Wakened Wednesday

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  – Ovid

The hardest thing to remember during stressful times is to take a breath and remove yourself from the situation. At least that’s the hardest thing for me to remember.

As a graduating senior (in 3 weeks, SCARY!) and someone that currently has two internships and looking at more, I have a lot on my plate; and when that happens to me, I tend to forget how helpful a prioritized to-do list can be. When I’m stressed out, I don’t take a breath and just plan out what to do next; I work on one task for ten minutes, then realize I have something else to do, and switch modes. And then I realize that I’m getting nowhere, make a list, pay more attention to what my iCal says is important, and concentrate on one task at a time. (This is something that I am actively trying to change about myself, and I think I’m making progress!)

Once I have been productive for a little while, it is much easier to watch a re-run of Grey’s Anatomy and then get back to work after giving my mind a 45 minute rest. This quote holds some real truth, a mind that has rested does give much clearer, more thought provoking work. Pulling all-nighters and turning to major caffeine inducement is not always the answer, even for a college girl.

Everyone is stressed. So this Wednesday, take a five minute break to just clear your mind before moving onto your next task. The work you provide will be much more beneficial in the long run. This is a wonderful trick that I use when I’m really crunched for time: http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/ 


I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Today, one of my professors lectured about satisfaction, and what satisfying customers entails. He explained what it means for them, how marketers provide it, and how it is measured. We talked about satisfaction for two hours, and still barely breached the topic. It seems like such a simple concept, however is one of the most difficult feelings to provide for others. Satisfaction, by definition, is measured against our expectations. If we are pleasantly surprised by something, we are satisfied. If we don’t feel we received what we expected, we are not satisfied.

Different products clearly provide different levels of satisfaction to consumers; a dishwasher provides convenience and makes life a little easier, whereas driving an SUV instead of a minivan establishes a feeling of “being a cool mom.”

Since it is Wednesday, it seems appropriate to somehow tie this lecture on satisfaction into being wakened. So today, make it a goal to provide satisfaction to someone else; a customer, coworker, a family member, a friend, a pet. Somehow set an expectation for what you will do for them, and try and surpass that expectation to provide true satisfaction. See how this impacts them, if at all. And what kind of satisfaction did you provide? Did you provide love or convenience? Ease of use or clear direction? 

Happy Wakened Wednesday, I hope someone will try this little experiment.

wakened wednesday

I failed my way to success. – Thomas Edison

Happy Wakened Wednesday!

One of the easiest ways to not succeed is to not fail. Not failing means not trying. And not trying is the only way to make sure you do not get to where you want to go. So if there has been a task lurking in front of you for a while that you have been too nervous, scared, or intimidated to try; DO IT. Today.

{I have been too nervous to start up my job search again, because I am sick of the inbox still filled with the e-mails that I expect. I want, no, I need, to see e-mails that I don’t expect; ones asking for more information, for interviews, for anything regarding my resume. So today, I am going to pick up that search again and forget my fear – because if I stop applying, companies aren’t hearing from me, and it is not their job to find me. It is my job to find my dream career.}

So, find your inspiration for whatever it is that needs to be done, and get it done. Not failing means not succeeding; we all need to fail.

Wakened Wednesday

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

  1. William B. Sprague

On this Wednesday, challenge yourself to complete a task before you had originally planned to. Go one step above what has been asked of you, either from your boss or a friend or a professor. Surprise those around you by working a little bit faster or doing just a little extra, and you will in turn motivate them to complete their tasks in a more efficient manner! When peers impress us, we tend to feel the need to impress them as well. Everyone wins on this wakened Wednesday.