Project Manager Survival Kit
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:27AM
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I am finally getting into a routine. Getting in that groove was a challenge, but I did it! I survived the first little stretch of my new job. I am beginning to create my own little “work flow” and I couldn’t be happier! It wasn’t easy though! There are a few items that I figured out quickly that I must have in order to survive this job.

  1. My Smart phone - Not only do I need this to survive my job, I need it to survive my entire life! My phone is my calendar, communication, email, clock, last minute notes, reminders, alarms, camera, entertainment, news source, bank, weatherman, maps, and music (literally this list could go on for days). It is almost sad how much I rely on my phone, it never leaves my side. I am in the generation that remembers not having smart phones, but honestly does not understand how we lived like such cave people! When things go wrong at an event, first thing I do is pick up my phone and text my boss for help! Someone emails me (which comes directly to my phone) asking my availability, I just click on my calendar! I get an urgent phone call while out running errands and must remember something? Not a problem! I will just jot it down in my notes app. Forgot to schedule a Facebook post? Why there is an app for that! Never fear, your smart phone is here.
  2. Coffee – My family likes to say that we might as well hook an IV up to us that is constantly injecting coffee in us 24/7, and then we laugh like we are joking (even though it sounds like a genius idea to me). It almost seems like the only thing that motivates me to get out of bed most mornings is that cup of coffee that is in my near future. This job can be exhausting, especially when you are working events on the weekends. And with a boyfriend that lives out of town, sleep is never in my immediate future. Fortunately, coffee shops are very easy to find with my smart phone!
  3. Cute (and sensible) Shoes – Although part of my job requires doing work at my desk, other parts of my job requires me to be on my feet, A LOT! Just as sleep is usually never in my immediate future, sitting down isn’t either. This is great exercise and good for me, so I can’t really complain, but the key is to find the right shoes. I love a good pair of heels. They make me feel more authoritative and important. But they are not always sensible for long days of standing on my feet. So a nice pair of pointed flats is my shoe of choice! I still have a little bit of “don’t mess with me” attitude yet they make me look sensible and smart at the same time. And I can focus on many things other than how much I want to ditch my shoes. Go with something in between these... And these...and you should be good to go!
  4. Dry Erase Boards and Notepads – In our office, you never know who is going to stop you to tell you something really important while you are walking to the printer or to wash out your coffee cup. There is always a million things going on at once so always be ready to jot things down. If anything, carrying a notepad and pen around with you makes you look very prepared and important! I truly never realized the importance of Dry Erase EVERYTHING until this job. I have a dry erase board as my to do list, my calendar, my Social Media Notes board… I even made my blank copy of the newsletter dry erase so I can jot notes on it every month and erase it and start again next month. Things are constantly changing in this industry. The environment is precious, no need to waste all that paper.
  5. Tote Bag – I am an accessories gal. So of course I feel that a tote bag is a must have! When going from place to place, you don’t want to be juggling 156 little items as well as your purse. So I got a sensible and sturdy oversized tote bag to put everything I need in for the day. It is always smart to keep snacks on you for those times when you can’t get away to grab a meal out. You must refuel to do your best work. It is also a good idea to carry a reusable water bottle with you because like I said before, the environment is important. And while you are at it, throw your phone charger in there!
  6. A Mentor – This is probably the most important thing on this list. I have been blessed with many mentors in my life and this blog post would end up being 10 pages long if I went into detail about how each of them have helped guide and inspire me. But let me leave you with this, having a mentor that believes in you and wants to see you succeed is something that will motivate you to do better. Find someone who has been there, done that, and wants to tell you all about their journey and experiences that got them where they are today. Make sure you are on the edge of your seat listening to every word because their life experiences and advice is more beneficial than any chapter in a text book. Make sure you are not just listening to the advice from your peers. People like your parents, siblings, bosses, church leaders, community leaders and professors are the people you should seek answers from. People who could guide you every step of the way. Listen now, because one day, you will be the one doing the talking and inspiring someone who wants to be just like you. One of my mentors once told me, “It takes ONE person to give you a chance, just one. Use that as your ticket to success.”

So there you have it! This is my Project Manager Survival Kit as of right now. I am sure the further I get into this job, the longer this list will get!



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