“The great successes of our time are just extraordinary people on whom fate smiled, aren’t they? No. In reality, they’re not. Successful people get where they are by following a strategic plan. They learn what it takes to get ahead. We understand that to build a house it takes a plan, a blueprint. But sometimes we forget that to build a successful life, it also takes a blueprint.” — Niven
I’m partial to this thought, because I’m a brand strategist. But someone asked me today, “what would you do if you were diagnosed with a critical disease?” I knew the answer. I’d dig in, research and build a plan. I think being in the driver’s seat of our life, your career and your happiness is paramount. The option? Playing a victim. This isn’t a role I’ve ever been comfortable with. Live life big friends
Breaking characteristics that will not suit you as a professional is a bridge that we must all cross. Whether it is learning the importance of separation between work and personal life, utilizing the knowledge gained from mistakes, or even agreeing to take on a task that you do not have time to do.
As a new employee or intern you want to give the “wow” factor: to meet every deadline, add value to conversations, and develop positive relationships with your coworkers.
You are provided a variety of opportunities to test your ability to not only meet deadlines but to communicate. Are you the type of person that is on “auto pilot”, running full force at the start of the day? I know I am! Obsessed with perfection and production. Or are you engaged in each task and conversation you have? Striking harmony between focusing on the big picture but also, on each task at hand.
Being on “auto pilot, has the characteristics of being fixated, & not looking at the big picture often causing the small tasks that do not seem to be as important at the time to be forgotten. This is often seen by taking on too many responsibilities causing one to make promises that they are unable to keep. To share with others I have created a list of 5 tips that will help you have a more productive and engaging day.
5 Tips To Shift to a Manual Style Living:
1.Jump Start Your Day
Plan your day the night before & make an intentional plan. Make a list of habits that you will do the next day.
2.Reevaluate your schedule
Take a look at the tasks you want to accomplish & ask yourself, “Is this realistic”? Visualize it, and make it happen!
3.Only Take on As Much as You Can Chew
By making a promise that you do not uphold on you are losing credibility. Often times we are asked to take on more than we can handle. Saying “no” is ok… within reason.
Be honest & communicate when you need help or you do not understand.
7.Realize the importance of each task you complete and the integral role for the company
The big picture is this, it takes time to develop new skills and get used to a new environment. Yes, it is imperative that each task you complete you do your best but, finding your personal best in an ad agency takes time. At first it may seem that you have more failures then successes saying “this took me longer than what I thought” or “I have to keep asking for help” it is imperative to not feel defined by the challenges you face.
Stay focused, do your best, & communicate with those around you when help is needed. Realize, that we are our biggest critiques and that your employer wants you to succeed.