Not gonna lie, though; I'm having trouble this morning with the re-entry. Does any of this sound familiar?
"Oh, of COURSE checking Twitter counts as work." (I'm @millercallihan, if you're interested.)
"I should really say hi to everyone in the office before I sit down at my desk."
"I'm just going to read my email before I do the three things I promised myself I'd get done before lunch."
And so on.
Really, though, part of the reason I'm stalling is that a lot of what I need to do this morning is to make phonecalls-- especially chasing payments for my clients-- and it seems cruel to call anyone the minute they get back from their long weekend. (After all, there's a Twitter feed to catch up on!) And presumably some of them, when I do finally call, will still be traveling, extending that nice long weekend just a little bit longer.
So I fear today won't be as productive as I'd hoped.
Fortunately, I have a backup plan: a long list I made before the long weekend (hooray!) of all the things I want to tackle this week. Chief among them, after the phonecalls, is to catch up on my reading, especially my clients' manuscripts. And that I can do no matter who's available.
Which leads me to another topic: professionalism and communication. One of my authors was good enough to email me to let me know she's going to be out of town, and out of email contact, the rest of this week. Hers is one of the manuscripts I need to give feedback on this week, but now that I know she's away for a few days, I know I can have until Friday to get back to her with my notes, leaving me to concentrate on other things in the meantime.
My work life is packed with these kinds of decisions, and I am always, always grateful for updates like J's.
Your turn: tell me about someone who's impressed you with their professionalism, or something you strive for in your own professional life. These needn't be writing- or publishing-related; I'd like to think behaving like a pro translates across all industries, no?