Drag Illustrated Issue 178, September / October 2022 - Page 73

D . I . COLUMNIST The Real Deal with Tommy D ' Aprile

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So many things to do in a day and so little time to do them all . Does this sound familiar to you ? It seems like I ’ ve heard this from as early as I can remember . So , what ’ s the deal with that ? I guess if we can ’ t add hours to our day , we should rethink how many things we are trying to get done in 24 hours .

I have had some friends cut their sleep hours more and more so that they can fit more stuff into their day . The stress that comes from that can be overwhelming , not to mention the adverse health effects . The truth is we can do more things at a more efficient rate if we choose to not overload ourselves . I am not saying we should be lazy by any means , but if you can ’ t ever seem to catch up , you have some options . Either get help or stop taking in more work .
As we have gotten busier at my work , I have added help to keep progress moving . I could have worked everyone longer hours , but I chose to maintain a healthy hourly schedule for the employees and myself . The benefit is more gets done and people are not exhausted .
The same rings true for our race program . Some teams have one person that can do it all , but it makes it much more enjoyable when everyone pitches in . One of my least favorite jobs at the races is putting up and tearing down the pro awning . It ’ s always a pain trying to do it by yourself , but if four of us get to it , we can have it done quickly , and it ’ s much more enjoyable .
The plain truth is when we have more help , our lives can be less stressed and more efficient . The only way this becomes a problem is if you are so prideful you just can ’ t ask for help . Well , I ’ ve been there and done that before and it doesn ’ t work . Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but awareness that surrounding yourself with good people helps make life a lot better .
You can continue to do everything yourself and work 20 hours a day , but I ’ m sure you will suffer in many areas of life . Trust me , I ’ ve done it , and it was not a very good way to live . Make some changes in these areas and see if you don ’ t start enjoying your days a little more . As always , the choice is yours to make . DI
September / October 2022
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