Yesterday was a very productive day and I attribute it all to my 7 month-old being required to stay out of daycare because of a temperature. The temperature was caused by a double ear infection, so not contagious but still enough to require him to be out a full day. Not that big of a problem, I looked at my schedule, only one call so that wouldn’t be an issue. Although I was already feeling behind for the week, I am an ESTJ so my list of lists were piling up and I really was relying on Thursday to be that day I checked most the items off the list. Luckily I work from home so I was able to still work while Spencer was hanging out with me.
The funny thing is that Spencer’s illness actually motivated the hell out of me to do more and be even more productive. Why? One reason was my appreciation for my work arrangement. For so many people a sick child increases their level of work stress bc they have to call in, deal with the disappointment of a less than understanding boss or team or client. Not me. I work at home, for an amazing “boss” and an amazing company, MomSource Network. I knew Wednesday night that I needed to be even more on top of my game and started out swinging on Thursday morning. Dropped Oliver, my other twin, off at daycare, got home and sat Spencer around his favorite toys and opened my laptop at the kitchen table. Started knocking out those emails that had been lingering for a week or so, started finishing those projects that were 80% complete, finished this, finished that and by the end of the day I was left with only about 15 emails in my inbox. I also had the best breaks and lunch partner I have had in months! Email, then playtime. Progress on the project, snack time, diaper change then finalize meetings for next week.
All this to say, THANK YOU flexible work arrangements. Thank you for allowing for life to happen and hopefully you are thankful that because of your flexibility you actually received a higher than normal level of productivity for the work day. Have you had a similar experience where a bump in the road turned into an all-star day because of flexibility, an understanding boss or other situation? Let me know about it.
by Clint St. Mosley, MomSource Network, VP SOHR