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Do you feel like everyone these days is pushing you to watch their favorite show, buy their favorite brands, and even use their ways to stay organized? Don’t panic! Everyone is different, from the different Netflix favorites to different work styles, there isn’t a right or wrong! Work techniques are as unique as personalities and it’s best to find out what works personally for you, not your neighbor.
The working world is ever changing and simple to do lists won’t cut it anymore. Here are five ways to stay organized, productive and focused so you can keep your hustle on at work!
The app for the multi-tasking woman who needs more than the basic to-do list! While a simple pad and paper might work for grocery store trips, it’s not necessarily the most efficient way to plan out your work week. Writing out your deliverables is null without including how long the project will take and when it is due. FocusList divides your tasks out by time and encourages you to follow the “Pomodoro Techniques” by working in 25-minute sessions with mini breaks in between. This strategy allows you to be more productive and keeps your mind fresh!
Do you spend hours on Pinterest perusing inspiration? Then you’ll love Trello! Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes all of your projects and tasks into visually appealing, easy-to-use boards. Similar to creating Pinterest boards, Trello has category “boards” and gives you the ability to task team members assignments, known as “cards”, and use collaboration chats for sharing ideas. Automatic notifications ensure the whole team is always kept in the loop on the status of a project.
The best way to keep in communication with your team! Slack is the modern solution AIM messenger and file-sharing (without your embarrassing screen name from the early 2000’s). Slack is great for team members communicating in different locations and sharing multiple files throughout the work week. This app allows you to create a new group with different team members for each project you are working on. Great for working on the go and keeping your team in the loop.
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The dreaded 3 p.m. lull… I’m all too familiar. Late night events and early morning TV segments come with the territory when working in public relations so I’ve definitely fallen victim to the midday slump on more than one occasion. That said, I’ve discovered some tricks that help me perk my energy back up to power through the day, without reaching for the caffeine.
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Leaving the confines of your workspace can provide some great mental clarity and make you more creative and productive in the afternoon, so weather permitting, I love to move my internal touch-bases to outdoor walking meetings.
Create an Awesome Afternoon Playlist
An awesome playlist can be the best mini escape from the office. Listen to a couple of your favorite tunes for a few minutes and then come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next task.
DJ Khaled would vouch, hydration is key! An ice cold glass of water has proven to be just the shock my brain needs to perk up quick.
Grab a Healthy Snack
Hit up the office snack reserves for a little pick-me-up. A granola bar or a bowl of fruit are an easy, healthy choice.
Two words: Puppy pictures
Need I say more? I’ve never met a puppy GIF I didn’t love.
Tell us your favorite tip for beating the midday slump.
SIMPLY NYC is an inspiring conference jam-packed with industry expert panels and breakout sessions presented by the women and men breaking ground in the fashion, beauty, blogging and tech world. Although this conference was filled with tons of amazing inspo, we’re sharing our top three tips for young professionals hustling to make their mark on the industry.
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“Always look your best and celebrate wins as much as the losses.” – Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and CEO, Rodial
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“Never quit after a bad day. Ask yourself if you want to quit on a good day and if your heart is still in it.” – Nastia Liukin, Olympian and Grander Sports Founder
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“Get your sh*t done on time and work harder than the person next to you.” – Beca Alexander, Founder & President of Socialyte
BONUS TIP! From our favorite meme-queen:
“Look what your competition is doing… And do it better.” – Claudia Oshry, Girl With No Job
Share your killer career tips in the comment section!
For me, my morning is not complete without a large cup of coffee and a few minutes to browse headlines and catch up on any major political, fashion or entertainment news. These are my go-to newsletters that kick off my morning.
The Everygirl is a resource for living a healthy, meaningful, and fashionable life. It is filled with articles on my favorites topics including travel, fashion, and of course food. I always browse their city guides for inspiration on where to book my next trip.
A Cup of Jo
This witty lifestyle blog has been a longtime favorite of mine. Joanna Goddards’s approach to relationships, and life in general, is refreshing and insightful.
Who What Wear
Who What Wear is a staple in the Skirt office and is referenced on a daily basis. Their elevated content is the perfect combination of fashion news, how-tos, and celebrity style guides. It’s almost impossible to not end up shopping on the site at least once a day!
As Skirt’s Social Media & Creative Associate, I spend a lot of time creating custom graphics for our clients. These projects range from branded quotes for Instagram to event invitations and signage – I’ve even designed custom stickers! While many brands come to Skirt with strict design guidelines, I am able to play around a bit with others – this has only increased my obsession with finding the perfect fonts. While I could (embarrassingly) go on about typefaces for hours, I’m sharing my top favorites for my fellow font fanatics.
Sleek & Chic: Neutraface
Great for quote graphics, event invitations, and press materials such as fact sheets and visual press releases.
Stylish Script: Madina Script
Gorgeous calligraphy-style font that adds a hint of modern elegance to any project.
Classic: Modern No. 20
A strong serif font is a must and this one looks sophisticated in any form.
Fresh & Fun: Violetta
I wish my handwriting looked this good!
What are your favorite fonts?