Nothing makes me happier than a clean, organized and personalized work space. I loved the first days of class when you got to break in a new notebook or planner. The smell of fresh paper!
But since college days are over – there’s nothing wrong with using Sept. 1 to hit a reset button and organize and spruce your space for a new month. Recently a co-worker came over to my desk and said “You’re workspace is so happy!” I replied, “obviously!” You spend 50 – 60 hours a week at that workspace, on top of all the other “emojis” you work through in a given day you may as well try to avoid “depressed” over white walls and Dell computers.
While my “pop of pink” desk may be a happy place, its carefully organized nature is what keeps me truly successful. I’m knee deep in notebooks and planners – keeping it truly old school when it comes to my “to-do” lists and notes.
It’s funny how finding that carefully curated process is part of maturing in your career. From “to-dos” to mind maps down to how you file e-mails once you hone in on what works for you – you’re set. Part of the learning how to be successful in any industry, not necessarily just PR is finding the balance of between what works for you as a person and what works for your team and client. Recently I was given some advice wrapped up with a bow of confidence. My manager said – “So you have spent time learning from other’s, now it’s time to get a process down that works for you.”
So in the spirit of what may be a slower week for some – now’s the time. Have you ever really examined how you work? How you file e-mails, where’s your to-do list, what’s your morning routine, what are your day-end rituals? Did you ever then consider what that does to your productivity? A true diagnosis of working “smarter v. harder?”
Well to make this productive and not overwhelm ask yourself these 5 questions:
I answered these questions and created a mini productivity profile for myself. I’m not a morning person – but I’d rather jump right in to the bigger stuff when the day starts and I like things tied up in a bow as best I can at the end of the day. I can’t live without a written to do list and writing thought starters down pre-task keeps my creative energy going post-task. Soo I’ll…
The key to working smarter v. harder is making sure that you are aware of what works for you and the actions needed to make each process a success. Now if you’ll excuse me that to-do list needs a few check marks!