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“Remain Calm”…and other writing on my wall

March 14, 2010

Right now a series of post-it notes is affixed to the wall across from my desk. Once in a while you hear or see something that really hits home, and you know it will again, so you save it. On those days –you know the ones – when every task is high priority and nothing seems to be working as planned, a quick glance can help bring perspective.

Remain Calm – when is this not good advice? Unless you are working in something like emergency medicine, you’ve got the opportunity to take a deep breath before making a decision, responding to email, etc. (And even in emergency medicine calmness is probably a welcome quality.)

One Task at a Time – This is an era of multitasking, right? We have computers, smart phones, instant messaging…all of which allow us to monitor multiple channels at once.  We can manage multiple priorities, but when it comes to true focus of attention, there may be a better approach.  Take a look at this article from NPR – Think You’re Multitasking?

Be Helpful –I think this one came from a tweet from Chris Brogan, but I’m not sure. I do remember that it immediately resonated with me. You can probably name these people at your workplace. They pitch in when help is needed. It’s a powerful thing and makes a huge difference in the day-to-day. I want to be one of those people.

Save the Commentary – All of those electronic tools mentioned above also allow for a back channel of commentary during meetings, presentations, etc. This one is closely linked to ‘be helpful’ above.  Does the commentary you might add help everyone to move forward? If not, it may be better to resist the temptation and leave it out. For more on the good and bad of back channel chatter, check out this post on WebWorkerDaily.

Swing Big – If there is a decision to be made or a proposal to put forward, go for it.  Be realistic, but stretch a bit.  It’s often that stretch, that willingness to take a measured risk, that will open opportunities.

I know you have these post-it notes, too. What do yours say? Share the wealth and positive vibes.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth permalink
    March 23, 2010 9:18 am


    • Melissa Venable permalink
      March 24, 2010 7:00 pm

      Hi, Ruth. Yes! Remain calm and….breathe. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Amy permalink
    April 7, 2010 1:38 pm

    I offer this up – it’s above my desk!

    ~ mastering others is strength~
    ~mastering yourself is true power ~

    Great post Melissa! Positive advise.

    • Melissa A. Venable permalink
      April 7, 2010 3:20 pm

      Terrific! Thanks for sharing this one, Amy.

  3. Michelle Manning Thompson permalink
    April 20, 2010 2:35 pm


    I know you don’t remember me but I was good friends with your sister @ West Carteret High School.

    I came across your site completely by chance and caught your name and was stunned when I saw your pic……you look just the same! Looks like you are doing fantastic.

    Please tell Allison I said hello, haven’t talked to her in a very long time, hope she is doing well too.

    Take care,


    • Melissa A. Venable permalink
      April 20, 2010 6:15 pm

      Hi Michelle!
      I do remember you from WCHS and it’s great to hear from you here. Thanks for your very kind comments. Allison is doing well :) I will let her know you said hello and pass along your email. I hope all is well with you, too. Take care of yourself!

      • Michelle Manning Thompson permalink
        April 22, 2010 12:18 pm

        Thanks! Love the post it notes, my husband is a post it note kinda guy.

        Please let her know I’m on Facebook too as Michelle Manning Thompson

        Have a fantastic day!


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