Skip to main content

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.

Posted via email from sue griffey's posterous

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mentor: Barbara Rawlins, Monitoring and Evaluation Team Leader, Maternal and Child Survival Program

Another feature of this blog is bringing you advice and perspectives from people who mentor, by answering 3 questions.
Here are Barbara Rawlins’ responses:
What are mentees looking for? · Career guidance · Technical advice · Moral support · Advice on how to negotiate politically-sensitive or controversial situation
What 1 piece of advice do you give every mentee you work with? Figure out what they want to do (in the long term) and what steps they can take to get there
Why are you interested in mentoring? To support younger colleagues, especially women, to help attain their career goals

2017 – Sue’s Year in Review

The last time I did a Year in Review was at the end of 2014. (See Sue's Year in Review, http://www.suementors.com/2014/12/sues-year-in-review.html.)
It was one of my first real forays into better communications and dataviz – and I have learned more since then. It’s been helpful that so many evaluators and others are blogging about improvements in communicating our work and even offering free courses and YouTube videos.

The infographic shows what I’ve done and I’m so really happy that my blogging is back – and on the upswing! It’s been wonderful to be able to use my mentoring skills in so many different ways this year - and even to start working on a second journal article.
But doing the review also made me realize what it doesn’t show from 2017: -14 weeks of hospital and acute rehab weeks and 6 of rehab-on-the-mend weeks (including 1 missed-vacation-in-Florida week because I couldn’t fly) for hip-related care -30 days of vacation trips in Wisconsin, St. Thomas (during Hurricane Irma …

Guidance on Mentoring: What is Mentoring?

This brief guide focuses on defining different aspects of mentoring, whether for an individual or for a team, and includes selected reference resources. It is critical that the mentee and mentor both approach their interaction with the same understanding of the nature and scope of the advising that will be offered. This brief guide can serve as a reference for both parties in arriving at that mutual understanding.
Before delving into mentoring, it’s important to be aware that sometimes the terms “mentoring” and “coaching” are used interchangeably despite important differences between them. There are many resources on mentoring and coaching – and almost as many different definitions for each as well as the similarities and overlap between the two (such as shown in the articles on coaching in the resource list below).Also, most people agree that mentoring is NOT training although a mentor or coach may recommend that a mentee obtain additional training.
What is the nature of the mentoring…