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Are you too busy? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud but exasperated tone.
"The art of busyness is to convey genuine alarm at the pace of your life and a helpless resignation, as if someone else is setting the clock, and yet simultaneously make it clear that you are completely on top of your game. These are not exactly humble brags. They are more like fretful brags, and they are increasingly becoming the idiom of our age."
"To be deep in the overwhelm requires not just doing too many things in one 24-hour period but doing so many different kinds of things that they all blend into each other and a day has no sense of distinct phases. Researchers call it ‘contaminated time,’ and apparently women are more susceptible to it than men, because they have a harder time shutting down the tape that runs in their heads about what needs to get done that day. The only relief from the time pressure comes from cordoning off genuine stretches of free or leisure time, creating a sense of what [author Brigid] Schulte calls ‘time serenity’ or ‘flow.’ But over the years, time use diaries show that women have become terrible at that, squeezing out any free time and instead, as Schulte puts it, resorting to ‘crappy bits of leisure time confetti.’”
Deep in the ‘Overwhelmed’

kateoplis:

Are you too busy? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud but exasperated tone.

"The art of busyness is to convey genuine alarm at the pace of your life and a helpless resignation, as if someone else is setting the clock, and yet simultaneously make it clear that you are completely on top of your game. These are not exactly humble brags. They are more like fretful brags, and they are increasingly becoming the idiom of our age."

"To be deep in the overwhelm requires not just doing too many things in one 24-hour period but doing so many different kinds of things that they all blend into each other and a day has no sense of distinct phases. Researchers call it ‘contaminated time,’ and apparently women are more susceptible to it than men, because they have a harder time shutting down the tape that runs in their heads about what needs to get done that day. The only relief from the time pressure comes from cordoning off genuine stretches of free or leisure time, creating a sense of what [author Brigid] Schulte calls ‘time serenity’ or ‘flow.’ But over the years, time use diaries show that women have become terrible at that, squeezing out any free time and instead, as Schulte puts it, resorting to ‘crappy bits of leisure time confetti.’”

Deep in the ‘Overwhelmed’

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Work Happier: 8 Ted Talks chosen by Shawn Achor, whose TED Talk on how happiness leads to better work (not the other way around) is a must-see, picks related Ted Talks:

  • Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology
  • Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
  • Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome
  • Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
  • Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
  • Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice
  • Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
  • Susan Cain: The power of introverts

VIEW THE POST, LISTEN TO THE PODCAST on designsponge.com

Whether you’re bound by 9-5 workday or have a more flexible schedule, the advice is valuable!

Tips excerpted from the article:

1. Use Your Mornings

[Check out the book “What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam]

How to Carve out Morning Time

  1. Track your time – you may be too tired in the morning because you’re staying up too late.
  2. Don’t use your precious morning time for emails. Most people don’t expect a response at 6am
  3. Picture your perfect morning
  4. Think through the logistics and map out your morning schedule

2. Build a Habit by Charting Your Progress

[Check out Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret - Don’t Break the Chain.]

3. Start Small

Bite sized tasks can help you make progress!

Focus on the cover letter. It is not uncommon for me to get 100 applications for one spot, so I’m constantly looking for reasons not to advance a candidate to the interview round. Writing a good cover letter is your best shot at getting noticed. If I hate a cover letter, I won’t even look at the résumé.

a good skill to hone, whether looking for work or not…

Resumes tend to blur together after the seven thousandth or so—the cover letter is your best shot at being singular. Here’s how to write a great cover letter.  (via fastcompany)

fastcompany:

Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and not dreading the arrival of another Monday. Here are a few tips that may make your week pleasant and productive.

Feeling a little stuck, need a boost in creativity? 
Leave your office and head to the nearest coffee shop.
No worries if you really can’t leave your desk.
You can stream these creativity-boosting coffee shop sounds.
Having trouble remembering why your work matters?
Here are some tips for finding meaning in your work.

Another way to make your work more meaningful is to…
Stay highly engaged- which will also improve the quality of your product.
Starting a new job or just want to establish yourself at your work place?
Here are three ways to be an ideal co-worker.
Do you hit productivity walls? (Are you human?) 
We do too. So we asked Fast Co. readers for their advice on staying productive throughout the day.

Have a great week y’all!

fastcompany:

Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and not dreading the arrival of another Monday. Here are a few tips that may make your week pleasant and productive.

Feeling a little stuck, need a boost in creativity? 

No worries if you really can’t leave your desk.

Having trouble remembering why your work matters?

Another way to make your work more meaningful is to…

Starting a new job or just want to establish yourself at your work place?

Do you hit productivity walls? (Are you human?) 

Have a great week y’all!

infographicjournal:

The Bond Between Work and Coffee

fastcompany:

7 Ways New Managers Can Shine

It’s no secret that those who find themselves tossed into management with little more than a hope and a prayer aren’t ready to fully engage in all that is required of more experienced managers. But there is certainly something about you that indicated you were right for this job. Your job is to build on these strengths, while you try and master the other skills necessary to be a successful leader. Here are seven ways you can shine from day one:

1. Manage those above you. Some of you may be thinking, “How the heck am I going to manage people above me when I haven’t even figured out how to do my job?” Trust me. I can tell you from personal experience that if you don’t begin with managing up, you won’t have to worry about managing down. It is critical to learn how to manage these relationships effectively so that you can secure the resources you need to be successful in any situation. Observe how others successfully gain resources in the organization and follow suit when their approach aligns with your values.

2. Decode your boss. I can’t recall a time when I’ve seen a boss adjust their management style to that of an employee’s. This means you will be the one who will be doing the adjusting. Begin by observing how your manager uses authority, the way she relates to others, and her communication style as a leader. Most bosses typically fall into one of the following categories: dictatorial, laissez-faire, bureaucratic, consultative. Once you determine the type of manager you’ve been handed, you can then study ways to work most effectively with this type of leader.

3. Become a master player of office politics. You are in the game, so deal with it. In every organization, there are unwritten rules. We call this office politics. The sooner you understand these rules, the better. Politics in the workplace isn’t just about manipulation. It’s about using power effectively to get what you need. People who are masters at this game follow unwritten rules that allow them to maneuver swiftly through the organization to obtain scarce resources, approval of prized projects, and promotions. Can you see now why it’s important to pay attention to this?

4. Toot your own horn. For years we’ve been taught that it’s not polite to brag. But if we don’t do so, how will others know about our contributions? I can assure you when companies are putting together lay-off lists they aren’t including those whose contributions are well known throughout the organization. You may be the best singer in the room, but no one will know this if you never open your mouth.

5. Manage performance. No one likes to tell an employee they are not meeting expectations, but how can they improve without feedback? Clearly define your expectations and communicate regularly so employees know exactly where they stand all year long. Provide timely well-thought-out performance reviews that are specific in nature so employees know exactly the type of behavior you would like to see repeated.

6. Be respectful. Be mindful of your tone. It’s easy to bark orders and have others respond out of fear. But eventually you’ll gain a reputation that will be difficult to shake. Effective leaders do not yell at their employees nor do they chew them out in front of customers or other employees. They speak to them like they matter.

7. Hire the best. At first it may be a bit intimidating hiring people who are smarter than you. You will shine the most when those around you are beaming. Hire bright people who will step things up in your workgroup and do whatever it takes to see that they are promoted.

fastcodesign:

The Perfect Hire Starts With The Perfect Job Posting

Hiring may be one of the biggest challenges facing any company, but it’s often considered a secondary task, taking a backseat to more “pressing” matters like a new product launch or client acquisition. However, your team is your company’s greatest investment and no decision has a bigger impact on your business’ future than whom you hire.

While many job ads are hastily sketched out with little forethought, these descriptions can be one of the most important tools to finding the best people for the job. Paying careful attention to your ad ensures your team understands the role you’re trying to fill, as well as broadcasts your needs to the world. After all, you’re not going to attract the right people if you haven’t defined what “right” means for you.

This doesn’t mean that putting together a job requisition needs to involve all the blood, sweat, and tears of writing the next great novel. Here are five tips to help you through the process:

1. Don’t Re-Invent The Wheel
Since it’s easier to start from something than nothing, go through any previous requisitions that you or any other hiring managers in the company have written before. 

2. Define The Role
Research the requirements of the role by soliciting input from those who are working in a similar position as well as those who will be interacting with the new staff member on a regular basis. What are the must-have skills and traits, and what are the nice-to-haves?

In addition, be clear about the level of experience required for the job. Advertising for the wrong skill level sets your candidates up for failure and creates unnecessary tension in the company culture.

3. Writing The Req
Just as you’re looking for that great candidate, they’re looking for that great opportunity. A standout job title will start your requisition off with a bang. 

4. Focus On Culture Fit
Finding the right employee entails more than skill-sets and experience. While you’re naturally looking for a top-notch customer service agent, you also want to find people who fit well within your company culture. Inject the vibe of your organization into your job and company descriptions. Be sure to stress the work environment, company values, learning opportunities, and any other details that will accurately represent what your company is all about.

5. Post It
Once the requisition is written, you will need to post it for the world to see. Be thoughtful about where to place your job ads: your goal is to attract the right candidates, not as many candidates as you can. In addition to the careers page on your company website, think about the preferred avenues and networks for your target candidates.

Social networks present one of the best opportunities for finding your best hires because they provide good access to your target audience. Have your team members share job openings through their personal Facebook profiles, LinkedIn updates, and Twitter feeds. Encourage employees to use their own authentic voice to introduce the role and company to people in their networks. Employee referrals are generally considered the best source of new hires, and as such, social networks have transformed recruiting.

How do you find the people for your team?

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