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28 July 2009



I am one who always tries to do the unwanted tasks first when I get into my office but sometimes urgent tasks come up that I need to take care of right away and those unwanted tasks just sit there and stare at me like a neon sign until I get to them. I have never thought of tracking them for a pattern, hopefully after I look at the pattern I won't do the last choice...."to cry" LOL

Jim Benson

You are not alone in being the garbage disposal for things at work. But, if though they are unpleasant, some people take those tasks on because they like the challenge and the satisfaction of knowing that it's done and won't bother anyone.

Paramedics expose themselves to the worst experiences of people's lives on a routine basis. Yet, they are dedicated to their jobs. No one is going to call their job "pleasant", but it is rewarding for them.

So, for you, as the one who tries to get things done, you may be the paramedic of the office.

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