Sunday, February 7, 2010
I am settled in with my second up of coffee this morning - I have been up for a full two hours and got out of bed with the intent of writing me TSS post and moving on with my day. I am only now starting this post because I have been traversing the book blogosphere reading posts and commenting. I have mentioned this before but I am struggling to find the right balance between blogging (posting on my blog and reading others), reading and the rest of life including my day job. Sometimes I feel I could get more blogging and reading done if I didn't have a damn job!
Work has been challenging of late - we seem to be in perpetual reorganization mode and frankly its starting to wear on me. I usually consider myself to be someone who manages through change well, especially at work, but of late my patience with the lack of predictability is beginning to undermine my productivity. I find myself flitting aimlessly between tasks and projects and procrastinating on things that really need to get done (have I mentioned that reading blogs is a great diversion when one if procrastinating?) In addition to the reorg angst, I am also leading a team with serious dysfunction (I inherited this team) and we have just extended our times through Q4 so we will need to work together for the year. In order to tackle these issues at work, I have two business books on deck and hope they hold all the answers:
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels As I take on a new role thanks to the most recent reorg, I hope that putting together a 90 day plan will structure and focus me so that I am less likely to flounder!
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series) - I hope to learn something in this one that will help me lead our team through some tough months ahead. Anyone know of a "Team Whisperer"?
Due to other priorities (see above), I didn't get much reading done at all this week. In finished and reviewed Nine Parts of Desire: Hidden World of Islamic Women for January's theme of Religious Freedom for the Social Justice Challenge. Yes- I am a week late with this one! But I have resolved to get right on February's theme of water so I am not in the this predicament at the end of Feb. I also reviewed humorist Celia Rivenbark's You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning on audiobook.
I signed up for three more challenges (check my challenge list here):
Battle of the Prizes Challenge (British Version) hosted by Rose City Reader - this unique challenge has you read books from two British Challenge - the Tait and the Booker
Ireland Reading Challenge hosted by Books and Movies - how could I resist? My mom is from Ireland, I spent a lot of time there as a child and I read a lot of books by Irish authors
NYC Challenge hosted by Fizzy Thoughts - this one only requires one book set in NYC by May 15, 2010. As part of the challenge, I have compiled and posted my 10 Best Places to Read in NYC
That brings my total challenges this year to 12 - considering I face the challenge of finding enough time to read and blog, perhaps I should exercise some restraint and keep my challenges to an even dozen!
Since I am new to blogging, I was excited to hear about the Blog Improvement Project and started my first task for the project this week. I intend to work on my blog over the next year and bring it up to the standards of the many blogs I currently follow- you are my inspiration!
I am hosting my first giveaway! Check here to enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of David Baldacci's Absolute Power audiobook.
Hope you all have a great week in reading and otherwise! If you have any advice to share on how to fit blogging and reading in with the rest of your life, please send them my way!