Interesting Tips to Keep Going at Work

If your job involves managing people, juggling high risk investments, working with children or driving HGVs, you’ll know better than anyone what is meant by a long hard day.

I am no stranger to 15 hour days. This I’ve done several times per week for the last 3 years. However unlike people I know who make it clear they’ve had enough, I very rarely feel tired or burnt out mentally, even when carrying out strenuous physical work. In this article I will show you some ways to deal with workload, whilst still keeping a smile on you face every day.

Working hard for long periods requires a certain mindset. How many of these qualities apply to you?

Stoic- the ability to endure pain or hardship without complaining

Rational – mentally putting the scale of tasks into their proper place without fixating on negative thoughts or panicking

Patient – understanding that tasks take time and that you can’t always fix it

Tolerant- when tired, the words of other people can be draining. Tolerance is learning to ignore any irrelevant waffle.

Liberal – open to new opinions or behaviour and willing to let go of previous mindsets. This could be referred to as taking criticism well.

 

Having one or two of these qualities means it’s very likely you can learn to push yourself even more. To an extent, these attributes are mutually exclusive with values such as attention to detail, being pedantic , organisation and leadership. So if you have only two or three of the attributes in the previous list, you get the best of both worlds.

To develop these attributes you will want to practise them. T’is no easy thing, but by focusing on one area at a time it is possible to increase your endurance just like a long distance runner. The techniques to learn this can be applied to exercise, projects, work and studying.

How to be stoic

During exercise, tell yourself that the pain does not exist. Our perception of pain is largely phycological. Mind over matter is very much a proven phenomenon, this is why hypnosis and meditation is sometimes used as pain relief.

Time-boxing – give yourself small chunks of time to fill. Say to yourself “Just work for five more minutes” Set a timer for five minutes. When the time is up, give yourself a pat on the back and restart the timer

Sing when you would rather not be doing something. Especially good is: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobbie McFerrin. This will psych you up to be happy.

Say motivational phrases out loud: “You can do this”, “Just a bit more”, “It won’t take long”, are very powerful because they are self fulfilling prophecies. By voicing them to yourself you are ensuring your confidence in your ability.

Stay away from being verbally negative. It is a deep deep trap.

How to be rational

Inhale very deeply. Hold your breathe for a few seconds and then release. Hold your lungs empty for as long as possible. Repeat these steps 5 or 6 times. Close your eyes throughout. When completed you’ll have made three changes. Firstly your blood has elevated oxygen levels so your brain experiences clarity. Secondly you’ll have stretched and warmed up your lungs so you can breathe more freely, removing any feeling of physical burden. Thirdly your eyes will perceive extra brightness when you open them which wakes you up a bit. All of these will prime you for rationality.

When stressed, think hard about exactly what you are worried about. Be extremely specific. If that worry is rational, then find a logical solution to tackle the problem head on. Say out loud that it is the best decision, then you are justifying it and can continue guilt free. If your worry is irrational, I recommend this trick used by Derren Brown the illusionist: Imagine your thought is being put inside a cardboard box. Visualise the sounds, smells, colours and thoughts. Visualise your hands closing around the box and crushing it. Mentally feel the sensation of crushing cardboard on your hands, the sensation of resistance, and the willpower you send to your muscles to make then contract fully. Scrunch the thought into a ball and throw it away.

How to be patient and tolerant

The breathing exercise is helpful for patience. Detach yourself from unconstructive criticism by focusing only on the job at hand. If you want to imagine how you would like to respond then that’s fine, just be careful to not actually respond, otherwise your negativity will become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Understand that some jobs need to be done regardless of whether you’d like to go home. Find your exact fear and apply to it the cardboard box tip. This will help you to live in the present moment. Ignore the idea that there is a tomorrow. Forget about stresses in other areas of your life – concentrate on the now. You will find that to live in the present moment is very liberating and relaxing. More on this soon.

