Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 11 Dear DW, My team likes to go out for lunch or after-work drinks. I like everyone and want to be a team player, but I am too busy. How do I turn down these invitations without seeming like I am not a team player? Signed, Friendly But Busy Dear Friendly But Busy, If your only reason for spending time with your colleagues is to be perceived as a team player, you may resent carving out time for them. Instead, focus on the fact that getting to know your coworkers is a benefit to you because it helps you to deepen the ties in your profes- sional network, says workplace psycholo- gist Dr. Natalia Peart, author of FutureProofed: How to Navigate Disrup- tive Change, Find Calm in Chaos, and Succeed in Work & Life. Once you see the benefit for yourself, you can then figure out other ways to meet that objective. If personal obligations such as child care or another commitment keep you from taking part in the after-work gatherings, let your coworkers know that. en suggest other ways that you can spend a little time with team members one-on-one, such as grabbing a cup of coffee early in the morning. Every so of- ten, make a point to be at a key event, Dr. Peart says. If key team mem- bers see you making a genuine effort to get to know them, they'll feel like you're part of the team whether you make every happy hour or not. As Dr. Peart says, "If you are doing an ef- fective job of getting to know people informally, it really is not as big a deal if you can't do something. ISTOCKPHOTO Upfront > The Office Is After-Work Socializing Mandatory? Shortcuts How to Declutter Your Computer C an't find the updated version of your latest report? It might be time to do a little digital house- keeping. Here are some ways to free up storage space, boost your productivity, and sim- plify your tech. Create a simpler screen. Hide icons that are time-wasters, as well as those that you don't use regularly. In Windows, right-click the desktop, go to View, then select Show desktop icons. Mac users can use the app Hidden Me to clear their desktop screen. Make file naming seamless. Come up with a convention for naming files. "Keep it short and sweet and use a specific keyword that will stick out in your brain," says Deb Lee, a digital productivity coach based in Washington, DC. Store files in folders cat- egorized by date or subject so you know where they are. Remove files you don't need. Sort your files by the date they were last opened. Identify those you haven't opened in years and either delete them or move them to a flash drive if you're worried you may need them again. Get your in-box in order. Take 10 minutes to unsubscribe from newsletters and email lists you don't regu- larly read. Organize your bookmarks. The sites that caught your attention two years ago might not matter to you today. Delete bookmarks that are no longer rel- evant and categorize the rest. Empty the digital trash. Even if you delete something, it may still be taking up space until you empty your computer's recycle or trash bin. Clean out your downloads folder. Everything you download from the Internet goes to your downloads folder. Check it periodically to see if there are unwanted files you can delete. Upload photos to the cloud. Go through pictures and delete duplicates or those that you don't want to keep. Move the rest to a cloud service such as Dropbox or upload them to Google Photos. Then, not only can they be easily shared, but you can access them from any device.

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