5 Ways to Romance Your Work

How to Romance Your Work | Frock Files

Part of my mission as a social media coordinator for a university is to deliver information to students to prepare them for the work world, whatever that may be for them. As I’ve been pulling together different posts, tips, and tricks for the students, I’ve found a lot of valuable information that I’ve been using, myself.

Subscribe to industry blogs. Reading about new practices and fresh ideas is a way to keep yourself inspired — and the best thing about industry blogs is that they’re usually updated very regularly. I use Feedly to subscribe to a few social media blogs, and I make it a point to spend at least half an hour looking through the posts each day to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, tools, and news. It keeps me thinking about how I can implement new tactics into our strategies.

Collaborate. In both blogging and my university work, collaboration opens up new routes of exploration and helps me to think bigger. The benefits are ongoing, too: you develop great relationships that you can turn to when you need help; you can often have a larger impact in whichever area you’re trying to deliver to; and you stay motivated.

Create a gratitude list. If or when you start feeling like you’re in a slump about work, it’s time to start thinking about why you were excited about your job in the first place. It’s kind of like thinking back to what made you fall in love with your significant other. Is it that you love the company? The area of the city you work in? The pay? You may discover that you never loved anything about it to begin with, in which case it may be time to re-evaluate. (Three signs you should definitely quit your job.)

Be social. Even if you don’t have time to go out for happy hour drinks every week, find a way to spend some social time with your colleagues. Create a book club and invite people to join in. Plan a monthly lunch with your teammates. Make it a point to buy a cup of coffee for one of your coworkers every couple of weeks. Work is so much more pleasant when you’re among friends.

Over deliver. The competitive part of me is really into this — even if I’m only competing with myself. Set goals and then work really hard to top them! If you’re having a hard time setting goals for yourself, sit down with your boss to set a couple of goals together, and then strive to go beyond reaching them. The result is twofold: you’ll impress others and you’ll find more spark for your work.

P.S. How to Recharge Your Career

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Change of Perspective: A Question to Change Your Day

Frock Files | What Do I Have To Do vs. What Do I Get To Do?

The other morning, I woke up and within a minute my mind started racing with all the things I needed to do that day. Assignments to be completed, gifts to be purchased, dry cleaning to pick up. I wanted to pull the covers back over my head rather than tackling my to do list. But after a few minutes I realized that every item on my list is actually something I enjoy doing — I like running errands. I love my work. But categorizing these things as obligations somehow made them things to get through rather than enjoy.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been contributing to the “Celebrate the Normal” series over at Pars Caeli. It’s a photo documentary project focused on appreciating the everyday right now instead of after the moment has passed. It’s all about being present. Won’t I long for the ease of throwing on a cotton dress and jumping in the car when winter returns? Didn’t I crave more creativity in previous jobs? I get these things right now in my normal, everyday life!

So I’m challenging myself. Each morning, rather than asking, “What do I have to do today?” I’ll ask instead, “What do I get to do today?”

I’ve been doing it for the last few days and it really does give me more energy, not just in the morning but all day long. So what do you get to do today?

P.S. I love this poem, which Joanna Goddard included in her post on Monday: “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ― poem by Mary Jean Irion

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A Dose of Motivation (and Jibber Jabber)

Have you guys seen that quote, “Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle“? I think it’s so important to remember that the people we admire have also worked really hard to get where they are. Since Judd Apatow and Conan O’Brien are two of my heroes, I was beyond excited to see this interview in which the two discuss how they came to achieve their successes. It was a great reminder that the road can be long, but it’s one worth taking.

Treat yourself to an hour with these two insightful, brilliant, and yes, funny guys if you’re in need of an extra dose of motivation and inspiration. Do it with a glass of wine while working on a craft, like I did. Because I’m sure that’s how they imagined their audience would watch this.

Who are your inspiration heroes?

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