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Are You Using Your Resources Wisely?

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It's been over 30 days since I posted my last blog! Lest you think that I'm either not a serious blogger or a slacker, this was no accident.

Are you living with chronic health conditions that shake you in your core and often make it harder to get anything done?  If you've been reading my posts, you know that I've been  living this way for 30+ years. And, during the past month, in addition to taking care of my " job" (my own business as a career coach), I've been busy with another surgery, cataract surgery (the result of the glaucoma medication I took prior to the glaucoma surgery last fall, etc., etc.) that consumed my time and energy.

If you were my boss, would you be interested in the details?  Unlikely. But you might be more satisfied with my performance if you knew that your employee set her priorities based on what she thought would be best for the company.

I don't have a supervisor hovering over my shoulder, looking at my time sheet or my "deliverables".  I do, however, have my own business that requires meeting, and even trying to exceed, my clients' expectations. This forces me to make clear and thoughtful choices about how I spend my time.

Which brings me back to blogging.  This is the longest I've ever gone without writing since my first eNewsletter over 14 years ago.   I took this break because I  didn't have time to take care of my health (doctors appointments, surgeries, recovery), manage my commitments to clients, and to write.  (Did I mention have some personal time?)

But like so many things in life,  something good came from a tough decision due to health.

The break from writing reminded me that I write this because I love it. It's rewarding to share my experiences in this rarely discussed venue - the intersection of chronic health problems and work.  And, it brings a smile when my posts get comments because it reminds me that people actually read this.

So, here's my intention.  I'm taking this week as a 'vacation'  week and I intend to write a new post each day.  Don't worry, though.  I won't clog your mailboxes all at once.   I'll save them for the next few weeks when I"m too busy to write again.  There she goes again  -- thinking strategically!

This is a lesson I share with my clients often.   It includes setting clear intentions that I know I can follow.  (For more on this, see my workbook, "Keep Working With Chronic Illness" - the PULSE).

Do you think about this?  It's a useful strategy when your energy is always in limited supply.

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Rosalind Joffe is passionate about coaching people and giving people the tools they need to thrive in their work while living with chronic illness. Rosalind Joffe built on her experience living with chronic illnesses for over 30 years, including multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, when she founded ciCoach.com . This unique career coaching firm is dedicated to helping people with chronic illness who care about their work lives develop the skills they need to succeed. A recognized national expert on chronic illness and its impact on career, Rosalind is a seasoned and certified coach, the co-author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!, publishes a widely read blog, Working With Chronic Illness and can be found on twitter @WorkWithIllness.
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