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Pep talk for the work week

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

So the new project is kicking off. Every new revelation of a requirement is more daunting than the last. There is going to be a LOT of work, and a lot of temptation to stay late to get "just one more thing done". There is going to be the temptation to shelter your team because "they have lives"... and the temptation to put your own needs last. There are mandatory deadlines and a bunch of oversight pressing.

It's going to happen. But temptation does not have to lead back to the dark places in life. Your health is more important than getting that "one more thing done", because if you undermine it, there will be even more things that do NOT get done, when you get sick or stressed to the point of breaking.

So... pace yourself. This project is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get the most important bits done each day, and report honestly where the progress is. If it requires overtime on the part of others, they need to pick up their piece of the load. Don't try to do it all yourself.

There... think that will do it?

p.s. Don't forget to take those break walks. emoticon
p.p.s. The donut on the food table will NOT make it go away. emoticon
p.p.p.s. Ariel the siren treadmill is calling you for after work! Answer the call.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 2/6/2013 12:07AM

    Keep focused on doing the small steps consistantly that will lead to the completion of the project.

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KARIDIAN1 2/5/2013 10:02PM

    I can relate. Hope your project goes smooth.

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MSLZZY 2/5/2013 9:14PM

    So that is what I was hearing. I was beginning to
think we had a fire call and it was just Ariel. LOL!
Make sure you resist the urge to do more just
because. You need to put yourself first-once in a
while. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 2/5/2013 7:41PM

    Remember ... the donut really isn't going to taste that great ... and the walk on the treadmill is going to feel fantastic cuz it's a commitment to yourself! You just inspired me to MAKE SURE I get on our treadmill tonight! Thanks, Barb!

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DLDMIL 2/5/2013 5:48PM

    You can do it, Barb. Keep up the great attitude. emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/5/2013 2:55PM

    So...where are you posting this?? Bathrooms, refrigerator, office???
Don't forget!!

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_LINDA 2/5/2013 2:49PM

    Great pep talk!! Now make sure you live up to it and get others to do their fair share too!
You go girl!!

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FIZZYBALL 2/5/2013 10:52AM

    So true

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JAKESOMA 2/5/2013 10:37AM

    Thanks, I needed that! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/5/2013 9:55AM

    Best of everything to you as you tackle this project.

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LESLIELENORE 2/5/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 2/5/2013 9:27AM

    THIS is a emoticon blog! I am going to hang onto it for the next BIG project I have! Remember:

emoticon emoticon and then at the end we can all tell you, and you yourself can tell you emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/5/2013 9:25AM

    I have that tendency also to push myself too hard and pick up more of the load to protect others. It has gotten me into serious problems before, including ending up in the hospital once. have to draw those boundaries for yourself. Besides, you'll be more productive over the course ofthe whole thing if you take good care of yourself than if you exhaust and burn yourself out.

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MAGGIE101857 2/5/2013 8:41AM

    You've got this!!! No emoticon ; ignore those Dunkin commercials!!!

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KALIGIRL 2/5/2013 8:34AM

    Here's to pacing, planning and Ariel!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2013 8:31AM

    Overwhelming msg is taking care of YOU is priority. Good for you! You're right . . . the donut on the table isn't going to make (the work) go away! LOL


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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/5/2013 8:15AM

    Great attitude. Stick to the plan!

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LEANJEAN6 2/5/2013 7:59AM

    The donut on the foodtable will NOT help Barb!--LOL--- Hope you enjoy the project----You sound like you hava great attitude about it-----1 step at a time----Hugs Barb-Lynda emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/5/2013 7:53AM

    And, don't forget your line in the sand. Taking care of you is #1 priority

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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2013 7:52AM

    Great talk! Those donuts won't make the work go away.Very true. Ariel is a great siren!!

I can remember more than one work challenge in which I just ditched the healthy living attempts and focused. It was a mistake. Your approach is much better. Best wishes.

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ELRIDDICK 2/5/2013 7:44AM

  Thanks for sharing

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