After the relaxing weekend that I just experienced, Monday poses an issue. It’s not necessarily a bad issue. I like my job, the people I work with, the tasks of my day. And, I simultaneously don’t have a smooth way of transitioning from my calm, relaxing weekend back into the crazy world. Did you know that there are a lot of people at the bus stop in the morning? And, every one of them has an energy. Then, all of those people and their energy enter a small confined space that is the bus. I’ll bet you didn’t think this scenario was crazy before, but through the eyes of an introvert…So, I use headphones as a buffer. Listening to one person in my ears is a much easier transition on a Monday morning (or any morning) especially when it’s Melissa Etheridge. I feel like I know her, like we could hang out and have coffee, though I don’t drink coffee so maybe we’d have chai.
Were you aware that the florescent lights above my cube at work sometimes greet me like a spotlight saying, look who’s here! Step up to the stage and let’s start performing! But, I don’t want to perform, I want to read and take things slowly.
Did you know that the other 11 people on my team are some of the kindest, most awesome people I’ve ever worked with? And, I have no idea how to engage and socialize like they do in the early morning hours. So, I out myself as an introvert, beg their patience, and ease my way into the day. They are very understanding; bless them.
Is it common knowledge that opening Outlook and watching 31 emails flood the inbox can be overwhelming? Not because of the amount of work it entails to address them all, but because it is indicative of at least 20 different people needing access to me since last Friday at 5pm.
On my team, we have an 8:15am meeting at my cubicle to discuss important Monday morning, need-to-know items of information. I always start by asking “who has a good weekend story?” I do enjoy hearing these stories, and I need a moment to adjust to 11 people being within 6 feet of me. I’m usually glad that Mondays are report-generating days more so than meetings-on-the-agenda kind of days because I get to sit at my cube and accomplish things. By the time Tuesday rolls around, I’m slightly more prepared to engage the masses, and by Wednesday I’m practically in charge of all of the social commentary around the office (slight exaggeration).
Mondays will always be an interesting challenge for an introvert like me, and I have no plans to become extroverted (believe me, I’ve tried, and tanked). So, for now, Melissa Etheridge and I will face Mondays as a team while making sure I talk to my wonderful employees at least once before noon. It’s a lofty plan, but this introvert will rise to the occasion. Happy Monday!