It’s okay to be overworked from time to time, but if it goes on too long, overwork can wreak havoc on your mental heath as well as your professional and personal life. Here are a few tips for broaching the topic of overwork with your boss.
When life is stressing you out and you feel like you’re spinning out of control, you can turn to neuroscience for some help.
We’ve all heard the saying, music helps soothe the savage beast. It turns out the right music can also help soothe the stressed out soul.
This playlist from Inc will “Both stir your soul and clam your nervous system.”
You go into work everyday and you do a good job, but you’re neither a new person who needs lots of attention nor someone on the cusp of being promoted. You’re more of a steady Eddie who goes in, gets the job done and goes home. If that’s the case do you ever feel invisible at work? Like no one notices you or what you do at all? If that describes you and you’re perfectly happy with your situation, then this probably isn’t for you. If however you’d prefer to start attracting a little attention to yourself, and along with it a little more appreciation and maybe some more responsibility, there are a few things you can do.
Get face to face with your superior
It could be that you are efficient at your job and don’t need any supervision so you are left to do what you do. If you want to feel a little more visible then check in with your superior (or boss) every once in a while. Let them know what you’re doing. How you are affecting the company.
A smile, a hello, a few pleasantries can make a huge difference in how you are perceived by others and also how you perceive yourself within the office environment.
If you feel like you could take on more work, let them know. If you see a way things could be improved, let them know about that too. Stand out a little as a human being, rather than settling for being simply another worker.
Pay attention to those around you
If you’re feeling a little invisible, chances are those around you might be feeling the same way. Make a point of acknowledging the work of those around you. If you see someone do a good job or handle a situation well, tell them. If they do something kind or helpful, thank them.
A few words of appreciation from you will probably encourage them to give a few words of appreciation to someone else. If everyone starts paying it forward, a few small acts of appreciation and encouragement can create a whole new office culture!
Sometimes feeling invisible stems from inside ourselves. In the course of trying to keep up with the day to day of life we forget how important it is to give ourselves a break. A walk outside at lunch, or an evening or morning stroll, can do wonders for clearing the mind and changing perspective.
Make sure you drink enough water everyday. Take an apple or an orange to work. Eat healthier, sleep more. Make taking care of yourself a priority. Open your eyes and appreciate what you see around you. Sometimes if your perspective from the inside changes you’ll notice the way you perceive what’s happening to you on the outside changes right along with it.
Steering the Ship
Sometimes at the beginning of the week, we can get caught up in plans and routine. We have a path in mind for how our week is supposed to go, and when it doesn’t, we start to stress out. It can be an easy to fall into the habit of trying to steer the ship the way you originally planned. All of a sudden you find yourself stuck fighting against the wind at every turn just trying to get back to where you were. You can end up feeling drained and lacking motivation.
Adjusting the Sails
Having a plan at the beginning of the week isn’t a bad idea. In fact, it’s a great one. The thing to remember is to be flexible when obstacles invariably arise. You’ll find that if you’re prepared for a couple detours here and there, you’re stress level will decrease and you’re ability to accomplish the task isn’t too hindered. You may even feel more motivated each time you conquer a small snag on your journey.
Finding the Opportunity
Adjusting your sails with the changes in the wind will also lead to new and unpredictable places and opportunities. Opportunities you may never have come across if you were too busy trying to stay on course with your original plans. These opportunities can also help you attain your original goal. Don’t be afraid of changes in the wind, embrace them!
Happy Motivational Monday Everyone!
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Success? By the time Steve Jobs was 30 he’d turned Apple, a company he’d started in his garage with his friend Steve Wozniak into a $2 billion enterprise with 4,000 employees.
Failure? The board of directors fired Steve Jobs from his own company.
How do you come back from that? If you’re Steve Jobs you start Pixar (now the most successful animation studio in the world) get invited back to Apple and completely revolutionize modern technology with the introduction of iPods, iPhones, iPads, iDon’tknowwhatelse.
