One of the most important things I (Frankie) learned last week, maybe in my whole life, is to always, always have a backup plan. I thought I had one, but I didn't and things fell apart very quickly.
Last week was running along pretty smoothly. I was getting everything done and staying caught up. On Wednesday morning I went to my doctor for a checkup and still got home and got my work done for the day. I woke up Thursday morning feeling good about how the week had progressed and was ready to take on the day. I went for my walk and stopped by the store to pick up a few things before I headed home to chat with Andrea about all things Coffee Talk when the storm hit. Not a literal storm, but a helluva storm nonetheless.
My boss (yes, I have a boss. Just because you work from home doesn't mean you don't have a boss) had been waiting on some news. We thought it was going to be around a year before she had to act on this news. Turns out we got less than 12 hours notice. So, she calls me and tells me what's going on and that she will be out for the next 3 months and I'm going to have to take over; so much for a smooth week. This is happy news and I'm so happy for her and her family, but dang!
I went home and started to implement what I thought was an okay plan, but it was a disaster. I didn't get a whole lot of anything done Thursday and I felt like I put in about 12 hours of work. Friday wasn't much better. I just couldn't seem to get things going. Turns out I didn't really have a backup plan after all and not only was my work suffering for it, I was suffering for it.
So here it is Saturday morning and I’m going to have to break one of my golden rules and work the weekend. It's my fault that I'm working the weekend. I just didn't have a plan implemented even though I knew something like this was coming.
Take it from me, have a backup plan. Know exactly what you'll do if you suddenly have to become the boss, just like you would know an alternate route to take if your building was on fire and the main exit was blocked. If you don't, you'll be scrambling around like me working the weekend, stuck in a building that is burning down around you, and hating yourself for not taking care of it like you knew you should.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.