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Young Money: February mailbag

blog by Caitlin Campbell McNulty  • 

It’s been quite some time since I’ve opened up the Young Money mailbag to answer reader questions. I’ve found a few issues that align perfectly with the season and some current events I figure readers might be struggling with as well.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Caitlin - It’s been absolutely frigid lately, but I still need to look like the professional I am on my way to and from the office and meetings. What’s the best way to be stylish while staying warm?

This is something everyone can absolutely relate to this winter. I sometimes feel like I’ve had to cross the frozen tundra just to get to my office from the parking lot.

While it would have been nice to wear my Columbia to work the whole month of January, it won’t give me the best image walking into an important meeting.

To make sure you look like the professional I know you are, a long overcoat is what you want. For women, the coat should hit somewhere around your knee. For men, look for something to land around your shin area.

Not only are these are the perfect lengths for any type of suit, but you’ll give yourself a little more protection from the wind by having something covering you below your waist.

Complete the look, and the warmth, with nice leather driving gloves and a stylish wool scarf. Not only will you keep the chill out, but you’ll have the best looking outerwear in the office as well.

Caitlin – I’m having a hard time focusing at work lately. Between wanting to keep up with the Olympics, checking in on Facebook and Twitter, plus everyday news, I’m worried I might be spending more time cruising the internet than doing actual work. Any tips for how to get back on track?

Step away from the Internet Explorer button! Seriously though, don’t beat yourself up too hard for it.

In today’s technological age, when a whole office can stop production when the internet goes down, it’s hard not to get caught up in everything but work.

The reality is that you’re there to do a job and your boss isn’t going to care about the latest headlines if you don’t meet your deadlines.

Here are a few of the things I do to ensure I get the job done while still keeping up with the social world:

—When checking my email first thing in the morning, I also visit The Buffalo News to give the headlines a quick glance. If there’s anything important or an article that catches my eye, I’ll open it in a new tab to come back to later. When my brain needs a quick break I can head to the article from earlier.

When I’ve read through it, I’ve found that I’m better able to attack a project with fresh eyes.

—Save Facebook and Twitter for lunch! I used to be a big fan of working through lunch, thinking I was showing everyone that I was a super worker. In reality, I barely accomplished anything on my to-do list and hardly realized I was eating. Now, to give myself time to decompress I actually take a lunch break, even if it’s only ten minutes.

During this time, I check in on social media and see what the world has been up to in the morning. I’ve found that even after even a short break I’m able to get back to work with much more focus and less “hangriness” than before.

Still have a question on living and working as a young pro in Buffalo? Send them my way at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be answered in a future edition of the Young Money blog!

(Header image is from Flickr / Marcin Wichary. First interior photo courtesy of Flickr / CastawayVintage. Second interior photo is from Flickr / Sean MacEntee).

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