My Top Five Takeaways from the May Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

This week’s Women’s Business Council’s brown bag lunch program at MVP Health Care was energizing and it gave me a new perceptive on how I define the ideal worker. Attendees discussed topics addressed in the book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time, by Brigid Schulte.

Jacqueline Scheffer was the moderator at our table. Jackie and I also had the pleasure of discussing topics addressed in the book with Lynn Manning, Miriam Dushane and members of her team.  It was refreshing to sit in a casual environment with successful women executives. Being a fairly new manager, I am always striving to improve my skills and maximize my time. I gained some new tips from the ladies at my table on how to be an effective leader and smart worker. You may be surprised by this list, it’s not about coming up with a to do list late Sunday night, or making sure you are the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave.

  1. It’s a great practice to have an open door policy, however; schedule times when you close your door. This concept can also be incorporated into turning off email notifications by using that nifty do not disturb feature.
  2. Respond to emails during business hours only. There’s no harm in responding after hours; set it in draft mode and send it off the next day.
  3. Schedule at least one day a month to work from home to work through a project for 90 minute shifts without interruption.
  4. Schedule at least one day a month during the week for a day of play which gives you sharp focus when tackling challenges at work. It also gives you something to look forward to.
  5. Empower your team to make decisions and take on responsibilities themselves. This tip translates both at work and home.

    I thought this picture was fitting. Make time in your life for play. Get your hands dirty. Spend time with your children so you can be a part of these defining moments for them. This is my daughter seven years ago.  I remember taking this picture and sharing the joy she had with playing in the mud. Time is short. Make time for what you love.

One thought on “My Top Five Takeaways from the May Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

  1. Sarah, Thank you for your takeaways. I could not make the discussion and your points are great. I love what you said about time is short. Make time for what you love. Really good advice to remember in our crazy, busy world.


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