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.
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?
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
One of the first offices I worked in had a sign by the floor microwave: "No fish!," it said. While I laughed this off at the time as being a bit picky, it wasn't until I worked close to another office's kitchen that I realized how pervasive reheated mahi-mahi could be. While it may not seem like a little warmed salmon, heavily splashed Chanel No. 5, or post-vacation durian could mean that much, it's no laughing matter. A smell issue could harm workers and even land an employer in legal hot water if they don't think a stink means a thing.
Your current job is obviously not working out for you. You want something else and that's just not readily available where you are. Maybe you need more flexibility, a promotion, increased responsibilities … whatever your need, your current company is unable to provide it, and that's the reason you applied for a new job in the first place. But now that you have a job offer and have let your manager know your intention of leaving soon, things have started to change. Your manager wants to do everything in her power to get you to stay. She's had a discussion with HR and is making you a counteroffer. Should you accept it?
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.
Seems like everyone out there has a piece of advice when you're doing something as scary as speaking in front of a group. Instead of listening to your Aunt Mildred's terrible advice, try to keep in mind what you definitely shouldn't do when you're giving a presentation.
The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn't work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn't have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.