Context is King (and Queen) of the Workplace

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.

That word is CONTEXT. (Interested in the definition of context? Merriam-Webster offers several definitions of context, including  “the situation in which something happens : the group of conditions that exist where and when something happens”.

I believe that by offering context or explanation we make work easier or simpler. Content is indeed the king and queen of the workplace.

Great Reads in Favor of Context

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?

The Importance of Being Specific

How on earth am I going to post blog entries regularly?

In order to post regularly, it is very important I set specific goals detailing when I am going to post and what I’ll be posting about.

My goals (so far) for this blog…

**WHEN I will post — I am going to post once or twice a week, usually on a weeknight or on the weekend.

**WHAT I’ll be posting about — I’ll be posting about communication (best practices in workplace communication, content development, change management and training) and about my other main interest … to be continuously learning. (I always learn SOMETHING through yoga, travel, my reading and TV favorites and the occasional cooking/baking adventure.)

You’ll see many of the following tags (and some categories as I progress) …

  • communication
  • media use
  • continuous learning
  • yoga
  • travel
  • ______

Are you setting specific and SMART goals*? It is something we should all aim for.

*https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm

The Best Laid Plans …

In order to find out if blogging can help me achieve balance and help to identify goals, I have to actually, you know, BLOG. I have to act on my plans.

A while back, I crafted a blogging schedule to help me in this adventure. I told myself I should write about specific topics on specific days. This hasn’t happened yet, so I have revised my schedule to something more achievable…

Best Laid Plans…” schedule

Blog at least once a week about life and the things I love: DIY, yoga, reading, communication best practices and communication issues.

As a communications/marketing professional, I believe in publishing schedules and in the power of brand. (This scheduling and effort always helps me accomplish more at work.)

I need advice from experienced bloggers and experienced people, I think.

Question: Will the workplace tactics of scheduling and branding help me deliver a blog? Can a blog truly help me identify goals and grow? How can I make my blog a place for those things?

Best laid plans, indeed…