Help Me, I’m Stuck!

I’m writing to you with a little bit of shame weighing on my shoulders. It’s been over a month since I’ve written my last blog post, and I’m a bit disappointed in myself. I typically pride myself on never missing a week and making sure that I’m always prepared, but I’m not going to lie- I needed the break. Life got hectic, very hectic. Not just for a little bit, but honestly probably since about two years ago. Between upsets in my personal life, health, work life, etc. I was beginning to slowly lose my mind. Instead of confronting my problems head-on, I kept hiding behind the everything’s alright mindset. I continued cranking out blog posts even when I felt as bland as a ham and cheese sandwich. Now that a lot of my issues have either resided or solved themselves, I’m finding myself in this mental rut. Not just regarding the blog, but on EVERYTHING. What am I doing with my life? Am I where I need to be right now? How come some things have changed drastically, while some things never change? A tornado of doubts and worries storm up in my mind resulting in a physical, zombie-like numbness. After talking to many of my mid-20s counterparts, this turns out to be so common that it’s scary. Most change doesn’t happen overnight, so what can we do in the meantime to get ourselves back on the yellow-brick road to optimism, creativity, and excitement? I’ve been seriously thinking about this a lot lately, and these categories are where I think the answer(s) lie. Continue reading

Perfecting Your Time Management Skills

As some of you know, I started a new job about a month ago. It’s been great so far, but my list of priorities has grown considerably since my second week! I’ve always prided myself as a great organizer and prioritizer in the past, but I was starting to get a little overwhelmed last week when I looked at the grand scheme of all the things I had to accomplish in a short period of time. Once I got back into the swing of putting my to-do lists together and tackling my tasks one-by-one, I started to feel confident in my abilities all over again. Since this is something that has recently been on my mind a lot, I thought I’d take this week’s blog post to provide some tips on structuring your list of priorities. Before you start, decide if you’re more of a digital or paper person (or both)! If digital, find a program or calendar app that works for you. If paper, invest in a detailed planner of sorts. Since I consider myself to be a little bit of both, I use Outlook on my work PC and iCal on my iPhone to set up digital reminders. My main go-to though, is my detailed planner that I bought from Paper Source. If you are a little old-school like me, investing in a good planner or scheduler is definitely worth it in the long run! Once you figure out what type of system you’ll be using, you can start prioritizing in order of the following categories. Continue reading

How to Maintain Moral Values in the Professional World

Have you ever heard the older generations complain about how rude and oblivious millennials and Gen-Z-ers are? Well even though you shouldn’t cast broad generalizations on a whole age group of people, they do have a point. Before you get defensive, please know that I too am a millennial. Even though I’m in my mid-20s, I attended Christian school for seven years of my childhood and worked in the service industry for six years of my young adulthood. Those might seem like random tidbits about me, but long story short it means I’ve been formally trained in the art of saying please, thank you, and I’m sorry. I probably over use these terms compared to the average human being due to the constant repetition over the years. Even though some might say that I’m too polite in certain situations, I have personally seen where it has helped me professionally and with each end customer I’ve ever interacted with. The problem in my opinion is that in modern times we’ve become so focused on new technology and innovation in the workplace, that we’ve lost touch with the human aspect of business. That may sound ridiculous, but many of the kind-hearted gestures associated with client relations are now considered to be “old-fashioned” or cliche. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can be both a modern business with up-to-date technology, while maintaining the familiarity of successful businesses in the past. I believe it all starts with these things: Continue reading

Powering Through to Uncover Your Success

Well, let me start off by saying that this last week was a VERY tough week for me. From car problems to other personal problems, I probably silently cried on three different occasions. To protect my ego, I probably shouldn’t be admitting that on here, but I digress. My point here is that I made it through the week in one piece, despite feeling like I was rapidly falling apart. So how on earth is me telling you about my problems supposed to help you? Venting about the details of each negative situation probably won’t be of much assistance to you, but I can explain my process of powering through the bad to eventually uncover the good in life. It’s a tedious process, but you’ll be so much stronger (both physically and mentally) to carry on with your goals. I’ve found that powering through has helped me at work, at school, in personal situations, with my health, and even in financial situations. Let me explain… Continue reading

Your Crisis Management Cheat Sheet

You’ve made a giant mistake. The panic sets in and your mind starts racing with guilt, fear, and self-hatred. You don’t know what to do besides start planning your own funeral, because you know you’re toast. We’ve all been there and it’s called crisis mode. Now whether you’re dealing with a crisis in your personal life, at work, or in some other area of your life, the steps to amending it are not all that different to be completely honest with you. Here is my little cheat sheet to having an easier and more effective way of dealing with the crises in your life. Continue reading

Best Practices for Creating Your Own Content

Have ever been tasked with creating content from scratch? If you have, you know it can be quite daunting. We often think the creative brainstorming part of the process is the most difficult aspect, but sometimes the logistics and legal technicalities can be even tougher to conquer. As someone who has been creating different forms of published content for over four years now, I’ve learned the ins-and-outs of this somewhat tedious process. Here are my tips that will (hopefully) guide you in the right direction. Continue reading

Trial and Error Analysis: You Really Don’t Know Anything Until You Test It

I honestly can’t believe it as I’m saying it (or typing it I should say), but you are now reading my 100th blog post! Not only will my little pride and joy be turning two next month, but that’s 100 weeks of writing content, creating graphics, and sharing on social media. Before I go into further detail, I want to thank all of my followers and friends who continue to inspire me everyday! I personally have to admit, that I had many preconceived notions about blogging before I actually started. Well, I can tell you firsthand that I was proven wrong many times. Now the only way I was going to find out that I was wrong, was by actually being wrong. You can read industry best practices and take advice from consultants all day long, but at the end of the day YOUR data is where your particular truth lies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s best to start off by using the knowledge of other experts initially, but testing will optimize those findings even further! Let me explain what I mean when it comes to Haley Had a Little Blog. Continue reading