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Just row

You may not know this about me but I get bored easily.

I love to learn new things but I also am just as likely to toss them aside once I know what I’m doing.

Organize a special event?  Done!

Staff a corporate project? I’m your girl!

So, as much as I appreciate my routine and the balance it brings to my life, I admit to feeling bored lately.  At work.  Not because my job’s boring, because it’s not, but because I get in, I get it done and then what?  I don’t know how to coast.  So, as a result,  I’m always taking on more.  However, I’ve learned the flip side to that:  sometimes what you get isn’t what you want but it could be just what you need.

So, a day and a half ago, I was informed of a meeting that another planned to attend. A meeting on a project that impacts me and one I should have been told about before now.  And now, in the 11th hour, they can’t go and I must.   And, to top it off, the meeting is to discuss a subject I rarely deal with.

I said “yes,” I can make it. “Yes,” I can do it.  I can stand up in front of a room full of strangers and present our views. I can schmooze with the best of them. I can find my way and I can drive to a town I’ve never been. I can get it done.

So, I pushed away the angst that their last-minute-ness had brought and spend the day getting acquainted with the task now in my lap.  I called on a colleague; I did some online sleuthing. I looked at maps and stats and loaded up my brain up with anecdotes.

I did my homework.

It was 4-H that taught me, "Learn to do by doing." google.images.ca

And today, when I find myself in front of various groups discussing policy and objectives, I’ll be ready to go. I think.

And if not, I’ll row.

* * *

If there is no wind, row.
– Latin Proverb

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  1. You apparently are a very valuable employee, and I hope they appreciate you. Just don’t let yourself get burned out…it can easily catch with you.

    • I agree; taking on more sometimes just brings you more – more work, more stuff, more “to dos.”

      The company I work for is great; they have programs to show appreciation and so I do feel valued. Thanks for commenting!
      MJ

  2. A valuable employee? No doubt. A brave girl: you betcha!
    Good luck with your presentation. I just know you’re not going to need an oar!

  3. Good luck, MJ! I know I don’t know you, but from what I have read here, you seem to be a very confident, competent woman — I think that even if you do feel a little unsure as you give your presentation, your audience will never know.

  4. Your expertise is evident. As I look back on a lot of things, just showing up, being visible…is huge. Some days go better than others, but just being there is important. Have a great day and a great week.:)

    • You’re right, some days go better than others. This day went well. I thought of my Dad, a Rural Municipality rep. for 30+ years and remembered his grace and easy-going manner. It helped. Thank you for the encouragement; you helped, too!

      MJ

  5. That sort of thing happens to me often in my job. “Hey! Here’s something someone else has been working on for months. You’ve not been made aware of this project, but we want you to take the lead on it now.”

    I usually get freaked out, but end up doing what you do. Just not as confidently as you seem to do it.

    I’ll think of you next time I’m in this situation. Which just so happens to be right now. 🙂

    • I don’t think I could work where you do, Terri. But .. on the other hand, I’ll bet you’re getting really adept at “performing under pressure.” I wasn’t too confident yesterday but, halfway through my prep, I realized I was grateful that I had at least that bit of time to do just that. Turns out, I knew more than I thought I did anyways … isn’t that always the case?

      Cheers to you!
      MJ

  6. You are the go to woman it seems. Good luck….you will be great, with or without wind.

    • … It all worked out. I was fine until I saw some industry colleagues; they made me nervous. The best part? I met some new contacts and ended up “bonding” with a few because we had our rural backgrounds in common.

      Thank you for your kind words; I needed them 🙂 MJ

  7. The best way to learn — in the deep end! Good luck!

  8. If I had a project to present, you’d be my girl for sure!

    • … aww thank you sweet friend.

      I took a deep breath and went for it. I remembered my 4-H Public Speaking points: pause, take a breath, smile, make eye contact and leave them wanting more. It worked 🙂

      MJ

  9. Yikes. This does not sound fun, but it does remind me of the kind of stuff I’ve been known to get myself into by having a reputation as someone who works hard.

    Hope this all goes well. And I hope you are sufficiently appreciated.

    Kathy

    • Thank you; that’s the thing isn’t it? The more you do, the more you get.. to do. But .. I think it’s an internal yardstick that I measure with anyways and I’ll bet you do, too.

      I would hate to be in a situation where I watched the clock – ugh! When I got back to the office a big, juicy, complicated project awaited me = bliss :).

      … thanks for your sweet words of support! MJ

  10. We are the 1% MJ! Not the ones that aren’t the “99%”. I’m talking about those workers who go above and beyond already, and yet get more thrown at them because the other 99% don’t pull their 100%. I’ve seen it my whole career. Very interesting. I, like you, just confidently did my best, which is usually at least 110%. Boy, I used a whole lot of %’s in this comment!
    The Other MJ

    • I hear you. I can’t say I’ve never coasted a bit or goofed off, because I have. But, generally speaking, I work hard and I expect others to also. I also like to have fun and I do.

      I figured that, at the very worst, I’d stumble and feel stupid. Thankfully, I found out I knew more than I thought I did and my commentary helped put others at ease and made the roundtable discussion flow, too. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind and supportive words, MJ
      -MJ

  11. This is the first time in my life that I have been in “coast” mode although I wasn’t quite sure what to call it until I read this post. So far I am enjoying it . . . I’m learning a lot.

    On a different note (feel free to delete this because it’s unrelated to this post). Re: “Groceries are Love.” Last night our 18 yo soon to be 19 yo son calls us from a train station in a high crime city appx. 30 miles from our home. He was traveling from the mountains back to his college town (and had a three hour layover). He has no food, two bucks, and a 12 hour ride in front of him (and there is no food at the station). Yes we did. We drove across the bridge to the scary place and brought him a pb&j sandwich, cliff bar, banana, and water. Groceries are love!

    • Are your feet off the pedals? 🙂

      I loved your “Love is Groceries” moment; you could and so you did — and I’d wager that was the best pb&j he’s ever had!!

      MJ

  12. I’m like you! I get bored easily too. I need another challenge. It seems like I can’t function unless I have a bunch of iron in the fire. I think that’s why I like doing freelance work, because it’s always different. My day job is fine, but it’s the same thing and gets boring after a while. We’re our own worst enemy, aren’t we?!

    • sometimes, yes. I like a challenge, so I usually just go find one. The problem is that eventually, you can run out of things to be done.

      Thanks for weighing in, Leah 🙂
      MJ

  13. I like the way you roll, sorry row!

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