Week 21: Multitasking and Chronic Stress – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 21 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS ”
Monday night. Stream of consciousness: trying to gather my thoughts together after a whirlwind of assignments. The event I had been working on for weeks finally came and went on Sunday. Beyond posting a few photos in Instagram for the sake of PR and for highlighting the event on social media that day, I found myself pleasantly disconnected from technology. I was out in the sun, experiencing one of the first of hopefully more sunny weekends to come this year.
For the first time in a long time, I felt at ease. I felt like I found my place and that I belonged. Then, I went to the office the next day, and I felt that feeling quickly sap away. I decided to be in the hospitality industry because of my desire to help other people, be around others, and be on the front lines of operating and selling. I realized, sitting at my desk in a five-by-five cubicle, that of course I wanted that corner office. I just didn’t want to be in it all day.
The constant and predictable has its benefits, for sure. I’m very lucky that I can say with confidence that I work Monday to Friday, from 8:30 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon. For the most part, I can leave work at work unless something truly urgent comes up that can’t wait. At the same time, I know that I will tire of that quite easily.
That’s what I was thinking about during the event I helped host. Ironically, on a typical day-to-day basis, I stay in one place and did about five different tasks. In order to completely those different tasks, I must multitasking constantly to make sure I can complete everything within a reasonable timeframe. In contrast, yesterday we wandered to four different venues. One of them was a completely spur of the moment site visit which wasn’t even on our agenda. Yet, despite the fact that we were going to all these different places and every moment in between, I felt more at ease because I didn’t feel like I was multitasking like a mad woman.
This week, I find myself focusing on taking everything one step at a time. I remind myself that I’m it in for the marathon, not the sprint. I can’t keep going at the pace I have been going at without burning out. I have to think smarter and more efficiently if I want to keep the passion I have. Here’s looking to the future, laying down one brick each day to build my future.
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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