If you don’t follow me on Snapchat, you may have missed the news: I was promoted at Kate Spade. It’s pretty cool, especially since people have been saying I should be for months. It isn’t something I saw in myself at first, but I grow more confident every day and I love having that connection to the store and the brand.
Here’s one of the things I’ve learned about management so far: it’s a lot of putting out fires and solving problems in the moment. Which, as a 20-something human disaster, is not new to me. It’s pretty much how I live my life. And there will always be another fire to put out…but. But.
But that’s not how you run a store.
You have to put out fires, but you also have to pay attntion to the other things. The things that aren’t problems but could be. Those things that need to get done because they’ll make everything easier, but there’s no specific deadline.
Only putting out fires is no way to run a store and no way to live a life.
Lately my life is all working too much, solving problems as they come up, and resting. I’ve been living like a sprint, not a marathon.
When the most recent school shooting happened in Florida, something occurred to me. The Pulse nightclub shooting hit me in the gut and made me want to do something. But I never did because I was too busy putting out fires. Instead of picking my battles, I let my battles pick me.
At the store, we have an ongoing list of projects, some of which have an official deadline from the Powers That Be. Those automatically become top priority. But sometimes, we have to pick something that “could wait” and put it on the high priority list. It’s the only way to make it happen.
I want to try running my life like we run the store. I want to make things a priority without the threat of a deadline to deal with. It comes down to living intentionally.
So there you go. I’m sure you expected me to write about gun control – and yes, it’s coming – but I haven’t given myself time to gather the information and actually do anything. I’m going to do better. It’s not enough to pick your battles: you have to actually fight them. And fighting fires just isn’t the same thing.