Tag Archives: Work

How-To Get Your Email Under Control

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I keep my inbox at ZERO. I despise most email.

That’s right, I try to clear as much crap out of there as humanely possible so I can stare at the serenity of an empty inbox. So what’s the deal? Is this actually possible? Well sort-of and it’s definitely something I aim for everyday. Having my inbox at zero doesn’t mean I have nothing to do. I create to-do lists and action items so each little piece of email is taken care of and moved off my responsibilites list. This is how I get my email under control:

 

1) Delete, delete, delete! – The first thing I do when I open my three different inboxes is that I delete emails that are junk, spam or do not require a response. I get about 40-50 pitches a day, and if I spent time replying and declining to every single pitch or invite – that’s an hour of my day GONE. Make that 5 hours a week and I’m toast when it comes to productivity. Go into your inbox and delete any confirmation emails like ‘thanks again’ or ‘got it’ that don’t require any sort of response. Clear out that clutter! (more…)

3 Great Places to Shop for Office Wear

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Back to school season is when I’m usually thinking about a wardrobe refresh.

For those of you looking to update your office wear, I’ve put together a round-up of my key wardrobe picks for fall and my favourite places of where I shop when I need to look dressy for a meeting!

LOFT is a great place to look for office wear basics like dress pants and cute tops. The sizing is also fantastic if you’re a petite woman like me! LOFT T-shirts and office cardis always seem to come in a million colours. Price-wise, you can score an office wear outfit for around $100. Do keep an eye out for one of their sales that usually run around the weekend. Here are my key picks for fall:

  1. The Relaxed Cardigan
  2. Custom stretch Pencil Skirt
  3. Geo Utility Blouse

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Amazon has launched a great little fashion section that’s well merchandised and well-stocked. The prices for office wear at Amazon really range with designer pieces mixed in with lesser-known brands. Definitely look through their Wear to Work section for a few surprising gems. The great thing about Amazon is their awesome return policy and how quickly things can ship to you.

  1. Adrianna Papell Women’s Sleeveless Sheath Dress
  2. Rachel Zoe Ford Jacket
  3. Joie Anabella D Button Down Shirt

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10 Tips for Working From Home

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Do you work from home? I have been working for myself and from home since 2005 and I have a few tips and tricks I have acquired over the years to make sure I am energized, productive, inspired and creative. Here are my tips for working from home:

 

1) Set-up a Creative Space

Do you have a dedicated office space for working at home? If so, make it inspiring and creative for yourself. You want it be comfortable and inviting because you will be spending hours in here working. Paul works in our spare bedroom and I like working from our dining room table facing the water.

So I transform it everyday into my office. I have a drawer nearby with my office supplies and I set down my laptop, day planner, a glass of water and vase of pretty flowers to stare at. I get rid of the other chairs and make it into a desk. I’m a minimalist so I like this. Have a dedicated space if possible and make it lovely.

 

2) Step Away from your Smartphone

I can’t work with my smartphone on my desk. The constant alerts, pings and text messages are too irresistable for me and I dive deep into the black hole of distraction. Instead, I keep my phone plugged in away from my desk and keep my alerts on for text messages only. Or else I’ll spend all day looking at pictures on Instagram. (more…)

How I Switched Careers

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Photo by: Vanessa Heins

Before I became a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger and started working in digital content and social media strategy – I was a DJ.

Yup.

I have DJ’d over 400+ weddings and events during my six year career, working for myself and running my own company. After about the millionth wedding, I could not listen to Canon in D or Shook Me All Night Long any longer – it was time to jump ship, even if it was the ship I built.

Working every single weekend was starting to get to me. I was missing out on my own friends getting married, I had to turn down family BBQs, I rarely saw my husband, my 20s were just sort of flying by and I just felt like I was missing out on life. Anyone working in the service industry can surely relate. The money was amazing, but I wasn’t happy and I couldn’t picture myself doing this for the rest of my life. I also think that I gave it a good go – six years was something to be proud of, but I knew it was time to move on.

So I chose a new career.

My non-negotiables? I had to be able to work from anywhere in the world. I would only consider jobs and careers where I could work for myself and work remotely. Being in the wedding industry tied me down to a time and place almost a year in advance, I wanted a career that would offer me the opposite. So freelancing was the life for me.

If you’re thinking about making a career switch or even busting out on your own, there are a few things I would suggest you consider: (more…)