What I Carry When Working on the Go – My Modern Briefcase
I remember being envious of my dad when he would pull anything out of his briefcase when I was younger. For some reason, I felt like I needed to have one even though my most important documents at that time were vocabulary words teaching me when to use “ie” or “ei.” Now that I’m older and have a career, I get overly excited about what to pack in my “briefcase.” A while ago, I spent months trying to find some beautiful, leather, traditional briefcase to carry when I needed to transport my materials for work, but nothing looked remotely cute enough for me to want to pair with my work clothes. Who says we have to carry a traditional work bag?! I found a very inexpensive tote that fits what I need perfectly without being cumbersome. Best of all, the bag AND the contents coordinate (I’m a dork, I know). Take a peek inside my bag to see what I carry in my modern briefcase.
My office had a super busy summer, and we all got used to the fast-paced work day that was necessary to stay on top of paperwork and keep up with the growing prospect pool. The last few weeks, traffic and paperwork has slowly waned, and we found ourselves finally finding time to go through our stack of things to get to “when we have time.” Do you have one of these stacks? As necessary and comforting as they are daunting and dreaded, we went through every file and report until all our lists were caught up. What do we do when all pressing issues are addressed and all deadlines have been met? As tempting as it was to spend entirely too much time looking for a new desktop background while counting the minutes until lunchtime, it was important that I buckle down and not let the absence of ringing phones or new prospects allow my productivity to slide. For days that get slow, I’ve listed four ways to take advantage of down time at your desk and make that slow day productive.
The “Climb” page will have info related to career health. While this post is very light-hearted and stays on the surface, I thought it would be a good way to break the ice on this tab.
I find that everyone I’ve worked with has several items always within close reach on their desk, and these items vary from person to person and also within different industries and positions. For a little over four years, I have worked in multi-family property management. Right now I’m the Assistant Community Director at a beautiful property in Knoxville, TN, and noticed myself reaching and looking for certain items more than others. Below I have shared 8 items that have permanent real estate at my desk that I rely on daily.