How does a guy who quit college after six months keep ending up the razor’s blade of the cutting edge?
You can listen to Steve Jobs explain it himself here in How To Live Before You Die. http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die
These are the main points:
Follow Curiosity and Intuition
After quitting school Steve didn’t immediately leave the college, he hung around and started taking courses he was interested in, rather than the ones he needed to fulfill his requirements. One of those was calligraphy. He took it because he loved it, not because it would lead him anywhere specific. He learned about typefaces, what made typography great. Ten years later he was figuring out what he wanted to include in his new computer, and suddenly those typography classes seemed very useful indeed. All of us have all those cool font options because of the calligraphy class Steve Jobs took because he found typefaces fascinating.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Figure out what you love to do
Initially getting fired as CEO of Apple must have seemed like the worst possible thing that could have happened, but in retrospect, Steve Jobs says it was the best thing that ever happened to him. It freed him to enter one of the most creative periods of his life.
He started Pixar and a new hardware company called neXT because he still loved the computer business. Apple bought neXT and now that technology is at the heart of Apple.
And Pixar? Over to you Buzz: “To infinity and beyond!”
Sometimes life will hit you on the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Find what you love to do. Do what you believe is great work. Keep looking. Don’t settle. You’ll know when you find it.
Live each day as if it’s your last one
Each day ask yourself, if today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re doing? If the answer is no too many days in a row then something needs to change. Thinking about the last day of your life helps you distinguish what’s really important. Helps you stop thinking you’ve to something to lose. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others drown out your inner voice. Your own intuition knows what you want to be – so listen to yourself!
Congratulations on your promotion! You’ve worked your butt off and you’ve finally been recognized. But it doesn’t stop there. This is just the beginning. Your bank account may be getting a bit bigger but so are the responsibilities that are about to be splattered on your plate. Here’s five things to expect after you receive the great news.
1. More responsibilities:
Like Peter Parker said: “With more power comes great responsibility” which is essentially what your new role will be about. You get more power but you’ll also have a lot more to deal with as you move higher in the ranks. Expect more tasks and other job-related issues (good and bad) that will come your way. It could be managing a group of employees, training new employees, being part of the hiring process for the company or leading morning meetings.
2. Pay attention to detail:
You’re supposed to do this even if you’re in an entry level position. However, if something goes wrong, you’re the one to blame first before anyone else. Like we mentioned earlier, you’ll be getting more responsibilities so make sure you’re on top of everything. Your boss promoted you for a reason because he trusts that you’re up for bigger tasks – don’t let him/her down!
3. Ease into your new role:
Don’t go on a power-trip right off the bat and start bossing everyone around. Be humble, introduce yourself to other managers/leaders and the people you’ll be working with and ask questions. Get to know everyone and your role by asking about ways to do/deal with certain tasks or situations. Get a brief summary of what your daily job duties will be like and figure out how to handle them. You’ll find the transition a lot easier.
4. Set long-term goals and never stop moving up
Just like every blog entry we have on this site, we are constantly preaching success and rising to the top. After your promotion, think about what you want to achieve in your new position and work towards it. It might not be the best idea to gun for another promotion right away, but you can tell yourself that you plan to be promoted again in the next year or in a few years. Set goals daily, weekly and monthly to help yourself work towards moving as high as you can in the company.
5. Relationships with your peers will change:
Whatever your role is, it’s best to keep some distance between you and others who you have authority over. This is how you keep things professional and it will be a lot easier to manage others whom you don’t have a personal relationship with. It will also allow you to set a good example for everyone else.
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3 Keys to Success if You Want to Move Up
Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t found a job after graduation yet. Many recent grads are in the same boat as you. To pass the time and make it worthwhile, intern or volunteer somewhere that will help you gain experience and make connections in the industry you desire. Even if it’s unpaid, at least you are developing the skills and general work experience that will count for something on your resume.
