It virtually never happens to me that, on any given day, I think “is it Friday today?” That was not the case this week. Every. Single. Day. I have had that thought. Followed immediately by ‘goddammit, it’s only Wednesday*!’
Every day. Fo’ real.
Partly this was because we had an internal audit this week and there was a lot of last minute paper-gathering. Partly because the auditors were planning to be in early (7am) and security at our facility means I really needed to be there at the same time. So i was in early every day (and they, ironically, were not) and then ended up staying late every evening. Only one 13 hour day, which was prompted by my husband and I alternating nights of not sleeping well. So. Long days. Not great sleep. Lots of paperwork. Long week.
The end result was pretty great – the dings we’re getting are things which are largely out of my control. Of all the facilities in my company, the auditor says mine has been the best so far. My policies were dialed, my staff know their stuff and do their jobs and we all clearly work as a team. Go us!
Truth to tell, I expected it to go precisely as it did. It’s been a really interesting and challenging year for me professionally and while we work as a great team now, we had some hard bumps in the beginning. I’ve gained a better appreciation for the people who mentored and coached me throughout my professional experience. The audit also confirmed for my staff that I knew what I was talking about when I pushed most of the changes we’ve made. So they’d already learned to trust me, but I (and they) finally got to see the payoff for all the hard work that the changes prompted.
Once I get through May, my world will calm down considerably. I’ve got performance evaluations and statistical compliance to take care of before the holiday. Paperwork-heavy days make it hard for me to concentrate long enough to read anything, so I’m pretty excited that Audio-SYNC’s free summer downloads just started. I’ve been meaning to re-read Rebecca and now I’m going to get to listen to it. To use these, you’ll have to download Overdrive, which has the added benefit of being the download manager many public libraries use for their digital media.
The other thing making my life better this month is an app. Stop Breathe & Think has got a bunch of great free content that will give you plenty to do before you want to purchase anything. I was prompted to try something new for meditation (which, for the record, I suck at) by this kind of amazing video clip which I immediately forwarded to all my employees. I also made several guided meditation cds/mp3s available in their offices so that if they want to use them during their breaks they can.
I’ve managed to get in some meditation almost every day, even if it’s right before bed. Before bed is easiest but I’m also really enjoying meditating right after I wake up. It’s sort of like bottling the zen of that sensation of first waking in a nice warm bed and carrying into the rest of the day.
And luckily, finally, tomorrow will actually BE Friday.
*substitute any day of the week