I have to go to the dentist.
It’s been a few months since I went to the doctors so it’s probably an OK time to go.
Jim in the cube next to me went to the doctors last week and the dentist this week. He’s probably interviewing for another job.
Doesn’t he realize you need to space these things out?
You don’t want anyone to think you’re trying to pull something.
I decide I’ll go next week. I really need to get my teeth cleaned and it’s been forever.
I call my dentist and ask if they have any appointments first thing in the morning.
You know, so I don’t have to miss any more work than I have to.
Yes! They have an 8AM on Wednesday. Great!
For a second I think about working from home after since the dentist is out of the way – but that idea is quickly scrapped.
I ask my boss, “Can I go to the dentist next Wednesday? I’ll only be gone for an hour or so.. and I’ll probably get in at normal time anyways because my appointment is at 8AM.
“Sure, you know you don’t have to ask.”
I send out a calendar invite to my colleagues saying “At Dentist.”
I need to let them know that I’ll be unavailable during that one hour time slot next week.
If they have to get ahold of me or email me, they need to know that I’m out of the office and won’t be able to answer immediately.
It’s Wednesday and I’m headed to the dentist.
There is traffic and I’m having trouble finding parking.
If I miss this appointment and have to make another appointment, everyone is going to think I’m trying to slack off, or I’m interviewing for another job. I CANNOT make another appointment so close to this one.
And I have a meeting later that I need to attend and I’ll have to cancel or tell folks I’ll be late, which I don’t want to do.
Phew, I made it.
I check emails while I’m in the waiting room, to let people know I’m working.
My boss emails me so I answer back as fast as I can.
I’m in the chair.
The hygienist says, “you really need to come every 6 months. It’s been almost 11 months since you were last here”
“I know. I just can’t get away.”
I rush out of the dentist and head to the office.
I consider stopping to run an errand but I need to get there ASAP.
I’ve already been gone far too long and don’t want anyone to think I’m dilly dallying.
I get into the office.
I make sure my boss sees that I’m back in the office.
I check my emails that I already answered.
I make my meeting.
I don’t take lunch because I already had time off to go to the dentist.
I work a little later than normal because I had that time off in the morning.