“The most valuable resource you bring to your work and to your firm is your creativity.”

Positive Quote: “The most valuable resource you bring to your work and to your firm is your creativity.” – Annette Moser-Wellman ‘The Five Faces of Genius’

 

I think that those who are creative and artistic are amazing. To take something and make a beautiful piece of pottery or paint a picture that evokes emotion or to write a book that pulls a reader into the story where they don’t want to stop reading…. to me, that is artistic creativity.

 

This quote reminds me that creativity isn’t just about art; it is about our personal soul and what we put of ourselves into our work. Being creative at work doesn’t just mean that you work in marketing or branding or any of those fields. While creativity is needed there, it can also be seen in just about any area of work.

 

For example, I can remember toiling away to build a one page visual view to demonstrate progress, success, and overall status of an area I was responsible for. That single one page took me many an hour to complete. At the end, it did what I wanted and helped me tell my story for my team, such that I was able to increase headcount and add to staff. Granted, at the time I did not view this as creativity, yet in hindsight, maybe it was.

 

When I stop and think about it, I don’t know how one can be successful at work without being creative and bringing a piece of yourself to your work.

 

What do you think of quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

What choices do you remember?

Positive Quote: “Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.” – Richard Bach

 

Choices and memories; I can’t tell you what I ate a month ago on a particular date. Yet, I can tell you about pivotal life events that helped me become who I am today and in most cases, I can see the exact choice I made. If I had made a different choice, I would be a different me. Not all choices are easy and not all choices are good ones. Some choices are the lesser of two negatives and some choices take you into the unknown. Yet, they are choices nonetheless.

 

This quote has me thinking of my choices, the ones I remember and will continue to remember for years to come.

 

There was the choice to move across the country at the age of 22/23, single and alone from Texas to North Carolina to work in a career I had little to no experience in…the world of IT.

 

There are many more examples that are not as big as that one, yet choices just the same.

 

Choices from where I work to what I read to where I spend my time. Each one has a ripple effect somewhere in my life.

 

What do you think of this quote? What choices do you remember with clarity?

 

Have a great day.

 

Priscilla

 

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Positive Quote: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

 

I love this quote; it brings a smile to my face each and every time I read it. It seems so easy, so natural…yet, it had to be something more to even need to be said.

 

Thinking of myself, I have been working since I was a young child, from helping at a stable (in exchange for lessons), to working as an after school counselor (of sorts, for elementary children when I was an older child myself – teenager), to your typical fast food jobs, and then to retail corporations, then to finding myself in the world of finance.

 

One thing I take no matter where I am is me. I have found through the years that the best way to be is to be you. We each have things that make us uniquely us. Those things, those experiences, those thoughts are what make life interesting and help us achieve more together. To me this quote resonates inclusiveness to me. How can we be inclusive unless we are aware that we are all different?

 

Someone once told me many a year ago that you have to be vulnerable to build authentic relationships. Vulnerable would mean sharing of your true self and soul as a person. Once I really listened, I will admit I became happier, more confident, and more self-aware of myself. This helps me ensure that the person I am at work is the person I am at home and the person I am when I interact anywhere with others.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous day and hopefully, we can all be ourselves.

 

Kind regards,

Priscilla

 

“They cherish each other’s hopes. They are kind to each other’s dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau

Positive Quote: “They cherish each other’s hopes. They are kind to each other’s dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

Cherish and kindness, those two words jumped out to me in this quote. Both words describe activeness versus passiveness.

 

If someone shares their hopes, goals, dreams, and aspirations with me that is something to be treated with care. It is too easy to disregard, ignore, or not give as much attention to this. When that happens it can lead to the person’s disengagement and perhaps even devaluation in themselves and their ability to achieve what they were hoping to.

 

To be kind, that to me means to listen attentively, ask clarifying questions, seek to understand, and encourage. Perhaps even to provide support and guidance. It can also mean to help by challenging (kindly) by helping determine with them if they know how to go from Point A to Point B or even what pitfalls to look out for.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Friday.

 

Priscilla

Making the Most of Time, Time Management Thoughts

Positive Quote: “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Bixton

 

Time; we all have it, we all want more of it, and we all wonder where did it go.

