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Finally

My posts complaining about school and my non-existent life will no longer dominate my blog.

I have finally completed the MBA program from the University of Nevada!!

This last semester was incredibly difficult as I had to juggle a FT job and 4 classes/week.  At the beginning of the semester my friends laughed at my schedule.  Halfway into the semester my friends asked, “How are you holding up?”

Surprisingly well!

And now the semester is over and it could not feel better!

 

Grad Student Dilemma Triangle

I have an exam on Wednesday, so naturally I have decided to do ANYTHING except study.  This includes posting a new blog 🙂

I was fortunate enough to skype with my boyfriend the other night.  In the midst of complaining about studying and not having a life, the boyfriend decided to draw me a little diagram (and narrate it in a Russian accent).

Based on his diagram, you can choose 2 (AND ONLY 2) of the following:

  1. Social Life
  2. Sleep
  3. Good Grades

You can have a social life and sleep, but then your grades will suffer.

You can have a social life and good grades, but you’ll need to sacrifice sleep (heck no).

Or you can have sleep and good grades, which results in ZERO social life.

I apparently have chosen the ZERO social life route.

Delegating = Convenient?

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What is convenience worth?  I come from two different families: My dad is a person who is hellbent on doing everything himself.  Why get your car washed when you can save a buck and wash it yourself?  My step-dad is a person who is adamant about paying an extra buck for the convenience of having someone else wash your car and do a better job than you can do yourself in half the time.

Is one better than the other?

My boyfriend’s family spent the ENTIRE weekend installing a sprinkler system.  2 days later they have a complete sprinkler system for about $1000 cheaper than contracting it out.  The drawbacks?

  • There is mud everywhere
  • 2 days “wasted”
  • Sweat, blood, and tears
  • Dirty clothes
  • Several trips to home depot
  • Mistakes are made
  • You have to rent and return your equipment
  • And so much more.

So the question of the day right now is:  Is the convenience of paying an extra $1,000 worth the hassle as opposed to the above drawbacks?  I believe some personalities have a “get ‘er done” attitude.  I realized that this same type of personality can be relayed back to managers and leaders.  Some leaders choose to delegate all of their work.  Why work extra hours when you can pass this work off onto someone else?  However, by delegating work, you may have a report completed much quicker than had you done it yourself and with less errors.  Other leaders choose do to all of the work themselves and to take on tasks to avoid slamming their staff with “yet another” assignment.  While their staff may appreciate their leader’s effort to contribute to the team, the same situation as above can occur:  a report or assignment could be created with more errors and not as timely.

It’s an interesting debate.  I don’t think there is a right answer – but perhaps there is a better answer based on personality types.

A little goes a long way

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For the past couple of weeks I have been reading a lovely little book called The Power of Small by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval.

I am constantly dwelling on “the small things” possibly a little too much, so I chose to purchase this book to support my dwelling-on-little-things mentality.  I also was hoping that the book would provide some subtle communication tips (either verbal or nonverbal).

I LOVED this book and already have a list of people to lend it to.  It really gave me a different perspective on how a small gesture/random act of kindness can really go a long way.  What I really liked about this book was the surplus of examples provided to depict the picture the author is trying to paint.  I am an examples kind of person, so it helped to understand exactly what the author was trying to explain.  LOVE examples!

The tone of the book is almost informal – the point is simply to explain the idea and supplement that idea with a corresponding example or two.  Mission accomplished.  From small concepts such as simply writing a Thank You note to how a new hair cut could potentially affect the future of your career, there are mini-stories galore to inspire anyone.  I can’t wait for my friends and family to read this book – I think anyone and everyone could benefit from the advice provided to improve our work quality and attitude toward others.

Thursday Thoughts from a Young Professional

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It is almost the end of the work week and I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This past week I have learned:

  • I am extremely thankful for professors that let the class out early.
  • You can do more than you think during a small 1-hour lunch break.  I successfully drove to school, searched desperately for parking, turned in an add-slip for a summer class, drove to Walmart to buy lunch, called my mom, and ate lunch with 10 minutes to spare!
  • I still love the blue-bagged Doritos.
  • The “=+” in an excel formula means NOTHING but people still continue to use it.
  • I have a lot more “inappropriate” Facebook photos than I thought.  The purging has been a long drawn out process.
  • I think I’m incredibly busy with school and work full time, but I can’t even imagine tacking on children to the mix.  There are people I have class with that work, go to school, AND have kids at home.  I learned that I am thankful to not have kids.
  • The beautiful weather outside really does make you happier in a I-don’t-mind-working-until-6-because-it’s-still-light-at-8pm kind of way.
  • Crossfit really will be the death of me one day.

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I am SO THANKFUL tomorrow is Friday.  It sure has been a long week, hasn’t it?