Yesterday, I moved my girls and my dogs back into our house. Our power has been restored. I am really grateful for this bit of good fortune, especially since half the people in town are still out of power!
Packing and unpacking took a big chunk out of my day. I had told a client I would deliver some work by 5pm. But at 3:45pm, when I still hadn’t finished unpacking and I still hadn’t started the work, I decided to ask for more time.
I hate doing this. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I haven’t met a deadline and I wouldn’t get far from my thumb. But I thought it was worth asking if Monday morning would suffice. Luckily, my client said yes.
I don’t plan to blow off my deadlines from now on, but I can’t help but notice that this is a perfect example of what can happen when you risk disapproval to ask for what you want. I need to do it more often.