Productivity

Survival tips for completing a part-time MBA whilst working full time

study-nounSo it sure has been a while. I can safely say that the initial optimism and novelty of starting the MBA has worn off. If I had any thoughts of my first term being difficult, the second term has completely blown that experience out of the water. There were a variety of factors that lead to this emotionally charged and draining time which amongst other things, contributed to my bursting into tears not only in front of my Manager, but my GM. (more…)

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Tablet and Laptop: Perfect For On The Go

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Let me begin with a disclaimer; this is not a technical review, as I am by far one of the least technologically capable people I know. Looking for a new laptop, my criteria went something like this:

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Understanding How You Work Individually and as Part of a Team

I have never been personality profiled as part of the employment screening process, however have definitely participated in one form of testing or another for the purposes of team building. I’m going to discuss two types of preference testing which we undertook as part of team building activities in the introductory week of my MBA. I emphasise that these tests are not personality tests, but rather preference tests, in that they identify your preference in the way you interact with others, make decisions, etc. I do find that some of my results have changed over the years and that this is largely to do with the type of role I am and the types of responsibilities I am required to carry out at the time of testing.

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Hi, My Name is ‘That Career Girl’ and I’m Career Driven

tumblr_mhphzyZUPp1qjm9bpo1_500I have spent the past week splitting my time between my new role and my current role whilst my former and new Manager continue to dispute one another regarding my release date (HR has also become involved).

That drama aside, I am really enjoying my new role. The change in work has really highlighted to me how stagnant I had become in my prior role, and how fantastic it feels to be looking forward to coming to work each day. I am a firm believer that everybody should pursue work that they feel passionate about and abandon the often negative connotations associated with work, particularly full-time office work. These negative connotations are often the reason I will get a strange look if I admit to being ‘career driven‘ or to ‘loving the work I do‘.

So I’d like to debunk some myths. (more…)

5 Lunch Break Activities To Boost Your Productivity

I used to find it a tad inconvenient to run personal errands whilst working in an office job, however these days with online banking, online shopping and email, it’s hardly necessary to leave my desk. That said, I love a productive lunch hour as it’s time that I’ve managed to claw back from my weekend. Here are my top 5 productive lunch break activities for those who work in the CBD or a similarly well serviced locality. (more…)

The Lists I Use for Work, Study and Life

I’ve been working full time since I finished secondary school, in various office environments. During this time, I also studied towards (and finally obtained) a law degree and two additional postgraduate qualifications (each taking a year to complete on a part-time basis. Sometimes I juggled a full time study load and other times I was lucky enough to work part-time. As for work, my workload over the past few years had grown to be quite intensive, as there were no defined boundaries to the role. I got pulled into different business areas all the time, often absorbing one or two BAU functions of a project permanently.

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I love lists in all their underrated glory. If you are rushing from place to place and managing multiple commitments, it’s likely that you may notice or think of certain things and then quickly become distracted. The moment you think of something that you need to do, buy or write about, jot it down in a list. Preferably a permanent, appropriately categorised list. Don’t get in the habit of starting new lists constantly or you might lose track of them all! These are a few of my favourite lists. (more…)