While four-leaf clovers may be everywhere for St. Patrick’s Day, many workers have their own charms that they turn to for luck and inspiration any day of the year. In honor of the upcoming holiday, here’s a look at a few. (Be sure to come back tomorrow to read about lucky rituals used by some companies.)
Strategically placed at the midpoint between Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day, March 9 (tomorrow) has been designated “Get Over It Day.” The idea behind the occasion is that all of us have some leftover baggage that needs to be put away once and for all (and if you think you don’t, the creator urges you to ask your friends if there is anything they are tired of hearing you complain about).
The start of March encourages many people to begin thinking about the annual ritual of spring cleaning. While mostly associated with washing windows or packing away flannel sheets for lighter ones, spring cleaning doesn’t have to pertain solely to household chores.
From deadlines to red tape to incompetent co-workers, the workplace is filled with a variety of factors that can cause frustration. While being able to “let things go” sounds good in theory, it is usually easier said than done. What can you do when you feel your blood boiling for the fourth time this week (and it’s only Tuesday)? Try these suggestions:
Look for the root of the problem.
Fixing the source of stress can be more effective than always opting for temporary, “make-do” solutions.
Remember those first few weeks of a new job when every day was a learning experience? Chances are you felt a mixture of nerves and exhilaration as you mastered tasks, met a variety of people, and worked to blend in with company culture. Fast forward a few months (or years or decades), and you probably settled into comfortable patterns – from eating lunch with a usual group to employing the same tried and true strategies to get work done.
Looking for an easy way to enhance your reputation, get better feedback from bosses and peers, and maybe even increase the likelihood of a promotion? Become known as the office optimist. To get started, consider these tips from career adviser and image consultant Vicky Oliver, author of The Millionaire's Handbook: How to Look and Act Like a Millionaire Even If You're Not.
Wear your metaphorical "rose colored glasses" to work.
When we think of having a relaxing weekend, we often glorify the concept of “doing nothing.” While you’d be hard-pressed to find any expert who thinks packing every moment of Saturday and Sunday is a good idea, the opposite extreme of having a totally clean slate may be equally unrewarding. According to this article, feeling like you squandered your free time on meaningless activities like channel surfing can make it harder to return to the office on Monday morning.
A to-do list a mile long, requests thrown from various directions, changing deadlines -- sometimes office professionals can become overwhelmed by job demands. Speaker, author, and coach Darla Arni calls the feeling of having too much to do and too little time to do it “having a full plate with no fork.” The good news is that there are ways to stay sane and begin tackling that mound of work. Here are some of Arni’s suggestions:
As we discussed yesterday, workers often turn to toys on their desk to relieve stress and boost creativity. Some objects, however, are more than playthings; they have special meaning to the owner. Consider these cases: