I was asleep on/before 10:00 every night this week except Tuesday, because I was happy The Mindy Project was back. I made up for that on Wednesday night when I passed out on the sofa before 9. Nine! There is nothing physically wrong with me (although I’ve been really blue, but I’m dealing with that), so I’ll chalk this up to siphoning off WM’s back-to-school fatigue. I must stop being so empathetic.
1. Some people say you should never mix business with friendship. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
Refuted! I can’t say I’ve had a bad relationship being friendly with a coworker or client. I think when I was a young manager at the C-P I could have drawn a bolder line in between me and my department to make some things easier, but I don’t think we suffered much from it.
2. Some people say you should never let ‘em see you sweat. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
Confirmed! I hate speaking in front of a group, even if I know them. I’ve given many presentations where I was absolutely terrified from three days before until an hour after, but people never saw through it because I was loud and sounded confident. You can basically say ANYTHING in front of a group with very little consequence as long as you’re confident about it. (See also: Jameis Winston, Joan Rivers, blog conference speakers.)
3. It is often said that you should never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do today. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
Confirmed! Sometimes there is a task that I put off for so long that the mere mention of the task becomes terrifying. (Home: laundry; Work: annual meeting data import.) As the days go by and people ask about the import while my clean panty supply dwindles, the scale of the task snowballs. But once I do it, the task isn’t awful at all. So yeah, do it as soon as you can. If it’s a big task, break it down into the tiniest steps (Home: check balance on laundry smartcard; Work: send email suggesting a meeting.) and once you check off those steps, the momentum will grow. It works! (See also: UFYH.)
4. It is often said that you should never get romantically involved with someone at work (there’s a cruder way of putting it, but I’m declining to use that selection of words). What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
Confirmed-ish. I was responsible for the breakdown of the relationship and handled it poorly. Afterward it was very awkward getting change for my cash register. (Back then people used actual currency. Google it!) But I was young and dumb and maybe that contributed to how awkward it became?
5. What piece of wisdom from your own life should be a catchy proverb for others to live by?
Don’t be a douchebag.
Can we stop being douchebags, already?
Never exist digitally naked.
SERIOUSLY STOP BEING DOUCHEBAGS.Super-size me!
If you don’t have the big life you imagined you’d have, you can still live your small life big.
This weekend we are babysitting my adorable and squashy-cheeked nephew, and then heading to the Ren Faire. We are not taking Nephew to the Ren Faire because it’s Scottish/Celtic weekend and he’s too young to witness Auntie drooling over kilts. There will also be laundry done (see above mention of dwindling panty supply) and healthy foods purchased.