It’s been over 30 days since I posted my last blog!    Lest you think that I’m either not a serious blogger or a slacker, this was no accident.

Are you living with chronic health conditions that shake you in your core and  often make it harder to get  anything done?  If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I’ve been  living this way for 30+ years.   And, during the past month, in addition to taking care of my ” job” (my own business as a career  coach), I’ve been  busy with another surgery, cataract surgery (the  result of the glaucoma medication I took prior to the glaucoma surgery last fall, etc., etc.) that consumed my time  and energy.

If  you were my boss, would you be interested in the details?   Unlikely.  But you might be more satisfied with my performance if you knew that your employee set her priorities based on what she thought would be best for the company.

I don’t have a supervisor hovering over my shoulder,  looking at my time sheet or my “deliverables”.   I do, however, have my own business that requires meeting, and even trying to exceed, my clients’ expectations.   This forces me to make clear and thoughtful  choices about how I spend my time.

Which brings me back to blogging.  This is the longest I’ve ever gone without writing since my first eNewsletter over 14 years ago.   I took this break because I  didn’t have time to take care of my health (doctors appointments, surgeries, recovery), manage my commitments to clients, and to write.  (Did I mention have some personal time?)

But like so many things in life,  something good came from a tough decision due to  health.

The break from writing reminded me that I write this because I love it.   It’s  rewarding to share my experiences in this rarely discussed venue – the intersection of  chronic health problems and work.  And, it brings a smile when my posts get comments because it reminds me that people actually read this.

So, here’s my intention.  I’m taking this week as a ‘vacation’  week and I intend to write a new post each day.  Don’t worry, though.  I won’t clog your mailboxes all at once.   I”ll save them for the next few weeks when I”m too busy to write again.  There she goes again  — thinking strategically!

This is a lesson I share with my clients often.   It includes setting clear intentions that I know I can follow.  (For more on this, see my workbook, “Keep Working With Chronic Illness” – the PULSE).

Do you think about this?  It’s a useful strategy when your energy is always in limited supply.



8 Responses to “Are you using your resources carefully?”  

  1. 1 Karen

    I have followed you for much of your blogging career. I have always appreciated your approach to chronic disease and working.

    I am ad you are keeping the blog going.

  2. 2 Rosalind

    Thank you, Karen. It means so much to me to hear you say this. Blogging is such an odd thing because there is such a lack of direct feedback most of the time. But what was important for me was to realize how much I enjoy this and what it does for me. Thanks again!

  3. 3 Ilona

    I just recently found your book and blog. (And catching up with older posts every now and then 😉
    Thank you for sharing your “vacation”-intention, it inspires me to do something like that, while I’ll be waiting for doctors-appointments the next few weeks!

  4. 4 Rosalind

    That’s great to hear.

  5. 5 carol cave

    Do you have any info on gastroparesis and short term disability. I am currently in the Cleveland clinic on nose/jejunum feedings. If my body agrees with the body I will have a gtube and a j tube placed. I live in Lincoln, Ne. so have to see if my GI in Lincoln will perform the gtube and the jtube. Too expensive to continue to continue to come to Cleveland. Don’t know if there are any financil resources available for airplane flights to and from Cleveland. Or financial resources availavle if I need aditional time off of work. I have not work at my current job for a year yet. Have limited sick leave available. Just don’t want to lose my job. Can’t afford to live without me working. Have thought of disability, but I know that can take up to 3 years. And you can only work a few hours when applying for disability. Any sugestion. Will be on tube feeding the rest of my life and may need to use them 24 hoours a day. I know a backpack is provided if I need to work and can carry my supplies in there. Any suggestions or recommendations

  6. 6 Rosalind

    I’m afraid that I don’t have much to offer re: std here.

  7. 7 Cristiane

    it’s really interesting to read this post, i read it completely now i interested to know more about it so hope you may add more information in your next post. i will enjoy that too.

  8. 8 Yameen @ Jobs in UAE , UAE Jobs

    Hello Rosalind
    This is my first post on your blog; it has really useful information for jobs seekers and for beginners.

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