It’s easy to agonize about the state of one’s life and how much better things would be if one could just “get it together.” Clean up the mess of life and keep it neat and tidy. But “getting your life together” isn’t easy. There are times when such a feat may not even seem possible. Continue reading
Whether you’re traveling by bus, bike, or train, being a first-time commuter can feel a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to make sure you don’t show up to work unprepared, but you also will want to bring along some travel essentials to make your commute more enjoyable. Here are a few items that you might want to add to your checklist. Continue reading
Finding a job isn’t easy. Although unemployment rates were only at 6.3 percent in the month of May, it still seems like obtaining a job after graduation (or at any stage in life) is getting much more difficult. You spend day in and day out on job sites applying for jobs that just barely meet your personal requirements, just hoping to get an interview. Continue reading
So, you’re walking across the stage at your college graduation, preparing yourself to receive that diploma you worked your ass off for (give or take) four years to get. It’s such an exciting time! It really is, so drink it in! Because shortly after obtaining that certification, the door to adulthood swings open and before you know it, you’re back in your hometown, frantically searching for a job; anything to put those skills you spent the last four years refining to good use (for decent money, of course). Continue reading
As Miley Cyrus once said, “Everybody makes mistakes/Everybody has those days.” And in fact, we have all had “those days.” Probably quite a few of them if we’re being honest. It’s pretty easy to be truthful about doing something wrong if you’re the only one affected. No one but you will really care you botched those song lyrics in the car on the way home, or that you slightly overcooked the hamburger you made yourself for dinner. But what about when screw ups happen at work? How should they be handled so no one is wrongly accused, or so that a small mishap doesn’t spiral into a huge mess? Here are a few tips on what to do when mistakes happen at work. Continue reading
We’ve all had those days at work or class when it seems hard to focus — we feel tired, a bit cranky for no apparent reason and stressed to the max over lengthy to-do lists. Whether you’re feeling hungry, tired, irritated or overwhelmed, there are several ways to chill out and relax at work. These ten tips will help you de-stress at work and give you that extra boost to make it to quittin’ time. Continue reading
Two years ago I was having a conversation with two of my regulars at the family style restaurant I work at. They were making their third visit of the weekend (seriously, they’ve become like family) and I was on the verge of a major hissy fit. It had been an afternoon filled with bad tippers and parents who thought their kid mashing peas into the carpet was charming. Unable to hide my frustration that day, the couple asked me what was wrong. I vented and they listened, laughing at my overly dramatic recap of the day’s events. “Seriously, once I graduate, I’m done with all of this,” I told them. The husband looked at me over the cup of coffee I had just poured him and raised an eyebrow with a mischievous grin on his face. “Sarah, after you graduate you’ll still be here whining to us about the same old stuff.”
I was furious. How dare he tell me that? The idea of waiting tables after graduating at that point in my life was just not acceptable. I’d have a degree and be moving onto bigger and better things. I didn’t want to work my tail off in school to remain a waitress. Those words of my regular would spur me on to work harder in every area of my life in order to reap the rewards and prove him wrong. Yet, here I am, less than four months away from college graduation and planning on keeping my waiting job for another year. The thing is, I’ve come to really appreciate this part of my life and now realize the pivotal role it plays in doing what it is I actually want to do with my first year out of college. With the perks of great money and awesome flexibility in my schedule, I’m going to continue waitressing in order to fund traveling that I won’t be able to do once I’m on the career path. Continue reading
Whether you’re a student, an employee, an artist, an athlete, a parent or anything else, you’ve probably got a lot of work to do. And sure, that comes with the territory of being a responsible human being, but sometimes we human beings take it too far. The line between working and overworking is very thin and all too easy to hop over. So how do you know if you’re working too hard? Well, there are a number of ways: Continue reading
A desk is a great place to get your work done, but just like everything else, it’s hard keeping it neat and tidy. And when your desk is a disorganized mess, it can be hard to stay focused and get things accomplished. You can’t find what you need, you get distracted and you can get a little stressed out. But there are a lot of ways to de-clutter your space and keep it that way. Here are a few things to help you out.
I know at least two people who would like Perpetual Kid’s Nessie Push Pins – me and How I Met Your Mother’s Marshall Ericksen. If, like Marshall, you want to capture the real Loch Ness Monster, these pins might not quite cut it, but I think they come awesomely close.
Made up of four sections, the pin sets have the Loch Ness Monster covered from head to tail, able to hold onto all the papers you might need them to. The green pins may not be the most accurate looking depiction of Nessie, but they’re pretty darn cute. Continue reading
The holiday season has officially arrived and for those with jobs, a relaxing break is definitely due. As the days off from work are fast approaching, so is the annual company holiday party! In the same way that family and friends recognize the holidays with a celebration, the workplace does too.
Office parties can certainly serve as a good time what with all the opportunities to bond with your boss and socialize with your fellow employees. However, the company holiday party is the last social event before everyone in the office departs and you definitely don’t want to start off a new year by having made a bad last impression in the previous one.
Start off the season by giving a gift to yourself, the gift of knowing the top 5 things you should never do at your company holiday party: Continue reading
It seems like we’re always waiting until the weekend; and when it comes, it leaves just as quickly. After a two-day grace period of rest, partying or whatever else goes down over the weekend, on Sunday you’re left with the sad truth that tomorrow is of course Monday. Unlike the rest of the days in the week, where you’ve had the chance to ease into a routine, Monday is that ugly reminder that you’ll be reentering the realms of reality. Whether it’s school, work or just a day of errands Monday is equally hard to bear for a lot of us. Luckily, here are some tips on how to make it as bearable as possible. Continue reading
We’ve come a long way from learning how to deal with bullies on the playground in 5th grade. The workplace playground becomes a lot more complicated when you’re trying to find the balance between steamrolling others and being steamrolled yourself. Developing a little bit of a backbone is something of a challenge for most. For me, 4’11” is not exactly the best height to be when you want to be seen or heard in a meeting or conference! But hey, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got! Continue reading
You’ve gotten the interview, but you’re not out of the woods just yet! Being given the opportunity to interview for a job can be both exciting and extremely intimidating. Interviews can be nerve-wracking; but with the proper preparation, attitude, and tips, you’ll be more successful in impressing your potential employer. Here are my top tips for your first time going on a job interview!