Ugh. Sometimes work feels like high school – or even worse – junior high. You could not pay me to relive middle school. But sometimes it feels like we are indeed getting paid to work in the school cafeteria, or in the gym before school/work starts.
In our professional development journeys, we're always thinking about improving our communication, right? Hint, hint. Even if you feel like you have open channels among your fellow office mates, you could always make your communication skills stronger. Or, what if (eek! gasp!) your communication is not as good as you think it is?
I sat in on Breonna Rodriguez' keynote address at the Columbus Women in Digital Annual Conference and I'd like to share some of her ideas on personal and professional growth. As a lead digital designer for Sesame Street and a digital entrepreneur, she has a cool twist on the user experience model. She spoke on: The UX of your life: Avoid your pitfalls and conquer life with confidence.
Progress. We say, "I'm making progress," a lot, don't we? Nobody wants to stop making progress, but sometimes there are roadblocks or speed bumps. To keep the progressive train rolling at work, at life, during a project, or toward a goal, Mitchell Harper says it take momentum. In his blog post for Medium, he writes about ways to build, keep and pick up momentum every day so you don't regress.
It's project management time. Starting a new game plan can be overwhelming, but also pretty exciting. I ran across a few ways to make the process fun on Monster.com. Take a couple of Shannon Sweeny's tips to your next planning session. Bonus points: she also provides avenues to show your boss just how great you are at managing projects!
Today I thought we could cover a different "E" word – envy. Good old-fashioned, sneaks-up-on-you envy within the workplace. At some point in our careers, we've all struggled with envy – even when we think we're above it. Sometimes it just happens. It's so prevalent that the topic came up in a recent company-wide meeting at my office, which led to a healthy, honest discussion about it.
We've all read the studies that tell us our minds and bodies need breaks from work to stay productive and healthy. We've all heard how constantly checking our phones and emails beyond work hours negatively affects our morale and efficiency. So why are we all still working all the time?
In so many office situations it seems like people at all levels are either oversharing or under communicating. We have so many options for talking to each other and relaying information that commonsense practices have been forgotten or neglected. And I'm sure some of you have experienced a sort of de-humanizing trend of communication. Let's not forget that we're all people and details really do matter.
It is just plain tough to say no – isn't it? Saying no at work complicates things even further. You need to be a team player. You might be proving yourself still. You could be known as the "Yes!" Woman, because you always help out an come to the rescue. But no one else knows how much is on your plate but you. You are in control of your plate.
Time management. We've all heard the advice on how to better manage our days and tasks at work. Prioritize. Make lists. Don't multi-task. Do multi-task. Assign tasks on your calendar. Set deadlines even when there are none. Blah blah blah. Nothing new, amirite?
Have you ever been in the middle of a situation at work where you felt like you were on a set of reality TV show instead? Or walked away from a heated discussion thinking, "this can't be real. Is this really happening? At work? Where am I?"