New corporate America vibes

Let me preface this by saying that my last manager was awesome. There were some principles however that were prevalent at the last company (not individuals) I worked for that I didn’t particularly care for i.e. the struggle of being black in corporate America.

Though the company thrived on diversity and inclusion, that good ole’ boy mentality was still there. It was all about who you knew. When the CEO walked in the room everyone wanted to get his attention and tried to make a good impression. Personally, that’s not how I carry myself. I love working behind the scenes but I shouldn’t have to kiss ass to be recognized.

I was told to join teams, be seen, blazay, blah! I fell out of place there but stayed because I was comfortable. Fortunately, God gave me an out and I took it.

It had been over a year since I’d been in corporate America (thanks to God and his amazing blessings) but about a month ago, I started working for this company and well, I love it!

Of course, my mindset has a lot to do with that change but also; I’m in fkn San Diego! The fact that I’m here makes me feel that I’m that much closer to my dream. Anyway, I’m up at 4.30 ish every morning, making breakfast, packing lunches, ironing clothes, then I’m in rush hour traffic to and from work. I am NOT complaining at all but I’ve been super exhausted, lately. Truth of the matter is I’m an entrepreneur in corporate America and this job is a blessing but my focus remains the same.

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It’s easy to get distracted and bite the carrot being dangled in front of you. I’m so focused on my long-term goals, y’all! I love and enjoy what I’m doing but the ultimate goal is to work for myself. If you are struggling with maintaining equilibrium, here’s some tips that helped me refocus despite my physical and sometimes mentally draining days.

Refocus tips:

  1. Keep on track of your calendar. Whether you’re using an electronic one or a physical planner, keep it near you and skim through the details a few times a day. If there’s a task list of a 3k word count that’s due on Monday, then I am subconsciously thinking about it all day. When I sit to write, I don’t have to think about what to write.
  2. You need visual goals and reminders—I do two things: I reference my vision board daily to get an idea of the things I want to achieve but also keep a photo of my dream house in office at work and at home.
  3. Shower and make  a nice small cup of coffee to help keep you on your feet. I used to drink big mugs of coffee at nights then wonder why I kept waking up at weird hours.
  4. I was the CEO of #TeamNoSleep since teen years but realized in the past few months that we aren’t any good if our bodies aren’t rejuvenating. I’m not saying that sometimes you don’t have to sacrifice sleep but always remember to make that time up.

I hope these tips helped. What are some of your tips? What motivates you especially on those nights you feel like giving up?

 

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