Have some fun: Since you´re working 24/7, you have the right to have fun whenever you want. Play some fussball, watch a movie or simply sit outside in the sun and get inspired by the people walking by. Have the chance to get tickets for the Yankees (Stefanie: “or the RedSox”) (Daniel: “or the Cubs”) … take it!
No rules after 6: There are things I love to do and things I have to do. But when I need to work long hours I make sure I only work on the cool stuff. Unless there is a deadline, there is no reason to review the 50 page bylaws at midnight. But you might just love to chat with your overseas friends and work together on your budget and who to hire next. Make sure you end the day with something that is worth the effort.
Enjoy the break: Do you see those people that rush for a sandwich for lunch and scarf it down in no time? Well, that’s not me. I love to go out for lunch and if it is an hour, so be it. Plus, there should always be time for good coffee, maybe even sit outside. Bring your colleagues, so you can chat about stuff that helps you get your job done better.
Work wherever you want: There are times you need to be in the office, to connect with your team to collaborate and then there are times you don’t. Take the early conference call in your pyjamas or build that slide deck in a coffee house. I know this is not for everybody but I enjoy the freedom to work wherever I want.
Go and see things: If you have a job that requires you to go the extra mile, it should be with a company that allows you to see things. I was privileged to work on five continents and countless cities. But even if you’re not a big traveller, make sure you go to the conference in Vegas or meet your colleagues at the other coast. Go and get out!
Dress-up, be yourself: Do you like Suits and Ties? Good for you. If you are more like me you might want to get some shorts. Even I dress up if there is a reason, but you don’t need to wear the grey corporate uniform everyday. I know from personal experience how tough it is to be the only banker without a tie in the office, but at least everybody knows you and if you do a great job, that is not the worst place to be.