Tatyana Mishel is our wonderful writer and editor – anything that has words on it, she sees it. After contracting for many years, Tatyana decided it was time to make a change and jump onboard with a company (us!) that she is passionate about. Read on for Tatyana’s strategy for Mondays and how she beats boredom.
Title and description of what you do:
I work in the marketing group as a writer and editor. I manage our blog – assigning, editing, writing – and then write marketing and web copy (whatever needs to be written).
Do you have a ritual or routine to the start of your work day?
Swim, coffee time, then I’m ready to hit it.
How do you beat boredom?
With a wooden spoon. Just kidding. Years ago I had a teacher who responded to a student whining that he was bored with “Why—are you boring?” I vowed to never be bored after that. I think the closest I get to being bored is feeling uninspired. And when I do, it’s time to get busy engaging my mind, or just ride it out. I’m a champion daydreamer, and there’s always reading to fall back on, so it’s hard to get bored.
What do you appreciate the most in your co-workers?
They’re deep, curious thinkers who question the status quo; they’re kind, and have rich lives outside of work; they’re people with good senses of humor, are playful and good laughers.
Your idea of happiness at work is _________
Being inspired to do the best creative work in a smart and spirited community.
A favorite vacation spot, and why?
Any place a family member is, which spans from Arizona and Colorado to SoCal and Sydney, Australia.
And, anywhere I can bodysurf, hike or ski.
A book that’s influenced your working life.
The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul In Corporate America – for the poetry-writing free spirit in me who likes the structure of working with people in an office.
What’s your favorite lunch?
At work, it’s always soup. I don’t know why—maybe because it’s warm and satisfying but doesn’t put me into a food coma afterwards.
Your personal work motto
They change every year. Lately, it’s been “Keep it simple.”
What’s your strategy for Mondays?
Go out easy and pace myself. Years ago I had a job where I went out so hard on Mondays I was toast by Wednesday. Now I know better.
Advice for anyone looking for a job right now—3 interview tips?
- Show up respectfully prepared – which means having researched the company and arriving with talking points and questions ready so you don’t make the interviewer do all the work.
- Know what your core work values are, because if they aren’t a match in any way with the company you’re considering, you probably shouldn’t take job.
- Don’t forget that as much as they are choosing you, you’re choosing them, too.