What Do You Care About?

What you care about offers valuable clues to a fulfilling and successful career. Often, what you care about is not readily considered when making career decisions or choices. It should be! Caring about something usually correlates with your taking it seriously, cherishing it and wanting it in your life.

What do you care about? Are those things currently present in your career to motivate high performance and skill? Make an evaluation of the things you care about and whether they are present in your work life. Go from there in getting more of what you care about into your work or finding places where what you care about is present and valued.

 

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Ten Things To Do When You Are Just Too Tired

1. Stop what you are doing

2. Figure out what got you so tired

3. Decide if you can go on with what you are doing

4. Figure out how you can get some rest

5. Get some rest!

6. Rebalance and restore

7. Don’t let yourself get so tired again

8. Make balance a priority in your life

9. Acknowledge the importance of rest

10. Give away the delusion that you have endless energy

 

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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.

 

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Is Calmness Even Possible?

In a fast-moving world is calmness possible anymore? It is a question worth asking yourself. It may be that it is not possible to keep up with all the demands on your time. What are you to do? One thing you can do is to stop and take a good look at what is happening in your life. Are you paying attention to your priorities and making sure they get done first? Are you allowing overwhelm and stress to get the better of you? Is there a need for you to reevaluate how you are spending your time? Do you know how to regain your center when things get out of control?

It is society that has quickened its pace. You can still manage yourself in relation to what is around you. When you do so, things will begin to flow more easily. When you bring yourself fully to the present moment, things are not speeding by you; they are right there next to you. You have that moment and in that moment you can observe what is happening and make the choices that are best for you.

 

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How’s Your Focus Today?

As you read this post, take a moment to assess how well you are focusing today. Are you tackling your top priorities? Are you instead focusing on lesser priorities or allowing yourself to be distracted?

Focus is a present-moment pursuit. It requires your attention and awareness – first, to identify your priorities and then, to stick to them. Keep your focus strong each day and you’ll find yourself moving forward.

 

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Pacing

Time is finite. You have to take care of yourself and put your focus where it matters. There are always things to do and new directions to go in.

Pacing yourself effectively is a skill worth cultivating. Two things are involved: balance and prioritizing. Pacing yourself with these two things in mind will allow you to stay healthy and whole and will make sure you are putting your attention where it matters.

The next time you feel you should ”do more”, make sure to pace yourself and get where you want to go.

 

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Happiness

StocksnapDaisiesWould you say that you are happy? Is happiness something that you value? There is so much in life that crowds out happiness – responsibilities, stress, disappointments, conflict, not having time, compromises. Happiness has to be a priority in order to exist in your life. It is so easy to neglect your desire for happiness, as other parts of your life scream louder. How can you make happiness a priority in your life and work? What brings you happiness? It is well worth your attention. Get yourself some happiness today.

 

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Upside Down

ID-10045534So much can deter us from honoring our values and priorities. We have to keep them front and center. What are your values? What are your priorities for 2015? Identify them and keep them close, as you work and go through your day. With focus, you’ll honor your values and achieve your goals. Otherwise, they may end up upside down, doing no one any good.

 

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How Do You Prioritize?

ID-100288876I guess you can manage your team without prioritizing, but what a ride that is! How do you prioritize your work and make sure that you and your team meet your goals? Best to find a way that works for you, or your prioritizing will become a burden and ineffective. Here are some things to consider in finding the best way to prioritize your work.

• Have a realistic sense of the time available to you and what you can get done.

• Align your priorities with those of your organization and customers and, if conflicts arise, address them.

• Make the hard choices regarding what is most important. There are so many demands on our time, that these choices are inevitable.

• Be clear about priorities with your team – no mixed messages, unrealistic deadlines or conflicting priorities.

• Don’t slack off. Keep stated priorities front and center for you and your team. If priorities change, inform your team and set a new course.

• Develop a “system” for prioritizing work – a process for communicating priorities, revisiting them when necessary, receiving team feedback, keeping a record and tracking progress.

An effective way of prioritizing your work gives you a level of control, a way to create efficiency, a path to achieving your goals and a little peace of mind.

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No Time!

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Do you find yourself saying you have no time? Sometimes, saying you have no time makes it so. It can be a way of throwing up your hands, in lieu of sorting through the demands on your time, deciding on priorities and getting out of overwhelm. What’s the reality for you? Is saying you have no time a way for you to stay in overwhelm or to avoid certain things? Or, are you willing to create a positive relationship with time and get things done?

 

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