Are you guys still reading this thing? This is the worst blog ever. You really need to stop reading it.

Sigh. Anyway, since you are here, I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to. Kicking ass at work, that’s what. It’s nice to have hit my stride. I may have said this about 5 months ago, but this time I really mean it. Since I write professional development, I’m constantly reading about professional development. I end up applying much of it to my own life. It’s neat to be in a job where I’m constantly learning! Here are some things I’ve learned. You may have learned them already, but this blog is about me, not you.

How to kick ass at the job

  • Write a list of what you will do that day. Mine is on a little whiteboard at my desk, so I just wipe things off as they are accomplished.
  • Remove distractions. Put the phone away somewhere and put on huge over-ear headphones. You don’t even need to be listening to anything, it sends a message that you don’t want to chat.
  • As you become distracted with things throughout the day, like remembering a bill you have to pay, write it on the to-do list. Accomplish those items at a natural break between activities. The re-starting time once you become distracted can keep you from getting into a real groove for a while.
  • I like to set up meetings in the afternoon, since they help the time pass and renew some inspiration for me. I like meetings, so they help me get through the afternoon, which can drag on when you work until 6pm.
  • Do one thing at a time. Why multitask poorly when you can uni-task more effectively?
  • When you are hitting a problem-solving wall, ask your team if anyone will help you talk through a problem. Often verbalizing it will help you discover the problem.
  • If you are having a tough time getting started on a project, talk it through on the voice memo function on your phone. This is best done on work-from-home days.

The end.

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One Response to Work

  1. Kirstin says:

    I am reading your blog! Sorry I didn’t comment earlier. I like your suggestions for how to kick ass. I like to set myself challenges with small rewards- like a cup of tea, or listening to a podcast. I look forward to hearing more about your board member training when I see you next.

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