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Have a Great Day at Work: 10 Tricks

Have a Great Day at Work: 10 Tricks
Want to have the best workday ever? Day after day? It's not as difficult as you think. These 10 tweaks to your everyday behavior will virtually guarantee you a day that's not just enjoyable but allows you to get more done than you ever thought possible. 1. It's easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you have a "library" of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn't go exactly as you'd prefer. 2. Always remember that there's a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. 3. Most people waste their commute time listening to the news or (worse, especially if they're driving) making calls, texting, or answering emails. 4. It's likely, if you followed the first three steps, that you'll already be smiling. It doesn't matter if it feels fake: Research has shown that even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you happier. 5. 6. 7. 8. Long hours are simply a bad idea. 9. 10. But What About ...

Building Great Teams (If you missed it, here’s post #1) The Single Most Sabotaging Force of Team Perfor mance When a duck falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. Left out of formation for too long it will eventually tire out and drop out completely. We see this happen on sports teams when one player tries to showboat and carry the game. Eventually the headwind of trying to fly alone will wear him down and the opposition will prevail. You saw Mark Cuban on our November cover of SUCCESS. Meanwhile the Dallas Mavericks, while they obviously had good players, didn’t have nearly the individual superstar/celebrity talent the Heat had. While the Miami Heat had more ‘eagles,’ let’s say, the Dallas Mavericks played as a unified flock, or team, and beat the Heat decisively. I have shared the keynote presentation I did for the EXPERTS Industry Association. Think about it.

Strive For Work-Life Integration, Not Balance Late one night I pulled out of the parking garage at the small airport near my home. There were no cars behind me as I handed my ticket over to the lady in the booth, so I asked if she ever felt trapped in the tiny enclosure. “Never,” she answered. “I’m a writer, and it’s only busy here when a flight comes in. The rest of the time I work on my book.” This stuck with me for a couple reasons. Our goal is to help managers and leaders stop trying to balance the mythical scales so that work and family demands and rewards are exactly even. A snapshot of this concept could be applied to the lady in the ticket booth, whom I later learned is named Kate. Understanding Your Behavior Research shows that a critical aspect of integrating work/life facets is the degree to which you manage family interrupting work or work interrupting family. Maybe you are more of a Separator and you tend to keep these tasks separated into defined blocks of time. Consider Kate’s situation. Discovering Your Identity

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives. This is the story of Jane and Joe... Jane was up until 4 a.m. putting the final touches on her deck. Joe, on the other hand, went to sleep last night at 11 p.m., as he does most nights of the week. Which entrepreneur would you bet on? And, which entrepreneur most closely resembles you? Jane and Joe are fictional characters but having been immersed in the world of startups in both New York and San Francisco, I see a lot of Janes. This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with my friend Mike Del Ponte, who resembles the character of Joe. "Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way," Mike said. Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The One-Minute Change That Will Transform Your Company Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.--Goethe Can a single behavior elevate an entire organization? I have a college-age daughter. He introduced himself as the dean of students. Keep in mind that this is a major university in the middle of a huge city with 4,500 freshmen moving in on the same day. Any staff member who sees someone looking at one of the big maps is expected to approach them and offer help. They don’t view it as a punitive thing. Dean Kenneth Elmore, the gentleman who greeted my family at the sign, says, “We should never walk past [people who are] looking at a map or if they visibly look lost. Greeting people at the sign is more than just a nicety at BU; it reinforces their purpose. It might sound like a lofty goal that applies only to nonprofits or academia, but choosing a pivotal Noble Sales Purpose (NSP) behavior is a simple yet incredibly effective model that any organization can implement. Changing the way you act will change the way you feel.

How To Write Thought-Leadership Pieces That Get Published And Don't Make Editors Want To Die The IT guy thinks you don’t like him. The marketing director complains that the sales director doesn’t return her emails. Someone anonymously posts a snide note in the office kitchen about fridge etiquette. Nobody likes workplace drama. What's Behind The Drama Indeed, the desire to act out stories, improvise, and play characters and imitate others is as old as humanity itself—look no further than ancient Greece. It's our loss. Over the past couple of decades, business schools, leaders, and teams have begun tapping back into the power of performance in the workplace. We can free people to make new and better choices in how they work and interact. Try This At Your Next Team Meeting Are your meetings contentious, disagreement-filled, or derailed by personality conflicts? Then switch, and have the audience perform their own meeting scene. 1. 2. 3. 4. Get Out Of The Director's Chair That could simply mean swapping characters—the silent one plays the naysayer, and vice versa.

Joe's Goals - Free Online Habit Tracker 11 Goal Hacks: How to Achieve Anything Goal-setting research on fantasising, visualisation, goal commitment, procrastination, the dark side of goal-setting and more… We’re all familiar with the nuts and bolts of goal-setting. We should set specific, challenging goals, use rewards, record progress and make public commitments (if you’re not familiar with these then check out this article on how to reach life goals). So how come we still fail? This psychological research suggests why and what mindsets should help us reach our goals. 1. The biggest enemy of any goal is excessive positive fantasising. 2. The reason we don’t achieve our goals is lack of commitment. One powerful psychological technique to increase commitment is mental contrasting. 3. You can use the Zeigarnik effect to drag you on towards your goal. What the Zeigarnik effect teaches is that one weapon for beating procrastination is starting somewhere…anywhere. 4. 5. When we miss our target, we can fall foul of the what-the-hell-effect. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days. Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days. Home 1. Day 1: Declutter MagazinesDay 2: Declutter DVD’sDay 3: Declutter booksDay 4: Declutter kitchen appliances 2. If you take it out, put it back.If you open it, close it.If you throw it down, pick it up.If you take it off, hang it up. 3. A burnt light bulb that needs to be changed.A button that’s missing on your favorite shirt.The fact that every time you open your top kitchen cabinet all of the plastic food containers fall out. Happiness 4. 5. 6. How many times do you beat yourself up during the day? 7. Learning/Personal Development 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.