by Park Theatre

“One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.”     Chinese Proverb

Recently, time and rhythm have been two things constantly on my mind. The juggling of time and tasks and the rhythm involved in achieving those tasks.

Over the last 3 weeks I’ve been mostly sending out invitations to industry folk to attend tours of the Park Theatre in its growing glory. This may sound like a straight forward job, and it is to some extent. But 700 individual emails, followed by the replies to RSVPs does create its own space in a schedule. Nudging in over lots of things, not to mention emails about a wealth of other enquiries. It’s a bit like a baby needing constant thought and feeding. And, once one feeding is over, you’re thinking about the next:  when to reply to the new 20 emails from interested and enthusiastic people, and how to fix it into the hours of the day whilst looking at the jobs that you haven’t quite crossed off the list…

Although wearing, it is energising. The keenness of people to see and learn about what Park is and will be is motivating even after 60 emails in a sitting. (I got down to an email a minute which was a good way of time managing!)

That’s where the rhythm comes in. Once I’m in the midst of it, the flicking between spreadsheets and addresses. Updating and replying. It becomes like a well oiled organism. Click, tap, search. Click, tap, check, cut, past, edit. Tap. Tap, click, send. Click, check. Save. Breathe.

...And so it goes on, until everyone has their response. Because we don’t want anyone left out. That is important; part of the focus by everyone here in getting this theatre open, and have it open to all.

“Do your work not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishings sake-that little more which is worth all the rest." -   Dean Briggs

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