For the next 6 months, I will stay away from the office. I will be logged out from Yammer. My work PC laptop will be hidden somewhere. Anyone who sends an email to my work email will get a reply from the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook.
I will be occupied with other and more important things than work; I will be home watching after and enjoying the company of my youngest daughter, seven months old. Together we will follow the other kids to school, and pick them up afterwards. We will take walks and hang out in the park. She will watch me while I try to juggle all the daily tasks, issues and fun stuff that come with "managing" a home and a family with four kids. It will sharpen my leadership skills as well as my ability to multi-task, plan and coordinate stuff. That I already know. This is my fourth parent leave, and after each of the previous ones I came back to work as a more determined, efficient and stress tolerant professional.
If you follow my online activities, you probably won't notice much of a difference. I will not stop thinking, learning and sharing with anyone who shares my interests and passions. My passion for what I do in my profession simply doesn't disappear when not working. If it would, it wouldn't be a passion.
I will continue to tweet, and blog on my own blog. I will also continue to blog for the AIIM Enterprise 2.0 Community. And, I have agreed to write a couple of articles per month for CMS Wire. The first one Social Collaboration: A Reprospective and Outlook, was published in now in January and the second one will be published this week.
Thanks for reading!