I remember the first day of my first job like it was yesterday. I know I haven’t been out of school that long, but five years is still a long time ago!
I walked into that building scared, yet excited for my future, innocently thinking that I would excel at everything right away.
Newsflash: this did not happen. If you’ve been following The YoPro Know for a while now, then you know this already, but in reality, my first job was far from what I thought it would be. And that is OKAY!
When I look back at that first year, I often cringe at some of the things I remember doing. Things like sending an email too soon with a million typos, walking into conversations or meetings that I was not prepared for, and multitasking when it was only slowing me down.
So many big events happen in those first few months at a job. Do yourself a favor and start slowing down before you get too far ahead of yourself. To help you with this, remember these tips from YoPros just like you and stand out in the workplace right away by being calm, collected, and patient.
1. Good things take time.
Like any good thing, it takes time and patience. While that may bug you at times, remember to assess each time you start a project at work or are asked to join a new work organization. If you don’t “get it” right away, don’t rush into things or worse, rush your work. Have patience and know that it will take time before you can get it right every time.
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Take it from YoPros Morgan Stephens and Taylor Read, who agree that preparing for all outcomes will set you up for success. This includes meetings, job searches, and more. Jot down a few notes in a journal or your laptop before a meeting and do your research. Know who you are networking with or who you are giving that ‘pitch’ to. Being prepared now will equip you for success later.
3. Avoid multitasking, particularly at the beginning.
This is something I can personally attest to. Multitasking can only be good for so long. I remember trying to tackle too many objectives at the start of my career and before long, I was mixing up my thoughts, plans, and goals. Take it from Danielle Nauman, who shares the power of time blocking. This is a skill that I have only recently learned, but it is incredible impactful and I feel very lucky to have learned it in the first few years of my career.
If you find yourself doing the opposite of any of the above, it is okay! Start learning ways you can practice patience in your day-to-day YoPro life and let us know what works for you.
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