As an account coordinator, the most important part of my job is organization. Using a bullet journal and the “bullet journal method” helped me through college and turned me into the organization superstar I am today. I’d like to use this blog post to share why I think it is so useful and how my use of it has changed over time.
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Ask any designer which program is their least favorite to work in, and chances are it’s one of the Microsoft 365 apps (see Michael’s blog here). But, given that it’s a program that our clients probably use, it is one we are destined to have to deal with. Now that we have that disclaimer out of the way, just because it is yet another PowerPoint presentation does not mean it has to look like just another PowerPoint presentation.
When walking into Texas Creative and realizing someone has brought their dog to work, it sets the tone for the entire day. Sweet dogs just make your heart melt, especially at the workplace. It’s amazing what they can do with just their presence. Dogs can give so much to an individual and in return ask for very little.
There's no perfect one-stop software for GIF creation, but years of experience have led me to this streamlined workflow that rewards with efficiencies.
To say 2020 was a year unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes would be quite an understatement. And while we’re all very happy to put the last 12 months in our rear-view mirrors, the team at Texas Creative has been reflecting on some positive aspects of this extraordinary time. Through all the adversity we’ve faced, a new normal has emerged. One that has revealed what is truly important in our lives: Family, Friends, and Community.
2020 has been anything but conventional. We have gone from structured in-school learning by professionals to homeschooling by parents that are working from home simultaneously. Classrooms were traded for temporary desks made up of kitchen tables or any hard surface available. This year is when finding a decent priced desk was like looking for a needle in a haystack for us parents. We experienced the great toilet paper shortage and soap, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes were being traded between neighbors like our lives depended on it.
Everyone should be utilizing their strengths to encourage those around them to vote during this election. Whether it’s simply sharing helpful resources on your social media or spreading awareness by word of mouth, something is better than nothing. One of the many perks that comes with working for a marketing agency is that we have the power to utilize our talents for the greater good of our community, and the nation, during this presidential election.
As a small business, it’s always been part of our company DNA to encourage voting. We have built into our Texas Creative handbook the standard paid-time-off for voting - one hour - and encourage our staff to register to vote as they join our team. Usually that’s enough. But this year, as we head into an election with anticipated record voter turnout, we decided we had to do more to help with our civic duties. You see, there are a lot of ways to show your patriotism: saying the pledge, flying the flag, singing the national anthem, or serving in our military.
We all fall into ruts in our daily lives. As responsibilities pile up, we become machines of routine that eventually can lead to monotony. It is hard to be creative within monotony. I get it, I have three kids and there are plenty of days where efficiency is the only goal of the day, so when I read an article telling me to “break routine” in order to be more creative, I just laugh. But, there are some tips I can offer that I find helpful. Not all of them are pandemic-proof, but we can possibly modify a bit to fit our current situation.
Some say, “People are an agency’s greatest asset.” I say, “The RIGHT people are an agency’s ONLY asset.”