A recent New York Times article, France Lets Workers Turn Off, Tune Out and Live Life, tells of a law passed in France that requires companies with more than 50 employees to negotiate a new protocol to ensure that work does not spill into days off or after-work hours. Yes, you read that right!
How often do you disconnect from your work? How do you do it? Is it a complete break or do you never totally leave your work? Disconnecting from work involves your mind, emotions, body and spirit. Far from putting you at a disadvantage, disconnecting revitalizes you, sharpens your mental acuity, centers you and has great benefits for your career.
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In my last post I wrote about the source of your negativity and looking below the surface for its roots. The source of your positive thinking, in contrast, is self-generated by you. Staying positive in a chaotic and challenging world takes effort.
You can cultivate a positive attitude by doing and thinking in positive ways. Examples of sources of positive doing and thinking can be: being with people who “lift you up”, listening to music that inspires you, doing things that give you joy, finding positive reasons why you live and work the way you do, staying away from negative influences, developing ways to counteract your own negativity when it arises and committing to maintaining a positive attitude
What are the sources of your positivity?
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As time goes by, you can get enveloped in the details of your work and career and what you want gets lost in the process. Don’t let that happen. You can be fulfilled and happy in your work and only you know what you need to be so.
If you had to pick three things you do not have now but that you want in your work, what would they be? What are you doing to make them happen?
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It is hard to work happy if you do not know what it looks like. What does working happy look like for you? Do you need challenge, harmony, growth, good coworkers, balance, a certain environment or growth opportunities, for example?
If you do not have a ready answer to what working happy looks like for you, create one. You deserve to work happy and it’s up to you to set a course to get there. I write a newsletter, Working Happy, guiding you to work that leaves you happy at the end of the day. You can find out more about it here.
Here’s to all of us being happy and productive in our work!
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It is a common phrase to say one is going back to the grind of their work. For me, the phrase infers that one is going back to low level, repetitive work that is not terribly exciting. Going back to the grind is okay every once in awhile, but not as an every day thing. Your work as a manager should be challenging, diverse, collaborative, motivating, sometimes frustrating and inspiring. If it is not, it is worth some reflection on what is happening.
Is your work fulfilling or is it a grind? If it is a grind, what are the elements of your work that make it so? Have you lost your enthusiasm for what you do? Sure, on projects there are always periods of hard work that can be a grind, but they should be short ones, leading somewhere, with a good end in sight.
If your work has become a grind, do something to wake it up. Examine your own contribution to making it a grind, as well as your organization’s. Life is too short to do lackluster work. It will wear you down and deprive the world of your unique gifts.
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No question that our world is speeding up. It is helpful to pause at certain points and look at where you are and where you want to go. What do you think about today being December 1st? The start of the holidays? The end of 2015 is coming? Running out of time?
What will December look like to you? What do you want to accomplish this month? How will you fit the holidays in? Will December be a slow or fast month for you? How will you balance?
I know – a lot of questions. However, answering them will allow you to take control of your month and make it what you want it to be.
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How do you use your quiet days at work?
Do you go at a slower pace? Rush to catch up? Reflect?
Be fully present when you have the gift of a quiet day. Use it well. You deserve it.
Hope that readers in the United States had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you to all of you for reading The Managers Hub!
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There are a variety of indicators that it is time to think something out again. Perhaps circumstances have changed, you have altered your perspective or something new is affecting a situation. Regrouping is simply addressing something from the present moment, rather than from the past or future, and deciding on a new course of action.
Ignore change at your peril. Regrouping is done easily – with your eyes open, brain engaged and senses alert. Are there any indicators that regrouping is called for in your life or work? Is something asking for your attention? Are you resisting acknowledging a change that has occurred? Regrouping puts you back in control and allows you move forward.
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Fear can show its face at work and often does. It finds its way within uncertainty, dysfunctional cultures, self doubt, power plays, edges of comfort zones, unexpected outcomes and aggression.
The best way to deal with fear is to go right through it. Pushing it down, pretending it is not there or convincing yourself it doesn’t matter, only increases fear’s hold on you.
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Fun actually can enhance your performance at work. Do you build opportunities to have fun into your workday? Fun reduces stress. Fun fuels your creativity and imagination and improves your mental health.
Why has fun been written out of many workdays? The reason could be that stress has taken over. We are much too serious. We drive ourselves very hard, to the exclusion of balance.
Could you use more fun in your workday? What can you do to create it?
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