This is for Tracy.
I’m excited to hear about your transition from full-time work—at the office you drove to and from every weekday—to your new work-from-home position. What an amazing feeling to be free from both the office desk and the (mostly) wasted time in the car
I have some thoughts for you to consider:
- Continue to find gratitude in each day. Take a few minutes near the beginning and end of each day to fully embrace the magic of your new employment lifestyle.
- Of course, never lose sight of the customer who’s financial inflow is related to your salary. Having said that, consider how your salary affects the business owner(s) and success of the overall business. Having known you for a while, I know you care immensely for others, but also take time to realize how much the customers appreciate your efforts. Hopefully, your boss has a way to see their appreciation. (I know he does).
- Map out your bosses tasks, goals and needs, so you are always on top of, if not ahead of those items. ToDoist, Google Tasks, etc
- Use ideas from others as improvements to help solve problems and drive progress.
- Consider incoming suggestions (or even complaints) as a wish the customer has that you can strive for, even if it’s not possible to complete exactly as requested.
- Share successes, project status and ideas for features to your boss in a succinct weekly bulleted email. It shows your amazingness and it keeps track of yearly accomplishments. All too often we don’t stop to review our greatness (or our challenges/failures—which are just learning/growing experiences). Report problems early if you need help.
- Never be afraid to push your boss, and the business, toward new higher levels. If you have an idea (or other’s have ideas) pull the idea together into a small little plan and review if it’s feasible. Let the owner decide if that would be valuable. [Note: those with ideas often receive the task, so speak up only when it moves the needle]
- Complain about *stuff* to people outside of work. Maintain only (mostly) positiveness at work.
- Accept help from others.
In writing these ideas, I truly feel they overflow into so many aspects of life. These ideas are not bound to employment but apply to relationships, families, projects, and our overall environments.
We should all strive to be a doer rather than a downer. Which of those would you want to be around and support?
*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice. I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be. You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice.