Storyteller, Fan of Leadership gurus, Coffee Lover, especially Dunkin' Donuts.. and most importantly- a fierce advocate -Providing a new philosophy on what it means to be an administrative professional in today's workplace.
Buffering is a term which can be used to describe data being held in one part of the computer processor before moving to another part. ‘Still Buffering’ a phrase which is frequently seen when trying to stream a video on a device that does not have the data speed and capacity to process it.
This term comes to my mind whenever I have to learn something that is complicated and I need to run through it several times before I can apply it across my workload. The best example I have is when I am learning more advanced functions in Excel. I’m trying to process what I already know (cache), add-in the new function(s), and complete the task. The ‘buffering’ occurs because I personally have to slow down my thoughts so I can absorb (process) the new information, and then I can apply it (output).
I think the phrase, ‘brain overload’ describes it fairly well. If the information that is new to us comes in at a speed at which we cannot process it, we can’t move forward smoothly.
Do you have an example of ‘still buffering’ you’d like to share?
I fell ill. Nothing serious. Just a bad sinus thing-y and an unseemly need for sleep. What was funny about it? Well, my husband of almost 22 years came down with it, too. In the time we’ve been married, my husband has probably missed a total of five days of work, maybe ten.
But, we both caved to the illness and took to bed separately because our snoring was horrendous! Normally both of us would have pushed through, gone to work, and been fairly useless to those around us. Teleworking is not supported in our respective employers. My company allows it in winter when the weather is nasty and no one can get on the road to work. But, I digress.
Being home ill forced me to rest, which led to getting a clearer head, which lead to a recognition that I’d been in a funk for more than just the time that I’ve been sick. It’s been months. I’m sure my friends noticed. I’m sure my coworkers noticed. No one said a thing. I guess they figured I’d work my way out of it. *Sigh*
So, it’s time to start back at where I am. For me, acceptance is the key to everything. Doesn’t mean I have to like it. Just means I acknowledge it.
You see, I had been blaming work, blaming my weight, blaming the weather.. (fill in the blank here)when in reality, it was just the same old melatonin/seratonin struggles in my physical body impacting my ability to give a rat’s ass.
So today here’s where I am. Sitting across the dining room table from my sick hubby, with a box of tissues between us and mugs of hot tea. I will continue to rest and let my physical body recover. I will meditate and write to help my mental well-being recover. It’s strange when the fog lifts from a depressive episode. It’s like, wow! where the hell have I been? I certainly don’t know. I just know I wasn’t here.
It’s time to start from where I am, again…and that’s okay.
So I started a challenge, actually two challenges. One was to get peers up and moving during the work week and named it the #AprilDeskEscape challenge. The second was to participate in SSSVEDA (or Vlog Every Day in April) challenge from Amy Landino.
Not as easy as I thought it would be for either. Mostly due to a lack of planning on my part. And, given it is the first time I’ve done either of these— I’ll go easy on myself.
The idea is to just try! Take that first step.
Now I am aware that the next time I want to do a fun project outside of work involving tracking hashtags and creating videos, I still have to plan out the time for it.
Do keep sending those posts though as I am very encouraged by the participation.
I’ve had a couple of weeks now to think about my most recent presentation, Amplify Your Voice Through the Power and Potential of Storytelling, which I presented at Executive Secretary LIVE in London on March 16.
I was incredibly moved by the attendee reaction at the conclusion—a standing ovation. I’ve been presenting for ten years now and that has never happened in all that time!
More important to me though were the comments made to me after the presentation and throughout the remainder of the conference. So many attendees told me that they had been moved to tears, caught off-guard by emotions and memories brought to the surface, and happy to have a real opportunity to connect with other attendees through the different session exercises.
For this Presenter|Speaker|Teacher, it was incredibly rewarding to receive that feedback. I never anticipated the session would have quite the emotional impact that it did.
I’m glad it was a different kind of session for so many. More on this to come as I pull all my thoughts together. Thank you to all of the attendees for remaining open-minded, engaged, and courageous. #KeepLearningKeepGrowing