Posted on 2/11/2015 by
London. The Square Mile. Where the pace of everything is rapid in comparison to other cities. There is so much you can do in this city and in order to have a chance at really living whilst working in London, you need to be two simple things: organised and confident!
Lists make my life happen; I don’t know what it is about a stack of bullet points on coloured paper squares that makes me get things done. I suppose there is the pressure of seeing tasks left uncrossed and the not-so-great feeling of lack of progress.
At the end of every day, I spend less than ten minutes to write a list of what I need to do the next day based on what I have done during the day. Without a list, I don’t have a clear sense of direction – I would still be able to get the job done but probably more slowly and not using the best strategy.
When you are still mentally waking up in the morning, a list is a fantastic device at your desk to help you focus from the very start of the day. You won’t be overwhelmed when more assignments are thrown your way during the day. It is very easy to get lost in a moment of panic and dive into resolving a new issue straightaway, especially when you are being told that it is of ‘maximum urgency’, but if you refer to your pending list, you will have better foresight of what is more pressing in the bigger picture.
Now you might be thinking, ‘How on Earth is a list going to help me ‘live life’ in London?’, but if you think about it, the more productive you are during the working day, the more reliable you can be to your own after-work plans. You will have a more accurate idea of what time you are leaving work and there will be less stress about what you know you ought to have completed during the day instead of inefficiently darting between tasks.
Have you heard of the ‘six degrees of separation’? How everyone somehow knows everyone? Well, that is definitely the case in a densely populated city like London; this is why networking in and outside of work is so important. Go to interesting events after work, confidently introduce yourself to people and build your brand whilst doing so. The stronger your network, the wider the range of opportunities available to you.
I’m one of those people that like to know a bit about everything. Call me nosy but it’s how I stay on the pulse. Things are changing all the time in the Financial industry and it is important to develop an opinion which will govern how you adapt to these changes. You don’t need to be techy to keep up with the news, but I personally prefer getting my news via mobile apps. TechCrunch, Mashable, opinion pieces on The Guardian, BBC News. Soak up as much information as possible.
To get the most out of living and working in London, work hard, be curious and remember to relax every now and then!
Written by Ugonna Orji