This week marks the start of Fashion Week, which is an exciting, beautiful time in the city and also insanely hectic. It’s almost impossible to avoid the congestion and crazy that comes with the event, whether it’s a packed subway, no cabs to be had, model overload or if you’re a PR girl… an insane number of events and backstage duties. Adrianna and I used to so look forward to this time of year, but now we are praising the PR gods that we have limited responsibilities this season.
There are a few tasks every PR girl must undertake that go from glam to “GUH WHY!?” in a matter of months or years. Lately, I’ve been noticing myself get a little down on the process, which is easy to do when you’re in the crisis-management and client-service business. The week after Labor Day has always really felt like the start of something new to me (call it school days habits), so I figure what a better time than now to get myself positive and work towards professional optimism.
Here are a few ways you can keep positive in PR, or whatever occupation you may have:
Hear the negativity, and stop it – You can’t help if other people go all pessimistic on your work, but you can stop yourself. If you find yourself feeding into a complaining session or start raising your voice when talking about a client, check yourself. It’s OK to change your attitude mid sentence even, with a simple “On the other hand….” you can share a positive outlook on the issue at hand. The more often you catch yourself, the less often you’ll even start with the Negative Nancy attitude
Try to refresh your job – Have you fallen into a rut that lacks excitement? Do you chug Starbucks at your desk while monitoring and replying to emails in the AM, get super distracted through the afternoon with tasks and calls, only to rush home and crash in bed? It’s time for a new routine. Try walking to work if you can, even if it means getting off one subway stop sooner to pass new coffee shops and bakeries. I love my new habit of green tea with news updates and often leave my desk for a smoothie break in the afternoon. Variety is key to keep excitement going
Fake it ’til you make it - Even if you don’t feel happy, studies show that mimicking happiness, laughter or confidence will help you feel the real thing. So even if you don’t want to go into a meeting with a smile, try it! Your glowing face might inspire your boss or co-worker to take a new attitude as well… it’s contagious!
Put down the phone – This is especially hard in public relations, when your response is needed and expected in the moment something is happening. However, I would say 8/10 times checking my phone after I get home from the office is unnecessary, and nothing really comes up that I couldn’t handling the morning with my team. I have gotten in the habit of checking my phone only twice after I leave the office, once right before I cook dinner and once an hour before bed. All other times I am not thinking about work. There is really no reward to having your eyes glued to your phone screen other than putting yourself in an unhealthy cycle – if you become available 24/7, people then expect you to do so and take advantage