Silence Areas

This past weekend, my husband and I were sitting comfortably outside a coffee shop in a four-person seating area. There was a man sitting in one of the seats. We coexisted well. My husband and I spoke quietly, aware of his presence. Then, another man came and took the fourth seat. He made several calls and was quite loud, causing the other man to walk away. When we left the area, I saw the first man sitting alone nearby.

This got me to thinking that we may all benefit by establishing “silence areas” for those who want to use them. What if there was a silence area in every workplace that anyone could use? Silence areas could go far, promoting balance, providing space to think, providing space to center and serving as a getaway when you need some peace. They wouldn’t be hard to establish and could do some good. Would you use a silence area?

photo: geralt, pixabay.com

Separation

Sometimes, situations get to a place where it is best for you to separate from them for a little while or possibly longer. Separation creates distance that can improve both your perspective and your handing of something. Separation brings you to yourself, away from the influence of others. The hubbub of the world and our surroundings can be detrimental at times. The next time you face a challenge, are feeling confused or just need a break, try separating yourself from whatever is happening. Hopefully, you will find it refreshes and rejuvenates you.

 

photo: mploscar, pixabay.com

Asking Questions

None of us knows it all, even if some pretend that they do! As you progress in your career, skillfully asking questions can be a powerful tool. Questions asked intelligently and at the right time increase your knowledge and provide you with insights that you otherwise may not have.

When was the last time you asked a question that turned out beneficially for you? What is a question that you’d like an answer to now?

 

photo: terimakasih0, pixabay.com

Tricky

Sometimes, you can find yourself in situations you may describe as “tricky”. These situations can involve delicate egos, poor performance, hidden agendas, miscommunication, polarity or other things that make dealing with them difficult. Many times, the consequences of a misstep are significant.

What do you do when you find yourself in a tricky situation? Best to center yourself, use emotional intelligence, think things out carefully, figure out a strategy and do your best to tone down the situation. Most of all, be aware that you are in a tricky circumstance and need to keep your interests front and center.

 

photo: Leio McLaren, unsplash.com

What Are Your Priorities?

There are many aspects to your life. How you prioritize them shapes your journey. What are the main aspects of your life – family, friends, service, career, faith, physical activity, learning or other things? What comes first? What is lower priority? It is your choice how you answer these questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Their purpose is to gain clarity on what you want to give your time and attention to.

Once you know your priorities, honor them. Don’t let unimportant things, stress or pressure from others derail what matters most to you. Live the life that you want to and you will give your best to the world.

 

photo: Clikr-Free-Vector-Images, pixabay.com

I Lost My To-Do List

Last week was quite busy for me. My daily to-do lists were long and necessary in order to keep up. On Tuesday morning, I suddenly noticed that my to-do list for the day was missing. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I worried that something important would not get done. It could have gone differently, but all went well. I remembered key things I had to get done and, on Wednesday, continued with that day’s to-do list.

This past weekend, Tuesday’s to-do list showed up in a file I had been working with. Losing it hadn’t been a disaster and I wondered whether there was a lesson here. Perhaps to-do lists are not as critical as I thought they were. Perhaps keeping calm and carrying on gets you through. Perhaps…….

What do you think about the importance of to-do lists?

 

photo: Jessica45, pixabay.com

Pushing Through

Sometimes you have a choice between letting something go and pushing it through to completion. When that choice shows up, usually it takes a lot to push through and you have to decide if you are up for it. Say, something has gone off-track in a project through no fault of your own, but you are the only one around that can fix it. Doing so means extra hours and a lot of effort. How do you get yourself ready?

There are several ways to gear up for pushing through. First, mentally prepare by accepting what’s ahead. Second, make sure you have what you need to get done what you have to. Third, make sure, even though you are pushing, that you do not burn yourself out physically. You may have to stretch a bit, but then you can make sure to make space to rest once you are done.

If you feel you cannot push through alone and get a job done, ask for and get the help you need. Pushing through is not an every day thing; however pushing through, when it’s warranted, helps your career and has many rewards.

 

photo: tacofleur, pixabay.com

RUSH!

When it comes to your workload, have you ever felt like you are in a rowboat with no oars heading to the edge of a waterfall? What do you do when there is way too much to do and time is moving on? Sometimes, it is too much to handle and there’s no time to even think straight. It seems, lately, that everything is speeding up and expectations are high.

It may or may not be possible to keep up, but best that you find out and proceed accordingly. Take a moment now to reflect on your workload and how you are doing. Are adjustments needed? What kind of adjustments – by you or by others? How much control do you have or need to have?

It may be that, in the rush, you become faster and more efficient. Or, it may be that you have to help others recognize that their expectations are not realistic. Whatever the case, take care of yourself and your career and make sure that you do not go over that waterfall.

 

photo:nyochi, pixabay.com

What’s Your Tech-Overload Level?

People differ in their responses to technology and in how much they can and can’t handle. One thing to avoid is tech-overload – allowing technology to get the better of you, overwhelm you or stress you out. Knowing how to manage your use of technology helps you maintain balance and sanity.

Do you know your tech-overload level? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

• What are the signs that I have had too much technology?

• What aspects of technology get me tired and off center (e.g. too much internet surfing, too long on a social media site, having too many e mails to answer or getting blurry-eyed from too much time on your computer or phone)?

• What’s my optimum balance in using and not using technology to get my work done?

• When does technology begin to diminish my creativity and efficiency?

Knowing your tech-overload level helps you manage your work and life. To everything there is a season and time. That includes technology, too.

 

photo: wilhei, pixabay.com