The Importance Of A Work-life Balance

How allocating time for your personal interests can lead to professional success

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By: Kailey Gaffikin

Most people have busy lives. Although some may have larger commitments than others, such as a CEO of a fortune 500 company, the majority of individuals have places to be, things to do and people to take care of. These commitments build up overtime. It can be hard for those with the busiest of schedules to take a step back and think about when they should do something for themselves, outside of their professional and personal commitments. 

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Why Self-Confidence is One of the Many Interpersonal Skills Needed in PR

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By: Kaylie Lewis

Confidence in oneself is one of the many interpersonal skills needed to succeed in PR. In an industry predominantly comprised by women, it’s important to realize how to use your voice assuredly to get things accomplished, and be recognized as a leader. As a woman in this industry, I must realize that having a voice means I am contributing to the conversation by adding value and true perspective. Using my voice means thinking strategically about what, how and when to say something. Ultimately, I’ve learned that through self-confidence I can gain respect and authority.

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Positive Self-Talk: Why it’s Important and How to Achieve it

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By: Shannon White

The way that you think and feel about yourself is extremely important especially when it comes to public relations work and business in general. In this day and age many young adults have a very self-deprecating sense of humor. This behavior is highlighted a lot on social media and seen as comedic among young people. This message of negativity is extremely destructive and can create a habit of these thoughts remaining in your day-to-day mindset creating an unhealthy environment for yourself.

These thoughts can also become a reality. What many people fail to realize is the power of our thoughts and words. Thoughts can easily turn into words, words to actions and actions into reality. As a public relations professional it is important to not only have your clients be seen in a positive light, but you as an individual should be seen in a positive manner too. Your own PR is just as important. Potential employers and colleagues should know that you are a competent individual with a unique set of skills to bring to any team you are on.  

As someone who also struggles with positive self-talk, I can tell you now that it is easier said than done when changing your mindset. However, there are several ways that you can try and correct this negative mindset.

One way is changing what you consume online. Examining your external environment is extremely important. Ask yourself if there are any external factors contributing to your negative self-talk. Are you following people that make you feel worse about yourself? Are you following accounts that have negative language in their content? Cleansing your feed is a great way to brighten up your mindset and start your journey toward building it.

Another tip to a more positive mindset is to assess your values. When you are thinking about the way that you talk to others and how you treat them, ask yourself, “would I say these mean things to a friend?” Think of yourself as one of your closest friends. You are the person you know best and are with at all time. Why not tell yourself the positive things you would say to a friend or coworker?

Finally, prioritize yourself. Are you creating habits that will help you create a positive self-narrative? Are you reminding yourself that it’s not the end of the world when things go wrong and you’re not a failure? Remember, your narrative sets the attitude you have and the words that you say to yourself. Prioritize your happiness and do things that will help reinforce confidence. When your confidence is low, others can sense that and in turn they could believe the negative things you say about yourself.

Overall, your self-talk should be uplifting and positive. These changes don’t happen overnight, but taking small steps to get there will be a crucial step in finding success in your career.


Managing Time/Stress As A College Student

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I know this is easier said than done, but I have four key tips to managing time that will help you out! I am a busy person and these tips have helped me succeed. To give a bit of  background about myself, I take 18 units, work part time with the Oakland Raiders (so I commute to Oakland) , have a cat and I am apart of a sorority. My weeks usually consist of school 24/7 and then added activities from my sorority, internship, pet or work. That being said, I am very aware that life can be stressful and time management is key.

My four tips to reducing stress and managing time are:

  1. Weekly Planner
  2. To-do list DAILY
  3. Mental health days
  4. Food food food

I know stress doesn’t just disappear and it is inevitable as a student, but these steps can make life a little easier for you and help you with managing your time.

Using a weekly planner and a daily to-do list saved my life. If I didn’t write things down, I would be a disaster. I have two planners, one for TGC and one for school work and weekly events. If you write your things down, it keeps you accountable and organized.

Mental health days and food (my two favorite things to talk about ). I always give myself a mental health day. Mental health is so important for your body and sometimes when you’re in school you’re so busy you forget that. Take a few days for yourself or even a few hours. When I feel overwhelmed I will take some time to relax, get my nails done, hangout with my cat, or anything to reduce stress. And for food, it is important to eat healthy foods that help your brain and energy levels. Putting junk in your body might make you feel good that second, but ultimately it hurts you.

Your mental health is so key during this time period. You can’t be the best version of yourself if you aren’t feeling your best. Take the time to do these four steps and it can make your time management and mind.

