sloan

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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18 comments:

  1. Hah! This post made me laugh out loud. Thanks Pat! Happy world-problem solving!!!

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    1. Thank you Mrs Badass! Still working on the problem-solving but I'm sure I'll get there!

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  2. I hate it when my diem gets carped.

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  3. Maximum faffing around! I love that and I do it too. I've been planning on cleaning this or that for over a year now. one of these days I really must make a start. I don't write lists much anymore, but I do lie in bed in the mornings planning my day only to find that by the time I actually set feet on the floor it's far closer to lunch time than breakfast, so there's no point in starting even half of what I planned.

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    1. That sounds like me! But I always have it in my mind that I'll get organised....one day!

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  4. Ah I can go back to sleep now that I know you are on those world problems. You go girl.

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    1. Leave it to me, Patti, I'm all over it like a rash.

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  5. So glad to have found your blog. You always make me chuckle. I can relate to your comment on my blog about procrastination as well as what you shared here, though it depends upon the task. ~grin~ Writing, I can do all day. Housework? Well, let's just say I'm glad we don't have frequent guests. Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Darla. I love your blog too. We seem to be on the same wavelength (although I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not!!).

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  6. I have a son who will not venture into my garden/jungle in the event he might run into Dr. Livingstone, from darkest Africa. I'm working on it!

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    1. My excuse is that my garden is a "wildlife" garden with lots of different overgrown plants and shrubs for shelter and food for insects and little animals!

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  7. God, I wish you success in solving global warming and achieving world peace. But I think you need to devote a couple more days to the projects. LOL

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    1. I think I've cracked the global warming thing. We've been having a heatwave, but it rained today! World peace is proving a little more problematic!!

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  8. Who says reading isn't seizing the day? There are some very important concepts in books. And too many people don't bother to read at all.

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  9. I have great intentions every morning, and at the end of the day I sometimes wonder what I got done....haha....but, there are those other days that I get A LOT done.

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    1. That's me too! Every morning I feel "get up and go" but sometimes the "go" goes.

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