The Pharmacy Chick

Flying the coup in retail

Must I multitask everything?

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 8:53 am on Thursday, June 11, 2009

If one does not multi task in the pharmacy well, that “one” will drown in a sea of work.  Obviously I have taken this artform home:

This morning, I decided to feed the dogs. I put some water in the microwave to heat for MY oatmeal,  and while I grabbed the dog bowls from the kitchen, I noticed the recycle needed to be taken out so I grabbed that too.  When I got to the garage, I sat the bowls down and took the recycle out to the can. I then remembered that the next day was garbage day so I decided to roll the garbage and recycle carts out to the curb. At the curb I noticed a few weeds, so I pulled the few weeds and put them in the yard debris container, and then rolled out the garbage cart. Then I finally returned to the garage, filled the dogs bowls with food and returned to the kitchen where the microwave just beeped with my hot water for my oatmeal.

This is just like work: A typical moment:  I decide to file my reports, As I head to the file cabinet I see a customer looking lost so I ask them if they need help.  As I dispense my wise advice, somebody else interrupts and wants to know where the motor oil is.  I tell him that the auto parts store is at the next light up 1/2 mile, and return to the pharmacy where 3 waiters await my final check and a phone call beckons.  I retireve the phone call, and check the rx’s and note that the light on the message phone is blinking so I pull the message denying a prescription (and asking ME to contact the patient for them..WUSSY DOCTOR), so before I forget, I pull the refill notice, and thankfully get only a recorder at the patients home, so I leave my own message…WHEN the store manager comes up with a pile of papers he says I have to sign before the end of the day so he can fax the office…and behind him is 2 ladies in purple hats who want a shingles shot since their good friend just got shingles and “we don’t wanna get it”.  Somewhere in this mess I put down my reports and as God is my witness, I can’t find them.

At least the Dogs got fed.

3 Comments »

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

June 11, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

Yeah, backfires on me, too. I try to do so much at once I end up getting nothing done at all.

Comment by Mimmy

June 11, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

I do the same thing. I think women are just wired that way. It doesn’t really bother me, though, because it seems like it takes less time to do things if you do them all at once. 😉

Comment by Pharmboyrx

June 23, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

That describes my day to a T. Ever since I took over as a pharmacy manager a month ago I find I never get anything done. I’ve decided that I get what I can done and the rest will be there in the morning.
Let me know a year from now if you regret your decision to become a manager. I do. For something like 50 cents more an hour I have $100/hour more headaches. Give me a staff position anyday….

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