Monday, May 25, 2009
Cup O' Joe
For weeks, probably months, I have been struggling to drink my morning coffee. This is a stage that I go through fairly regularly, as I'm sure all parents do. You get your coffee (or tea or Diet Coke, etc) and drink a sip or two then all hell breaks loose and a 1/2 hour later when you start to feel the magnetic pull of your bed you remember that you haven't had your coffee. But by this time your awareness of your 75,000+ to-do-list items are weighing heavily on you but you simply lack the energy to get started on them. This leaves you feeling demoralized and impotent - and it's only 8 a.m. All the while, deep down, you know that if you just drink your coffee and/or start to do the simplest things on your list your day will still get off to a good start. But here is the Great Dilemma: do you sit down for 10 minutes to drink the coffee or do you just start the list?
If you sit down with the coffee you run the following risks - a.) you will get distracted and lose motivation to face The List or much more likely, b.) one of your Progeny will require your attention and you will actually still not finish the coffee and still not start the list and at noon you will realize that it's now time for lunch (which you do NOT have the energy to get together) and you have a splitting headache from caffeine withdrawal.
On the other hand, if you just start the list you will a.) be miserable and tired while you do the tasks b.) get part way through the easiest task and then not be able to finish because you realize that your really, really need that coffee c.) abandon the task to drink the coffee and then we're back at the Progeny Problem, lunch time and the splitting headache.
So, today I came up with the solution. What I need is either a hat for beer with a straw or one of those runner's backpacks with the tube/straw. That way no matter what happens I can drink my liquid energy whether tackling The List or The Progeny. I'll be unstoppable.