December 12, 2006.
Oh my! I am looking good....now I know this was late at night, I can tell since there is a beer there. Please know this was one stressed out CEO....in 2005. The wait of the world on her shoulders, working, working....
Fast forward to December 6, 2006:
Things were starting really pick up last Tuesday. We were already up to our arm pits in orders...and then they REALLY started coming in. December 8th was our cut-off for us to guarantee orders by Christmas.
So I went and got myself a fever and stayed in bed for three days. My doctor thought I had strep throat, which meant no one wanted me any where near the office for at the last three days of last week.
But...er, however, time marched on, orders kept coming and work had to be done without me. Unlike years past time did NOT stand still when I got sick, went on vacation, took an hour lunch or basically did not give 120% to the business. What happened is that I have officially been removed of my duties in the office/shipping/work room. I had been trying for an entire year to remove myself from the office duties. Who knew a good bout of sickness was all that was needed?
I have to say other than being absolutely miserable with a fever it was a good, good thing. The processing of orders, the organizing of orders, the way shipping is done, the way we kit our products, the way we process our 're-do' or 'rush' orders.....not me! In fact when I came in this weekend I had to ask where the orders were, I had no idea who, when, where, what came in, nor did I care. Ignorance is bliss.....
My husband has been telling me for a long time that I need to not be concerned with this part of the business. He claims that my time is better spent; creating new products, developing strategic partnerships, preparing for upcoming trade show, writing business plan, getting PR (fill in the blank depending on what rant he is on).
Although today I am still able to rattle off which order was missing a name plaque ("That was a special request, we did a soccer ball with Jimmy's name on it, I did it last week.."). Give me a few weeks, I am sure I will be absolutely out of the loop come February...I hope.