It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I used to use the above phrase with my college girlfriends when we had a week of fun ahead and needed everyone to stay top of their game. Lately, not so much. The office has kicked into high-gear with events before the holidays and 2015 planning is in full effect. Since it’s Marathon Week in New York, we wanted to share some tips on how you can keep sane when work has you going for miles and miles.

Breathe – It’s all going to be OK! Simple breathing or long breathes help tremendously when you’re stressed

Water – Take care of yourself. Be sure to have water, tea or whatever keeps you comfortable. Don’t skip meals. Need to be thinking clear!

Watch Your Pace – It can be easy to slip into a harried frenzy, trying to get as much done as you possibly can. It actually results in more mistakes and work for you. Go slow, giving each task as much time as it needs

Look for Help – I can be the worst at this, wanting to handle everything myself and not want to delegate the assignments “I can do in a second.” If it’s quick but you can’t get to it until you handle 5,128 other things, send it off

Congratulate Yourself – Celebrate the small victories throughout the day. With each item crossed off your to-do list or crisis handled, give yourself a pat on the back

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Light up the candles…

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Wishing our fearless leader, Adrianna, a happy birthday.

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Relate Your Professional Goals with Your Personal Life

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I had my yearly review recently, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Things have been so crazy insane at the office, I haven’t had a chance to slow down and check in on what I’d really love to improve on (hint – one of those things is time management). While a majority of the feedback was positive and all of it had to do with work, I did notice that those things I need to work on can also go back to my personal life.

Sometimes you need to segment work into its own little box, and that is just fine. Whether it’s just too stressful to take home or you have something else really important going on (and you should!), it’s ok to keep work at work. However, if you’re feeling a little uninspired or lacking the drive you used to have, maybe it’s time to bring work back into the spotlight again. Relate a few things you could improve on or amp up to other areas of your life. You might be surprised! For example…

Creativity – When I’m swamped, the last thing I feel like I have time for is brainstorming or being a “fun thinker.” Try to think of it less as work and more of play. Adrianna and I just went to a painting class and I love how inspired I felt afterward. Even trolling around on Instagram can help you think of a few ideas for clients or social media platforms

Management – As you move up the ranks, delegation and management becomes more and more important. But it doesn’t mean you have to be boss b*tch. Completely the opposite. If you know you have to work on being more assertive or delegate tasks, try to do so at home or in your social life as well. Maybe that means asking your friends to help out with a dinner party instead of doing it all yourself. Or finally say something to that pesky dry cleaner who always seems to leave your coat with a stain on it…

Organizing your time – This is a big one for me, because I am a natural procrastinator (even with the blog). Again, I need to take it out of work and look at how this can benefit my life as whole. Learning time management skills would take a huge pressure out of my life, and help with those feelings of stress I always get when EVERYTHING seems urgent

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Fashion Friday: Digital Florals

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Stealing once again from one of our favorite fashion blogs, Vanilla Extract:

I’ve been admiring digital prints for a while now, always searching for unique pieces that align with my style. The majority of digital prints I’ve come across have either been too expensive or too bold for my liking. Boo!

When Kingdom & State launched their fall collection with this floral jacket, I was just like “Oh, the hunt is over!” The florals give it that feminine feel, but the style of the jacket keeps it from being too girly. I’d say it strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. There’s even a matching skirt on the site if you want to double down on your digital prints.

You can find Nichole’s killer bomber jacket and other styles at Kingdom & State here.

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