In 239 years of our nation's history, there have only been 43 U.S. presidents, which makes "president" arguably the hardest job in the country to get. (Despite what it might feel like, when you're waiting for an email from a hiring manager for a decidedly non-presidential role.) Unsurprisingly, the people who make it to the highest office in the land often have some pretty strong ideas about what it takes to succeed. In honor of Washington, Lincoln, and all the rest, here are 15 quotes to inspire you to greater heights of productivity, determination, and success.
If you started reading this, you're probably taking a break from dealing with a pretty long to-do list. Whether you have a system in place or not, gaining more control over your list is always a great benefit to your productivity. Here are some basic touchpoints you can use to make sure you're prioritizing the right things, at the right time.
Last week, you said you'd do everything differently, starting today – start exercising before work, cross those lingering to-dos off your list for good, begin learning that new skill that will take your career to the next level. Now it's Monday, and you're thoroughly unprepared to do any of those things. What happened? Well, for starters, you might be thinking too big, especially for a Monday.
Picture your last meeting: it probably involved a lot of people staring at their mobile devices, and not many people engaging with the speaker. Worse, our device addiction has spread outside the confines of the conference room. People now look at their phones while they're supposedly having conversations with clients and colleagues. All of this is rude, of course, but more importantly, it's an attention-killer. After a few years of checking your phone every couple of minutes, it's hard to even remember how to entertain yourself or focus on anything. In today's roundup, we look at a few rules to keep your smartphone and other devices from taking over your life; plus, why someone else got promoted instead of you, and 20 affirmations that will appeal even to people who hate affirmations.
Sometimes, it's tough to keep feeling good and working hard, especially during the winter months. There is something about the cold, dark, gray days that just make you want to stay in under a blanket with a good movie and a less-than-optimal snack. But, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to find more motivation for work, or other goals you're pursuing (maybe at home, or at the gym), this method could really help. Read on to learn more about how the concept of "future you" just might save the day.
Have you ever heard that you are your own worst enemy? It's true. Lots of time when we're not getting anywhere, career-wise, it turns out that we can only blame ourselves. But, before you throw those hands up in the air in frustration, learn about these ways in which you might be holding yourself back — and more importantly, find out how to let yourself succeed.
It's Monday, and for those of us engaged in post-blizzard cleanup, work is about the furthest thing from our minds. Of course, the difference between a professional and amateur is that professionals show up even when they don't wanna. (Also: money. But showing up is definitely important.) If you're feeling spectacularly unmotivated today, the good citizens of Twitter have your back. These are some of the most inspiring tweets and useful advice at today's #MotivationMonday hashtag party.
Isn't January the worst? You've gotten a few weeks into the New Year, and all you want to do is eat your feelings while you browse travel sites for beach getaways that won't break the bank. Instead of all that, try focusing on the here and now (and, fine, work). This year, try mindful snacking at work instead of mindless eating. You'll be more productive (and avoid those neon orange Cheetos fingers, too).
Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
Second jobs can be everything from part-time opportunities in an emerging field or personal projects that you'd like to make into a reality. Maybe you want to tackle something that your workplace can't offer you, or that can't sustain you, financially. Either way, a second job can be a great help to your career, or a great danger to your personal health and well-being. Here's how to deal with it all.
We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?" The next time you're planning a meeting, think about these five tips for making your meetings work better, stronger, and most of all, more efficiently than ever before.
Feeling a little blah about your job ... or possibly your entire career path? It's possible, of course, that you just have a case of the Mondays, but it's also possible that your post-weekend malaise is a sign that you deserve something better than a job you dread. If you're stuck, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help you reconnect with what once excited you about what you do for a living.
Going back to work after the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of spending the rest of this first week back complaining with your co-workers, use this time to get your workspace organized and prepared for a successful year ahead.
It's hard enough to motivate and be productive on a regular Monday. When the Monday in question is the one that comes right after the winter holidays, well, we could all be forgiven if we'd rather be at home, eating the last leftover cookies and purging the house of wrapping paper. Unfortunately, there's work to be done – the usual Monday fare, plus whatever we didn't get to during the break. If you're having trouble generating enthusiasm for getting back to the grind, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help.