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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What’s In My Desk Drawers

Frock Files | What's In My Desk Drawer

It’s been about two months since I started my new job, and I love it more every day! As many of you know — and can empathize with — I spent years trying to find the right fit career-wise. I’ve worked as a new media textbook editor, a book designer, an executive assistant, and I even had a stint as an editor of investigator reports at a detective agency, but none of them seemed to be going anywhere, nor did they fill me with any sense of purpose. I feel so lucky to have found this position doing something I really enjoy, working on a team of people I truly like and respect.

For the month of March, I’ll be featuring one post each week about different aspects of work life, including fashion, supplies, and yes, cubicle decor. I’ve been working on putting these posts together for awhile now, and I’m so excited that I’ll finally get to share them with you!

To kick things off, I wanted to start with what’s inside my desk drawers — office must-haves.

What’s In My Desk Drawer

A pair of pumps | I actually have a few pairs of shoes in my file cabinet, since it’s winter and I clonk around in snow boots until I hit the office. It’s great to have them there as backup during the warm months, too. I’ve broken a heel at work before and had to spend the rest of the day alternating between hobbling around and being barefooted.

Tea + snacks | Work makes me hungry. I generally bring a lunch and try to pack snacks as well, but sometimes I’m in such a hurry in the mornings that I forget. Having a stash of trail mix in my drawer to enjoy alongside a cup of tea takes care of these hunger pangs.

Lip gloss | Because when I do remember to put it on, I feel more put together. I’ve yet to find one better than Bobbi Brown’s.

Cute notepads | My sister got me this adorable Rifle Paper Co. notepad, which I reserve for special notes and big projects.

Mints / Hard candies | It’s always nice to have something to offer people when they come into your workspace. I keep some hard candies handy, which also proved handy when I was under the weather. My grandma used to keep these in her purse and that may be why they seem so ladylike to me.

Hand Lotion | My hands seem to be perpetually dry, so I keep hand lotion with me at all times. My favorite: Aveda’s Hand Relief. It’s thick and creamy, doesn’t leave a residue, and it smells divine.

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Do you have a job that you love? I’d love to hear about it. For a period of time before Frock Files, I kept a blog called People Who Love Their Jobs. It was hard to find people to interview! I’m always interested in knowing how people find career paths they can thrive in.

Nine to Five Necessities

Five Fashionable and Functional Items for The Workday | Frock Files

One of the things I’ve always loved about working outside of my home is the abundance of accoutrements that can make you feel at home, even when you’re commuting or at the office. There are few things I salivate over more than objects that are both beautiful and serve some kind of function.

5 Work Day Essentials

Take, for example, my little espresso machine. It’s been in storage for the past year, but now that I actually have to wake up by a certain time I’ll need the full strength of a latte in the mornings. It doesn’t take up much counter space and it pulls beautiful shots of espresso. Years ago, a girl in Lucky Magazine recommended this machine and said that it makes “Reliably perfect cappuccinos every time.” She was right.

It’s also been fun to break out my favorite pair of pumps and my giant pashmina, neither of which got a lot of use since I started working from home. Pashminas are my go-to for work and travel, since they can double as blankets.

And since I never really outgrew my love of thermoses, I’m super excited about the new one I got from Zojirushi. This Japanese brand must put magic into their products, because they keep food and drinks hot/cold for literally hours. I’ve put iced drinks in our travel mugs at the beginning of the day and that night, I’m surprised to find that there’s still ice floating in them. Now I have a little squat one to keep my soups and stews hot for lunch!

I’ve also had the chance to break out this beautiful Swarovski crystal pen that my friend Stephanie gave me as a gift. It’s too special to use for grocery lists, but when I broke it out for my first meeting I instantly felt a little more confident. Having a token of friendship nearby makes everything more delightful!

Are there any things that you use daily that bring you glee? I’m always looking for recommendations!

 

Early Birds

As most of you know, my commute right now lasts about 30 seconds, but it wasn’t always so. I’ve worked my share of 8 to 5 jobs, many of them with long commutes on public transportation (Oh, that love/hate relationship with the T!). Even now, I sometimes have to leave the house to get to a morning meeting, and no matter how much time I give myself it never feels like enough. I’m always rushing out the door, inevitably forgetting something important.

To simplify these mad morning dashes, I’ve developed a few tricks. And by tricks, I mostly mean that I’ve found awesome products that aid in minimizing my scattered-ness in the morning.

1. Theory ‘Soream – Glowing’ A-Line Silk Shirtdress  2. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation  3. Tiger .45 Liter Thermal Vacuum Tumbler  4. Brookstone Wireless Key Tracker

I’m all about the shirtdress — one piece, how much easier can it get? My friend Kim recommended the Studio Fix powder, which basically took my foundation application time from five minutes to about twenty seconds. The Tiger mug is amazing because its supernatural powers keep your coffee or tea warm for hours, so you can make it first thing without worrying about getting stuck with a lukewarm drink. Oh, and just when I think I’m ready to hit the road, I’m always, always digging for my keys…so this Brookstone remote is a lifesaver.

And what about breakfast? Well, you’re in luck — the folks over at TheKitchn just posted a roundup of make-ahead breakfast recipes. I’m in love with the idea of pre-making oatmeal and storing it in handy Mason jars that you can just toss in your bag on the way out the door. Genius!

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