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year of yes: happiness, jobs, moms, badassery

year of yes: happiness, jobs, moms, badassery

Year of Yes - Shonda RhimesI finished reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, which was a really good book, easy read, and had some humor. I thought the book was going to talk more about how the little yes’s changed her life instead of a few examples of the amazing events she said yes to. Here are my favorite parts of the book:

“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” (p 286)

Yazzzz 🙌 👏. I cannot agree more. Sounds like my motto.

Do you wanna play? Shonda’s toddler asks her to play. It only takes 15 minutes but her mindset changes. Spend 15 minutes to share your love with your children and yourself, whether it is a bubble bath, manicure, or anything other activity you really like.

She changed the bottom of her email signature to say:

Please Note: I will not engage in work emails after 7 pm or on weekends. IF I AM YOUR BOSS, MAY I SUGGEST: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. (p 128)

corporate dog checking emails off hours (during his dinner too). DON'T DO IT
corporate dog checking emails off hours (during his dinner too). DON’T DO IT

I think this is great because the strange mindset in the American work force is to keep keep working. You check an email here and there after hours because it’s “easy”, it’s “quick”, and you just “want to stay on top of things.” But in reality, it is perpetuating people working constantly, being always available. Not everyone is a doctor. Not everything needs fixing ASAP. Relax and take after work hours to do other things outside of work. Relax on vacation and turn that work phone and emails off. Truly disconnect.

Losing yourself does not happen all at once. Losing yourself happens one no at a time. No to going out tonight. Not to catching up with that old college roommate. No to attending that party. No to going on vacation. No to making a new friend. Losing yourself happens one pound at a time. (p 141)

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organized inbox @ work

organized inbox @ work

I wrote this a few months into my first “real job” (which is now a year ago) because it seemed very relevant at the time. In fact, you’d be surprised how many people still have cluttered inboxes (1000s unread). WHY? Simple tricks to make your work/life more manageable.

As a new hire, you might already have noticed, emails land in your inbox very frequently and sometimes it may be distracting you from your current task. Before the work gets intense and you find yourself one year from now in the same situation, take some time to get organized. It will help you in the long run.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with Microsoft Outlook.

1. Create folders. This may be a bit difficult if this is your first/new job, since you do not really know which projects you are working on and which projects you will be working on in the future. But you should have a general idea of what you will be doing pretty soon.

Consider:  Admin, Application Requests, Required Training, Network Groups, News, Personal & HR

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