Friday, May 7, 2010

Work-life balanced

What ever happened to the nine-to-five workday? You know, the one in which you'd start your day with the morning news, a cup of coffee, and a hearty breakfast before getting to the office... The one in which you'd leave at five-thirty sharp after a productive day with the rest of the evening ahead to wind down and rela--wait, I'm sorry, what? You're telling me that the workday I just described is as imaginary as I am? Well, excuuuse me!

Every now and then, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of putting out fires, fulfilling client asks, and prioritizing so that we can pick off low-hanging fruit before taking strides towards our stretch goals and pies in the sky. And then there's the constant pressure to streamline processes (pronounced, processEEZ, mind you) and identify opportunities for synergy in order to avoid duplicating efforts -- all while managing expectations in order to avoid burnout.

So. How'd I do with all the corpspeak?

(A knowing nod followed by a roll of the eyes and a big groan from my assistant -- all signs point to nailed it).

The point is, it's easy to get completely wrapped up in work, allowing the stress of it all to seep outside of business hours. My suggestion? Take a deep breath, close that laptop, and grab yourself a mid-day Mudslide. And if your boss isn't keen on having spontaneous cocktail hours at the office, then make it a Mudslide cupcake. Heather had the right idea when she requested a batch of Mocha Mudslide cupcakes to celebrate a coworker's birthday.
There's nothing quite like a dark chocolate, Kahlua-spiked cupcake with Bailey's cream cheese frosting, some chocolate sprinkles, and a coffee cream cookie "straw" to chase away the stress of the workweek and have you speaking in plain English again.
Thanks again, Heather, for bringing some fun into the office. I hope you and your team enjoyed the cupcakes!

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