Q: What’s something you do to help boost your productivity?
A: To boost productivity, I break up my to-do list using the Rule of Three.
Each morning, I look at my Asana task list, calendar, and email. Based off these, I prioritize three tasks to get done that day. Beyond that, I can get as many smaller tasks as possible done.
I regularly receive new, smaller tasks throughout my day, and found that clearly visualizing three goals keeps me focused and able to tackle smaller tasks toward the end of the day.
Q: How do you find work life balance?
A: I love that our company stresses work-life balance.
We encourage everyone to not check their work email once they are off the clock. Even the CEO makes a conscious effort to remind employees to not check emails regularly.
If something is absolutely needed, we’ll call or text an employee. Once I clock out for the day, I disconnect from all work accounts and focus on my personal life.
Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve received so far?
A: I love the mantra “Be scared, but do it anyway” to remind myself to challenge myself, and break out of my comfort zone.
I firmly believe that personal and professional growth come from taking chances. I’ve switched careers, learned how to use new tools, met with other industry professionals, and presented at local networking events.
While all of these took the courage from myself and the support of my team, I’ve watched myself gain confidence in my work and perspective on how to further improve myself and my company through experience.
Q: What’s your favorite software or app that helps with your workflow?
A: I love to use Asana! I’m very big on lists, and love how collaborative and flexible this tool is for client work, internal tasks, and simple reminders.
As the Operations Supervisor, I’m regularly setting tasks for individuals, departments, or the whole team via Asana.
Q: What’s a book or podcast you’d recommend to a colleague?
A: Our team read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo together.
I highly recommend this as a starting point for a company to gain a shared vocabulary and base-level understanding of racism, to help in furthering your DE&I efforts.