I just came back from my national conference for organizers… and despite my best efforts to stay connected, organized and somewhat productive while away, there was still that darn sense of re-entry… that feeling of plummeting out of control with heat shields blazing on fire that happens to spacecraft when they re-enter the atmosphere.
Why do I feel so unproductive after being away? WHY does this always seem to occur to me?
As is my MO – I’ll do a little research…
So, I looked it up: v. re·en·tered also re-en·tered, re·en·ter·ing also re-en·ter·ing, re·en·ters also re-en·ters
v 1. To enter or come in to again. 2. To record again on a list or ledger.
From this, I see that re-entry is a verb… which to me means that to be successful, I’m required to take some action. Okay – fine, But I had taken action while I was away – I have a 3 page to do list to show for it! If that doesn’t represent action, I don’t know what does!
So, I looked deeper…and found:
Atmospheric entry – the calculated movement of human-made objects as they enter the atmosphere of a celestial body (I’m assuming they mean planet earth here) from outer space. To achieve this successfully (i.e. escape the burn), there is a process where space vehicles create a path of controlled reentry to reach the planetary surface intact. Typically this process requires special methods to protect against aerodynamic heating. But uncontrolled (or minimally controlled) re-entry, can lead to destructive de-orbiting where satellites fall back to the planet in the form of space junk! (Note my lack of focus and productivity over the past couple of days since I’ve been home).
Aha – there’s the secret… Here is where I go wrong.
My path of controlled re-entry should not only include creating my task list, but PRIORITIZING my maneuvers to avoid aerodynamic heating upon re-entry. I can create lists until the sky falls! What I often neglect is prioritizing my list based on what is Most Urgent, and Most Important. I find it so easy to skid around in email and surf on my social media groups…
I’m taking my own advice and going back to my list – identifying my #1, #2 and #3 priority tasks- and, hopefully, by tomorrow… I’ll reach the surface of this celestial body – intact and still slightly warm.