By: Sage Piccolotti

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance

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As the days go on, getting lost in the craziness and feeling like there is no end in sight seems like a daily occurance. With the busy season ramping up, it is important to find a good balance to your work-life and your life outside of the office.

Working day in and day out can be exhausting, especially in the ever fast-paced world of public relations. According to CNBC, public relations came in the eighth spot as part of their list of the top 10 most stressful jobs in America. I can attest to this claim with my brief time in this industry. Constantly thinking about how the public will perceive your message, being able to create a compelling message and making sure the world doesn’t blow up in your face is indeed high stress. Having a good work-life balance, especially in a high-stress career like public relations, is vital.

Finding hobbies that help you forget about work for even just a moment is a great way to help draw a line in the sand of work and personal life. Activities such as hiking, cooking, painting and just exploring your town or city can all be great ways to disconnect and be present in the moment. Even just making it a habit of leaving your work at the office can help push you to keep your work from creeping into your personal life.

With the rise of new age technology, it’s hard to stop yourself from refreshing your emails, scrolling through your newsfeed and essentially waiting for the world to throw a new curveball at you. Being able to turn off your phone and stop obsessing over work after leaving the office is a task that does come with its difficulties, but in order to not turn into a frazzled workaholic, it’s crucial.

Being able to take a step back and enjoy your life is something that I feel has been pushed aside. Everyone wants to be constantly busy and have something on their plate. However, that lifestyle is not sustainable. Please for your own sake, take a minute to stop, take a deep breath and relax for just a moment.

By Shannon White

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Personal Success in PR: The Importance of Self Concept

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In business, the way you perceive and present yourself correlates directly with how others perceive you. Self-concept relates to how an individual regards their identity.

Self-concept is developed by both internal and external factors. Personality and personal background play a huge role on building one’s self-concept.

Many individuals may have a positive view of themselves whereas others may have a more negative view. Building up confidence to reach a positive view of yourself is crucial for ultimate success in business and personal relationships.

How can you strengthen personal confidence?

Start with developing a positive opinion of yourself through frequent uplifting thoughts. Focus on positive self-talk and an understanding of the importance of being uniquely you.

  1. Verbal communication is key. Speak clearly and confidently.
  2. Nonverbal communication is as important as verbal communication. Make a habit of practicing positive body language tactics. Make eye contact with others, standup straight and keep your head up when walking in a crowd.
  3. Spread kindness to other people. Random acts of kindness towards strangers can have a direct correlation with how you view yourself.
  4. Analyze your social media presence. Post content related to your interests and stuff that you are passionate about sharing. Before publishing content, think about how it makes you feel and how it may make others feel.

Making a habit of these tactics can help you reach more opportunities in business. Your attitude and confidence levels will strengthen by empowering how you view yourself. With increased confidence will increase your networking opportunities.

In any personal and business endeavors always remember that there is no one exactly like you and that is your super power.

By Kailey Gaffikin

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The Key to a Stress-Free Life

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Stress, we all get it, but where does it derive from? It can be caused by multiple things such as having a lot on your plate, meeting deadlines, or even having to resolve a problem. Regardless of what is causing you to stress, I will give you a tip that has helped me deal with stress during the last five years of my life.

 

Before I get to that, let me give you a small glimpse of the type of stress I was facing.

 

I transferred to Chico State from a community college in San Diego. I dealt with the most amount of stress during my final year. I was working 40 hours a week for a deadline-oriented market research firm. I was the scheduler in charge of meeting weekly deadlines for my two assigned states. I was also the team lead of my department which meant I had to help my team members meet their deadlines. At the same time, I was dealing with transfer applications while taking 15 units of classes. Somehow, I managed.

 

How did I do it? I scheduled an hour a day to do something I enjoyed. Everyone has that one thing we look forward to doing, that thing that lets us disconnect from the present and gives us peace of mind. In my case, that was playing video games. I realized that regardless of how stressed I was feeling I always felt much better and re-energized after disconnecting for a bit.

 

The key to being stress free isn’t video games. It’s finding that one thing that gives you freedom, makes you forget all your problems and allows you take a break and breath. My tip to you is, find that thing you look forward to doing and make time for it. It could be running, reading, cooking or even hanging out with friends. Whatever it may be, make time for it. Your deadlines won’t go away, but you will feel energized and relieved, giving you enough strength to tackle anything.

 

Public relations can be a stress heavy field, or so I’ve been told. But, I look forward to developing my career in an industry involving crisis communications. I like being challenged and being pushed to do my best. As long as I have gaming or something that can help me relieve stress, I welcome any challenge that comes my way.

 By: Alma Garcia 

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