Working 5 to 9: Down Time

There’s nothing like some down time when things are slow. You can get caught up. You can get things in order. You can catch on personal things. You can even do laundry. But down should be used wisely in between clients. And, depending how you look at it, down time be an assorted bag.

Trust me, I love when I have nothing pressing or due, but that also means I don’t have any extra income coming in. So when I get a little down time in between clients, I either prep or rest. I don’t try to overthink my down time, which sounds a little weird, I know but it’s true.

Rather than overwork myself, I brainstorm. I right ideas down. I take notes. Nothing more. If not any of that, I literally rest. I get caught on sleep. I enjoy a glass or two of red wine. In cooler weather, I’d enjoy a few cups of herbal tea. I watch an inspiring or listen to something inspirational like a TED Talk or speech. I focus on making that time about shifting my thoughts and being in positive mindset. And it’s so important to try to remain positive as possible. Juggling multiple projects, work and pretending to have a life… down time is a good thing.

WHEN: Others Start Sharing Their Truths

So… both the Director and Branch Manager at my job shared with me yesterday, that the Branch Manager is leaving the company. She gave her 30 day notice. When the Director told me yesterdayafternoon, I feign sadness. I don’t dislike the Branch Manager. However, I’ve only been at my job for three months. As I am delving into my role and really understanding my responsibilities to this organization, I’ve only recently started to form attachments to people. So, having someone leave while I’m still new isn’t heart breaking for me. It happened at thE last job, so it’s only fitting that it’s happening here.

However, I got two separate stories from both of them as how the Branch Manager’s departure came to be. Without going into too much detail, I feel a little apprehensive about going into work tomorrow knowing what I know. Which is too much! But, the question asked myself on the way home after hearing everything was: would I have rather been kept in the dark unable to defend myself or would I rather know where the land mines are?

Obvious answer, right?

With that said, the truth is, no job is perfect. And to expect this job to be so because the workplace I came from was the polar opposite would be naive of me. But when people start speaking their truth, especially in the workplace, I listen. I absorb. I make sure I hear their sh*t loud and clear because the one thing I promised myself is that I will not let another ICT (acronym for the old job) experience happen to me.

When people share their experiences, listen. They’re sharing it with you for a reason.