I got a puppy last week. His name is Basil.
He's a baby dog so naturally he is adorable, but he is also trouble. A whole day of work was lost when chewed through my laptop cord this morning.
Now, before you think this weekly is going to dissolve into The Puppy Diary’s – stay with me.
Because hanging out with Baz over the last 7 days has taught me a few lessons that relate quite closely to our careers and working life in general.
7 Days, 7 Lessons:
- When the weather is bad and you are stuck inside for 10 hours with a new puppy, he is going to start to drive you crazy. The same thing goes for your job. So you'd better really love it. Or consider whether it’s time to send it back to the breeder and get yourself a Labradoodle.
- Puppies energy levels peak and trough dramatically through the day. Like us worker bees. While it’s not always possible to take a nap in your basket in the afternoon, it is essential get out for a walk/run/break of any kind. Because there is no doubt it makes us so much more creative, productive and playful.
- Puppies don’t like to be left alone. If they are left for too long they will eat a roll of toilet paper. It is never OK to feel alone or isolated in your job. If you are struggling with a problem at work, don’t keep it to yourself. 9 times out of 10 a problem shared is a problem solved. And the other 1 time? Maybe eat a roll of toilet paper.
- Puppies like to have their tummies rubbed. It makes them feel appreciated. People like being appreciated too. If you are someone’s boss – rub more tummies.
- Puppies get over things quickly. We should too.
- Puppies often can’t decide whether they want to be on or off the couch. Sometimes colleagues and managers can be indecisive puppies, which can be hugely frustrating. The key here is to be patient but firm. You can tolerate a little bit of this game but too much of it will mean nothing is achieved and no one gets anywhere.
- Puppies don’t realise they are not big enough to do certain things. Like climbing on to coffee tables. But they never give up. They try the table everyday. Until one day they are big enough and you turn around and they are eating your custard tart. Become one of these puppies.
Fiona @ Naked Ambition