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A baking day today: choc bundt cake, graham crax bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, sour cream almond sugar cookies. The freezer is full. Yum.

I always figure – once I get the cookie sheets out and the oven is hot, I might as well keep baking. This is a lot like my work life.

I don’t always realize when I am doing a lot versus actually overdoing it – like today. Double and quadruple batches of all the cookies. And then I just had to make the bundt cake too for the Dad’s Day cookout.

So, by the time of the cookout, I was almost too tired to enjoy the company and the picnic food.

I do this at work too – get so involved in work that I am not always careful to do enough but not too much.

I am better at that now than I used to be – I take my down time and really kick back. But I am constantly on my guard about this because I realize how much energy overdoing can use up – and how long it can take you to build up the energy stockpile again.

So, for you faithful readers who also may wander into the territory of overdoing work, don’t forget to keep an eye on your work-life balance. Just as you don’t let your food stocks at home get too low, guard your energy stocks at work.

You’ll find yourself more productive, pleasant, and even perceptive….

And the next time my freezer is low on cookies, I’ll remember that I don’t need it chock-a-block full of cookies like it is right now. A couple batches is enough.

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