August 14, 2011 Tessa Duckett
Many employers ask that you leave your personal baggage at the door before you step into work. I have asked many of my employees to put on a smile, don’t let your personal life interfere with your work life- BUCK-UP and FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT!
This is easier said than done!
Today was a sad day for me. My baby girl(18 years old) left for college. She packed up her room, every single thing, packed her car, and waved good-bye. I have been excited for her, helping her with every decision, buying dorm-room items, and happily packing. I was not expecting this emotional rush to come over me, like a slap in the face! She may never come back. My heart dropped.
It was 6 in the morning, and I had to get ready for work. I am the fun girl. I can’t let this life-changing event get me down. For goodness sakes it is not cancer or death, it’s just another chapter in my life.
So how do I do what I have been telling everyone else to do? How do I go to work and put a smile on my face, focus on my job, and be pleasant to everyone? How do you just act like nothing is wrong?
You have made connections with your colleagues, peers, manager, even the janitor. Sharing life is how we stay functional at work, how we seem human and caring. Having your team see the “softer” side of you is ok-as long as you don’t do that everyday- I think I just contradicted myself-
It’s ok to have A day to go in your office, shut the door, and focus on your work, take a deep breath, and let life sink in. We all have seasons of life changing events in our lives- share them. It will keep you connected. If all else fails….
FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT!