Tag Archives: OCD

What to do When there’s NOTHING to Do

woman bored at workHey readers, it’s been awhile. I have been adjusting to life in the city and working at Ogilvy. Now some days have been completely crazy, and other days there’s nothing for me to do. With it almost being the 4th of July, and most people out this week, it’s been pretty mellow. Monday got busy, then Tuesday was during the middle of the day and today I have nothing until after lunch. If you’re situation is similar to mine, here’s what productive things you can do in your spare time:

  • Label emails. Now this one seems kind of too OCD and a waste of time. However, if you are working at an agency and are on multiple accounts like moi, it helps you to find old emails easier. I have five main labels and then sub labels for certain accounts. It may seem tedious and way too much, but you’ll thank me because when you need to find an email your boss can’t it’ll take two seconds.
  • Work on your summer project. Most companies and agencies, especially large ones, give their interns a summer project to work on. If you have tons of free time, work on that project and get all of it done. I say this because if you don’t do it in your free time and eventually have no time, you’ll be working on it after hours (and no one wants to do that when it’s intern happy hour). So don’t waste your free time!
  • Read industry news. I am always on Mashable, PR Daily, Fast Company, Fashionista.com, etc. It keeps me informed on what is going on in my industry and gives me something to talk about with coworkers. It’s not the most productive thing to do with your free time, but it’s better than just looking at Facebook all day.
  • Ask if anyone on your team needs anything. If you work at an agency, you can’t just walk around the office and be like, “hey, anyone need help with anything?” Your boss will wonder what the heck you are doing, and you can’t just do work for other accounts – that’s just not how it works. You can ask anyone on your account if they need anything, like copies or a small task, but if they have nothing it is okay. Your boss cannot punish you because there’s nothing for you to do, that’s not how it works.
  • Blog. If you have nothing to do – no side project, intern project, actual work, etc. then it’s okay to spend your time doing something like blogging. I am a very productive person, and always ask if there’s anything I can help with, but sometimes there is literally nothing. That’s okay. So after all of my emails are labeled, I’ve read industry news articles and asked if anyone needs anything, I’ll do something like write a blog post. It’s not like I am checked out, because my eyes are fully glued to my email and schedule, but these low-times at work happen. It’s just how it is.

In an agency setting, you will either be crazy busy or have absolutely nothing to do. That’s just the way the business is, especially for newcomers. Don’t get upset or feel like you’re useless, just do the jobs you are given and try to be productive as possible during the times you don’t have anything to do at the moment. Are the status reports updated? Is everything running smoothly? Did you get your cup of coffee yet? Ask yourself these questions, and if all else fails, just go with it.

x KMSH

What’s YOUR Brand?

Hey readers, last week I attended the last of Scripps PRSSA’s PR Bootcamp and the topic was personal branding. Until about a year or so ago, I didn’t know that I was my own brand. Usually when I think of brands I think Burberry, Cheetos, Diet Coke, etc. but not me, myself and I. So what did I learn about how to promote the best YOU brand?

My Twitter profile just screams me with my tagline, background of NYC in pastels and I'm smiling in my "professional photo."

My Twitter profile just screams me with my tagline, background of NYC in pastels and I’m smiling in my “professional photo.”

Step 1: Consistency. All of your social media profiles should match. My Twitter and LinkedIn profile pictures match, as well as the photo I use on the “Who am I?” page on this website. I do have a Facebook but a) I use it for photo purposes/to connect with friends and b) it has higher privacy settings. My photo isn’t the same as my Twitter and LinkedIn but it’s still appropriate and explains me (it’s in black and white). I also have this weird OCD habit about all of my fonts being the same. The font I use for my email is the same font in my resume…. weird right? Well that’s me for ya!

Step 2: Appropriate. Okay, I had to bring this one up. The general rule is that if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it then don’t post/tweet it. That can be said for photos as well. If you’re under 21, why would you have pictures of you with alcohol in your hands? It’s illegal and you can lose a job or internship over it. I’m not saying you have to be a stick in the mud but be smart. It’s as simple as that.

Step 3: Make it you. This is something I find many people have difficulties with. It’s great to see that on Twitter you are extremely professional and good at what you do but what are you like? Are you boring? Are you a mild-crazy person? What are your interests/hobbies? I look at Twitter as a place where you should be professional but have fun and make it your own. My twitter is half what I do and half what I like. It’s me. I mean who else would say “Lover of traveling” or “Fashion OBSESSED.” That may be someone else’s tagline but I can say that’s who I am. I’ve been to eight different countries and I browse clothing on Pinterest and Polyvore almost every single day. I also read fashion news and am secretly in love with Fashion Police on E!

When looking at YOUR brand, you really have to think about who you are. Now resumes are another subject I will talk about soon because mine took FOREVER. But just remember to never have a private and public Twitter, because that could mean your hiding something. Be smart and if you are thinking whether that post/tweet is a good idea, just don’t post/tweet it. Lastly, remember that you are your own brand, not someone else’s, so ask yourself: Who is ______________?

P.S. I’m going to Chicago in less than three weeks with my best friend and I cannot wait! Michigan Avenue and amazing food here I come!

x KMSH

Diet Coke ad I made for my graphics class... It's one brand I love because I have at least one a day.

Diet Coke ad I made for my graphics class… It’s one brand I love because I have at least one a day.