How to Kick Ass at Work

I'm an Aries, and if you don't follow the Zodiac as seriously as I do, let me tell you what that means about me: I'm passionate, stubborn, and I get shit done. I work at a tech company in San Francisco, Glassdoor, and my job is no joke. It's not a standard 9-5, and even if I do get through a day working 8-5, I'm on my feet the entire day, running around and doing much more than a normal person in a day. And that's just how I like it.


But it's not easy to always kick ass at work, especially as a woman who feels like she always has something to prove. Here are my tips for getting (and staying) ahead at work:

1. Take care of yourself. Sleep 8 hours a night, drink water, meditate, go to therapy if you need to, do yoga, read, and take time for yourself. My go-to's include a quarterly massage, a mani/pedi every two weeks and a glass of rosé after a long day at work. Learn what you need to do in order to take care of yourself and do those things as often as you can.

2. Ask for what you want. You're never going to get that promotion or raise you want without asking for it. There's an art to planting a seed, asking for what you deserve (and having the facts to back it up) and getting it. Six months ago, I planted the seed that I wanted to be considered for a promotion last cycle, and last November I got it. I never expect to be handed anything -- fight for what you deserve, unmercilessly.

3. Work smarter, not harder. This concept is big in the Bay Area, and I'm a believer. I'd rather pack my days from 8-5 with as much shit as possible and get to leave at 5 rather than work kind of hard throughout the day and have to work all night. Be constantly seeking ways to automate your work and find shortcuts that won't jeopardize the quality of the final product.

4. Don't make it all about work. Between my full-time job and my blog, it can be really (and I mean really) hard to relax and take time for myself. But always fight for more balance. Make dinner plans throughout the week so you have something to look forward to. Leave at 5, regardless of anything else. This is something I have to remind myself of every single day, but you should be working to live, not living to work.

5. Use apps that make your life easier. I don't have a lot of time in my day, so if I can save a few minutes not wasting time on things that can be automated, I take advantage of that. I use Evernote to take notes and make to-do lists at work, and then I have the app on my phone so I can take my lists with me anywhere. Many people on my team use Asana and Slack, which I also love.

I use Instacart to order my groceries, and they're delivered when I get home for the day. I also use Amazon Prime Now to deliver things I need throughout the week (like my Clif bars, greek yogurt and sparkling water) and Shyp to ship packages when I don't have time to visit USPS or UPS.

6. If you're not happy, leave. Life is too short to be unhappy, even for a year. Don't stick with a job you hate just to put it on your resume -- life is too damn short. Job search, listen to your heart, and find what makes you happy.