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Social Media and Work

Am not talking about social media for work, this post is about social media about work.

We all have those days, the ones where you just want to rant or can’t believe what has happened.  Now it is more tempting to put something on social media.  Whether it is a half attention-seeking post (I’ll PM you) or a meme or a straight forward direct comment, everyone has done it at some point unless you are very very strict, careful or do not use social media at all.

Unfortunately it is in those moments that it is more tempting to write something and you forget your normal rules (if you have any).  Personally I believe your personal and business pages should always be positive, there’s enough negativity in the news! If there is a post or details to share which can be negative then it’s worth adding to the post about how you will work to make a change, people react better to positivity.

The rule I apply is that anything I post I would shout out from my front door or write, print and put a poster up in the street with my name attached to it.  Many people still think that they won’t be found or that no one will see their posts.  The other question to ask is if you think no one will see your posts then why post it in the first place?!

Recently I’ve seen people who work in confidential positions writing comments and sharing negative things about what they do for a living or, even worse – their clients!  Maybe to show a bit about what they do or maybe just to vent in some way.  Why is it a good idea not to do this?  Some reasons are below………

  1. What you post will be found.  If someone wants to see it they will. I promise.
  2. Being negative about most things will lose some respect.
  3. Moaning and doing nothing doesn’t get very far plus it gives a bad impression
  4. The first thing employers do when receiving a job application is to google the person
  5. No one will ever say, follow this person / befriend so and so, their posts are brilliant

Think about your next post, is it proactive, is it positive? I once received a CV, googled the person and their Facebook page came up.  With no privacy settings I could see their whole profile, their last post – “Why do I bother driving to work to sit and do nothing all day and drive home again? Waste of time”  Would you ask that person in for an interview?

 

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Busy Busy Busy

I’ve just seen that my last blog post was 2 months ago.  My plan for 2017 was that I would write more as I’m no longer posting a picture every day – that has really not happened.

For the last 3 weeks I’ve been thinking I must write a blog post but I’ve never gotten around to it, there’s other things to do, or, when I sit down my mind goes blank as to what I should be doing.  So, I have gone back to the beginning. Wrote a list, prioritised the list and and working through it.  Am ensuring I have reminders on my phone that I don’t ignore with deadlines for things to be done.

For the month of February I am posting on @starfishorganisers each day with a tip and information on how to be organised.  I start with time (because, let’s face it that’s the most important thing and you can’t get it back!), then “stuff” and am currently on the third week talking paper – then the last week will be digital.

Be taking small steps it is easier to become more organised.  Maybe you can be similar to me and have a couple of hours charging through the house and to do list which makes you feel so much better about life.  Whatever way you do it, find that way and avoid procrastinating!

For the last 6 weeks (yes, we are 6 weeks into 2017 already!) we have been so busy.  I am constantly asked how we do it.  Am I tired?  Yes, Valentines evening I fell asleep at 9.30pm – oops! But I won’t go as far as saying I am too busy, I may mutter it when i have those not sure where to start moments however, some people use it as an excuse.  How often do you hear “I’m just too busy at the moment” or “I’ve got so much work on I can’t do that right now” for things that are in their normal routine or things they should be doing because it is their job!

Hands up, I was one of these people when in the Corporate World, constantly moaning about how I was too busy.  It even became some sort of sad competition between other members of the team about who was the busiest or had the most important things to do – how crazy does that sound?! What did it achieve? Stress, worry and just general negativity and bad feeling amongst the team.  Everyone felt that they were genuinely the busiest and most stressful person making them actually quite alone and dare I say it, selfish.

The truth is, everyone is busy, everyone has an important role at work, at home or doing what you enjoy.  It is more about how you prioritise!

A better way of working would be to share the load with the team.  It’s like something you may volunteer for, you do it because you enjoy it and want to help others so working with a team and as a team is less lonely and more enjoyable.  Treat work like this, break down tasks and discuss them with the rest of the team.  If you have too many, someone else may have less and can help or, you may find that there’s a better way of doing things which is far more efficient.

Sometimes you need to take a step back and consider what you are doing and talk  to those around.  You will feel better and even decrease the to do list – I promise!

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Goals, how will your 2017 go?

In November someone asked me whether I started the year planning to turn my work-life upside down.  Fair question, I started 2016 as a full-time employed Buyer (albeit on Maternity leave) with a good salary, lots of benefits, travel and great team around me.  I’ve ended 2016 employed by my own limited company, on less than a third of the salary with no benefits or travel working with a number of great teams.

This made me think back to all the other years.  It’s no secret that I worked with a life coach in the past and since then have created goals each year which I have mostly achieved.  From fitness goals to goals I wouldn’t have dared dream of to monetary and travel goals.

Each year for a number of years I have taken part of my life and turned it on it’s head and 2017 will be no different apart from one thing. Next year it is not about me it is about you.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to put myself first for the last few years and in a way I am still putting myself first but am also putting all my friends, family and new found colleagues slightly ahead of me.

