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 Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths

Attention perfectionists! I have some unsettling news for you: we’re only human. By being part of the human race we have to understand that we aren’t perfect and we have many, many weaknesses. For example, some of my weaknesses include being shy, being overly paranoid about everything, and feeling extremely lazy on my days off. Some of you don’t like to plan and some of you are overbearing. Trust me, it’s okay. Believe it or not your weaknesses can make you stronger, if and only if, you take advantage of them. That may sound weird to you, but let me explain what I mean. Continue reading