The weather forecasters prepared us for this. But Grace didn’t see it coming. The look on her face this morning as she exited the door was like: “Come on. You-have-got-to-be-kidding-me. Enough of this!”
But like any good trooper, she persevered and made the best of it while we were out. She even had a little fun, but was definitely ready to come back in much quicker than normal (right now she’s happily curled in her warm bed).
I think that changes in our weather patterns often make for more productive work days. The six inches of heavy, wet snow we awoke to painted a new landscape for us and it automatically entices us to think differently about the things we’re about to do. Some (like myself) love the snow, others (like Grace and my husband) are ready for spring. But all of us are going to approach the day differently today than we would have without this storm.
It’s easy to get stuck looking at the same things in the same way. The volume of work keeps us running at a frantic pace and it’s hard to slow down, to get a fresh look. So take advantage of nature’s way of slowing us down. If it’s sunny and warm where you are, look for another way to mix up your day.
There are lots of ways to change things up that don’t require building snowmen (though that would be an interesting thing for a team to do that wants to examine how they work together!). Start a meeting with an icebreaker topic that you’ve never done before. Or stop by and chat with a co-worker for five minutes and ask: “What’s the best thing about working here? What could we do better?” Be open to the ideas. What treasures are buried that you can unearth by using a new approach of thinking about it?
Go have some fun today!