“I suppose I’ll have to add the force of gravity to my list of enemies.” – Lemony Snicket
If you aren’t familiar with the Stephen Covey thought process then you might not have heard of the four quadrants. Q1 is when something is urgent and important. I recently encountered a Q1 situation yesterday.
My wisdom teeth decided to come in and cause swelling and pain. If you know me you know that if I feel pain it must be bad. On the same day, I had a headache and my contact ripped while it was in my eye. A series of unfortunate events to say the least.
I scheduled an emergency x-ray and dentist appointment. I told my coworkers that I’d be out of the office but available to reach through Slack. One of my coworkers told me to not make other people’s Q1 my Q1, and that my Q1 was more important. My coworker literally encouraged me to ignore my Slack messages.
I got the x-rays and the dentist referred me to an oral surgeon. After finding out that I’d have to wait a week or so my boss told me that he’d be able to pick up some work or meetings for me.
I got a smoothie and picked up my antibiotics at the pharmacy. I felt like I was a ghost walking around waiting for it to be filled. This was a lot for me to handle and I crashed after I got home.