As many of you may know, Marcella and I love to talk about our varying yet similar personalities -- how can we both be Aries and yet so different?! -- so it should come as no surprise that I wanted to dive in deeper with her to see where she thought she falls on the personality spectrum. Are we introverts, extroverts or ambiverts? What do the personality types even mean? And how do they relate to our work productivity? After doing research and taking way too many online personality tests, we both confirmed that we were indeed ambiverts -- along with 68% of the population. The more I researched, the more fascinated I became with how our personality types influence our work.
In a previous episode, we discussed some of our favorite (and not so favorite) productivity hacks, but one thing we didn't expound on is why being productive and time management is so important. Of course, the obvious answer is to be able to accomplish your week's tasks, but it can actually run much deeper and affect more than just yourself. Are you managing your time effectively enough for your team's and client's success? What happens if your management falls short?
Recently, I’ve been dealing with some personal matters that have taken up more time in my professional life. It's weeks like these that make me appreciative of the fact that I work remote. Knowing I can flex my work schedule -- to a certain degree -- in order to best fit what's happening in my life is something I don't take for granted. I'll be honest though, I was hesitant and nervous when IMPACT first approached me about working remotely full time. I loved working in an office, brainstorming with colleagues and having friends to grab lunch or happy hour with. What would it be like to be alone, in my home, every day? Could I be productive? Would I be lonely? Would I get bored or lose my creativity?
As some of you may already know, I'm a struggling perfectionist when it comes to work. I always want to do tasks perfectly, the first time, every time -- but, as we all know, that's not realistic. Failing, whether at work or in my personal life, used to be something that crippled me. Over time, though, I learned to appreciate my failures -- every single one of them. Whether I messed up with a small task or failed on a larger scale, I gained more insight and direction from those mistakes than I ever will reading a book or attending a webinar. So, why are we so afraid to admit our failures?
Over the past week, I've enjoyed stalking Marcella's Instagram posts to live vicariously through her while she enjoyed a week-long beach vacation. Though I'm always happy for my friends and coworkers when I see their vacation posts, I can't help but feel that ping of jealousy knowing I have a week of work ahead of me when they're lounging and relaxing. This got me thinking: how often am I comparing my life to others? Do I live too much in a negative state, diminishing my life moments when I see others sharing seemingly perfect moments?
Have you ever had a challenging week that pushed you to do and be better? This was one of those weeks for me. I've had some tough conversations with team members both on and off my POD, and while it's never fun to have challenging discussions, I know we’re growing because of them. I’ve mentioned it on past episodes before, but I recently moved into a managerial role as account supervisor, managing a team of six account executives. Since I was an account executive before, I feel I have a deeper connection and compassion to the issues and concerns they face. That doesn't automatically make me a good manager, though.
Recording this week's episode with Marcella was extra special because we were able to record it together, in person! As a remote employee at IMPACT, I only get to come to Connecticut and see my fellow IMPACTers a few times a year. The annual August trip has easily turned into my favorite because it's IMPACT Live week.
My love for reading was born from an early age. So much so, that when Santa asked a young four-year-old Justine what she wanted for Christmas, I replied simply, "a book." Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that I now subscribe to Book of the Month and average at least two books in a given month. Unfortunately, I always struggled when it came to reading books related to work.