I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
We all make mistakes. Some we make over and over because we don’t know we’re making them (embarrassing!). Here are mistakes that can really hurt your career over the long term if you aren’t careful. So try to avoid them!
Multi-tasking too much.
Think about it. If you are focusing on too many things at once, you can’t give your all. You won’t get much done and you’ll lose focus. Yes, you need to multi-task but bosses want someone who can prioritize and meet deadlines.
Complaining about work.
Whether you’re in the office or on social media, don’t complain about your job. This should be obvious, but it’s not if you look at my Facebook page. I even have family who do it. Remember, anything you say on social media is out there for EVERYBODY. What you say can get back to your boss or your HR department pretty quickly. Just because you’re not friends with your boss doesn’t mean that one of your ‘friends’ isn’t. Instead of complaining, figure out aspects of your work that you dislike and try to improve them.
Focusing all your attention on your job.
Sounds weird, but if you only do what you have to do, then you won’t get ahead. You have to constantly deliver above expectations and make a case to expand your role and responsibilities. Say you only have lunch with your group and avoid everyone else, how will you get to know anybody? I have a coworker who never ventures out of her little group of coworkers and wonders why nobody knows who she is. Duh. By networking outside of your group, you become more valuable, more connected, and you might even be able to transfer into another group later too.
Take a look at other common mistakes to make sure you’re on the right path here.