January 11, 2010

Monday morning at RepairClinic.com

Posted in Career, RepairClinic.com, Work tagged at 9:11 am by Liliana

RepairClinic.com

My workstation at RepairClinic.com

I must admit that in the large scheme of things, Monday mornings do not rate very high. A frigid, snowy Monday morning in January in Michigan rates even lower. Today, I dropped my 16 year old son, Sam, at his high school at 7:30 am and any lingering trace of sleep dissipated quickly during that time. Sam has gotten in the habit of listening to rap, and I can tell you that there is nothing like very loud music to wake one up and prepare one for driving on a slippery highway.

The company I work for, RepairClinic.com has a large Call Center on the first floor, and a huge Warehouse in the back of the building. Many people come in to work much earlier than I do, but still at 8 am, the place is pretty quiet. The second floor is where most of the administrative offices are, and that includes the Marketing Department where I work.

I have a simple set of rituals that help me start my day. I walk over to our little kitchenette and fill up a large mug of coffee. I turn my computer on, check my calendar and read my email. Depending on the meeting schedule and upcoming deadlines, I decide which project I will be working on that day. I pick the most difficult and complicated tasks first, because I concentrate best in the morning silence, with my mind still fresh. By 8:30 or so, my colleagues start arriving and the day starts in earnest.

Now, Tuesday mornings I genuinely look forward to. Why? Because on Tuesdays we have our Marketing meetings and those include bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and other lovely delicacies. It’s a much gentler way to ease into the day than loud rap music.

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4 Comments »

  1. Anonymous said,

    Rituals… yup, they help us make it through. On the other hand, maybe there’s such a thing as relying too much on ritual. I guess we all have to work on achieving that balance.

  2. Nicole said,

    sorry you have to listen to rap

  3. Branka said,

    Sam has good taste in music!

  4. SLH said,

    oh my gosh, your son is soooooooooooooo cute. I just don’t know how you get enough of him. He is so handsome I could just eat him up, oh my gosh.


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