Day 5 Task Completion Status: Success! Well, sort of.
I inadvertently accomplished today’s task. I didn’t do this task mindfully. It just got done on accident.
Truth be told, I pretty much forgot about the project and today’s task. I was having car trouble earlier today, and the 14 Days project took a backseat to my worrying about my car.
(Also, this particular task has been something I’d already been working on long before I decided to follow the 14 Day program.)
Day 5’s task was about taking the initiative to get to know your co-workers on a more personal level, rather than just professional. The idea behind this is that if you have someone with whom you have a fun, happy bond with at work, you’re more likely to be happier at your job and in your life because you feel “more engaged” in your job.
I’m not a social butterfly at work by any means. I still feel kind of new there and I’m, more often than not, a naturally shy person. I’m not usually the kind of person that starts a conversation. I join them. I get invited into them. But I hardly ever start them. And this year, way before I’d really decided to start this project, I’ve been trying to work on my shyness.
So I guess I’d already laid the groundwork for today. Which turned out to be extremely lucky as far as my needing to complete today’s task. Because Lord knows, with the mood I was in, I was definitely going to be my own worst obstacle.
Since I’d had a rough morning with my car problem, I’d spent most of my shift worrying about how I was going to get myself home and feeling a bit irritated. My slightly sour mood didn’t affect my work though. Usually, when I’m upset like that, I tend to go into “turbo-mode” and try to keep myself focused on my work as a way to distract myself from what I’m feeling. A drawback of “turbo-mode,” however is that I’m less inclined to want to talk other people. Today, as I was feeling stressed, I was much quieter than usual.
But even though everything was getting done, I was feeling more and more tense. That is until, I found a smaller but happier distraction: a co-worker who shares my love for the t.v. show “Supernatural“.
I should say that she started the conversation. I did not take the initiative. But as we talked a bit about tonight’s new episode, I felt a bit lighter, less worried. And I think that relaxed feeling contributed to my later being able to calmly and successfully resolve my car issue.
I think, for obvious reasons, that connecting with your co-workers on a personal level can generally be a great thing. But I never realized before how fun conversations like that can be just as much of a stress reducer as a hilarious YouTube video or a piece of chocolate. I thought they were just fun.
Plus, I feel better about myself for breaking out of my shell a little more. And I think things would only get better if I actually started conversations more often. Or ever. I’ll definitely try to.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your opinions, questions and stories!
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a lovely day!