Surviving the Office Is Just Like Middle School

As we grow older it's hard not to giggle over the passing of time and realization that most of us are just taller, grown up versions of that little girl in tapered jeans who felt shy presenting in front of her class. Sure, our fashion sense, skin, self-confidence and business savvy have improved over the years, but the major rules and coping tools for daily life are still very much the same. I recently leafed through the Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School and flat out LOLed over the fact that the advice for today's pre-teens mirrors the career advice I share with friends and SavvySugar readers. Maybe it's true what they say: the more things change, the more they stay the same. To see how, keep on reading.

  • Timing Is Everything -
  • Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School says: "Never before has time management been so mega-important in your life. Planning ahead, spacing out assignments, making the most of very hour in your day will keep you from flipping out at super-stressful times."
    Savvy says: Truth be told there aren't always enough hours in the day to complete your tasks. It's up to you to keep up momentum through the day so your stress meter doesn't skyrocket at five.
  • Keep the Focus -
  • Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School says: "Even if you have the best intentions to get an early start, motivation can melt when you're dealing with distractions. So eliminate potential pitfalls by shutting down AIM and turning off your cell and TV while you work." Savvy says: It can be hard to even drag yourself into the office - let alone to stay organized and productive while you're there. Manage your in office time by organizing it carefully to optimize results and stay focused.
  • Speak Up -
  • Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School says: "Asking questions is a sign of intelligence. When you put forth the effort to be inquisitive about a topic, it shows you have been paying attention."
    Savvy says: We are in charge of our own success at happiness at the office. If you have a bright idea you want to take on or a lazy co-worker holding you back, address it with your boss or HR. Always remember management can't read your mind.
  • Take the Risk -
  • Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School says: "There's nothing like sticking your neck out to give you a jolt of can-do confidence, regardless of the outcome."
    Savvy says: Fulfilling your responsibilities is good; trying harder can make you great. Step up your work game by putting in more effort in subtle ways that may just get you noticed. Constantly strive to step up your game at work and reap the reward of better days.
  • Be Balanced -
  • Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School says: "Finally figured out how to get things done ahead of time? Keep up the momentum by staying organized: Use a planner and fill it up with future tasks to tackle over the next few weeks. Just make sure to leave some free time, too."
    Savvy says: Most of us experience an uneven pull between our social lives and work commitments, which isn't surprising considering the current economy and fact that employees everywhere are working overtime to show they're an indispensable part of the team. Nevertheless, it's important to establish a healthy harmony between your job and personal life. Follow these suggestions for a more balanced work and personal life.

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