I discovered something this week:
My job is not the classic 9-5/5 days a week. I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule, and spend well over 40 hours working most weeks.
Normally when I’m in, I leave my office door open in case someone in my group needs help or has some progress to share. This means, I am often interrupted. Even when I’m eating lunch. Lately, when I need to concentrate on a task, I close my door with instructions outside about when I will be available, or how to contact me in an emergency. I have made a point to be available when I’m not actively working, though.
Fortunately, I can schedule grocery shopping, dentist appointments, vet visits and haircuts before or after work hours. I’m lucky most offices accommodate my work habits.
This week, I had to make an appointment during the regular work day. I made the 10 minute appointment for noon, and did several personal errands on my way back to work. I even stopped for a quick lunch.
The world did not stop, and no one at work even noticed. I could easily have been in a meeting anyway.
But, I worked efficiently all morning to make sure I was on time, and I got back to my desk with more energy than usual after lunch. Maybe it was the bit of physical activity, or maybe the sense of accomplishment of getting to the post office and library without having to wait in long lines.
But, it feels more like relaxation. Could it be that a break in the work day is a good thing? I got just as much work done, and felt better at the end of the day.
I have to try this again.
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