Last night, I was the last person to leave the office.
At 6:30PM, I looked up from my cube and everyone was gone. I looked out the window and saw that it was already dark out. Earlier than normal. Something felt different. I walked outside and it smelled like autumn. Autumn. My favorite season.
Autumn reminds me of going back to school, starting a new year. For the second year, I did not go back to school in September. This year was easier than last, but it doesn't take away that new year feeling.
For some reason this year, the feeling is affecting me more. Specifically at work. My favorite part of starting a new school year was organizing myself for the year. This week has been slower than a normal week, so I took advantage and got organized. I cleaned out my inbox and all of my folders. I made timelines for my upcoming projects and I was finally able to begin working on our upcoming event (our biggest event of the year).
This slow week is the calm before the storm. Our event is 3 weeks away. My monthly projects are starting up again. And who knows what else will come up next week. Having a few days to feel the surge of a new season and time to reorganize and even just take a step back and breathe, makes a huge difference in my work life.
Remember the burn out at the end of the school year? You couldn't wait to be done. Then summer came and you got a break. This week was my much needed break. Which reminds me, I really need a vacation.