I grew up with five brothers, and I’m the youngest by five years. I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by marketing. My father spent his entire 40+ year career working in sales and marketing for a major computer company. All of my brothers followed his example and went into careers in sales and marketing. From an early age I listened to their discussions, debates, and theories on the newest trends and hottest media. As a result of this exposure, I wasn’t the little boy who dreamed about being an astronaut, a veterinarian, or the next Michael Jordan. I always knew I wanted a career in marketing.
I was reading some articles online the other day & found an article that intrigued me. It was called “10 Tricks for a Fabulous Workday”. It got me thinking, are there ways that I could be improving my work ethic & improving my overall attitude on my day just by taking simple steps each day? Here is my take on their suggestions.
1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input
- I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have 15 minutes in the morning to do anything but brush my teeth & run out the door. So, instead of reading a positive thinking book in the morning or watching something uplifting on TV why not put a positive thought on your mirror. Just seeing something positive right when you wake up can change your attitude & direction for the entire day. Something as simple as, “Have a great day!” displayed on your mirror will help you get started on the right foot.
I am definitely not the most fashionable in the office but I sure do like shopping and looking nice for work. My wardrobe ranges from casual jeans to fun skirts and dresses. I am usually in my casual jeans with a tee but accessorizing is my favorite part. Knowing how to add the correct accessories and versatile pieces in your wardrobe will be key to making you look professional and confident.
I work in an office setting that is pretty casual but there are times that require me to dress up. Even if I don’t have to wear dress pants, I like to dress professionally for work and that usually includes dressing up a pair of nice jeans. They don’t have to be expensive jeans but you do want a great pair that is comfortable and that is in good condition.
I’ve gotten to the point where I nearly dread being asked the question, “So, what you do for work?” When I give the only answer I can give, “online marketing”, I more often than not get blank stares. It’s an almost guaranteed conversation killer; “Oh, that’s nice…”
Let’s be clear about one thing before I go any further – I love my job, and my career. I have no regrets about where I am currently, and enjoy it thoroughly. The only problem is when I’m making introductions – no one really knows what I do so they don’t really know what to ask next. So, allow me to introduce myself, and also explain what I do.