Ever have a day when you’re looking at your to-do list wondering where to start? Or you’ve been puzzling over the same wording of a policy for a week? Walk away from your desk and do something physical.

I’m not necessarily talking about donning your leotard and jazzercizing, here, though that might be an option. I’m talking about doing a little manual labor around your library. When I’m feeling bogged down, I get up and process a new library item, or pull off old community bulletin board postings. Maybe there’s a small shifting project that will take five minutes, or some new books to be put on display; go for it! You’ll be surprised how mind-clearing it is to start and finish a small project in the space of a few minutes.

Kelly Bennett

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Kelly Bennett has worked in libraries for nearly half of her life. She is the Head of Circulation at Ferndale Public Library, where she also purchases music, curates a local music collection and runs a monthly rock concert series, First Stop Friday. She has presented on her music programming at the Michigan Library Association annual conference and at Public Library Association's national conference. Follow her @stomper4x4 and check out her blog http://780s.blogspot.com/ for more information about her concert series and music collection.

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