Here's a quick rundown of all of the happenings in the CAM industry in this week's CAM Mashup!
December always feels like a time of major stress and change when it comes to work life. Something about the end of the year coming up brings out feelings of unfinished business and the immediate need to create improvements for the coming year so that you can preemptively strike and avoid these feelings NEXT December.
Take a deep breath, remind yourself that we are still very much IN December, and you have time to strategize and plan out your next moves. for me, that means sorting out exactly what kind of stress I'm dealing with.
The Good Stress
Am I the only one who thinks there are two kinds of stress, and that one of them is the good kind? It's the stress of not knowing which good thing to do. Maybe that's shopping for the perfect gift. That's one that always gets me!
Or maybe it's the stressful excitement of new initiatives in the workplace, like setting up a system of keeping records for your HOA. It could be education-related--learning or relearning topics.
Maybe it's going over what HOA Easements or statutes of limitations are, or brushing up on lesser-known functions of your software platform.
All of those things that are mentally taxing, but at the end of the day, leave you feeling accomplished or warm and fuzzy. That's the kind of stress that
The Less-Good Stress
Of course, with the good comes the less-good, too. The things that are inevitable, and stressful, and even though it's a relief when they resolve, you don't always feel good at the end of the day. For example, end of year is riddled with major internal changes in your company. Dealing with major changes is a skill, not an instinct, so if you're in the throes o serious upheaval, zen habits has some great tips for honing that skill.
Then there's the realization that something you've spent the year doing just isn't cutting it, and you're stuck having to figure out, say, why your emails aren't being delivered and working to rectify that. The struggle of revising (or worse, completely scrapping) a long-term endeavor because it isn't successful is painful and exhausting, but once you've confronted the problem and handled it head-on, the weight of the world comes off of your shoulders.
And the Aftermath of the Stress
After you've sorted through all of the things in your life that are stressing you out this season, and come with up a plan of attack for handling it all, it's worth your while to focus a little bit of whatever leftover energy you have on yourself. That can mean finding the happy medium of a work/life balance, or finding new methods of being an effective CAM. Whatever it is, it's a great way to plan ahead for the new year without overburdening yourself by trying to achieve perfection.
Spread the Good Cheer
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