Just like every year, the chilly fall weather has once again arrived in town. It’s during days like these when it’s often too easy to fall victim to laziness and melancholia-induced apathy.
This, in turn, is bound to have a negative effect on every field of life, one of the prime examples being the professional environment. With anxiety and demotivation on the rise, down goes productivity, creativity and enthusiasm. Needless to say – this makes our work performance suffer big time.
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What part does being well-versed in business etiquette play in the success of your career?
Here’s the truth:
Our professional success often hinges less upon talent and intrinsic genius, and more upon people skills, strong emotional intelligence and a keen understanding of proper business etiquette.
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I’ve never been a fan of noises in the workplace. I’m a writer, and for me, the perfect working environment is dead silence. While some people might find it isolating, I find that it brings out my most productive self.
No music, no loud conversations or laughing, and no construction noises to distract me.
But the thing is – I work in a thriving coworking space with lots of other freelancers and companies, each with their own habits and most of them not looking for the same sound requirements as me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the creative vibe and the networking that coworking brings to the picture. But at the same time, I really appreciate my space – especially sound-wise.
Thankfully, I recently managed to find the perfect solution to my problem – white noise. So, if you’re easily affected by external sounds – like me – keep on reading to find out how white noise will help you stay in control of your work environment and improve your performance despite the distractions. Let’s start with the basics:
“New year, new me!” – proudly shouted a billion people all across the world, and then promptly kicked their New Year’s resolutions the next day.
But not you. Not today, not tomorrow. You will keep your New Year’s resolutions this year. You will hold yourself accountable. You will take full responsibility for your actions. You will make yourself proud. Read more 5 min
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the office is so delightful. And since you have so much to do… Get it done! Get it done! Get it done!
While Christmas is the time of the year to be humble, peaceful and with your loved ones, it’s also the time of the year all hell breaks loose and the work-life balance just disappears.
Enter stress, anxiety, fussy co-workers, sleepless nights and frantic holiday shopping.
You’re expected to finish up all your work projects and meet last-minute deadlines, plan your family’s holiday party and buy gifts – all whilst staying a functional human being.
How is that even possible?
The only way you can manage to do all of this is by being productive. And the main areas you’ll be interested to tackle this holiday season are:
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Writing to-do lists is a helpful way to keep yourself on track with everything you have to do that day, week, or month. From tasks at work to picking up groceries on the way home – lists provide a simple structure and help you to arrange the environment around you.
But there’s one trick – the effectiveness of a to-do list depends on how you write it.
There’s no use in writing a to-do list if you don’t actually check off any of the items you need to get done. It’s easy to overestimate what you can accomplish and to write down every little errand and thing you should do, instead of focusing on priorities.
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There are days when I spend hours writing one paragraph of a blog post, and days when I write the whole thing in half an hour.
I never knew what that was – the moment when time gets lost and everything is just flowing effortlessly out of you. Until I found a video by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a former psychologist at the University of Chicago, who calls this state of mind ”flow”.
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If there’s one thing that keeps a doctor away – besides apples, of course – it’s exercise.
In addition to improving one’s mood and shedding those extra pounds, being physically active on a regular basis helps prevent and manage a wide range of health problems, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression – the list goes on and on.
But I know what you’re going to say.
You’re spending long hours at work, so there’s no time to exercise. Kids happened, so there’s no time to exercise. You’re just so tired from all the side projects, duties, even the awful weather – so guess what. There’s no time to exercise!
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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like open-plan offices, and those who hate them.
Open-plan offices have been around since 1906 when architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Larkin Administration Building in New York. Besides other innovations like air conditioning and built-in desk furniture, this workspace was also open-plan, with few walls.
Today, almost 75% of all offices in the USA are designed with an open-desk plan. From small startups to large corporations and governmental institutions, offices without walls seem to be everywhere.
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So you’ve told your employees you’ll be tracking their working hours, and they didn’t cause a riot. Good.
You even sent out a memo, telling your staff of all the wonderful benefits time tracking will have like it will identify unproductive habits and analyze productivity. Everyone nodded agreeing. Even better!
Don’t be fooled though. As useful as time tracking is, it does not share the same boat of easy-acceptance with such changes in the office environment as casual Fridays and Christmas bonuses.
Nobody likes being inspected over their shoulder – or in this case through the screens of their computers. Only Sting can watch every breath one takes and get away with it.
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