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Monthly Archives: October 2015

29Oct

Reaching Your Vision By Getting Out Of The Office

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By Dan Nduati.
Yesterday I had the most efficient work day in at least a year; I achieved more in one day than I had in the past two weeks where I was always; in meetings, on calls, putting together proposals etc but constantly deferring important and strategic tasks on my to do list.
My very efficient day did not start as one would have expected. I woke up when I was ready, started with a morning run, that saw me sit at my table for a five course breakfast. The day ended pretty early and I was able to take a walk at 6PM, have dinner outside watch the sun set over a glass of wine.
I was however working during breakfast and did not move to another course until a certain task was completed, my phone was on silent and I switched of the internet allowing me to focus on finishing a task and not constantly reacting to situations. Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets I worked through lunch without realising it and was able to finish up all necessary correspondence in the afternoon.
On this productive day I finished two big proposals, I started an outsourcing partnership, provided strategy on a project, completed the terms of a strategic relationship and focused on other important tasks around our vision that I have been consistently procrastinating.
At work we sometimes have a bad attitude of being too busy, we like to be busy running around the city, busy on the phone, busy responding to emails but not being productive. This leaves us very tired and stressed at the end of the day without having worked towards our vision.
I realise that I needed to have meetings with people to receive briefs and make proposals, I needed to spend time with my team so that they can help in the execution of work as I look to expand the business. But now I am more cautious about how I spend my time and I am working to have at least one of these away days a week. A day that is focused on building the larger vision of the business and myself and not responding to the day to day chaos.
13Oct

Happy At Work?

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By Curtis Oudia.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

In the beginning, you might be excited to take on a new task. But as soon as you fall into a routine you will feel like you’re sleep walking through each day. The good news is that life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to find happiness at work.

Here are ways that you can turn your ship around and find happiness (don’t think about the Coca-Cola slogan) at work.

 

Build the perfect wolfpack: One way people can actually tell you are happy is if you have a strong social network with your mates at work. It’s easy to hate your job when you don’t know your co-workers. And it’s even easier to continue hating it if you continue being a one man-wolf pack. The situation isn’t going to change if your actions stay the same.

Don’t let another day go by without learning about your co-workers. You have to make an effort and get to know them. Reach out to your co-workers and be curious about their lives outside work. Two people have never become friends without one of them starting the conversation.

 

Look for opportunities for growth instead of failure: So often, we worry about protecting ourselves at work. We look at situations not as opportunities to grow but as a chance to fail. We view new ideas with skepticism. Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets The thought that is always in the back of our minds is, “Will this make me look bad?”

The result is that we seldom take advantage of the opportunities before us. If you feel like you’re always on the defensive on your job, then take a deep breath and look for an opportunity instead. Take joy in the fact that there is always a new project to start in the workplace. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work, there is always something new that could be done. You’ll find it much easier—and pleasant—to look for opportunities to grow instead of trying to protect yourself.

 

Take on additional responsibility: Becoming a more important piece on the chessboard is a sure way to improve your attitude at work. It’s easier to feel excited when you know that your opinion counts. Taking on additional responsibilities will make you feel more respected and valued in the workplace.

If you don’t know where to start, ask the next guy for suggestions on a project you can help out on.

Lastly,

Help someone out: When you’re feeling down, there are few actions that can help lift your spirits as much as helping someone else out. Help someone else solve a problem and you just might solve some of your own and end up finding inner peace.

05Oct

What is Your Passion?

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This Monday morning at our office family meeting, I asked the question ‘What is your passion?’ and it turned out that the question was simple but it was difficult to get an answer from most members.
But what is passion? I looked up the word passion in several dictionaries and nearly all of them focused on romance, but in Urban Dictionary it is defined as
“Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.”
 
Passion is often confused with hobbies by most of us when asked what is our passion.
Success & Passion
Before I go further into passion I must first speak of success. Success is assumed to be associated with large sums of money or high level of fame, but true success is not all about money.
Success is, or at least should be, primarily defined as achievement of something desired – like people liking this article. So, the most successful people are the ones that achieve  the things they most desire. What we desire most, even more than money, is to be proud of what we do with our lives. This is true especially when it comes to our work. A truly successful person is one who is proud of the work he or she does. That, is the true meaning of success.
So why is passion important to be successful? When we are proud and enthusiastic of the work we do, the better equipped we will be to overcome obstacles that will arise in the process of advancing our careers. This allows us to continuously get better at the work we do. The better we get at our work, the better we get paid at doing it.  Ensuring we are passionate about our work will not only provide us with a meaningful career, Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets but it will also give us a good chance to of getting paid well.
Figuring out what you are passionate about is not easy but by asking yourself the right questions you can make your work more fulfilling and meaningful. These questions are a lot more easy to answer than “what is your passion?”
1. What can I do to help other people: 
I believe it is easier to focus on what you can do for other people that what you can do for yourself. There are probably a million things you want to do, but like fewer you can do, and even fewer you can do for the greater good.
2. What does my ideal work day look like?
To most a workday revolves around the office, more than 40 hours a week, and a lurking over your shoulder boss. This is a restrictive perception and to break away from that, the question should be more of how would you like your schedule structured. What would be the perfect workday day look like to you? Work from home? More flexible hours? A 6 hour working day? Whatever it looks like, this is your new professional goal.
3.What don’t I like
There’s a quote that states “I don’t know what I want but I definitely know what I don’t want”. Knowing what you don’t want can be as helpful as knowing what you want. Focus on what your values are and what they are not – like me, I don’t give a shoddy job whether it is deservingly paid or poorly paid. Here’s how you can do this. certain positions will align more with your values, plus you’ll  use this information to craft your perfect workday.
The take away is enjoying the work you do is more important, in some ways, than a large bank account. Again, if you enjoy your work, chances are you’ll do great work and you’ll get paid accordingly. Knowing what you’re passionate is might not be easy but it will be worth the effort.
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