January 8, 2012
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We live in a fast-paced world. Many of us work long hours and are always on the go. Technology has made it possible to blur the line between our work life and our personal life, and this is both good and bad. Being productive is great; enjoying some down time and recreation is equally important. Working all the time isn’t healthy and is often not as productive as we imagine. Recreation and hobbies have their place. Burnout is real and more common than we may think.
I believe we need to know when the workday is over. We need to recognize when it’s time to set aside work and focus on another part of our life. If you supervise others, it’s important to know when it’s time to let your team members wind down or go home and focus on taking care of the rest of their lives so that they can come back to work ready to focus on your priorities. They will appreciate this, and will likely be more productive since they know that there is a time for work and a time for their personal lives and recreation – and that you understand this distinction.
And they’ll spend less of their time at work worrying about or actually taking care of their own personal business (instead of working), since they know they’ll have a chance to get to these things.
Respect your own and other’s need for knowing when the workday is over, and when it’s time to focus on the things we all need to do to be ready for tomorrow.
November 22, 2011
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No one likes losing. So why rush into situations where you may lose?
You say you don’t do this? I’ll bet you do.
Do you ever let your emotions – especially anger or pride – get the best of you?
Do you try to win arguments when in fact there is very little at stake?
Do you take a “stand” on issues and only back down when someone with more authority tells you to back off?
Do you become obsessed with reaching a specific goal in a hurry – and ignore other, more important tasks?
Do you like to tell people why their ideas won’t work?
When you do these things, you are setting yourself up to lose. You are daring people to find a way to kick your feet out from under you. And many will take you up on this dare.
So what can you do to prevent this? Here’s one trick I use:
When you are in situations where your emotions are getting away from you, ask yourself if what you are trying to accomplish will matter in 5 years. If it will make a difference, but all means go for it. But in my own experience there are exceptionally few instances where this is the case. We may like to think this is the case, but emotions distort our perspective. And when we are temporarily blinded by emotional stress, we can get stupid very quickly.
So give the situation 24 hours and see if you still feel as strongly about it. I’m willing to bet that your decisions after 24 hours will be much clearer.
It never pays to be in a hurry to lose. As one author said, “Hurry is not from the devil. Hurry is the devil.”