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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“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life can become monotonous. If you want some variety in your life, create it. Try experimenting. Experiments hold some risk, yes, but are not permanent. They are short excursions into new territory. They let you try something out.
What is something you have wanted to bring into your life – perhaps a new approach, a new skill, a new business relationship? Create an experiment that lets you take a step closer to what you want. Your experiment could be putting yourself in a new situation, reaching out to someone or learning more about what you desire.
Go ahead, experiment! Doing so moves you forward and makes life interesting.
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Are you laughing after reading this blog title? If so, read on. Peace is attainable and necessary in these fast-paced times. You may not have peace all the time; however you should have more than a fleeting glimpse of it.
There is room for peace in your life. Find time each day to create it.
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Integrity is wholeness. In your work life, all of you is present – your values, your personality, your attitudes and preferences, your skills, your goals – and must be honored. Separating parts of yourself from your work leads to problems. Why? Because what is part of you does not go away, even if ignored. Eventually, that part of you will show itself, often complicating things or causing you unhappiness or lack of fulfillment.
Honor your whole self. Doing so leads you to success and integrity in your career.
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The second quarter of 2019 ends in June. What do you want this second quarter to be about for you and your career? Any goals you want to meet? Balance you want to attain? Fun you want to have? Wrongs you want to right?
You have time. Make this second quarter what you want it to be. Aspire.
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