Controversial? Possibly.  I’ve spent years telling everyone to put themselves first as no one else will do the same for you and now I’m not doing it.

This year has been hard work setting up the business, networking and building up what was initially an idea which has unfortunately meant important things haven’t happened or I’ve missed completely.  I’ve forgotten a lot, luckily my friends know me well enough to remind me what I’m doing each day but in some cases I have missed birthdays, anniversaries and parties which is not good.

This is why next year I’m putting everyone else first, staying away from social media (apart from work) as it’s hard to say “I don’t have the time” when you know you’ve just procrastinated on Faceache for the last 45 minutes and living life in the present rather than online or in the past.

I’ll still be building on the previous years; building up my fitness, travelling more, looking after the family and continuing with my business objectives as they’ve become a way of life rather than habits or goals which is the only way I can change for the longer term.

I’m always inspired by other peoples goals, let me know what your goals are, how you plan to stay inspired and on track, what motivates you and how you stay on target on those days when you just want to stay under the covers…..which by the way is definitely worth doing once in a while!

Here’s to a fantastically organised 2017!

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Christmas shopping, plans and goals

Whether you start in the January sales or push through the crowds on Christmas Eve, Christmas shopping is always an event.

This year I thought I had ages, you’re in November thinking you have all the time in the world and it’s a bit wrong to start before December anyway and then, bam, it’s 16th December, you have boxes and bags round the house and still haven’t finished!!

This year has been a bit busy, having a one year old, starting my own business, the other half going solo again alongside life as it happens. So when it has come to Christmas shopping I’ve been organised but some things have been left later than I would have liked.

Gone are the days when I could walk into Bury St Edmunds town at lunchtime, wandering round for ideas, buying gifts and going out for Christmas lunches.  Popping in when I’d run out of paper the night before and posting cards in advance of the busiest day for Royal Mail.

I started the business with a January 2017 goal – I had to be earning enough working on my own business by Christmas and, if not, I’ll have to get a “proper” job in January.  This included a budget for Christmas.  I always try and have an idea of what I want to spend at Christmas although have learnt over the years to buy people what I think they may like rather than checking price tags and sticking to an agreed budget.

Every other year we’ve had a normal, weekly routine which was easy to work around but this year hasn’t been as easy.  Juggling work, home and the extras of Christmas has needed more organisation.  I created a calendar for December to help get more organised for Christmas.

If you’re feeling like me, download and take a look, we’re nearly there but hopefully it can still help!

organise-christmas-calendar

No matter how you organise Christmas, when you buy presents, how much you spend (hopefully within a budget) it’s cliche but, the important thing is to spend time with the people you care about most.

I’m lucky, I’ll be spending Christmas period with the people I love most and I’ve achieved my goal within my business for 2016 so here’s to 2017 and the goals it will bring.  Christmas should be fantastic, make sure it’s a great one!

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Work Life Balance

Lots of people talk about work life balance but what do they actually mean.

For me, it is more about priorities, you may be someone who works to live or lives to work. The main thing being that you are happy and enjoy how you spend your time.

I have worked had for a Corporate company and now I am working hard for my own business. I wouldn’t say that either is easier and am not one to say everyone should work for themselves because it is the best thing ever because it is not for everyone.

I enjoyed my time being employed for 13 years. Yes, there were ups and downs, peaks and troughs but, in the main I did enjoy my time there. Unfortunately being made redundant it ended on a sad point, the offices were being moved over 100 miles away and I didn’t fancy a relocation or long commute 3 days a week. I do believe that everything happens for a reason though and it was time (I was on maternity leave when the decision was made) to have a change in lifestyle.

This is the key point. Everyone is at different stages of their lives, everyone has different priorities which is great as the world would be a boring place if we were all matchy-matchy!

When employed I made the job work for me. I worked the hours I was paid for, I achieved my savings targets year after year, I received positive feedback. I can say I achieved work life balance because I was strict with my time and what I needed to do. This was not always popular but as long as my team and line manager were happy then I was.

I am not saying that everyone agreed with me. As an example, I liked to come in early to beat the traffic and concentrate on certain tasks before everyone else arrived (it was an open plan office and I can be easily distracted) and then leave on time to spend the evening with friends and family. Not everyone was the same and may have thought the opposite so didn’t see that I was in early but didn’t stay late like they may have done. This can cause issues but, as mentioned above, everyone is different.

Since starting my own business I would say it has taken me 6 months to get into a routine and I still struggle. I would say work life balance is harder but this is mainly due to my work shifting into being more important to me. It is important that I succeed, make money (we need to eat!) and achieve my business goals.

I cannot stress though that it is important to me. As it was when I was employed – nothing has changed in that regard, I am working to improve myself and I am happier with my own business, much happier because it suits me better.

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