Ray Walters had been working at home as an online Instructor for almost ten years and was the kind of man many depended on. His job, instructing Beginning Psychology was interesting, fun and a learning experience not only for his students but for himself, too.
At the beginning of every class he told his students to make the most of their learning experience and to not wait until the last moment to do so. Most of the time he followed his own advice but as spring term approached, he found that he was not ready.
Because he worked online, his assignment work was accountable to only one person and that person was Melinda Workman. She was the kind of woman who not only “demanded” quality and quantity but also "timeliness."
And so it was on a beautiful April day, just five days to spring quarter when Ray looked at his schedule and work accomplished and saw to his horror that he had only half of his work done and many assignments and papers to prepare. After loud curses and stomping around his study in nervous anxiety and fear, he got down to brass tacks and began his work.
Around two in the afternoon his phone began to ring. He looked at his cell phone and from his Called ID he saw that it was Melinda. Surely, she would be wanting to know how he was coming along with plans for spring and she was one who required concrete and swift answers. With Melinda Workman, it was “her way or the highway.”
He let the phone ring, forcing himself to focus on his plans. After seven rings, the ringing stopped.
A wonderful feeling of relief swept over him and he returned to his work with an even greater focus.
In the following hours he made great headway with his spring quarter plans and was not interrupted, once.
Then around six in the evening, the phone began ringing again. He looked once again at his Called Id and saw that it was Melinda. This time he wasn’t so fearful, so he picked up the receiver and said, “Hello?”
“Well Mr. Raymond Walters! I finally got a hold of you! Where have you been?!”
“Ms. Workman! Good to hear from you! I’ve been right here getting my work done for spring quarter. I was unable to answer the phone earlier because my neighbor from across the hall was at the door and she needed some advice. So, what’s up? How can I help you?”
“You can help me by telling me that you have everything ready for spring quarter! I must have your lesson plans and assignments no later than tomorrow, so I can get them posted and ready for your next class. You do have them, don’t you?”
“Yes, I am working on the final assignment now. I will have them ready for you later tomorrow.”
“Good! That’s what I was hoping. But, don’t forget, I will also need your outline plan for summer, too. As I told you earlier, this needs to be turned in at the same time.”
A lump in Ray’s throat began and it began to throb and grow. He had forgotten about the outline for summer. In his fervor to finish spring’s plans, he had forgotten summer's plans.
He replied in a hesitant tone, “I’ll do my best to have it done, too, Melinda..”
“That's Ms. Workman to you and you make sure it’s finished and in good shape by two, tomorrow!”
Ray just learned an important lesson from Melinda, “always be prepared and plan ahead!” At least, with Ms. Workman...
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