Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
"Keep in mind that every time you commit to doing something you don't want to do, you are giving up time and energy to do what is important to you. Don't say yes when you want to say no."
On the surface, that sounds simple. I am wrestling with it -- figuring out which additional assignments at work I want to take on and which volunteer commitments I want to take on.
For those of us in the habit of saying yes, we need to retrain our brain. Life coach Rachelle Disbennet-Lee suggests this approach: Try ''thank you for asking. It's a great opportunity, but I'm too booked to do it.'' And then, lose the guilt! Let me know if it works for you.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Make the right choice
Joel Zeff’s book Make the Right Choice, has some great tips on making positive choices for your work life that also make your personal life more manageable. Here are some thoughts from his book:
- Folding clothes and watching American Idol is a great multi-task. Checking email and talking to a client is not. When you try to do too much at once, nothing gets done right, leading to more time spent on projects fixing mistakes.
On Work-Life Balance
- If you’re running from meeting to meeting, to home, to craft store for child’s diorama, and then back to the office again, stop. Put a note on your monitor reminding you to take 5 minutes to think and prioritize tasks. Leave the cell phone at your desk and sit in a different environment, the lobby if necessary, so you can think without distractions.
On Negative Co-Workers
- Negativity can be contagious, so contain it. Try to engage a negative co-worker, and then leave them behind. Regroup with agreeable people in the office so projects can get done effectively.
- Sometimes a difficult co-worker is just a co-worker who communicates differently than you. Ever seen a chit chat person work with a down to business person? Find common ground and you’ll find peace around the office.
On Reducing Stress
- Take a few minutes and think about your last week at work. Make a list of everything that made you frustrated, impatient and stressed, and try to read it with a straight face. I will wager most of it is insignificant. Don’t waste creative energy on things that are completely out of your control.
Ask for it, demand it, then take it. People can’t give you what they don’t know you want. If you’re a manager, ask your employees if they’re getting the opportunities they’re looking for. Watch their productivity go up when they see you appreciate them.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Should women bring their babies to work?
Here's what is going on:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Indra Nooyi, superwoman?
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Should more of us be like Shaunie?
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I did my daughter's homework
After a long day at work and Open House at my son's school, I arrived home around 8 p.m. to find my daughter doing homework. Two hours later, after putting my younger two kids to bed, she was still up doing homework. At 10 p.m., I wanted us both in bed -- pronto!
But then came the tears, "Mom, I can't go to bed. I still have more homework." And so, I caved.
In a trance-like state, I begin printing photos off the Internet and pasting them on her index cards. Printing and pasting. It seemed harmless. It didn't affect the learning process. She wrote the Spanish vocabulary words on the cards. We were both in bed a half hour later. But still, I do feel a little guilty. I'm heading home extra early today to better supervise her afterschool homework routine. Not all working moms have that luxury. With that in mind, I would guess I'm not the only homework helper who has something to feel guilty about. Your thoughts?
Bad boss doesn't get it, does yours?
Dealing with your own bad boss? Monster offers these resources to help:
· “Neutralize Your Toxic Boss”
· “Stop Toxic Managers Before They Stop You”
· “When the New Boss Is Hell on Wheels”
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
A Labor Day story
Check out Maria's story and share what you think. Would you stay in a low-wage job if you loved what you did?