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.
Is there any Monday tougher on the spirit and/or to-do list than the one at the very tail-end of December? It seems like every person you need to talk to, in order to get your job done, is away on vacation, including half your team, your boss, and 90 percent of your clients. (The 10 percent who need something from you, unfortunately, are at their desk and raring to go.) The good news is that we have the collective wisdom of Twitter to advise us in our time of trouble. Here's how to get stuff done today, and every day during the year to come.
The most important meeting you have on your schedule isn't your annual performance review or even the quarterly board meeting: it's the one-on-one you have with your reports, hopefully once every week or two. Here's what you need to know about making these one-on-one meetings a good use of everyone's time.
Before your New Year's resolutions get pushed to the side, here's a chance to combat your winter sloth, without a gym membership! There are plenty of ways to incorporate a fitness routine into your workday that won't alarm your co-workers and won't break the bank, either. Try a few of these quick exercise ideas and you may also find that your energy improves, along with your mood.
The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
It's good to lend a hand, especially at work. No one likes that co-worker who never helps anyone out. However, if you're too accommodating, you might find yourself without enough time to get your own work done. Boundaries are important, even necessary. You can't be productive if you don't have any time in which to produce.
Look around any office today and you will squint to find more than a handful of people without their ears plugged into headphones. With that said, most people would agree that music helps them work better throughout the day. But did you know that you can legitimately match your music tracks with your tasks, for optimal productivity?