Oh ugh, it's already HOT outside. I'm glad I chose to walk now because it will surely be even hotter at lunch time. As of June 3rd, I go to a four day work week. It's all well and good to get Fridays off, but 10 hour days with my lunch hour cut in half is grueling. In former positions, summer was slow, a good time for filing, etc, but now summer is super busy, and I'm worn out by the end of the day. I haven't any choice about it, but I can choose how I manage 10 weeks of LONG days.
1. If I walk outside, I'll take my first break early before it hits 90s or worse. The shaded outdoor walkway on the building's south side is a popular place for walkers.
2. Plan B: there are several long corridors for walking indoors in the AC.
3. Plan C: the gym is always cooler and has treadmills.
4. Use the gym on afternoon break for strength training.
5. Stretch frequently. I have an SP printout on the wall to remind me.
6. Take hourly quick walks around the outdoor atrium. The tropical plants are beautiful especially the big fan-like Travelers Palms. My office is cold even in July so a brief walk warms me up.
7. Plan Fridays so I don't just do nothing on my days off. I have plans for three Fridays, one with my mom, one with my lifelong BF, and one to go out with coworkers.
8. Bring a couple of puzzles for the back table. Last summer we did coloring pages. Before that, we played Jenga. The department next door has a BIG set, and we hear the CRASH when someone over there takes it down.
9. Get husband back in the habit of starting dinner. If he waits for me, he'll be having really late dinners. Do as much weekend batch cooking as I can. Treat us to one cafeteria meal a week. I can get two dinners for $4 each.
10. Keep calm and challenge myself not to complain about the long days.
11. If I find I truly can't keep up with it this year due to the health issues I've had, I can take a few hours off here and there or leave early if I need to.