 

You can’t go into a bookstore or search on Amazon or actively look for a book on Time Management and not be inundated with the sheer volume. I mean, really, who has time to read all of those books. It does go to demonstrate that people are interested in ways to stretch out the minutes in the day to accomplish more.

 

I have a few favorite books that helped me get more focused on time and my ability to control only what I am doing. I wouldn’t call them Time Management books per se, yet they did help me get my time under control. I would definitely recommend them as a good and fast reads.

 

  • Eat that Frog! – by Brian Tacy
  • The One Minute Manager and the Monkey – by Ken Blanchard
  • Death by Meeting – by Patrick Lencioni

 

We are challenged every day to do more with less, to find ways to optimize our time and productivity, to streamline and become more efficient. I personally don’t think there is a one size fits all approach to organization or time management. I think what works for me may not work for everyone. That we each need to find the things that work for us, like a buffet line, we take what looks good and what works and add it to our plate of tips and techniques.

 

A few of my personal methods are:

 

  • I color code my emails. I use rules that I emails come from certain people they are highlighted in different colors. That way, when I look at my email, I know which ones to focus on first. Then I sort the rest by subject to read the latest email thread versus chronologically, especially if people have been replying to all. When I touch an email, I decide in a few seconds whether to a) file for future reading (I set aside time each week to read and catch up and block this on my calendar) or b) delegate or forward to the right person who can handle the topic/issue or c) if it is a quick item, I respond immediately and move the email out of my inbox or d) if it is more complex or requires action on my part I move the email to a folder I call ‘Action Needed’ and I block time on my calendar to work on it referencing the email date and timestamp. This helps me keep my inbox clean (under 10 emails) and I know that I can prioritize those items that need my attention more accurately.
  • I have a folder on my email called ‘Print Me’. Anything I need to print out to read, file, review, etc… I place in this folder and 3 times a day I send it to the printer (locked print of course). This reduces the time and frequency of me getting up and going to the printer 10-20 times a day.
  • I keep a high level to-do list. On it are the items (in priority order) that I need to accomplish in the day or week. I ‘eat the frog’ and when my mind is clear and productive (mornings are my best time, while after lunch for an hour I do non-strategic things) those are the items I tackle first. By tackling the ‘harder’ items first, the remainder is not as difficult and I am able to work on the things that make a bigger impact and in most cases, are more critical. These lists gives me flexibility to handle those one-off fires that inevitably come in each day where I have to juggle things to get the fire put out and hopefully implement something that prevents it from catching fire in the future. Sustainability is key.
  • I am a visual person, I have a list of projects/tasks that are on my plate, and so at a glance I can trigger thoughts and know if in accepting a new project will conflict with something or can be accommodated. I also am aware of what is on my plate, at a high level.

 

As you can tell, this quote speaks out to me in a shout versus a whisper.

 

What do you think of this quote and what are some techniques you use to help make the most of time?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

Positive Quote: “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

 

I love this quote; it brings a smile to my face. Can you imagine a bee having a conversation with itself about how it is impossible to fly based on their shape?

 

Then I wonder why, we have a hard time challenging ourselves to get out of the ‘I can’t do it’ mindset. The biggest hurdle to overcome in life can be our own negativity and lack of believe in ourselves.

 

This quote reminds me to take chances, to challenge myself, to push myself to do more and learn the things I am interested in learning.

 

I may not be a bumblebee, yet I know I can do so much if I would focus and try.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

Failure as a part of Success

Positive Quote: “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

 

This quote speaks to me. My daughter is in her first year of college, out of state, 12 hours away from me. I find myself asking myself if I taught her everything she needs to know to be safe, to succeed, to be happy. I know I am not a perfect parent and I probably didn’t make all the right decisions. This quote helps me remember that failing is part of succeeding. Perhaps I taught my daughter that people are not perfect, that life is not rainbows and fairy tales, but that love and intent can lead one towards success. Her first semester had some snags, yet she tackled them head on and her second semester has been more successful. I am proud of her.

 

I need to remember that the journey can be what leads up to success, just as much as the end result. The journey, complete with mistakes, makes us who we are.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla