Snaps for the week

April 20 2012 | offbeatbride
SNAPS! (Tel Aviv - Finger snap stencil © by Whistling in the Dark, used under Creative Commons license.)
I'm writing this at 1 in the morning. When you work from home — whether you're a freelancer, a student, or you own your own business — time seems to become relative rather than objective. Weekends become workdays, work hours can go on past midnight, and forgetting what day it is becomes the usual. I'm the copyeditor for the Empire, but I'm also a grad student, so my online and offline lives each include a lot of computer time and late nights.

When I come out of my fog long enough to realize that it's Friday, I remember that the Offbeat Empire meets on Google+ to discuss what's happening on every site. We suggest potential cross-posts to each other, talk about mechanics of the sites, and Ariel updates us on Empire-as-a-whole business. At the end of the meeting, Ariel asks us to share anything we're especially proud of from the previous week. We then snap over the video in long-distance congratulations in lieu of high-fives.

It might sound kind of childish, but believe me: it's awesome. She asks us to reflect on the past week (recognize that time has passed!) and identify things that we may not have realized are accomplishments. Even if I have nothing particularly epic to share, I'm confronted with the past week's activities and I take the time to differentiate between the mundane and the fantastic. One week the accomplishment might be something huge, and another week it could be smaller. The point is recognizing that since another week has passed, you've accomplished something.

Look back on your week, month, or even day, and identify what you're proud of. Then give yourself snaps.

  1. We do this in our staff meetings, and it's just such a positive note to end on. We don't snap, but we're all in person, so we just offer lots of coos and congratulations.

  2. I love this! When I was a college RA my supervisor would start staff meetings with 'boos' and 'yays' – it gave us a chance to get the hard stuff out there and get support, but also share excitement for the good stuff.

  3. When I was doing mission work and then later when I was working in a summer camp environment, we called them PowWows. The idea is that each person shared a Pow (the hard hit, something that really challenged them or a low point) and a Wow (something that turned out great, favourite moments, things that made them feel good about themselves and/or their mission)… What was great to see, and something that was mentioned earlier, is that it really is a personalized thing (One day, I clearly remember my wow was getting more paint on the house I was painting than on myself…. not something that happens often) but also that looking for these things, however silly they might seem, really can help to give a sense of time (and stop everything from running together). I strongly believe in doing something like this personally, but also in any group setting (we used to do them as a family, something I really hope to bring into my new family)

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