You can easily incorporate some of these ideas into your everyday thinking. Do your best to try and improve on them. Most importantly try to understand the purpose behind the advice. You surely want to be happy and get lots of work done at the same time. Boil down every tip to the idea that it will maintain your happiness.

Are You Contented With Your Present Job?

Are you contented with your present job?  Was it a job of your own free judgment? Wouldn’t it be nice when everybody does what they like doing? The amount of zeal and passion put into our work would be phenomenal.

Mistakes were often made in choosing the right career. Let’s face it, most of us are not happy with our jobs. It might not be that we made the wrong choice.  At some stage, we come to realize that things were not what we had expected.  We would have very mixed feelings about our jobs when so much effort and dreams had been put into our pursuits.

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Work does sometimes make life miserable for us, even unbearable!  Honestly, I say the most important thing is to do what we like to do and to do it with enthusiasm.  No work could be said to be bad but if you hate your job, you are definitely not enjoying it.  Never take a job because someone talks you into it. Take it only because you want to do it. If not, it is more likely that you would end up resenting it for a long while, at least long enough for you to take the plunge to quit and start all over again.

Most of us would have done different jobs in our lives. Our life experience enriched, our knowledge expanded, our skills in handling tasks and people became more sophisticated, and all the training, perseverance and frustration made us stronger, better people. Look at it this way, any job you had or have, you reaped personal benefit from it. You did not just give, you took a lot from it too, sometimes without realizing it.  Before you stamp your foot and say you hated it, turn another angle and look at it from the positive side. There must be something there that you had learned. Nothing is all negative. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against people changing course. I am just saying all is not lost.

Before starting any job, it is best to consider all things, good and bad, that this job would bring. Even a minor factor like its location would affect your well being in the long run. Time is precious. You move to accommodate the job or you settle for another “less suitable” choice. They choose you and you choose them too. Make a wise choice.

Time is hard and time is precious too.  The longer you procrastinate in a job that you consider is bad for you, the more you pay in terms of your happiness and loss of time. If you stick to a bad choice, the chances are you will prolong your daily misery. A lesser choice often brings you great relief and with a lighter or light burden on your heart and mind, the world would suddenly appear so much more beautiful and people are so much nicer. If you have boarded the wrong boat right from the start, what do you say is the best thing for you to do?!

 

7 Things That Can Create Good Company Culture

Humans are social creatures who have the desire to have interactions with others. This desire should not only be fulfilled in daily lives but also at work. In a company, its culture holds the power to maintain workers interaction. A small improvement in company culture can mean a significant increase in its production. It indicates that good company culture is highly needed for a company to run well.

Good Company Culture Idea

Several things can be the factors of how well a company culture is established. There are 7 Things That Can Create Good Company Culture. The 7 things that can create a good company culture are seen below.

  1. Hold events

Workshops that include training or presentations offer opportunities to learn more about company’s vision and goals. It’s also a great way to break the ice, to find common interests, and to engage and interact more with other employees.

  1. Celebrate birthdays

Sending birthday boys or girls birthday messages show appreciation. Even if it’s only a small gesture, workers can feel the appreciation and it’s good for the workplace environment.

  1. Outdoor activities

Host a yearly outdoor activity for the team can build teamwork. Finding activities that are unrelated to work but still heavily rely on teamwork will be useful in building trust between team members.

  1. Open environment

Making the company an open workplace where everyone is free and allowed to voice their opinions can give more suggestions and solutions that can be looked through and chosen for the company’s future.

  1. Holiday parties

Holiday parties such as New Year celebration can be a good chance to let employees pour their brand new resolutions and wishes for the company.

  1. Free foods

Everyone loves free foods. Getting in turns to treat coworkers a simple lunch can encourage friendship and therefore tighten relation between coworkers.

  1. Encourage employees

A good company culture is formed by employees that don’t simply view their job as a mere job. Encouraging employees when they want to learn something new can bring them in producing more ideas.