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Focus Schmocus.. It’s Almost 2017


Do you know how hard it is to focus and complete tasks as the year winds down?

Some days.. it’s tough.

I love the opportunity to organize my desk and map projects.  I also love having time to socialize with my coworkers. Usually we’re ‘head-down’ and into whatever task we have to get done. At the end of the year though, few of us are in the frame of mind to crank out work. We want to take our foot off the pedal. I definitely want to take my foot off the pedal.

It was easy to do that today. One of my coworkers brought her new baby to the office. There were two or three new gift baskets dropped off that needed to be reviewed! I had a department luncheon, off site!

I still managed to get work done this afternoon and did not feel one bit guilty at the pace. The work will still be there tomorrow. The deadlines have not changed. I gave myself permission to relax and enjoy the camaraderie at my workplace knowing that as soon as the majority of staff return from that holidays, we’ll get more added to our task lists and have less time to visit.

Here’s wishing you a very fun and relaxed end to your work year and much success in 2017.



  • There's plenty goings on in the DC Metro region this time of year -- both to celebrate the the holidays and to get social. For administrative professionals, we invest a ton of time in organizing our company holiday functions. But what's new for us? Did you know there is a local admin group-- DC LAN - International Association of Administrative Professionals group? We ran out of room for our first social event at Union Station on the 2nd of December.  Our next event is already almost at capacity -- January 3 at the Champps in Arlington. You don't have to be a group leader to host an event. If your office has conference room space, we can get an educational or informational event to you. Professional development for administrative professionals! that is what IAAP is all about. We have tentative educational events scheduled for March, April and May. And, we're looking at offering webinars in early 2016. Want to learn more about IAAP?  Check out their site at www.iaap-hq.org. And, if you are looking for a great network in the DC Metro region, reach out to me. We'll get you on the mailing list.  I'm a volunteer for IAAP, not a paid staff member.  My goal is to help DC area admins create and keep a strong and resourceful network of peers. And on a personal note, here's wishing each of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  Hope to meet you soon. ~~  Kemetia MK Foley,  DC LAN Coordinator Volunteer - IAAP

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