This week has been a challenge for me. I was not allowed to be lazy this week. Really really really not allowed. Who cares if it’s week eight of my senior year of college? Work is to be done!
Luckily I have this little thing called a laptop that let’s me do everything I need to do curled up in my cushy green bed. I have my lap desk, my yellow legal pad, my blackberry, my noise canceling headphones and my motivation. In my world, I am set.
Here is my challenging To Do list for the week:
– Get quotes for press release
– Write press release
– Create keynote presentation
– Update PR plan
– Upload videos for client’s FBook website
– Continue my search for the elusive job
Here’s my problem:
– I have a serious fear of making cold calls
– I have a fear of public speaking…I’m getting over it slowly
– I am absolute beginner on iMovie
– I’m not sure what kind of job I want, thus making my job searching hugely frustrating
This is how I’ve managed to ease nerves and get my work done, enjoyably if I dare say:
1. Always jot down notes before speaking on the phone. Fewer words is better. (I prefer yellow legal pads because they stimulate my senses).
2. Making Keynote presentations is currently my biggest thrill in life. If there is anything that will single handedly help me get over my public speaking fears it will be Keynote. Because I enjoy creating the slide shows so much I am excited to present (Flickr images + Transitions = Bliss). My nerves are washed away by my little project accomplishment. Therefore, I’m working hard to get excited about everything from here on out. I think it’s really possible. Even if it’s corporate responsibility we’re talking about. If you don’t have Keynote you can give it a free 30 day trial here.
3. Take music breaks. Sitting down with my big Bose headphones to an uplifting, soothing song makes all the difference in the world to me.
4. Drink liquid. I prefer water. Sometimes I prefer my honey tea. Sometimes I prefer Gatorade, maybe apple juice. Regardless of the beverage, our minds work so much clearer when we are hydrated.
6. Find inspiration! My roomate loves to visit Stumbleupon.com and search under “writing” whenever she gets writer’s block. I like to hit up my blogroll and browse through every single blog if I get the chance.
5. Get comfortable asking bosses or peers questions. I’m learning to take advantage of the art of a quick email, direct tweet, Facebook chat message, or text. People appreciate being appreciated and I always feel better when my jumbled thoughts are straightened out. It’s never good to dwell in your discomfort. Ask those questions!