Wednesday, August 30, 2017

5 ways to stay motivated at work

I started my new job almost two months ago and I'm happy report that it is every bit of wonderful that I was hoping it would be! I love the girls on my team, having my own space, and working with such interesting and diverse clients. One thing that has been a major change for me is working on my own set of tasks that I'm solely responsible for completing. Having this sense of ownership is so fulfilling and honestly something I've been craving professionally. But getting all this done does require an amount of motivation I've never needed before. I've reached back into my college days and resurrected my 5 ways to stay motivated at work.
1. Make a to do list - I am a very visual person so seeing my tasks for the day is the only way I'm going to get anything done. I start each day by making my list of everything I want to accomplish; I even include meetings so I can get the satisfaction of marking them done.

2. Take a break - Even the most focused, motivated person needs a break every now and then. Maybe it's a 10 minute social media break (I don't have enough self control for this) or just going to refill your water bottle, but giving my mind a quick 10 minute break always helps me refocus on my tasks. When the weather is nice I like to take a quick walk around the building outside to get some fresh air; once the snow starts back I'm really going to miss this type of break!

3. Eat a snack - Y'all hanger is a serious curse in my life. Not only do I get unpleasant when I'm hungry, but I literally can't focus on anything else. I always keep a few snacks in my desk drawer for emergencies. And if things ever get really desperate Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is right outside my office, and their chocolate covered gummy bears cure all.

4. Change your surroundings - Most of us, myself included, don't have the luxury of multiple offices to work in when you hit a rut, but there are other ways to change things up. I like to move from my desk to the small conference table in my office when I feel like I need to stay motivated. I've also found it helpful to change up my Pandora station.

5. Eliminate Distractions - I very easily get distracted by my phone so I put it away in my bag while I'm working. I know myself well enough to know I just don't have the will power to not pick it up every time I see a notification. And Lord help me if I post to Instagram during lunch and then leave it on my desk as all the Likes come through; you can just kiss any chance of productivity goodbye for the rest of the day!

What are your tips to staying motivated at work?

Monday, August 28, 2017

you are not alone

My heart has absolutely been breaking for all those impacted by hurricane Harvey. There aren't accurate words to describe that level of destruction. A hurricane is so much more than just the loss of stuff. Stuff can be replaced. A hurricane takes your sense of security, happiness, normalcy, and self. These things can't just be bought at Target or Home Depot.

When I was 14 hurricane Katrina took all that away from me. 14 is already a difficult enough stage of life to be in, imagine doing it in those conditions. It's no exaggeration to say that was the lowest point of my life. The only way you'll ever understand that level of sadness is if you've gone through something similar so I won't even try to explain it. I will say it took 4 years for me to feel whole again. I'm still not totally over it; truth be told I don't think there is a way to ever be totally over destruction like that. I am a survivor, but it took a long time for me to feel that way.

To every person feeling the destruction of Harvey I want to say you are not alone. It's okay to cry and throw the biggest pity party of your life. It's okay to not feel okay. It's okay to feel utterly hopeless and helpless. Know it does get better. You will be more than okay, one day you'll be happy again. You are a survivor and one day you'll feel like one.

So this year instead of shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Sale I'm going to donate that money to those in need. I don't need a brightly printed shift dress, but those people need help and hope.

Friday, August 18, 2017

An open letter to the girl who didn't get in her first choice sorority

I started this post two years ago, but just never hit publish. With recruitment season being in full swing I thought now was a great time to finally share. Image result for hey girl

Hey Girl,

So Bid Day came and went and it wasn't like you imagined. You had pictured yourself opening that envelope and seeing a different president's signature, a different crest, a different set of letters.

Guess what, you aren't alone. There is some girl in the "top" house on your campus a little bit upset because she didn't get the house she had really wanted. Maybe she's a freshmen or maybe she's a senior who's just realized her experience hasn't been what she always dreamed it would be. I was you.  I didn't get my first choice house and you know what, I had a much better sorority experience than any of my friends in my first choice house. When I look back on it now I honestly can't imagine being in any other house than my own. I know it's corny to say trust the system because it works, but it honestly works.

The set of letters you'll wear on your tshirts for the next four years don't define you; what you do in those letters define you. So finish your pity party and realize you're in for the best four years of your life. There's a reason they're called your sorority sisters. These women will become your family, your home away from home, your study buddies, your shotgun riders for late night taco bell. They'll be there when Justin cheats on you with that horrible girl from his biology lab, and they'll be there with the biggest smiles and loudest squeals of delight when Ryan asks you to be his wife.

So open you heart, open your mind, and get ready for the best adventure of your life. And when all else fails go look at your wiki page and find the list of all your famous sisters or scroll your national's Instagram feed.