We have a lot to do at work. We attend meetings (and often those meetings run too long…), answer e-mail and deliver finished projects to co-workers. Often, it can feel like we are asked to do the impossible at work.
Is there ONE word that can make work easier? I think so.
What does context mean to me in the workplace? When chatting with co-workers or clients, explain yourself! Tell people what you are working on and, if applicable, why you might need extra time to complete a project. Figure out who your audience is. What are their concerns? What are their hobbies?
Since Fall 2014, I’ve had the great fortune of working — I love being able to pay bills! – editing an annual report for a non-profit and building communications/marketing/operations for a start-up. And I relocated to Chicago. I have been busy!
Now, my “busy” is certainly not someone else’s. I know people with multiple jobs (and with no job), with small children and with businesses of their own… people whose lives are defined by juggling.
Here is what I strive for …I will not be comparing myself to anyone else. The only thing I will be doing is learning.
The desire to compare is real. Take the first steps to overcome comparison. Try these tactics from Psychology Today.*
Apologies for the long delay! I’m back … with a few modifications. Namely, I am going to strive for discipline this time around…and actually post once or twice a week.
Here is what you can expect from me…
I’ll be commenting on communication & media — noting best practices (and bad endings) in communication, content development, change management and training.
I’ll be writing about my own interests in continuous learning, communication (see above) and keeping a work life balance through yoga practice, through traveling around Chicago and through reading – especially magazines (my love of magazines should become fairly clear!).
Sometimes life feels tough, unfriendly. It is on days like these that I especially need inspirations — items that help me persevere and keep trying to accomplish.
Don’t get me wrong, there has been a lot of activity lately. From marketing/communications job applications, freelance writing proposals to volunteering and keeping my Mom & Dad’s new puppy safe. What I really need is for the job application and freelance proposals to pay off. I definitely need some inspiration to keep going.
Here, in no particular order, are the items/ materials that give me strength to pursue marketing/communication/pay-the-bills dreams. (I would love to freelance or work with a small, medium-size growth-oriented PR agency. Above all, I’d like to make an impact and keep learning.)