I attended the Banana Republic Your Life Styled event in San Francisco and had the pleasure of meeting Hillary Kerr, co-creator of fashion site Who What Wear. I got a chance to chat with her for a bit and pick up an autographed copy of her latest book The Career Code. This book outlines a step-by-step guide on how to build the career of your dreams, whatever it may be. From breaking into the business and handling your first entry level position to more advanced stages of your career, these ladies have valuable advice. I highly recommend reading through all codes, but there are a couple that feel very relevant to me in the current stages of my career ambitions:
Code 5 - Dress for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have
This is a topic I sometimes struggle with. I love getting dressed up to do events with my blogger squad and putting together style posts for blog. I am an avid thrift shopper and have a very robust wardrobe because of al the great deals I find. But at times I fall victim to the "yoga pants uniform" which will mentally make me feel like I'm in a style rut. It gets so ridiculous that even putting on jeans to go to work feels like a task. I am fortunate that I work in Silicon Valley and I can wear casual clothing to the office, but at times that will facilitate my style laziness. The way you dress and perceive yourself can have great impact on your motivation to take the actions you need to achieve your goals. Yoga pants should be for the gym and maybe also snuggling in bed on rainy days, but they shouldn't be the first thing I grab in the morning to get dressed.
At work, what you wear can impact your life for better of for worse in an unquestionably powerful way. - The Career Code
Code 14 - Have Specific, Clearly Defined Goals, and Write Them Down
I am firm believer in writing things down on paper. I keep notebooks for just about everything, life can get too hectic and it would be impossible to try and keep everything sorted in my head. I have a notebook for the big picture goals and another for weekly and daily tasks. Everything I do should be working towards larger goals. Every New Years I write resolutions and I actually do a pretty good job of fulfilling them. The key to my success is to be realistic but still pushing forward and challenging myself. As time goes on during the year it is easy to lose sight of what you had originally set out to do, so having them written down on paper is good way to remind yourself to get back on track. We will always be busy with life and sometimes it's necessary to take some time off, but we should always come back and revisit our goals and if necessary course-correct.
You must write down your goals, on a piece of paper, in your very own handwriting. There is something about writing down your goals by hand that gives them a certain gravitas. - The Career Code
27 Life Hacks to Make You More Efficient, Effective and Happier
Another one of my favorite goodies from this book is the bonus Life Hacks at the back of the book. These are quick little tidbits that can provoke ideas and plant a seed in your mind for bigger changes in the future.
Life Hack #16 - Make To-Do Lists Each Day: This is definitely one of my daily rituals to keep me on track for the day. I feel lost and chaotic without a list of tasks and goals written down on paper. At the end of the day you can look back on your list and gauge how productive you were and plan for the next day.
Life Hack #19 - Spend One Day a Week Focused on the Important Instead of the Urgent: The week goes by so fast and if always you have your head buried in urgent things that pop up, you're missing an opportunity to grow in the bigger picture. Revert back to your notebook of big picture goals and make sure you're still working towards them.
Life Hack #21 - Have Something to Look Forward to Every Week: I completely agree with this statement because let's be honest, even when you enjoy your job, sometimes going to work isn't terribly exciting. You should always have a gem hidden tucked away in the week to keep you daydreaming!
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