1. Undefined personal boundaries
2. Tendencies to create “dramas” with co-workers
4. Grudges or biases rooted in past experiences
8. Lack of focus
10. Too little fun
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How is your future looking? Your future needs your focus, if it is to be fulfilling and successful. Take a look at your future from these perspectives: physical, mental, emotional and inspirational. Envision them as the best they can be. Write your visions down – from a physical perspective I want my future to be….. This is a powerful starting point for creating a future worth living!
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As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.
Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.
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When it is 6 pm in the western part of the United States, it is 2am the next day in London, 9am the next day in China and so on. Time is a structure, not a fixed element in our lives. Time allows us to function within the motion of the earth, the sun and the moon, gives a context to our days and creates a way for us to arrange our lives.
Time can wreak havoc, if we let it. However, if we see it as a human-made structure we may be better able to make the most of time and its place in our lives. Think of time as a structure and see what changes!
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Often, the question “What’s the point?” is asked out of frustration and an answer is not pursued. The question is a good one to ask periodically outside of any frustration.
What is the point of the work you are doing now? Do you have an answer? If you do, is it satisfactory? If you do not, find one.
Your work should have meaning to you. Know what direction you are going in and why. Get clear on the “point” of your work.
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At work you form relationships. Do you ever think about the nature of those relationships? This is something that is worth your attention, as missteps can have negative consequences.
Relationships form at work as a result of common goals, mutual advantage, the dictates of others and organizational ties. They are not always formed by choice or preference, as personal friendships are. Hidden agendas can be present and self interests or competition can create discord.
A “work friendship” is possible. Just make sure you know its nature and the boundaries to keep.
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Sometimes, you hit a plateau, where things are okay but you yearn for more. When this occurs, you can turn your focus to creating a new chapter. Are you ready? What would you like to create? You can start with a picture of what you would like to bring into your life and work – new experiences, growth, learning, advancement, abundance, a new environment, or the like.
A new chapter keeps things moving in your life and work. You can’t lose by creating one.
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A recent article in the New York Times, Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management by Adam Grant makes a good point about productivity. “Being prolific is not about time management. There are a limited number of hours in the day, and focusing on time management just makes us more aware of how many of those hours we waste.” Grant came to a realization that attention management – the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments – is what matters.
Time management really is an oxymoron. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself. Maintaining and cultivating your focus gets you in a zone that is key to your productivity. What are your priorities this week? Get going on them, excluding distractions and non-priorities, and you may find your week is a highly productive one.
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Perspectives on being practical can vary – seeing practicality as being grounded in what is and acting from there or as an inhibitor, such as when one says, “I’d love to do that, but it is not practical”.
How do you view practicality? Is it an element in your decision-making and choices? Examining your perspective on practicality may be fruitful. Allow it to help you move forward, rather than hold you back.
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You can go along day-in, day-out without much change or you can propel your career periodically with your “next big thing”.
What is something you can do that would move your career forward in a dramatic way? Take a minute – what comes to mind?
Go ahead! You are capable of so much more and good things await you as you pursue your next big thing.
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