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How to work when you really aren’t feeling it

Some random things: I'm doing a reading at Litcrawl SF this year- Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm, it won't be abo
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How to work when you really aren’t feeling it
By Jenn Chen • Issue #84 • View online
Some random things:
  • I’m doing a reading at Litcrawl SF this year- Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm, it won’t be about coffee
  • Recently learned about Class Central, a site that aggregates free online courses from universities and colleges. Perfect for anyone who wants to learn about pretty much anything!
  • I attended about 2/3 of LaterCon, an Instagram conference by Later. It was online and free. Not all of the talks were relevant to me but the link above has video replays available for anyone who is interested in learning about Instagram from other industries.
Hope you enjoy the issue!
– Jenn

Featuring my own work & press
Featuring my own work & press
How to work when you really aren’t feeling it
I’m going to keep this short because, well, the title probably says it all for you. Trying to work when you know you should but you really, really don’t feel like it has happened to everyone. I’m not talking about being lazy, I’m talking about signs of burnout, depression, and lack of motivation. Since I’ve been dealing with this, I’ll just list some items that have helped me. 
Instead of taking a month off like I’d like to (but can’t for, well, financial reasons), I’ve learned some tactics to make sure I’m giving myself space to work but also handle life. 
  • Understand your work style: As you progress through your career, you gain some understanding of how you best work. Whether it’s to-do lists or post-it notes scattered across a blank wall, everyone has their preferences. Learn where you fit in and what works for you (here’s a quiz).
  • Prioritize: I don’t work well when there’s a never-ending list. It’s better for me to see five items on a list, knowing that I will complete them all. So out of that never-ending list, I’ll prioritize the most necessary (where due dates absolutely can’t be moved, events, etc.) and do those.
  • Readjust expectations: You complete less when you’re in a burnout. And if you don’t have the energy to work as much as before, it makes sense that you won’t complete as much, either. Don’t be so hard on yourself – change up your expectations of what a “successful” work day looks like.
  • Ask for help & communicate: This goes hand in hand with the above. If your productivity drops, your manager will likely notice. It’s best to communicate, if you’re in a safe and understanding environment, what’s happening so those expectations can be adjusted.
I am absolutely my own biggest critic so all the above is a work in progress. I know this article isn’t exactly related to coffee marketing but if you are in a lull period, it’s good to remember to take care of yourself. Especially since the holiday marketing season is coming up. 

Quick text updates & links on what's new on the networks
Quick text updates & links on what's new on the networks
Twitter added: line breaks in a bio (web only) and dragging for rearranging photo uploads. It’s testing: new tabs for bookmarks & lists,
Instagram is working on: tool that replicates TikTok’s features,
Facebook added: Page Live video rehearsals, trimming on livestream replay, ability to schedule Instagram feed and IGTV posts in Creator Studio.
Helpful links on how to improve your digital marketing
Helpful links on how to improve your digital marketing
New Study Looks at How Emojis, Videos and Caption Lengths Impact Instagram Post Performance
A Step-by-Step Guide to Google My Business: Set Up and Optimize Your Profile [Infographic]
How to Use Live Video for Marketing
Anything I've enjoyed reading recently
Anything I've enjoyed reading recently
My Harabeoji Taught Me It’s Always Better to Add More Garlic
How to Cultivate Psychological Safety for Your Team, According to Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson
Here’s How the Illustration Design Trend Caught Fire and Why Every SaaS Is Rebranding
An update from my container garden!
An update from my container garden!
My begonia maculata keeps putting out new leaves, like this orange one!
My begonia maculata keeps putting out new leaves, like this orange one!
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If you'd like to work together on writing, photography, or marketing consulting, click through above.
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Jenn Chen

Thoughts on digital marketing as they intersect at specialty coffee, social media, writing, photography & social issues. 2x a month on Wednesdays. @thejennchen | https://jennchen.com

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