10 Ways My Inner April Ludgate Comes Out at Work

At work, I think it’s important to be professional and keep emotion out of things. I try to go in with a positive attitude and have good interactions with the co-workers.

However, I can’t help what goes on inside of me. Somewhere, tucked behind the optimism, there is an April Ludgate hiding in my core. Even if I do my best not to show it, there is a dark-haired, anti-social, pessimist with lots of opinions trying to break through.

She’s a lot like this:

1. How I feel the first ten minutes of every work day

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2. When someone sends me a nasty email and I choose to rise above them and send an only slightly passive-aggressive response

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3. When someone on the team has an idea and they won’t let it go, no matter how many times we’ve told them it won’t work

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4. When I’m in the middle of a two-hour meeting and suddenly hear my name

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5. When I have a meeting right before lunch and it’s running long

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6. When I’m working with new people and have to introduce myself to the room

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7. Every time I get my paycheck and see how much is being taken out for taxes, 401k, and insurance

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8. When my boss asks me in my yearly review what my career goals are

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9. When my boss gives me a new project when I’m already too busy

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10. When I have to send an email / make a phone call / walk over to someone’s desk / attend a meeting / exist

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