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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 ... Related:  productivity

The Alchemist (novel) The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Paulo Coelho first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese by its Brazilian-born author, it has been translated into at least 56 languages as of September 2012.[1] An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. The book is an international bestseller. The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Early into his journey, he meets an old king, Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend (which is always capitalized in the book). Along the way, he meets an Englishman and continues his travel with him. Santiago then encounters a lone alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. Santiago Santiago is the protagonist of The Alchemist. Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987.

Hate Networking? 3 Ways to Get Over It Here's how to make networking work for you--and your business. Getty 648 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Networking is at the top of the list of things that make me the most uncomfortable. Most people who know me are surprised to learn this, because I am a consummate extrovert, but, in truth, I find it daunting to talk to people I have never met, and I hate pretending to be interested in people who are clearly networking to social climb. Consider these three ideas to take the discomfort out of networking and use it to create real value for your business: Listening is the best way to start a conversation. Most people think about networking from the perspective of what they are going to say. Honesty begets honesty. Networking tends to bring out the braggarts, the people for whom everything is going just great: stellar sales, smooth cash flow, and growth potential to last a lifetime. Everyone has something interesting to impart.

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.

The Lonely People of 2012 | Blue Jay Way “All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” - The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby Eleanor Rigby spent her lonely days at a church back in 1966. In 2012 she would hang out at a coffee shop, staring at her laptop, pretending to be busy. But there’s a reason for doing all that. “They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it’s better than drinking alone” - Billy Joel, Piano Man Build Trust: 6 Foolproof Steps to Train Employees Want to trust your employees to do the job right? Train them like you would teach them to drive. shutterstock images 56 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Building trust in an employee is very much like teaching someone to drive. So how do you create that trust with an employee? 1. When a new employee joins our team, he spends a significant amount of time learning our products. 2. Just because an employee has been successful on the written road test does not mean he is ready to drive. 3. Driving is difficult at first because it requires the use of many skills at once. 4. You will never know if someone can actually drive until you let him do it. 5. At this point, the employee trusts that he knows enough about our product, procedure, and mission to be able to drive without a problem from point A to point B. 6. Once the new rep is out on the road, I fully expect he may have some minor fender benders along the way.

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

Learn tthe Art of Contentment and Reduce the Stress in Your Life Are you the kind of person that always looks to see what kind of car your neighbor is driving? Or are you worried about what your co-workers are making as far as salary? Not happy in your job, marriage, friendships, or “fill in the blank”? You need to learn the art of contentment. I would like to give you couple ways to bring contentment into your life. Learn a Right View of Problems There is an old saying, “What you focus on expands.” Now I am not telling you to ignore problems. If you look for what is right in your life, you will end up seeing many things. Learn to Cultivate Gratitude One of the big problems of media these days is that we get an incorrect view of reality. Keep a mental or even written list of the things you are grateful for in your life. Don’t focus on comparisons. Stake Your Life on What Satisfies Your Passion Bring into your life what satisfies your passions. What you don’t want to do is fully stake your life on what you don’t like. Contentment of the Spirit

Sell Successfully: 5 Simple Strategies Sales is a journey. If the customer does not understand where you are headed and why she should come along, she won't. 404 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Making a sale should be easy, especially when you have the right product. Here are my five "make it happen" steps to get the green light rather than put on the brakes: Cut to the chase . A good sales person doesn't waste time with filler words. Skip the jargon. Whether your product is technical in nature or you just tend to be on the know-it-all side of the spectrum, find a simple way to explain your product that anyone can follow. Paint a picture. You will not always have the luxury of meeting with your customer face to face. Get curious. When you speak to a customer, concentrate on finding out about the customer instead of making your pitch. Make it matter. Your product may have a ton of benefits, but they are worthless if the customer you sell to doesn't need them.

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