PRODUCTIVITY SUCCESS TIME MANAGEMENT WORK
BY DEAN VAKSMAN
At the end of the day, you’ve worked long and hard, and you feel like you have completely and utterly depleted all of your daily energy supplies. Today, just like all other days before it, you will make yourself a lazy TV dinner, watch a show for an hour or two – any show, as long as you’re watching something to distract yourself from the frenzy at work.
All sounds awfully grim, doesn’t it? Well, you can rest assured, you are not doomed to repeat such a lazy daily routine: whether you choose to watch TV for two straight hours each day after work, or just go over Facebook or Instagram until you finally fall asleep, you can actually use some of this time to do something productive!
Doing so will improve your career life, as well as your personal time.
The benefits of making good use of your first hour after work:
First things first: If you spare a single hour after work on something that you count as productive, no matter if it’s learning a new language or building a car model, you will feel fulfilled, and therefore, happier. This will make a significant difference at your in work productivity. A happy worker is a good worker, and sooner or later, your boss will surely notice the difference.
Secondly, you can’t entirely count on learning something new, or practice a hobby during actual work time. Not only that you will constantly be distracted, and your personal gain from it will diminish significantly, but this can also result in an opposite effect on your work productivity, and it may even look like you’re slacking. During after-work time, you are your own boss, and you can make your own rules and channel your time in whatever way you please. It’s during this time that you should dedicate an hour to achieving your goal.
Thirdly, one hour each day can make a colossal difference in the long run. For example, in the case that you are studying a new language for one hour every day, after a year, all of those hours will have made for significant practice time, and you might even be close to full fluency by the end of the year. That makes one language every single year!
And lastly, you should always consider the fact that companies might hire, or promote you, based on what you practiced during all of those single hours. If you studied Italian, for example, to the point of near fluency, you could write that on your resume, and it may prove beneficial to you when you encounter a company that is looking for that particular language skill.
What are the problems that may arise from staying idle?Well, therein lies the problem. Staying idle. So what does staying idle mean? Well, a person that has an idle attitude towards life cannot expect their lives to change. This means, no progression, no goals, no brighter future compared to what they have at the present. To some, they may be fine with what they have already. But if you have any goals or aspirations, then you can’t let yourself get sucked into an idle, daily routine.
A second problem that may arise is that building yourself such a strong, steady, lazy kind of routine, may affect you mentally and even push you into depression. While depression is a significant problem by its own, it will also diminish your work productivity and, as a result, deteriorate your working conditions, such as with your boss-employee relations, or your general work status.
The dedication of just one hour after work a day can make all the difference in your world.
Here’s how you can make good use of your time outside of work:
1. Read: Yes, you read it correctly. It can be anything, from fiction to nonfiction, fantasy to biography, and romance to horror. One hour of reading each day can make for one book every week. The more you read, the more you know. Not only that, but reading can be very fulfilling. It will also improve your conversation topics, and may even give you work-related knowledge that can ultimately boost your actual career.
2. Start personal projects: This one is especially beneficial if your workplace did not already provide you with one. Projects, such as building a website, or doing some volunteering work will reward you with refined personal values, such as learning the meaning of teamwork, how to meet deadlines, and how to handle feedback for your work. All are major traits for a successful career.
3. Make connections: It is well known that connections are an undeniable plus when it comes to either career or personal development. All you need to do is just to go out there and meet people! You can even schedule after-work get-togethers with your co-workers.
All of these are just a small sample of what’s in store for you. Think outside the box and follow your passions!
It’s that easy.
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The answer to that question is: to you. You are choosing yourself as the priority - that is the bottom line of learning how to say “no”.
It can happen without you even noticing that your life no longer feels as though it is your own. Overwhelming work demands, busy family schedules, even modern technology seem to add stress by making us accessible all the time. Everything else becomes a priority, while you and your own personal life, values, beliefs, thoughts, wishes, and dreams come in second place, if not third. Your attention ends up being stretched in too many directions with no time left to think about yourself. The result is stress leading to more stress and hopefully not a burnout. I like to think of the much bigger picture of life when it comes to the understanding, motivation and learning of how to respect yourself in the first instance.
By no stretch of the imagination does this mean you will be disrespecting others and/or their wishes or job demands. It means you respect yourself and hold yourself in equal position to others. If you are thoughtful, openhearted and conscientious about how you treat people and your job, then surely you can only really give it your best if you are in
These are the most common reasons people say “yes” when in fact “no” might serve better:
Which ones apply in your case?
Ask the following questions to motivate yourself:
Which facets of your life feel the most neglected due to the consequences of saying “yes” too often?
For example, saying “no” to an offer to go out because what you really need is time at home for yourself. By saying “no”, you are giving yourself that time.
by Suzie Doscher from BALANCE - Interactive Workbook for Self-Coaching
by Suzie Doscher
To live feeling content and on track it is vital to know what you truly value in life, what makes you feel fulfilled and gives you a sense of meaning.
Core Values are about YOU – not what society, the media, your education, your colleagues and friends or family deem as important, or of value, but what is important to YOU, what YOU value.
Core Values are individual. They can be described as your code of ethics, your fundamental principles, your standards or personal rules. Stress tends to set in when you are not treating these values with the respect they deserve.
Not respecting your core values means you are not respecting your true self.
In turn your Self Esteem could suffer which of course in turn decreases the quality of your day to day life. Living true to your values, hence true to yourself, allows you to be at peace, at the same time you feel you have your power. When the feeling of calm and peacefulness is present, the quality of day to day life high. You will have the feeling of being a good person.