“I was asked once how we taught all 1700 employees who worked at one property to smile. We didn’t teach anyone anything. Instead, we hired people who were already smiling.” – Arte Nathan
There is a lot of advice floating around the internet about how to be professional & sell yourself to showcase your skills for a job interview. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, often the deciding factor between a job offer and no job offer is your attitude and your personality – it’s if the person interviewing youwants to work with you. Sometimes it can be something as small as a warm smile that will put you ahead of competition! As much as people will throw around the term “sell” yourself, you need to keep in mind that you’re not a product. You’re a person. Someone who your potential employer will be spending eight hours a day with, five days a week for the foreseeable future. Like anybody, they would much prefer to spend that time with someone they like.
Don’t get us wrong, skills are great – your qualifications are what got you called into an interview in the first place, and they’re important. But you’re there because they know you’re qualified – now they want to figure out what kind of person you are, and how you would fit into the position. Remember, everyone they’re interviewing is qualified. There are twenty people with resumes just as good – or better – than yours in the running. So stand out – this is about you as an individual now, not your skills. Be friendly and authentic, and show them why you in particular deserve the job more than anybody else they’re interviewing.
What do you offer no one else does?
Do your best not to freeze up from the nerves of trying to remember all that advice you’ve heard about handshakes and eye contact and tiny details. Forget all that. Just be confidant, relaxed and natural. Eye contact, smiling, posture and all sorts of other positive body language cues will fall into place naturally if you’re genuinely comfortable and confidant.
So take a deep breath, relax, and remember that your interviewer is a person just like you, and you don’t need to feel intimidated. Treat them like a person – ask them briefly about themselves, maybe joke with them (if the situation is appropriate, you don’t want to appear as if you don’t care – just that you’re confidant, and comfortable enough to show your sense of humor.) Be friendly, smile, show that that you’re both qualified for the position and a generally good person to be around.
If you strike up a good connection with them, they’ll remember you. If you make them laugh, they’ll want to see more of you. When it comes time to consider who gets the position in the end, you can bet you’ll be near the top of that list.
Wondering if your resume’s been read?
Don’t be afraid to follow up with your future employers!
This part is trickier than it sounds. There are two things you have to remember when summarizing your experiences: use bullet points (three to four) for what you did without making it seem like a list of duties and make sure that the description explains why you did it and how it benefited the company – all in one to two sentences.
Here are some rules to follow when summarizing job experiences in your resume:
1) Don’t Make it Sound Like a Job Description:
Your goal is to form a resume that is interesting to read. No employer wants to read a list of job duties. For example, don’t just put: “Stocked shelves”, “Helped customers with purchases”, “Input data on Excel spreadsheet”. This is boring and doesn’t describe the type of person you are or your capabilities and work ethic. Which brings us to the next point…
2) Explain Why You Performed those Duties and How it Helped the Company:
Go beyond listing your job duties and explain how it was beneficial to your (previous) employer. For example, if the majority of your duties was customer service, say something like: “Built professional relationships with customers by recommending products based on their needs which resulted in an increase of returning customers.”
This description isn’t a run-on sentence and it hits all the important points. You performed the job because you had to help customers with the store’s products and understood different people have different needs. You also formed professional relationships, which shows you did more than just answer customer questions. Finally, all your responsibilities led to satisfied customers.
3) Use keywords:
Recruiters and hiring managers receive so many resumes a day that they spend less than 20 seconds going over, (or rather skimming) your resume. When they do this, they’re often looking for the keywords that they’ve placed in the job ad or words related to the position. Make sure you clearly read the job ad. Pick out the important words that are relevant to the position and use those words in your resume.
4) Include numbers and achievements:
Numbers speak volumes on your resume so use them when you can – the higher the better. For example, if you worked in sales, there are many numbers you can use. If there was a sales quota you had to meet, use the weekly quota instead of the daily one because it’s a higher number: “Successfully met weekly sales quota of $10,000 and increased monthly sales by 40%.” Numbers are proof of your work ethic and performance.