It’s one thing to listen and learn from your favorite author/speaker/podcaster; it’s quite another to join a membership site and make the decisions to actively implementing what is being suggested.
Back in November 2016, I joined The Rocking Productivity Academy (RPA), created by podcaster Jeff Sanders. I was very excited and so ready to meet like-minded folks. After 10 months, here’s what I’ve learned so far about getting the most out of a member site. RPA is open this week if you’re looking at joining a productivity site, but the suggestions below can certainly be applied to other membership sites like this one.
Why did it take me 6 years to finally blog, consistently? Well, because when you don’t believe in your own voice, it’s pretty hard to imagine that others will.
I’ve been blogging off and on for even longer than 6 years. I first found out about “online journals” when I was in 9th grade. Yeah, I was sheltered. I knew about websites but I didn’t know that people posted their “journals” online so other people to read and comment. I thought it was rather strange. Isn’t a journal meant to be private?
I’m a regular listener of the Manager Tools podcast. I found the podcast about four years ago and have benefitted greatly from their knowledge in the professional sector. I’d like to think of Mark and Mike as two mentors that tell me what the professional setting is really all about.
If you’ve been the professional field for a number a years, you may find some of their content as basic, or a great refresher. If you’re still in an entry-level position and/or looking to do a career change, this is by far the best podcast that I can recommend.
This post comes from feedback that I received from a new reader. This reader mentioned briefly that they get derailed at the office because so many things come up. Granted, there’s still a lot to find out from this short conversation but I could relate to her because I’ve been there myself for far too long.
My mind immediately started to rattle off so many ideas to help. Here are 5 actionable tips that I can give right away to anybody that’s currently struggling with getting derailed or sidetracked at the office:
Have you ever thought of an idea and then said: “I’ll get started on this when I have time to really focus on it.” Or perhaps you had an ok start but you ended up telling yourself, “Looks ok, but it needs more work. I’ll work more on it later.” Well, that’s been me for too long.
For example, this post came as an idea that I save on Dec 6, 2016, and was in my drafts folder for six months before completing it. Yikes! But why? I could list a series of impediments but ultimately here are my two main reasons. Let me know if you can relate.
One of the main things I’m learning this year is how one time decisions and creating routines can make or break you. I recently heard a podcast from Craig Groeschel which explained the power of making a decision one time. Although I was already applying this to my morning routine, I didn’t notice that I’ve been shaving off about an hour every day from my mornings. I just knew that I needed to set a couple things up so that I wouldn’t have to make too many decision during the initial morning grogginess.
Below are just a few of the routines that I have come to set up for work:
Habit started in 2014
- I drink the same morning shake at work for breakfast. This eliminated the need to think about breakfast or starting work on an empty stomach.
I recently I started a new job. And with that, came the stress of “being new.” I had a general rough draft of my blog calendar and in a few weeks it went out the door. This time however, it was different. Sure I was a little sad, but I didn’t feel like a failure. I felt I made the best choice for my long term goals.
Here’s the steps I took and you can make as well next time your have a personal project change:
It doesn’t mean you’re done/ you’ve quit. There’s times when you must recognized when it makes sense to put on hold and other times when you need to push through.
W: Hey look!
H: What? *looks around*
W: I updated my papal. Want to try it out?
Here, I’ll charge you and you can pay me.
*Husband pulls up to Chick-Fil-A the drive-thru*
H: Do you know what you want?
W: *decisive face* Yes.
H: *facing the speaker* “Hi, we’ll have [his order] and –” *turns to W*
W: A spicy southwest salad.
H: *faces the speaker* “A spicy southwest salad –” *turns to W*
W: And large waffles fries.
H: *PAUSES. Slowly faces the speaker* “And large waffle fries.” *turns to W*
W: Thank you. *cheesy smile*
So I recently started working at a headquarter. Yeah, sounds fancy but have no fear, because this girl is so not fancy. You have anything to worry about, reader. Nowhere will there be mention of complicated excel sheets and whatcha-ma-call-it territories. *small chuckle*
The funniest thing is that for a big place with so many opportunities to interact with other folks, I notice that most people keep to themselves and their assigned groups. They may branch out to different floors or partnering departments, but most nearby cubicles folks just keep to themselves and pound away at their keyboard.
Now, please understand that I respect their strong job ethic. They’re focused on their work. But what I’m saying is, if you meet someone in the common areas, compliment. Say hi and even introduce yourself. Make someone laugh. Go out of your way and if it’s awkward, embrace it. (But please learn to accept yourself first before reaching out to others, otherwise you may take the person’s reaction personally. Another article for another time.)
You don’t know people’s stories and what their going through. A small gesture of kindness, even if not demonstrated right away, can have such an uplifting spirit for that person. I interact and make it a point to remember people’s first names. This week specially, it’s been fun and silly to do so because half of the time I’m either gently blown off or sincerely thanked. And you know what? I could care less of those who don’t embrace because it’s worth every effort when I get someone to smile.