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Changing It Up and Understanding People

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today, I saw 189 on the scale! Yay! Back in the 180's again...finally. Now, to stay here and move onward and downward. That is my current mission...and I choose to accept it!

This afternoon at work, I had a brief twang of "I want some chocolate." I was near the break room and I knew I could go to the snack area and get some chocolate...or go back to my work area and get some chocolate (we have a bag of kisses). But another part of me didn't want to get near that slippery slope. So, I asked myself why I was wanting chocolate...what was wrong? I had been working on the same tasks for several hours. It was a long haul of work. I was getting through it and doing a good job and proud of myself...but I was also feeing that "I need a break" feeling. Aha. Okay. What could I do besides have a chocolate break that would suffice? Could I change it up and work on something else for awhile? I thought about it on my way back to my desk. I had been listening to Pandora while I worked like I usually do. I decided to change it up and listen to Spark Radio. I switched it over and started it up and VOILA! It worked. No more chocolate cravings. I was ready to enjoy the new entertainment and get more of my work done. Sweet!

Then, on my way home, I was thinking about my work situation. I work with a lot of people who are very different from me. I am very focused and really stick with my tasks. I'm very quiet while I work. I try not to disturb others. That's just me. There are other people in my company who are more extroverted and boisterous and multi-tasking. As I was driving, I realized that we are all headed to the same destination. We are trying to get our work done. But we are driving different vehicles. So, while I am "driving" a vehicle that likes to go straight from point A to point B and not stop off here or there or go off-roading, others are driving those off-roading vehicles. We will all get to where we are going...but in different ways. It's okay that I stick to the road and work quietly and focused. And it's okay that they work more loudly and "all over the place". This metaphor really helped me to understand and feel okay with who I am and also very okay with how other people are. It was a bit of an aha for me. I've been trying to get a grip with the collaboration of so many different personality types working in the same organization. This really helps me.

Hope you all are having a good week! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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  • JSPIN74
    emoticon great dialogue with yourself! emoticon
    1820 days ago
    way to go not giving in to your cravings!!
    1820 days ago
    Good for you!!!! Congrats on the 180s, and on avoiding that craving! You did fabulous. :) Loved your work realization as well. Keep up all the great work!
    1821 days ago
    A great analogy. I am with you, quiet, at my desk, get my work done. Congrats on skipping the chocolate. Have a great week.
    1821 days ago
    lol , I am a multitasker too but unfortunately I'm forced to do that. but I'm organizing everyone's work and they 're all happy(everybody keeps pestering me with-why didn't you wanted to be the boss; I think I work enough , no thanks) I'm ok with anyone 's type of working as long as he/she does his/her job and is not disturbing the colleagues too much. can't you use some head phones if they are too loud? or you think they would consider you're not focusing on your work?
    1821 days ago
    WE had the same work situation. There were 2 people there who worked just like I do. They were organized and kept up with work and were on top of things. The others liked to put things off which drove us pretty crazy. Eventually the boss kind of paired us up with those we were more compatible with.
    1821 days ago
    It's always difficult when there are so many different personalities thrown together in a work environment...& the blend can be interesting! I like your analogy! It works!

    And emoticon on side stepping that chocolate!!! emoticon
    1821 days ago
    I love all those metaphors of yours!

    I don't have a smartphone and can't stream at work. We used to be able to and I miss being able to listen to talk type shows....I used to love Oprah and Martha Stewart's stations on XM at work. Spark radio would be great, too. I have those feelings (WANTING FOOD!) come up at specific times. What I am trying to do is go talk to other people then, which gets my mind off of it.
    1821 days ago
    Way to go on finding a way to avoid a chocolate break. Congratulations on the 180's. You are doing fantastic. Loved the way you described the different personality types!
    You are a wonderful person just the way you are!
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    1821 days ago
    Hi Cathy....I like your analogy about your work situation. I'm like you and often struggle with co-workers who are loud and all over the place. It wouldn't be so bad except my boss is like "them" and thinks I'm not a "team player" when I keep to myself:( I try to not let it get to me, but some days it just does. Congrats to you for skipping the chocolate cravings!!! And for getting back to the 180's!!
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    1821 days ago
    emoticon I love those a ha moments!

    Way to go on skipping the chocolates! What a great solution. Congrats on your success with the sale too!

    1821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2013 7:25:25 PM
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