Why My Kitchen Counters are Clean and My Cat Hates Me

One of the wondrous delights of working from home is cranking the music up loud and dancing around the house. We keep our thermostat low (60-65 degrees) and after a couple hours of typing at my desk I can’t feel my fingers any more. In order to get my blood pumping and my energy level up I turn on Pandora to Uptown Funk or Queen.

… “I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE!” …

As a perpetual achiever I have to multi-task while belting out a song or dancing around the house, so I usually grab a disinfecting wipe and wipe down the counters to the beat. It really is quite a striking scene and I am glad that I have the house to myself for this daily ritual. That is, except for the cat. Elsa, our maligned Siamese/Himalayan fluffy feline does NOT appreciate this behavior. She cocks her head, gives me a look, … “seriously?” and then sulks off to hide under the covers somewhere.

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My unhappy cat

Why do I bring this up? It took me years to realize this secret to productivity: understand where you can get energy from and structure your day to optimize energy. If you don’t work from home, your daily energy break may look more like a walk outside or coffee with a colleague. Whatever it takes, take that break and keep your spirits up! People are depending on you!

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