3 Things I Learned From Quitting

I didn’t know how I was going to say it, but I needed to communicate to my ambiguous boss that I was finished working for him and that I was moving on to other opportunities. How do we know when enough is enough?

  1. Find value in each new experience. Listening to my first boss explain what was wrong with me made me want to turn off the learning atmosphere and give him my side of things. However, I learned from moments like these not to allow any type of authority figure belittle me–and also that just because my boss didn’t recognize my excellent listening skills, I believe that it was impressive how I contained myself in order to harmoniously get the job done. I learned from this experience that I can work on my communication techniques by creating specific areas of improvement to concentrate on in my relationships daily and also that I need to respect my mental health as a sacred space not to be messed with. While it may be tugged on, I will not allow any figure endanger my mental capacity.
  2. Trust your gut. No one knows you better than you. Get better at managing and expressing your personal tendencies and behaviors, understand yourself as clearly as you can. Mindfulness takes practice and it is significant that you allow yourself to honor the journey. No one is fully formed and it is necessary that we pay close attention to what our body is telling us. When do you feel most stressed throughout the day?
  3. Be a boss. Encourage your friends and family, ask how your boss’s morning was, talk to the sun and moon if it makes you feel more connected to the world. It is important that you figure out how you innately connect in every aspect, whether it is with your personal relationships, your projects at work, assignments in school. Connection is highly uncommon and extremely individual in the Western Hemisphere. We put up fences and plug in our earbuds if we want to be alone; just because there is a pressure, that we either feel or we don’t, to disconnect with the rest of the world does not mean it is natural for us to live separately. Don’t fear small talk, don’t hide behind a false impressions, and try harder each day to be accountable with your words.

If your have trouble confronting the areas in your life that hold you back from being professional and happy (yes, you can have both), think of these three things:

Find the value, trust your gut, and be a boss. 

 

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best of luck in your journey.

Optimize Your To-Do

I’ve researched multiple ways to write to-do lists and I ran into one called the Personal Kanban, created by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota, developed Kanban to improve manufacturing efficiency. Now I’m using this tool every day to track items that I need to complete, what I am currently working on, and what I have finished. I have found that it helps especially those who are prone to multi-tasking.

Yes, multi-tasking is a flexible skill to have, but use it wisely! Transitioning from one task to another, or simply studying and checking comments on your latest post, is detrimental to your ability to focus for a long period of time. I think I’m great at multi-tasking, however bouncing from one thing to the other sets me up for overwhelm and incompleteness of projects. Practice concentrating on one task, with breaks each other, and get the job done. Then you may allow yourself 15-30 minutes on Instagram, and to keep track of this time spent you may even set a timer.

SO, because I want to make your lives easier, this is how I use Personal Kanban daily.

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This is what my blank Kanban looks like. As you can see, there are three columns starting with the items on your to-do list, the things you are currently working on, and what you have finished. Now, you have two options:

  1. Get a whiteboard, draw your column, and either write your items or put them on sticky notes so you can easily transfer them to the next column.
  2. Set the image above as your desktop background and use the Sticky Notes file on your computer (or download an extension if you’re using Chromebook like me) to add items to each list.

This is what my Personal Kanban looks like with items in the columns.

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If you’re also having a hard time feeling connected to your work or school life, I like to use both to constantly have the visual in front of me to remind me. As a creative, people person I can disconnect very easily from the real world. In order to navigate around this, I like setting the image as my background because it helps the individual stay on track without getting distracted by other random tasks throughout the day.

I want you to feel accomplished and having a pretty visual can be very helpful! Maybe you need to record memos and listen to them to stay focused, maybe you need to write it in a list, whatever your case is I guarantee that it won’t hurt to try this out!

 

Manage your time better and boss up, babe!

 

Much love,

Juz Adia