Tired and cranky, all I want to do is curl up under the covers and sleep for a few more hours. But it’s Monday, and I have to be at work by 7:30 a.m.
I’m especially feeling sorry for myself, because although it’s a provincial stat holiday today, my employment contract doesn’t allow me the day off. As I drive to work on streets slick with ice from the freezing rain/snow mix from yesterday, I mutter to myself, “how nice for the City employees who aren’t working to sand the streets”.
As I near the office, I realize I’ve left my lunch at home, and the cafeteria at City Hall where I would normally grab a bite, is closed.
Over and over, I say to myself…it’s not what happens to me, but how I react to it. Whatever!
Today I can’t get my mind to focus. I’ve got four things on the go, I’m researching an issue for one of my staff, I’ve got the digital newspaper open, I’m trying to plan for a meeting this afternoon, and I’m mentally drafting a mid-term performance review for another member of my team. I’m accomplishing nothing and feeling more frustrated by the moment.
Three cups of coffee later, I’m finally in a place where I can make sense of things. I’ve done as much research as is possible, without being certain of the facts of the situation, the news isn’t new anymore, the meeting has ended with no firm resolution but with an offer for assistance with a particularly thorny issue received (and gratefully accepted), and I’ve decided the mid-year performance review can wait until next week.
Monday is NOT my favorite day of the work week. It’s either overwhelmingly busy with meetings and e-mail (some folks have nothing better to do on weekends, sigh), or so deathly quiet, I feel as though I’m being water tortured as the seconds tick by. Today was the latter, with several of my team off on vacation, another home sick; there was only one member in…not much to supervise.
But I've learned I can’t blame my entire attention deficit on the fact it is Monday. Out of curiosity I did some quick research on the symptoms of menopause….number 10 on the list is “difficulty concentrating”. The article I read lists thirty-four different symptoms.
WOW! I hadn't realized there were more than these 7.
P.S. The bonus of a quiet day at work....I was able to write the blog post, e-mail it to myself at home for editing before posting.