The Recovery

I survived what I considered a Major setback when we failed the certification, but in the early ‘90’s, I did become a manager once again.  God had to get me ready and now was my time.  I was no longer “defensive” (for the most part).  I remember being in a staff meeting and I was given, what I considered an “unreasonable” (rather dumb in my opinion) request.  I responded, “So what do the rest of you think about that idea?”  When I saw the expression on their faces and it appeared that they truly understood my point of view, I knew that I had passed my initiation.

If you still haven’t made the connection, please continue to read throughout my journey.  There are things in our work and our home lives that occur that are simply out of our control, which makes it critical to hold on to the moments of Order that we can create.  Life, in this day and time, can be so very stressful.  We must do anything that we can do to minimize the “stupid” stuff that really doesn’t matter anyway.   When we organize our day to maximize our quality time with family and friends, and promote those things that give us peace…..

We then capture the Joy in Life that God intended!

The Certification

Hope you enjoyed my little segway blog post, “Purely Random” and it was really random…

Back to the Certification, the day of  was extremely nerve-racking, to say the least.  Our two-inch 3-ring binder was complete with colorful dividers and creative title pages. 

The people had been quizzed and quizzed some more, and we were ready.  The managers and I gathered in the conference room to be tested for several hours.  We had to prove that we knew what we knew and did what we said.  But at some point during the process, the examiner seemed somewhat agitated with our responses.    The atmosphere became rather tense. 


What is happening here?  I planned this whole thing out and this was going to be the icing on the cake… Although this was a new process, I anticipated a rather calm, smooth “testing” session?? 

Needless to say, we didn’t fare so well…. 


The 2nd of the two positions that I spoke of last time, was an Organizational Effectiveness Specialist (OES). I literally got to create my own role and responsibilities. At the time, the company was preparing for a quality certification and my task was three-fold. One to get the people excited about the process and two, to prepare them to correctly answer the questions that may be asked when the examiners came to our facility. I created crossword puzzles with key words and phrases and I had the “Question of the Day”, with public recognition for those who answered correctly. I actually enjoyed that job.

Third, I was to ensure that the organization passed the certification. We had to develop a notebook with all our key work processes documented and to make sure that the organization understood and adhered to them.

But of course, with Order comes Chaos….

Next Post – The Certification


Pass or Fail?

The Challenge

Just to show you how the Lord works, during this transition period of about 5-6 years, I held two (2) “newly created” positions.  These positions seemed to be tailor-made for me.  Here Comes the Order!  The basic responsibilities of the jobs were identified, but I had a real opportunity to establish my own process and rather you realize it or not, in most cases, you do too.  You know what tasks have to be accomplished; how and when you need to get them done.

The object of the game is to minimize the distractions and you need to know where to locate all the items needed to complete the tasks.  Unfortunately, for some, you spend a lot of time looking for a document or an email that you may need to refer to, to accomplish the tasks.  To add insult to injury, today you are required to multi-multi (not a typo) task, which can equate to Chaos!

In this picture, the desk is RIDICULOUSLY organized, but the point is, you want to have everything you need close at hand.

Pay close attention, to the “TO DO LIST” (Post-Its are fine).  You really want to stage your work area.  The spiral book is my Daytimer.  For the home offices, right under the ledge is my bills.

Now I know what you are thinking….. Is she for real?  Does she realize just how much work I have to get done every day?  Remember, I have lived it for 32 years.  You can’t continue to eat the elephant and drink from the fire hose!!   At some point, you need to chop the elephant into large chunks.

Here’s a CHALLENGE for you! 

Conduct your own time study.  Try it for an hour or two.  Identify your time-robbers; distractions, interruptions, time spent “looking for something you need”, etc. etc. etc.

For the Techies out there, same rules apply, even though you may be using Microsoft Outlook and iPad, instead of sticky notes or any combination.

Lastly, for the very organized folks that never miss a beat….. If you are still spending your lunch hour at your desk, there is still an opportunity!


The Connection

Why Me!!!!!

Within two years, I was a manager.  I discovered that people don’t always do what they are supposed to do.  Two years later, I wasn’t a manager.  My manager’s manager called me in the office and yes, I knew immediately that there was a problem.  Apparently, 2nd level management felt that I was “too defensive”, among other things….  I was devastated!  I wanted to scream, yell… CRY!!!!!!!!!  I must admit that I REALLY don’t like to ERR….OR.

THEY really didn’t know me!  Were THEY supposed to be “smarter” than me, because they had more experience, REALLY! Or was it simply that they were better at creating chaos???

What Do You Think?   (I welcome your comments!)

I guess that I should also mention that by now I was also married, which added a whole NEW dimension to the equation. But what I began to discover was that sometimes our steps are ordered in a way that we don’t understand.  “The steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord … “ (Psalm 37:23) …..  but you have to take a step and He will order the next.

Can we really find order in chaos or do we have to create it?  There are many things that are outside of our immediate control.  So we have to find those things that are within our control and Find Our Order. 

I would venture to guess that most of our work lives and for some, home also, is very stressful.  Therefore, we must find ways to de-stress.  Although, I am sure that it seems really trivial and much too simple, but it could mean that we need to de-clutter our office, our workspace, a drawer, a closet, a garage, and the list goes on and on.

Now I would suggest that you try it, before you knock it….

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind....

Then what about an ORGANIZED DESK….? 

And even for those of you that are “organized”, if you are still stressed from time to time, I believe that I have a few tips for you also. 

STAY TUNED, There’s more to come…..