Caroline Myss, a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, and mysticism says: "Being able to speak and live with the truth, your truth, means you have to become comfortable with having your power, be comfortable with all that is true about you, all that is beautiful about yourself, this is being okay with yourself."
As an example of a core value lets take 'Honesty'. I imagine that everybody can relate to that feeling of not having been quite honest about something. The twinge felt deep inside even if it was a little 'white lie', you still feel something, somewhere inside. If 'Honesty' is one of your core values, this means the need to not only to be honest, but also to be treated with honesty. Should you find yourself not being totally honest about something, this lack of respect for this core value will leave a bad feeling inside. The feeling of not being the person you know you are at heart, the feeling of not being true to yourself.
Being a good person means you are being true to yourself and thereby honouring your values. It is all in the choices that you make.
Living in line with your core values improves the quality of your day to day life which in turn means being a better role model, parent, friend, co-worker, child, sibling etc. It means you are maintaining your personal power. This applies to your personal life as well as your professional life.
Honoring your values by making them a priority means you are choosing your behavior based on the right foundation, based on your personal code of ethics. You can only gain – it is a win win!
Do not know what your Core Values are? Let me guide you through a process to discover them in a single coaching session. Get in touch and let’s talk about it.
by Suzie Doscher
With life-coaching for personal development my clients and I initially explore where exactly the sense of ‘something is not quite right’ comes from or what specifically is draining the energy, motivation and focus.
Can you relate to any of these?
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn, rather than teaching them. Or as applied to the business world, coaching is not about telling people what to do, but helping them to achieve all they are capable of doing and being. The best managers are the ones who understand this important distinction.”
If you are not as lucky to be in the hands of such a manager or any of the above issues resonate with you, know you are not alone.
There is an abundance of trainings, seminars and information available online, yet it takes time to convert the learning and knowledge into action and behaviour. Rarely is there free time at work to adapt the intellectual knowledge gained in a training session. Support with, and time to convert this intellectual knowledge into action and behavioural changes is where I see the life coaching comes in.
Ask for some life coaching for personal development from your company, seek it on your own, or feel free to get in touch and ask me how I can support you.
Keep in mind you are going to be the next leaders and could be running the show.
 Tim Gallwey, author of books about the Inner Game
“Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way”
(My father, an international marketing expert, had this quote on his desk -
and he meant it!)
by Suzie Doscher
The Dalai Lama made a wonderful comment about anger. He suggested that anger blocks the part of the brain that allows us to distinguish the difference between right and wrong. Reality is lost in moments of anger, therefore making us blind to what is actually going on.
The same can be said about other emotions that have the power to disrupt your daily life. Anger usually manages to creep through most emotions and find its way to the surface. Somewhere inside of the emotions that have the power to overwhelm, upset, and throw your life out of balance you will most probably find some anger, if only a hint.
The Dalai Lama further stated: to deal with our problems we need to be practical and realistic. If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, meaning we need a calm mind.
When your life feels like it is a mess and you are ready to take some action there are many different approaches to take. (Support from a professional or wise friend, mediation, spiritual beliefs, sometimes even just taking a “time out” holiday can help.) Find the one that suits your personality and lifestyle best. At this point you are hoping to be calmer. This will allow your mind to be more realistic again. You are more likely to stay on track with making the necessary changes with a realistic mind.
These suggestions are one of many approaches you could take that might be helpful:
An excerpt from Suzie Doscher's book: BALANCE - A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR LIFE'S DIFFICULT MOMENTS.
Suzie's NEW book BALANCE - Interactive Workbook for Self-Coaching is now available if you do not have the time or inclination to work with a professional life coach. Get started on your own, in your own time. Narrow down what you want to change with the help of the workbook.
FIND A COACH THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
Excerpts from an article BY CLAIRE TRISTRAM
Finding the coach that's best for you is easier said than done. "Unemployed executives used to say they were 'consultants,'" complains James Flaherty, a 12-year veteran of the executive coaching business. "Now they say they're 'coaches.' The coaching business isn't regulated by anyone, and that's hurting us."
When it comes time to interviewing prospective coaches, here are five questions to ask yourself — questions that will take you beyond the obvious:
1. Is this person really a coach, or just a consultant in disguise?
"Consultants give you answers. Coaches ask you questions," "Hiring a coach is not like hiring a lawyer. It's not about getting an expert. If your coach claims a level of expertise that you can never attain, that's a big red flag."
2. Does the coach have a strict code of ethics?
To get the best results, you'll need to be completely honest with your coach. Look for a coach who insists on total confidentiality, as unbreachable as the attorney-client privilege.
3. What will this coach actually do for me?
To get specific results, be specific about what you need. "Say to your prospective coach, 'Here's what I want to do. What do you know about it, and how can you help me?'" Try to establish a level of detail where you know exactly what will happen if you work together.
4. Does the proposed program match my needs?
A coach's game plan must be consistent with your real life, says Flaherty. If you've been asked to make an unreasonable time commitment, or to change your lifestyle in ways that don't feel doable, look for another coach. Thomas Leonard, for example, trains coaches to operate almost exclusively by email or over the telephone, in deference to managers' busy schedules.
5. Is the financial picture clear?
"What's your fee?" shouldn't be your first question, and it shouldn't be your last. "Make sure you understand exactly what it is you're paying for."
A version of this article appeared in the October/November 96 issue of Fast Company _magazine.
A Practical Handbook