Fruitful skills at work can sometimes be hard to learn and practice.
Here’s some tips to boost your work every day.
1.Time Management: planning is the first step and needs discipline. To do list and scheduling will help you to focus.
2. Empathy: do you feel what people feel? That’s the key to foster the team spirit in your office.
3. Better sleep helps, as many medical studies confirm.
4. Positive self talk: it doesn’t matter what others think of you, but what you think of yourself certainly does. Are you confident enough with yourself?
5. Be consistent. To mantain a top position you have to work harder.
6. Ask for help: when you ask people for advice, you validate their intelligence or expertise, which makes you more likely to win them over.
7. Shut up, if needed, but also listen
8. Mind your business: it will take time, but will surely help the atmospher at work.
9. And finally master your thoughts, directing them to what you want to do and accomplish.
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On September 6, 1996, Bryan G. Dyson, then Vice Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, delivered a commencement speech at Georgia Tech’s 172nd where he made an extraordinary and wise set of remarks.
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them Work – Family – Health – Friends – Spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that WORK is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls FAMILY, HEALTH, FRIENDS and SPIRIT are of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?
1. Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
2. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
3. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, or without them, life is meaningless.
4. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
5. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
6. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. IT is this fragile thread that binds us together.
7. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
8. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying its impossible find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
9. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
10. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
11. Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
12. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
You are what you believe. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!”
Brian G. Dyson
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Asking active questions it is very important in our daily life. Simple, active questions can change our behaviour because they reveal where we are succeeding and where we need further improvement. And in doing so, they rivet our attention on what we can actually change. In his book, Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making It Last, Marshall Goldsmith outlines six active questions that fully engage us in life and work.
The Daily Questions are immensely useful for three reasons because they help us identify what we really want, not what we think we want and they motivate us in areas where we need it.
There are six daily questions in total.
- Did I do my best to set clear goals today?
2. Did I do my best to make progress toward my goals today?
- Did I do my best to find meaning today?
- Did I Do my best to be happy today?
- Did I do my best to build positive relationships today?
- Did I do my best to be fully engaged today?
By asking The Daily Questions, we remind ourselves that if we want we can control our lives.
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In one of his articles, Dan Shawbel explains which are the most common mistakes to avoid on your workplace. As is well known, even the brightest rising stars can find themselves falling more rapidly than they could imagine, and all because of some mistakes which could be easily avoided. Here you can find the most common ones:
1. Being too political;
2. Multi-tasking too much;
3. Complaining about work;
4. Making promises you can’t keep;
5. Pretending you’re in charge when you’re not;
6. Focusing all your attention on your job;
7. Not being opportunistic;
8. Not learning from your mistakes.
You can read the full article here.
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“Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.” Paul Kagame
Being flexible in the workplace isn’t about being able to contort yourself into the office cupboard or being winning the limbo at the office Christmas party. Instead, flexibility is about being able to adapt and think quickly on your feet.
Flexibility in the workplace is about adapting successfully to changing situations and environments. You need to show a willingness to learn new techniques and take on new roles through your own initiative. No workplace environment ever stays the same, so you will need to be able to change your job role and responsibilities at short notice. Being able to multi-task and perform several tasks at once is also vital in the workplace.
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Reducing working hours can be good for productivity? Economists have suspected it for some time: with higher working hours labour output per hour would fall. The number of working hours is not what matters. Rather, it’s the quality of your time and effort that drives success.
But working less and accomplishing more is not easy. Innovation, creativity, time management are your best allies. Micha Kaufman, Internet entrepreneur, in his article on Forbes suggests 10 Tips to work less and accomplish more:
- Have two computers, one for work and one for play;
- Being productive is impossible if you are not at your best;
- Hear your favorite tunes;
- Work nice with others;
- Love your to do lists;
- Take a break;
- Reduce the noise;
- Love your job or leave it;
- Recharge your batteries
- At some point just stop.
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While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health. And your ability to deal with it can mean the difference between success or failure.
You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless—even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Finding ways to manage workplace stress isn’t about making huge changes or rethinking career ambitions, but rather about focusing on the one thing that’s always within your control: you.
This article of Helpguide.org provides some useful tips:
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1. Create a good working environment
2. Have a productivity system in place
3. Know why you are doing it
4. Keep your work environment inviting
5. Have a weekly productivity review