“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Working Girl

I'm back in the store today. Once a week, I give my husband the day off and I cover for him here in our mattress store. We chose Wednesday, because it is typically the slowest day of the week. He's the expert; I'm just holding down the fort for the few unlucky people who happen to wander in while he's gone. (I'm actually pretty good, considering I'm a complete novice in the mattress industry.)

Not surprisingly, my one day work-week poses a problem for me. It takes me out of my normal routine, and it requires more exertion from me than I am used to. You would think that with all these mattresses around me, I'd be able to take advantage of them and still get my rests in. However, I'm a bit paranoid. I just think it would be so unprofessional for a customer to walk in and find me napping in the corner.

Today, I think I've finally figured out a reasonable compromise. My husband bought a funky ergonomic chair that lets you recline substantially. I think I can get several 10 minute rests during the day here at my desk using that chair. I tried it once this afternoon, and it was really refreshing.

Any suggestions on how to make it through work without causing too much damage?


Sue Jackson said...

I learned a while back that I can't work full days anymore, but I can handle half-days that still allow me to take my nap in the afternoon. So, maybe you could give your husband 2 half-days off a week instead of one full day? You could cover for him 2 mornings a week, with a day or two in between. Then, maybe you wouldn't pay the price for over-doing. Just a thought!

Glad you're back to feeling well enough to go into work at all!