I returned to work today after (just over) a week on leave. As you would expect there was a stack of stuff that “needed” my attention. So, I took a deep breath… and made myself a cup of peppermint tea. It’s what I do at the start of each working day. Why should I skip it to meet the demands of others?
Then, when I was ready I tackled my accumulated e-mail. I like e-mail, and I’ve (almost) stopped moaning about how much junk I get via e-mail. (More of how I tackle holiday e-mail on another occasion.)
There was one meeting in my diary for the afternoon – in another town, which meant it would take all afternoon. And I hadn’t received the agenda or papers. Should I call off? I had lots of other things that I could justifiably say were more important, or urgent, or both! As soon as I raised the question, I recalled the words of a friend who advises that we shouldn’t change commitments because we get a better offer. I had made a commitment and I needed to stick to it.
So I went to the meeting, which wasn’t particularly useful or purposeful or productive. But I’m glad that I went, because I had a valuable and much needed conversation with a colleague after the meeting had ended. It’s a conversation that will help us to move a key agenda.
My afternoon was time well spent. And the e-mails? Well, they can wait until tomorrow!