What are you tolerating today?

I just got fed up.  My Treo 600 wasn’t connecting to my email server unless it had a really full battery charge.  Which wasn’t a problem IF I remembered to plug it in every night.  Until a few days ago, when I forgot, and I was out and about on appointments and couldn’t get my messages.  I’d been putting up with this for several weeks, because the battery is internal and can’t easily be replaced.  So I just bought the new Treo 700p and am so jazzed!  I can watch tv, view Web sites easily, use my new bluetooth ear piece, and take really great pictures and videos.  Why didn’t I do this sooner?  Then I started looking around and wondering what else I’ve been tolerating that’s irritating or otherwise slowing me down. 

My printer!  Ugh!  I was using a Samsung laser printer that worked well but had to "warm up" every time I hit print.  So I couldn’t take it off the printer immediately, so I would start doing another activity, then would have to go back to the printer.  Multi-tasking terror!  So my trusty husband and COO John bought me the HP LaserJet 2420 and MAN does that thing spit out the paper FAST with NO warming up.  I am super psyched. 

My mouse! My "ergonomically correct" mouse is too big for my hand.  My thumb starts to ache aftera few hours, because I actually have to grasp the left side, rather than just laying my hand over the top.  I got a new mouse and am feeling grand!

Now I’ve been busy looking around my environment and figuring out what other tolerations are keeping me from becoming productive.  I’m wondering what things are keeping YOU from being productive?  What irritates you?  What are you tolerating?  Besides people (ha! but so true) what inanimate objects are sapping your productivity?  My chair, for example.  My back starts to ache by the end of the day.  You know what? I’m leaving the office early…right this very second…and I’m going to get a better chair. I’ll let you know what I got.

Here’s to eliminating tolerations!

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