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This week is starting off a bit rocky for me. I got very little sleep during the past two nights and it’s really taken a toll on me during the day. I tend to have a little more trouble than usual getting to sleep on Sunday nights (probably due to the stress of the weekend ending and the work week beginning), but this past Sunday was brutal. All told, I probably got four solid hours of sleep, but that wasn’t necessarily in a row–I kept waking up and it took me ages to actually fall asleep in the first place. Last night, I slept at my grandmom’s because I had to get up bright and early this morning to take her to the airport (I swear, that woman has a more active social life than I do :)). My sleep was uninterrupted for the most part, but I did not get nearly enough (I had to wake up at 4:30! I didn’t even know that ungodly hour existed!). The upside is that I get to leave work early this afternoon since I came in much earlier than usual.

Needless to say, I’m not exactly brimming with enthusiasm today. I have a to-do list that encompasses everything that I need to get done, from small to large tasks, tasks that must be done immediately, and larger, more time-consuming tasks that must be completed over time. I revise it every day throughout the day and edit it so I have a nice, clean to-do list to start the day with the next morning. Today, I was able to pare the list down a bit to the essentials so as not to overwhelm myself and, also, to minimize errors on my part. I know that if I rush or frantically try to get a big task done in my current exhausted state of mind, I’ll make mistakes that I’ll want to kick myself for later. It’s important to give yourself permission to be tired or overwhelmed while you’re at work, as long as you work out ways to overcome it or deal with it in a healthy way. For me, that’s doing what absolutely must get done and not overdoing it with any extraneous tasks that can wait until tomorrow when I’m (hopefully) much more alert! I’m finishing up my necessary tasks for the day and when I leave in a couple of hours, I’ll still have accomplished something at work.

I know it’s hard to go easy on yourself sometimes, especially when a lot of us are our own worst critics. It’s important, though, to give ourselves some slack every once in a while if we’ve had a bad day or week, are struggling with something personal or professional, or if we’re just unusually tired (or not feeling well). This contributes to a healthier overall state of mind that’s necessary to keep us going every day; this way, we can achieve our dreams and take measured steps toward success.

How about you, readers? Do you cut yourself some slack on days when you’re just not up to work?

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Ah, finally–the nice weather seems to be slowly creeping back into the north east! I hope it sticks around this time….

I may have written about this topic before (or something similar), but I wanted to touch on the importance of helping others, especially in the context of your professional life. In my office, we have a department-wide coverage initiative, meaning that when someone is out for a length of time, their work will not go undone. And the person (or people) who are taking over their tasks won’t be confused because of the way we organize our documents. It sounds like a simple thing, but it is truly life-changing; when I went to Ireland for 2 weeks, having that help was invaluable. I didn’t stress out while I was gone and once I was back, it was easy to slip right back into the flow of things. This is why, depending on my to-do list for that week, I try to help out my coworkers as much as possible.

I believe in karma, maybe not in the truly traditional way, but in way–I believe that what you put out there, you get back. If I reach out and help when I’m able, then people will want to do the same for me. It’s so important, I think, for everyone to have this attitude because sometimes what may seem like a small task to you could actually be a huge help to someone else. I don’t like to leave anyone hanging if I have the extra time or if adding in one or two additional tasks won’t break my day. So, be good to your colleagues–it will make you feel good and they’ll certainly appreciate it :).

Does anyone else live by this rule where you work?

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This week has been so busy! I can’t believe March is already half over–the days have been flying by. Today, I have a group meeting to discuss certain tasks that are unique to our jobs and how long those tasks take us to complete. This is to determine whether some tasks are essential or not, as well as which ones can be standardized across the board or are more unique to a certain publication.

One of the things I really like about the company I work for is the opportunity to get involved in projects (both long- and short-term) that help to make employees’ jobs easier. Several time-saving initiatives have been rolled out just within the past few months that have positively impacted how I do my job. To be able to see concrete results from projects that I’m involved with has been an amazing morale-booster. I know that I’m directly contributing not only to the company, but to my colleagues directly.

There is something to be said about getting involved, whether it’s at your job, school, or in your community. As you long-time readers know, I’m a naturally shy person that doesn’t like to call too much attention to myself, but these various opportunities to get involved at work have started me down the path of confidence. I may not be ready to give a presentation to a room full of people at a moment’s notice, but I’m certainly feeling much better in terms of how I handle myself in front of a crowd.

There’s something exciting about where I am in my life today–I feel like the best parts are yet to come and that I’m on exactly the path I need to be to make those things happen. I’m just feeling optimistic these days :).

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I took Friday and yesterday off and it was glorious! Unfortunately, it was back to reality this morning with a hefty email inbox. After I did my initial triage to make sure that nothing was on fire (I joke but sometimes I get emails that make it sound like the world is ending!), I decided to tackle tasks that I didn’t really want to do right away head-on. It made a huge difference.

A lot of the time, I’m fine with complete time-consuming, challenging tasks first because it feel so good to finish them and have lighter tasks for the rest of the day. I do tend to put off tasks that require involving a lot of people and a lot of communication, especially when I’m trying to get my bearings after a day or two off. This morning, I decided that wasn’t going to happen. And you know what? Everything turned out fine–I received responses quickly and they required little to no follow-up on my part.

Sometimes, I believe I unconsciously make a big deal out of a task that does not require a lot of stress. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I believe that I consistently internalize a lot of my stress and I wonder how much of it is unwarranted. It really is not a big deal to send out an email or two with questions to several people first thing in the morning–sometimes, it actually is easier than waiting until later in the day. And if I had waited, I probably would have had it hanging over my head and maybe causing me a little extra anxiety that is completely useless.

I want to pledge, right here and now, to stop putting off tasks just because I don’t feel like it right at that moment. I have to stop punishing myself because, in effect, that’s what I’m doing by layering on all this extra stress.

What about you? Do you find yourself procrastinating for no reason at work or school? Do you feel better just getting something done instead of putting it off?

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