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 Prepare Yourself for Life’s Diversions

No matter how Type-A or spontaneous of a person you are, you’ve probably had a plan at one point in your life that fell-through. Depending on how much prep work you’ve put into this said plan, you may have been pretty devastated when it derailed from your perfectly placed track. Just like you I’ve been there as well (many times). I think one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn on my own is that things often don’t go according to plan. Even though we live in a plan-oriented society when it comes to getting through college, getting a promotion at work, or even just saving up to buy a home, life doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with you. You may have done literally EVERYTHING right or as according to your plan as possible, but somehow things still didn’t work out. Even though this is a terrible pain to bare, you’ll eventually be able to move on and alternate your timeline and goals. Below are my tips for getting through this painful process.

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How to Harness That Creative Spark

It can happen anywhere. Whether you’re in the shower, taking notes in a long meeting, or waiting in line at Starbucks, you can have a creative idea suddenly creep into your mind. Even though these sudden realizations happen to many of us, most of the time we forget about them and are too busy to actually do anything with our newly found ideas. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes these ideas shouldn’t be taken seriously or properly executed due to it not being a high-quality plan, but in other cases our ideas can be ground-breaking! It’s truly a shame when these are thrown out when they could have possibly changed the world as we know it. After having a few creative visions of my own that I never ended up pursuing, I recently decided to not let that mistake happen again. Here are a few of my pointers on how to properly execute these awesome thoughts. Continue reading

Getting Over the Initial Adjustment Period

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re attending a new school, starting a new job, or even adjusting to a major shift in your personal life- the beginning period typically sucks. Will the new people like me? Did I just make a huge mistake? What have I done? I’m pretty sure we’ve all asked ourselves these questions at one point or another. Even some of my fondest memories evolved from an initial rocky adjustment period. I look back at my time at San Diego Mesa College with rose-colored lenses, but I remember my first month there was rough! I was taking the bus, I wasn’t sure about two of my classes, and I barely knew anyone. A couple months later it felt just like home! It’s easy to lose sight of these things, but eventually we all adjust to what we consider a new norm. If you never quite adjust, it’s time to take it as a sign to move on from that situation completely! Well if you want my advice, here it is:  Continue reading

Are You Holding Yourself Back from Your Own Success?

As much as I hate to admit this out loud, there have been many times where I’ve held myself back without even realizing it. At the end of the day, we are all our biggest enemy and our biggest cheerleader. Even though that sounds like an oxymoron, I’m sure you know what I mean. Only you can hold yourself back and only you can bring yourself to move forward. Sometimes we unintentionally hold ourselves back from a situation and don’t realize the damage we’ve caused until years down the road. Here are some signs that you need to look out for to avoid this from happening to you. Continue reading

How to Bounce Back When You Didn’t Get Picked for the Job

One of the worst feelings in the world is the feeling of rejection. Whether it’s a left swipe on Tinder or being told, “We just don’t think you’d be the right fit for this position. We wish you luck on your future endeavors”. Trust me we’ve all been there and it sucks. My favorite is when they send you that email after two interviews and it’s sent from a “no-reply” email address. So you’re telling me, that the first two interviews weren’t enough for you to assess my qualifications? What, reading my cover letter and resume weren’t enough before crushing my wounded ego into tiny little unqualified pieces? On top of all of that, I don’t even have the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to talk to me? If you can’t tell, this is coming from a very bitter place in my heart. Continue reading