Give Yourself Some Credit

There’s been a weird lull at work the last few weeks, and it definitely makes me think either: A. something bad is lurking around the corner, or B. I’m forgetting to do something. This entire summer I felt like I was treading water, but it’s much more manageable now.

December 1 marks the sixth month mark, and I can’t believe it’s already been almost six months at my job. June 1, when I started, seems so long ago. I’ve gained new clients and I’ve had some leave, and there’s a core group that I enjoy working with. I’ve gotten to know each of my clients, and I’ve personally met about half of them. It’s nice to finally match a face to emails. I really like the other two account managers I work with, and we’re always open to helping each other or taking a few minutes for a laugh.

Maybe it’s because of the upcoming holiday season it seems slower at work. The majority of my accounts are closed out for November and over the summer, I would go into new months with a good amount of accounts still open, so having only about 10 left open with ~two weeks left, it’s weird. That’s why I keep thinking I forgot to do something.

I’ve become much more comfortable at my job, especially talking to clients. I hate talking on the phone, but I had to conquer that fear pretty quickly. I’m comfortable with people I’ve talked to before, but I still get a little nervous talking to someone for the first time. People are just people, and if you’re nice to them, they’re nice to you (hopefully). I’ve become more confident in my work and what I’m able to do. I never imaged I’d be doing what I do, from writing content to creating email newsletters to claiming unofficial Facebook pages. I love how diverse my clients are, and I do different things for each one of them.

I’m my worst critic, and one of my bosses knows that. She can tell when I’m being too hard on myself, and she’ll always tell me when I do a good job. I know that sounds lame, but when you’re literally thrown into the fire straight out of college dealing with clients twice your age, it’s nice to know that others think you’re doing a good job. And haven’t screwed anything up yet.

And if you do, admit you did wrong and learn from it. I messed up something a couple months ago, and it was something I hadn’t really done before. Now I joke about it and know that mistakes happen. You just have to be careful about what you’re doing. And ask someone for help if you need it.

Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. Sure one day may have been wicked stressful and you felt like you got nothing done, but look at what you’ve been able to accomplish the last few months. I often get stuck in a rut and worry about the little things when I should be proud of what I’ve been able to do and how much I enjoy where I work and the people I work with.

I’m looking forward to the short week next week, and then I’m decorating my cube for December. It’s going to look like Christmas threw up and I am so excited!

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