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?
Marketing aside, inbound is a mindset that we in the industry must actively apply on a regular basis. Rather than simply implementing a set of tactics, we must focus on building trust and forging strong relationships with everything we do. We must draw people towards us by being interesting and honest, not by interrupting them. You know, “Make love, not spam.” So many people feel unsatisfied after making a purchase, but why?
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.
It’s time to face the harsh reality -- as much as we think we know it all and can do it all, chances are we really don’t and can’t. Investing in training, however, gets us a lot closer. According to surveys of the U.S. workforce conducted by the American Psychological Association, training and development consistently emerges as one of the areas employees are least satisfied with. In fact, a recent Forbes article reported that over a third of employees receive no training to develop new skills. This should be concerning to leaders everywhere.
Raise your hand if you had ever had some kind of ritual you thought would bring you good luck. Me! Raising my hand. Anyone who plays sports or even performs on a stage probably has had some kind of ritual (or habitual/ceremonial action) they did before any big event -- and with good reason.
I think it’s safe to say most of us have experienced some level of burnout in our careers (and lives). This has probably ranged from feeling just a tad over-worked to hitting the big one with a supernova, cataclysmic-type event. Through my years with IMPACT, I’ve gained a lot of self-awareness and learned how to recognize the warning signs in myself, but I didn't do it alone.