I am all about helping people find their happy and that includes finding it at work, too.
Work relationships play a big part in being happy on the job, so this week I want to talk about how to be happier at work by being a team player.
I interviewed a lot of people during my career, and whether it was for a promotion or to hire someone into the organization, I always asked them if they were a team player.
There’s only one right answer to that, so of course every single one of them assured me that they were, in fact, a fantastic team player. I think the words have become so familiar that we may not think much about what they mean anymore, so this week I wanted to touch on what that phrase means to me.
It’s something worth considering, because teamwork is essential if you want to have a successful career and experience work satisfaction. Most major projects can only be completed by relying on the diverse skills of a wide range of participants.
Building a strong...
Do you feel like your life is in a rut? Why is it that our lives rarely change, even when we’re miserable?
OK, that’s a little harsh. Most of us aren’t miserable, but as we celebrate Groundhog Day, I can’t help but think about Bill Murray doomed to repeat the same day over and over again until he learns what needs to be learned.
Sounds like a rut to me!
I can totally cop to feeling like I’m in a rut because the days are passing in a blur of sameness. Since last June, I get to the end of the month and say “where did it go?” Every single month! And now January’s over!
There are forces in the world that are conspiring to keep us stuck. You know, that whole global pandemic thing. But I refuse to be a victim, which got me thinking about what ACTUALLY keeps us stuck.
And you know what I came up with?
Our brain. One of my mentors likes to say an unmanaged mind is like a two-year old running around with...
Do you consider yourself a leader or a boss? This question doesn’t just apply to the workplace, it can also refer to your home and personal relationships.
I remember when I received my promotion to a Team Leader position, my first with supervisory responsibilities. I had 6 older guys working for me. And when I say older, I think they were close to twice my age. I struggled with learning the supervisory part of it (who knew the Government has a gazillion “rules” for supervisors?!?) and I struggled with how to motivate them to do their job with a new, female whippersnapper at the helm.
My personality type is ESTJ and these are known as the Supervisors because we like to take charge and make sure things get done correctly. Doesn’t sound too soft and fuzzy, does it?
It was hard and I had to find the balance between getting the mission accomplished and tending to my team members as human beings.
I had to ask...
New Year's resolutions... Who really keeps them? The answer to that question could be you even if, like most people, you've already abandoned them. Rather than fretting over what you have or haven't done so far this year, you can still accomplish those New Year's resolutions - even if you're starting over already.
In this post I talked about a genealogy goal of mine for 2021. Let’s take a different, longer term, resolution of mine: To go through my household “stuff” now so that I can have an organized move in 2024.
Side note: if you have a blog, you too can use all the tips as you write about your resolutions! :O)
Try these action tips to help you achieve the resolutions you made at the start of the New Year:
Back in college, I picked up the habit of straightening my dorm room before I started doing homework. If my room was neat, I was in the right head space to tackle differential equations and fluid dynamics. Either that, or I was just avoiding homework... but regardless, it worked for me.
Then I entered the workforce and was introduced to the cubicle. That little 6 x 6 space to call my own. The place where I had to put all the essentials and keep ALL THE PAPER. It was eye-opening, to say the least.
If you’re like me, this next part is going to resonate.
Every now and then, my desk looks like a tornado hit it. Reports/papers/notes are on one corner; current work is spread across the keyboard. I know I have an appointment coming up, but I can’t find my planner amongst the piles.
It seems you, like me, may need to learn how to organize your workspace! And there’s no time like National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Yes, there truly is a day...
I love the start of a new year! There’s a certain hope and optimism to it, and I spend the time between Christmas and New Year reflecting on the past year and laying out the bones of the new year as well.
But, I have to admit, it can get overwhelming quickly! Years ago, I defined six key roles for my life, and I set at least two goals per key role. That’s a lot of goals to keep track of and habits to change.
An overwhelmed brain is not a happy brain, so it tends to just go back to doing what it already knows how to do. That's why New Year’s Resolutions typically don’t last past the first two weeks.
This year, you and I together are going to change all that.
This year, we are going to be realistic, so we can be successful.
Heaven knows, I like feeling successful over feeling like I failed at a resolution again!
Let’s start fresh.
If there's any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve, let’s set some clear and...
Every morning I jot down a few things that made me happy from the previous day in my Happiness Journal. Since I’ve been doing that for a few years now, it’s interesting to me to see a few themes pop up; one of them being that I often write down the things I accomplished as something that made me happy. I am living proof that being productive CAN make you happier!
How you make your way through an average day in terms of your productivity may determine how pleased with life you are.
That got me thinking (danger…danger…) about ways to be happier, particularly in this happy season at the end of a very strange year.
To help you be happier consider these gems when deciding whether to do something productive or avoid it:
I had the best of intentions.
I was going to get up, get moving, and get cracking on a big project that I was excited about.
And then it happened...
I followed my usual morning routine, which started with booting up my computer and checking email.
The rest was history.
I didn't get to my big project until much later so I didn't get as much done on it as I wanted (maybe needed) to. That led me to working longer than I intended.
Can you relate? I can't be the only one that has this lather, rinse, repeat love/hate relationship with email!
Email is essential for staying connected in today’s busy world, but it has a powerful influence on productivity.
How many times a day do you check your email and get lost among the messages?
Changing your email mojo will help you raise your productivity.
Here are some time-tested tips:
1. Only read an email once. Scanning an email and deciding to return to it later is a common habit. However, reading...
Do you dread dealing with any type of obstacle? Most of us do. We want life to be easy, but it seems that obstacles continuously thwart our efforts and limit the quality of our lives. The good news is that obstacles don’t have to be the obnoxious thing you think they are.
For example, when I retired earlier this year, it was to start my own business. A simple enough goal, right? Ha! Was I ever naïve!
Sure, I know how to be a leadership development coach, give an amazing speech, and facilitate an engaging workshop. What I didn't know how to do was actually run a business!
There's branding and marketing and websites, oh my! Talk about daunting!
Oh, and did I mention that I started my business during this pandemic? Oy vey...
Along the way I have learned a tremendous amount and one of the key things is that obstacles are only permanent if you let them be permanent.
Obstacles can actually be a blessing! They can even be the path to great success and...
In a digital society, writing notes may seem as old-fashioned as churning your own butter. However, it's the rarity and personal attention that make them stand out more than ever. Not to mention, December 7th is Letter Writing Day!
If you want to strengthen your relationship with someone, drop them a line.
1. Know your purpose. Strike the right tone by clarifying what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to express your esteem for a colleague who is retiring, or perhaps you're following up on a sales call, so being persuasive is a high priority. In 2020, it may just be that you are acknowledging a small triumph in a tough year. Regardless of the purpose, start with a little Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind.
2. Act promptly. Sometimes speed reduces the pressure to be profound. A brief thank you suffices when you get it out the next day. If you dawdle, you wind up struggling for words. And Heaven knows, no one wants...