But I had to return to work on Wednesday which was a travel nightmare! Despite the hazardous road conditions, I showed up and plowed through the two-and-a-half week back log of email.
Thursday’s roads were not much better and my work day was even more full.
But the worst day of the week was yesterday (Friday). It was one of those days that just wouldn’t end. I got to the office at 5:45, made myself some coffee and sat down to respond to email. By 6:15 I was done with the email, on my third cup of coffee and looking for something to do while avoiding the thing I had to do.
Some days are like that. We would rather analyze our own shoe than do the hard work that is staring us in the face. We navigate around the hard work. We put off the inevitable. We make more coffee, visit the bathroom, dust our desk and water the plants. But the work remains. No amount of puttering will eliminate the job that must be done. And so, at 7:05 when my second wind blew in, I was able to dive back into the dirty work. By the end of the day I had successfully accomplished everything on my to-do list. I could walk out the office door with confidence that I’d done my best and worked my hardest. I left behind a clean desk and a shortened task list.
Sure, there will be new emails to address and problems to solve when I return next week. There will be responsibilities that await. There are phones to answer and meetings to attend…but this week is over and I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief.