A Tip for Making Shit Happen

There are any number of things you can do to make shit happen – that is to say, to be productive – and one of the major things I’ve learned that is the most helpful is this:

DRESS THE PART

Feeling successful and feeling confident helps you be more productive.

Don’t say, “when I get there [where ever it is you see yourself being when you’re successful] I’ll dress that way,” or

“I don’t have to get all dressed up, I’m not there yet.”

Take every opportunity to BE the person you think about becoming.

When I was working from home one of the things I made sure to do was get up in the morning, take a shower, put work clothes on, and then sit down at my desk in my living room. I wasn’t going to see anyone, or attend any meetings but I felt better, I did more.

Try it with me. Plan your clothes for the next few days. Who do you see when you think about being successful or productive? Are you in our pajama bottoms with a hoodie, or are you in a nice pair of jeans and a trendy sweater, or maybe it’s slacks and a button up shirt? It doesn’t matter if you don’t intend to leave your house – wear the clothes, and let them dictate what you will do for the day.

 


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Transparency Tuesday – A Poem

What It’s Like For Me: A Ode to Anxiety

It’s damn near impossible to escape it;
you can puff on a pen
or down a tiny pill,
but it’s still there
like a restless giant waking from a dormant slumber.
Once released, it’s much too hard
to be smart, or kind, or productive…
I’m the marionette to it’s Stromboli.
My heart races, my hands start to sweat
and like the tide rushing back to the ocean
all the heat leaves my body.
The words I know I should say
become imprisoned by feelings that dictate
what I eventually do manage to say,
feelings much stronger than I know what to do with.
Feelings that shapeshift into fears and phobias
and I desperately want to do something,
anything to let the air out of this shaken up 2-liter bottle of pop.
But I know if I twist the cap, I’m playing with fire
and nobody is safe…
NOBODY.
I sink into it, acknowledge it and pray

that there isn’t anybody stupid enough to asks me for a drink…

(c) Copyright Held 2018 by Alicia Rautenberg
Please do not reproduce without permission

 

5 Ways to Improve Your Happiness at Work

1. Do Your Part

Stop thinking it’s beneath you to do the menial tasks – there is someone who in your organization that believes the task is not menial, it is hard work to them.  My boss made a comment to me the other day about another co-worker, “quite frankly, she’s paid too much to be doing that.” Pay should not determine workload. We all need to be willing to do what we can when we can.

2. Keep It Clean

Much like “Do Your Part” above, you can’t leave it all up to someone else. If you have an employee kitchen or communal break space and you notice it’s dirty – clean it up. Think about it this way, “Do not put off doing anything that takes 60 seconds or less to do.” (And in most cases – a quick wipe down of the counter takes way less than 60 seconds)

3. Big Brother

You’ve seen that show right? Where people live in a house and for weeks are filmed every minute of every day? Nothing they do goes unnoticed? When you write an email, pretend your boss will be able to read it. When talking in the break room, imagine a camera just off in the distance. Act as if someone’s watching.   

4. Tap Out

This one is important on many levels, but few utilize its benefit. So often we’re afraid that asking for help or saying no displays laziness. But, ask yourself: “isn’t it better to do a few things really well, than to do too many things half-ass?” I think the answer is yes. So, when you are overwhelmed and the quality of your work is starting to suffer – tap out, say no, ask for help.

5. Accept Accidents & Mistakes

We all make mistakes; we’re human, but how often is the assumption that the mistakes and accidents made by co-workers are on purpose?  We all have times when – even though we know what we’re doing – we are too rushed, or maybe we’re confused by the situation. Allow your co-workers the benefit of the doubt, accept their mistakes as mistakes.

With these five simple rules, the atmosphere you work in should significantly change.

Which one do you think is the most important? And which one do you struggle with the most?  Tell me about it below in the comments page.