Tomorrow’s Kickoff – #2020AprilDeskEscape

#2020AprilDeskEscape

Well, this is different.

 

I mean, I never thought we’d be doing #AprilDeskEscape from our homes. And, some of us are not supposed to leave our homes at all!

That’s okay. We’re going to look at how we can do a different kind of #AprilDeskEscape which begins tomorrow, April 1.

Remember, the purpose of #AprilDeskEscape was to get us away from our desks and out into the fresh air for at least 30 minutes, three times a work week. Why? Because our minds and bodies need time away from our monitors, our desks, and now.. most likely, our families.

So here are the three ways I suggest to approach 2020 #AprilDeskEscape for us all. And, yes!!!! please do send pictures with the tag #2020AprilDeskEscape or #2020CoronaVirusEscape where it is appropriate. I’ll be posting up a summary of photos from our peers from across the globe.

  1. If you can leave your home, please take a walk and post up your photo with location, info and #2020AprilDeskEscape on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can tag @officerenegade for Twitter or or Instagram, or @KemFoley on Facebook
  2. If you cannot leave your home, what is an object or view that helps settle you? Cat? Dog? A painting? Is it a closed-door keeping everyone out? Be real. Be you. Just no nudity, please! Take a picture and send it along. I’ll probably be posting pictures of my coloring.
  3. If you cannot leave home, what is a website, Instagram account, or YouTube channel that brings you joy, laughter or a moment of respite? Share the link, the account name and I’ll re-share it on this blog site.

Remember there are several hashtags dedicated to our administrative community related to health and wellness. You can use what works for you, but please include #2020AprilDeskEscape.

How To Handle a Demanding Workplace

This article appeared first in January 2020 issue of Executive Secretary Magazine

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Catch a Groove to Get into a Groove

Music plays a huge role in my life.  Music was always on in our house or a sibling was practicing their instrument.

Early on I can remember my parents introducing us to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. My brothers all played instruments: trombone, trumpet, drums. My sister used to blast Rod Stewart through the house. My late mother played the piano. My Dad loved Jazz. My father’s mother, Florence—god bless her, believed she was the next Kate Smith (aging myself here!) and had an electronic organ at her home. My father did NOT succeed in getting my sister to try the accordion!

When I grew older, I took up the flute because my father would not let me try drums. Pretty certain that was because we lived in an apartment, not because he didn’t want me to ever try.  Or, it had something to do with being Irish. Marching Band, TC Williams (yes, that TC Williams) Marching Titans—was my favorite thing about high school. For a very short stint, I got to be part of the percussion section, playing cymbals. Absolutely one of my favorite memories of high school.

Off to college, and soon enough I was a deejay at WMWC 540am—though my good friend JaneEllen, who actually works in broadcasting, reminds me that it’s called an ‘On-Air personality’. I had two shows. One focused on Funk music and the other focused on album-oriented rock.

What in the world does this have to do with being an administrative professional?  In my experience, music is energy. It calms me down. It brings me joy. It changes my entire mindset. When I catch a groove, I can get into a groove. It’s that simple.  So here’s a very small sample list of the artists I utilize to change my mindset in the workplace. Would love to see yours!

Need energy?

  • Bruno Mars
  • Avicii
  • Jax Jones
  • Janelle Monae

Need help calming down?

  • R.E.M
  • Paul Simon
  • Sounds of Blackness
  • Luther Vandross

Need help focusing?

  • Stan Getz
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • John Mayer
  • David Gray

Need to change a mood fast?

  • Foo Fighters
  • Sheryl Crow
  • David Guetta
  • Janet Jackson

Each day I settle in with my coffee, open up the mailboxes I monitor, put in my earbuds and start to get my work groove on. Happy listening!

 

 

 

If at First, You Don’t Succeed…

fitbit_sharing_-1672610022The last few months have been really challenging for me. I confess is that as much as I have encouraged others to get out and walk during lunch or get exercise during the workday, I have not been taking my own advice.

But that’s okay. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I know the deal. We’re all capable of fits and starts of healthy eating, financial prudence, exercising, getting plenty of sleep.

It’s called being human.

I realized when I returned from Johannesburg that the extra weight I was carrying, really did take a toll. And, I know I have a solid week of being on my feet for work—in just about three weeks. I need to build stamina. The kind of stamina which would be the ability to handle 15 to 17 miles of walking for about five, 14-hour days in a row.

So, it’s back to loading up my gym bag in the morning, getting those walks in at lunchtime, and making certain I stretch well every single night. It means more water, less coffee (boo hiss!)—at least until the end of the conference. It means trying to ease back off the sugar.

Even though I stopped doing all the right things health-wise for about six weeks or so, doesn’t mean I can’t start over at any point, any day.  And, so I did.  You can, too.

For me, I need to get out of my head and get outside on my feet. Progress, not perfection. Here’s to getting back out there!  ~ K.

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