Getting Back In The Groove

So, have you “gotten real” yet? After the kids go back to school, it’s as if everyone switches back to “real” mode. I wonder if anyone has done a study on productivity and how it must go way up this time of year. I don’t know about you, but it takes a little adjusting on my part before I’m back in the groove. It’s all good, though. I know I will be there soon!

I was reflecting on how quickly summer went by this year. I read an email from an employee, who said, “Summer should be given a speeding ticket!” Boy, did that summarize the summer of 2015. I do appreciate, though, that I was able to take a day or two off here and there this summer. The past two summers, between Women’s Edition and Bricks & Mortar, I was really burning the candle at both ends, with rarely a day off. This summer, I actually took several Sundays off.

Yesterday was one of those Sundays. I had the luxury of doing “a whole lot of nothing.” I spent the day at my pool. My brother, Tom, and his wife, Kristi, were supposed to stop by for a couple of hours. Tom texted me and said they weren’t going to make it because he had to mow his lawn. Then I got this text: “I don’t want to mow. We changed our minds. Mind if we come for a short dip?” They showed up and were laughing at how they decided to blow off responsibilities and simply “be.” It was great having company for a couple of hours, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

I think sometimes we all have to make a new decision to postpone work in order to rejuvenate ourselves. There will always be work to do, whether it is career-related or household chores. Sometimes, the most productive decision we can make is to simply be here now. That’s what I did yesterday. I slept in. I floated in my pool. I looked at the beautiful white puffy clouds…dozed a little…listened to some island music…had company over...floated some more...finally got out when I was totally wrinkled! “Burnout” happens to the best of us. I am so appreciative that I had the luxury of doing a whole lot of nothing yesterday!

Hope you all had at least a few days off this summer. We’ll talk next month.
P.S. Our September issue comes out on August 19, so I want to wish my son, Adam, a happy 25th birthday (August 22) and my granddaughter, McKenna, a happy 4th birthday (August 23). Have a lot of fun!

Positive Thought of the Month

“If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today.”—Author Unknown


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