I rarely talk about work on this blog. I keep it as my space to talk about life outside of work…frivolous things like fashion, fun things like food, occasionally a little more deep about life. Regular readers will know I’ve been fairly quiet compared to usual in 2017 on this blog though. It started with insomnia, which affected the start of my year quite badly and then work has taken most of my thoughts since then. It tends to be that if I’m absorbed in work, I struggle to blog here also. That’s ok, this should be a fun creative outlet, nothing more. I don’t write here unless I really want to. That’s the way it should be.
But today, I’ll cross the lines from personal blog into my professional life.
For those that aren’t aware, I’m Head of Digital Strategy & Social Media at an advertising agency. I’m also Marketing Director for a day a week at Dowsing & Reynolds. You see why I have little time to blog here at the moment? I’ve been doing digital marketing for twenty years (the age of some fashion/lifestyle bloggers!). I’ve got a masters degree in it and I’m good at it.
(if you want to take more of a look at what I’ve been doing in my professional life and read some of the articles I’ve published on LinkedIn – click: www.linkedin.com/in/allydowsingreynolds)
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some times that are challenging though. I find that my motivation to tackle things can sometimes be amazing, but it can sometimes be lacking. I think we all find that, don’t we? I’m very lucky to have worked with some fantastic people for a lot of years. They have supported me through great times and through not so great times (my parents dying, my first marriage collapsing).
Everyone has times when they will struggle at work, maybe due to difficulties at work…maybe due to personal circumstances. It’s for this reason that when I was approached to take a look at two books relating to simplifying your work life and coping with crises at work, I accepted. Usually, I’d politely decline as it’s not normally what I’d write here…but I thought these might genuinely be useful for some of you. Juggling work, blogging and having a home/social life can be tricky. I’ll happily take a look at anything that helps that.
The “Keep It Simple Book” by Simon Tyler is a great little pocket book by a business coach who has spent many years successfully helping hundreds of individuals to overcome the complexity of their business and personal lives, and instead, focus on what is essential and productive. This compact book contains 50 practical tips and techniques to inspire and provoke. It’s a nice easy bitesize read. You can dip in and out whenever you want without having to read big chunky paragraphs. I’m currently about halfway through it and it’s given me some nice little tips. I often suffer from overcomplicating, in both my work life and my personal life. I’m a big thinker, an analyser…which is often a good thing, but sometimes I can really benefit from stopping and simplifying.
This compact book contains 50 practical tips and techniques to inspire and provoke. It’s a nice easy bitesize read. You can dip in and out whenever you want without having to read big chunky paragraphs. I’m currently about halfway through it and it’s given me some nice little tips. I often suffer from overcomplicating, in both my work life and my personal life. I’m a big thinker, an analyser…which is often a good thing, but sometimes I can really benefit from stopping and simplifying.
I haven’t yet read the other book, but it looks good – The Crisis Book by Rick Hughes, Andrew Kinder and Cary Cooper. It’s about overcoming and surviving work-life challenges. Like I said, we all have these times. Lots of us experience pressure, stress and awkward situations at work. This seems like a handy little guide for tackling those times. Again, it’s a concise book. 70 practical tips. It’s been written by practicing therapists and one of the world’s leading authorities on management and work.
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