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?
So, I’ve been struggling this week after getting back from vacation. I returned with a glowing tan and equally glowing optimism, but I quickly found myself in a productivity slump. I was easily distracted and it seemed like every day I had more and more external forces pulling me away from the work that I really, really needed to get done. Feeling fully over-extended and realizing I couldn’t keep going at the rate that I was going, I turned to the internet to fill me with it’s endless wisdom -- And, as always, I was not disappointed by the results.
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.
As I write this, we’re exactly one day after the wrap of IMPACT Live 2018. It’s been a crazy couple days and I honestly feel like I could sleep for 48 hours and still be tired. However, one of my favorite parts of IMPACT Live is that I basically have no choice but to unplug from work and actually focus on some professional development (PD).
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.