Happy New Year! Now that most of the industry is back to work and shaking of the cobwebs caused by the holiday break and at least one big meal too many, several members of the Konnect Agency team got together to share our resolutions for personal and professional growth in the New Year.
Stop monitoring email in real time
As publicists, we are glued to our emails and phones 24/7, which can be a total productivity killer! Productivity experts everywhere suggest checking email only during set periods of time throughout the day so your inbox does not continue to disrupt and interfere with the larger tasks that need to be accomplished. I have to say that I am 100 percent guilty of keeping my inbox open and in my face at all times, every single day, often to the detriment of my work day. While I don’t expect to ever fully tackle this issue, in 2017 I resolve to block out at least a couple hours every day that are “no email zones.” One step I’ve taken so far is to turn off the notifications that buzz or pop up every time a new email comes in on my phone and in Outlook. Here’s to baby steps! – Brandy
Expand and strengthen my work relationships
When you deal with the same people every day, it can be easy to take those important people and their actions for granted. I don’t plan to get all mushy every time I cross paths with a colleague, but I’m trying to step outside my usual “textbook” interactions and remind myself of the unique value my peers and professional contacts bring to the table. – Justin
Stay organized by with a more granular approach to to-do lists
As PR pros, we often have a never-ending (and overwhelming) list of to-do’s that can become a source of stress instead of a tool for organization. In order to stay on top of my tasks and become more efficient, I’m going to utilize an hourly planner to map out my days in detail, making sure I’m working ahead of my deadlines and delivering my best work. Blue Sky has a really great hourly planner that will help get the job done – it’s both functional and beautiful. It even has a space to write out personal goals for the year. #Winning! – Kayla H.
Stop trying to memorize passwords I’ll never remember
With all the multi-tasking, shifting deadlines and ever-evolving priorities we face as team members at a PR agency and in our personal lives, it can be easy to get your wires crossed. This especially impacts me when it comes to passwords. I feel like I spent half of 2016 taking wild guesses or resetting passwords for everything from Amazon Prime to my bank account. The Verge has a great primer on password managers, how they work and why you should use one. I used some of my free time over the holiday break to check out the options, set one up, and free up space in my head so I can use my mental energy in 2017 for all the strategic, creative tasks our clients count on us for. – Danny
Augment my daily to-do lists with an overarching weekly plan
I make it a goal each night before I leave to lay out my priorities for the next workday, outlining all tasks, meetings and other items I need to attend to. This year, I will build on that by also planning in detail on a larger scale, supplementing my day-to-day to-do lists with a weekly plan. I think planning things out further in advance will help me better track my priorities throughout the week and how much time I have available to complete tasks. I think it will lead to higher productivity and create a more organized system for achieving my goals and meeting deadlines. I’ll be working towards the bigger picture while still keeping a close eye on the short-term details. – Jordan