What I Actually Missed About Work

Last week, I had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable vacation in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I had little to no Wifi access, so most of my time was spent laying out on the beach and drinking Pina Coladas. When I arrived back to work yesterday everyone was saying, “you must be so sad to be back.” Actually, I was happy and excited to be back. Weird? Apparently so. Here a few things I missed about work last week.

Wish You Were Here

  • Getting dressed in the morning knowing a fabulous night was in the works later on.
  • Morning coffee talk with the gals in the office.
  • My boss checking in on me every hour.
  • Being in the know of everything happening in the world.
  • Feeling fully accomplished when getting tasks done.
  • Team meetings and being up to speed.
  • The rush of a great placement.
  • SoulCycle classes with my favorite editors.
  • Venting to my coworkers about everything.

Do you ever miss work?

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Make the Most of This Weekend

Lately I have been the worst about being and staying lazy for my entire weekend. While I can blame the cold or too many late nights at the office, really I just need to pony up and make myself a plan. I leave Sunday for a work trip before traveling for Thanksgiving and then a week at home, so I really need to pack in as much holiday-prep time in the city before I leave.

Here’s how:

  • Actually wake up at a decent hour and get out of bed for a full breakfast
  • Go for a brisk run or walk
  • Even when on the couch, be productive by buying holiday gifts
  • OR, go out shopping rather than sticking on the couch
  • Get up and bake some goodies for your friends or co-workers
  • Make plans for a quick lunch date with a friend
  • If you do feel like binging on TV, do it with a loved one who can enjoy it with you
  • Find a new fun spot for dinner

How do you make sure you’re getting the best of your weekends?

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Keep Your Head During the Holidays

I do love this time of year – it’s a time of festive fun before the big winter chill. Bundling up to go out in the cold is new, and doesn’t feel like a chore yet. You put on your makeup, and you don’t sweat it off in the subway. Flannel is endearing, not a necessity. You day dream about how you can make people glow with little gifts this year. Everyone is happy and carrying red Starbucks cups.

It can also be a hectic time, especially when mixing end-of-year office projects with social obligations. Even now, before Thanksgiving, I’m starting to notice my calendar filling up and my daily routine has been completely thrown out the window.

You can combat the craziness that ensues this time of year by letting go of your connection to your routine and pick up a few comforting rituals that you keep at any time during the week. For example, while I used to get up and run every morning, now I have one spin class that I look forward to each week. Even if my workouts vary because of other commitments, at least I know I will always go to my spin class. OR, if you are used to eating meals at home but are called out of the house by friends and happy hours, choose your favorite meal and make a pact to make it at least once a week (and save leftovers for lunch). Having familiar habits but letting go of the guilt because you aren’t executing them as often as you like can help you chill out just a bit. Oh, and try to have a green smoothie once in a while for a kick of antioxidants.

How do you keep your head during the holidays?

 

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Confession: I Love Procrastination

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As a somewhat successful PR person, this is an embarrassing thing to admit. I’ve always been a procrastinator. I’d rather squeeze a few more minutes out of being lazy, finding distractions, or indulging in guilty pleasures before I have to get to the task at hand. Even if I know I would be done with an assignment or job in an hour, or a half an hour, and I could continue with my distraction after that time, I’d rather keep away from the work until the last possible minute.

And here’s the thing – I love it.

I love not getting out of bed until I would be late with one more minute spent under the covers. I love combing Pinterest for decor ideas before going out in the cold for lunch. I’d rather keep answering emails and reading the news until I have to start writing that press release. I love it. To me, that feels like balance. It let’s me feel like I have control over my schedule.

If you haven’t guessed, it’s a false-sense-of-security kind of relationship. And it’s cyclic.

Bills go unpaid. Deadlines are missed. This leads to more stress and more of a feeling that I “need a break,” which in turn leads to more procrastination. I know, it’s insanity.

So each day, I have to remind myself not to procrastinate. I have to remember that while momentary pleasure may feel like I’m “getting what I want,” I’m actually never really in control of my schedule and this is a mirage. Hard work will pay off, including with time off and easy days at the office.

How do you avoid procrastination?

 

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