More on the laptop story – and tired with no ticks

So to finish off the laptop story – I revisited the QPT triangle and opted for high quality, customer service and a higher price.
The good news is that the supply/demand curve in technology is in favour of the customer at the moment – so our local Sony dealer was quite happy to sell me a new S-series Vaio (its so sexy) and agree that I can pay for it anytime in the next 12 months with no extra interest charge – I just deferred my payment to suit my cash flows and walked out of the shop with a splendid new piece of kit that will be used as a home-study centre.
I should also mention that John in the Sony centre was fantastic at customer service – nothing too much trouble.
Now on to “tired with no ticks”.
I have been an avid list maker since 1980 – so much so that I’m one of those sad people who add things to the list that I have already done so that I can tick them off!
In the 1980’s I began with a legal pad.
Then evolved to use a Franklin Day-planner, complete with sumptuous leather binder.
In the 90’s I became a techno-addict and found myself living in Microsoft Outlook, where I have been for maybe 10 years.
Just recently I rediscovered the joys of writing with a smart, black Lamy fountain pen – I use it to scribble prose and poetry when the fancy takes me.
I even more recently I regressed to the new Franklin legal pad sized project management lists and daily to-do sheets.
I get a bit stir crazy with sitting in front of my Vaio all day – so making lists with my Lamy pen has been a rediscovered pleasure.
Yesterday was one of those days where I started work at about 7.30am, finished at 7.00pm (by choice) and then realised that I hadn’t ticked a single task off my to-do list.
Don’t you get some days like that?
You never stop and yet you wonder what you did?
I had to take a moment over dinner last night and just reflect upon what I had actually done – or else feelings of self-doubt would have crept in.
I had done a lot – and resisted the temptation last night to write it all down so that I could tick the boxes.
Today I’m on a tick mission – we shall see.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.