I Don’t Know What I’m Doing – And That’s Okay!

Coming right out of school and starting my career, there were a lot of times when I thought “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Over time I realized, I may not feel like I know exactly what I’m doing, but that’s okay! And here’s what I would tell someone who may be in this same position – whether you’ve started a new role, just purchased EAM, or anything else that feels unfamiliar to you – here are three things to keep in mind: 1) Use your resources: It’s surprising how many people are afraid to ask for help, but you have to! We’re living in a time when technology is changing every day, and it’s more than okay to ask questions. Get help from your team, see what’s online, or consult with someone i

Instead of I'm Sorry

Recently I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a quote that I knew I had to share in an a-Minute. The quote went something like this: Lately I’ve been replacing my “I’m sorrys” with “Thank yous.” Instead of saying, “Sorry I’m late,” I’ll say, “Thanks for waiting for me.” Or, instead of “sorry for being such a mess,” I’ll say “Thank you for loving me and caring about me unconditionally!” And it’s not only shifted the way I think and feel about myself, but also improved relationships with others, who now get to receive my gratitude instead of my negativity. What an incredible shift in thinking. Rather than starting out with a negative, you can refocus the narrative and make it positive.

3 Ways to Win

I’ve been intrigued lately with the topic of why things fail. Failure is good for learning lessons, but for projects we really want to win, how can we avoid it? Keep your goal at the forefront of planning. Marty reminded us recently of this thought-provoking excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Alice asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” Having a

What’s Your Next Action?

“What’s the next action?” This is a phrase asked by David Allen in Getting Things Done used at the end of meetings, phone calls, conversations, brainstorming, basically all the time. The purpose of this question is to clearly define what will be done next and by whom. The best part of this question is that it can apply to all areas of your life. This is not just a benefit to your work life, it can also help you in your personal life. Are there any tasks at home that you have been avoiding? I am guilty of this. Most of time I am not avoiding the task, I just have not sat down and determined the next action. For example, my smoke alarm was intermittently beeping. The solution is easy – fix the

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