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Back to work Pep Talk time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Time to "gird up the loins" as King James' version used to say... i.e. arm myself for the return to work. I haven't taken this long a vacation from the job since I took the position. I was rather proud of myself for not checking e-mail from home, the whole time. So I have no clue what will be waiting for me when I get in.

This is a recipe for "overwhelmed", as many of you might be thinking. Definitely a day for the line in the sand mentality. I have my bag of lunch and snacks packed. For the mental battle, some reminders to self:

1. You are not indispensible.
2. You don't have to do it all.
3. Just prioritize and do the most important things first.
4. Delegate.
5. Remember to take your breaks. Walk. Briskly. There is nothing so urgent it won't wait 10 minutes.
6. The chocolate in the system test room will NOT make it better.
7. Leave on time. It will all still be there tomorrow.

Got it? Got it!

Oh, and when you get home, reward yourself for survival! Remind yourself of item #1.

LIFE is good. LIFE is more than work. Live it in the moment, and Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STRONGDAWG 11/27/2012 9:34PM

    You lost me at #6. What do you mean the chocolate won't make it better?

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_LINDA 11/27/2012 12:50AM

    Great list to remind yourself! Though I am not so sure about #6 emoticon
emoticon for me always makes the day a little bit brighter ;)
Yes. Be firm. The word No is allowed ;)

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MSLZZY 11/26/2012 11:03PM

    Hope your day went well. You have the right
attitude but #6 makes me wonder LOL!

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DALID414 11/26/2012 10:40PM

    Great pep talk emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/26/2012 9:53PM

    If I am not indispensable, why do they keep calling???

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2012 6:01PM

    Excellent pep talk!!

Hope your day went well . . . and that you are now at home, relaxing and/or girding your loins for tomorrow (such a great expression)!

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DLDMIL 11/26/2012 5:26PM

    So true. I actually didn't check my office email while away for the four day weekend. It was as thought, full!! Some of the most stupid questions the staff can ask about a personnel policy and apparently being the HR Manager, I am the only one that can answer the stupid questions. AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back to work realities. Have a good day, take your breaks, walk briskly every chance you have and leave on time. It will wait for you to return another day.

Comment edited on: 11/26/2012 5:26:41 PM

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 1:56PM

    Brilliant blog!! You are so right. I could have used some of these items of wisdom a few years ago.

Best wishes for reentry into work environment. I bet you'll thrive. Even will be caught up before you know it.

Take care and follow you own great advice!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/26/2012 1:51PM

    Great blog! So true! I've already had one call this morning asking me about my research for something that was given to me Tuesday before Thanksgivi emoticon emoticon emoticon ng! The caller said "I'm sure you did lots of reading over the holidays so I wanted to see what you came up with." I was, I didn't eve turn on my computer for 4 days and it was fabulous. Nice try!

Have a fabulous Monday and celebrate your survival tonight!

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MJZHERE 11/26/2012 1:00PM

    "live in the moment" - great advice. I needed this blog today as I get back to "real" life - a messy house, pile of clothes to wash, and a to do list filled for the week. Thanks you
for reminding me - tomorrow is another day.

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LESLIELENORE 11/26/2012 10:56AM


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LJCANNON 11/26/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon "Nothing Is So Urgent It Won't/Can't Wait 10 Minutes"!!!
How true that is, AND how EASY it is to Forget when you are in the midst of the Battle.
emoticon I like your Plan!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2012 10:24AM

    The downside of vacations is the work waiting us when we get back LOL! Great plan for today. Hope it goes fairly easy and not a ton of things piled up.

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 11/26/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like a good plan - I wish you strength and sanity! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2012 9:44AM

    Great blog!! HUGS

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/26/2012 8:59AM

    Have a Happy Monday!

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ANDI571 11/26/2012 8:28AM

    You can do it! Goooooooo Barb! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/26/2012 8:23AM

    Good advice for all of us. Have a good first day back! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 11/26/2012 8:11AM

    so true---work will wait! And you just had a great adventure!--Lynda emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 11/26/2012 7:43AM

    You are absolutely right. I appreciate the reminder this morning as I am about to begin my workday. Hope you feel reinvigorated as you once again return to the grind.

Claude emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 11/26/2012 7:35AM

    Super advice!

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