These are my granddogs - Ollie is the tan one and Ripley is the black and white one. They are both rescues, and we just welcomed Ripley into the family about 6 weeks ago. Right now both of my granddogs are visiting me for the holidays, but there is a bit of an issue. Ripley is still working on potty training … and she is having some problems … on my NEW carpet. I’m not super happy about the situation, but we have found that timing is everything. I take her out at 2:00 am. She is sleepy and not too happy to go outside (especially in the cold), but she tinkles and we cheer and we run back into the house. Then she goes out at 6:00 am ... then 10:00 am… then … you get the picture. We are picking the best time for Ripley to go potty. And it seems to be working!! Timing can be just as important in successful communication. Some research suggests that the most productive people work for 52 minutes and then break for 17 minutes. The 52 minutes fits the mental and physical requirements we need for attention and focus. More work can get done; more progress made. But during the 17 minutes of break, productive people don’t think about the work and need to take a mental and physical time-out. Certainly this break time should include taking care of your body -- maybe a quick walk, a bite to eat, something to drink. But during these 17 minutes, you can also work on communicating with your co-workers. Research also shows that employees who connect personally with co-workers are happier on and off the job. etc Strategies believes that we all need to take that break time to visit -- share stories, ask questions, and laugh! The connections you develop and strengthen can make you just as happy as Ripley!!
Enjoy the time with your family and friends this holiday season!!
Julie and Karen