If you talk to a group of freelance writers or other successful self-employed people, you will find that many admit to what you might call the “imposter syndrome.” They feel like, deep down, they aren’t really all that talented and soon someone will realize the truth and their career will be finished.
Working at a job you hate is no fun. Even worse is when you feel like you are trapped in that dreaded job. It can kill your morale—not to mention make it impossible for you to get motivated to do even a half-decent job.
But the reality is you aren’t really trapped and you do have a choice. Granted, you may have no choice but to work at some job—at least, if you want to keep a roof over your head. But that doesn’t mean you are stuck in the job you currently have.
Few things make you feel more productive than starting the week by getting a bunch of things done and crossing several tasks off your list right off the bat. To accomplish this, you need to hit the ground running and avoid distractions. Among the biggest (and most tempting) distractions: websites like Facebook and Pinterest and—if you’re a sports fan, perhaps even ESPN.
It only seems fair that as your skills and responsibility increase, so should your paycheck. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you have to take the initiative and ask for that raise—and this process often includes some pushing and/or negotiations on your part.
As an office professional, you probably spend a lot of time sitting at your desk and may be too tired or busy to find time for fitness. So you already face challenges in staying fit. But there may also be another big challenge: colleagues who (whether deliberately or not) sabotage your efforts to maintain healthy fitness habits.
When you are trying to build your career, it can be easy to let your job take over your life. This is especially true if your workplace is short-staffed and you feel like you must carry more of the weight. However, it’s important to give yourself a chance to enjoy life outside of the office or you will quickly burn yourself out.
Reaching a state where you achieve work-life balance can be a gradual process that takes time, but there are some quick things you can do right now for a noticeable improvement.
Ah, spring is nearly upon us and with it comes that wonderful time when a young man’s fancy turns to . . . college basketball? Yes, March Madness is back, which can be good news or bad news, depending on your perspective.
The Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th anniversary this week, and many of us may have looked back fondly on our childhood memories as part of a Girl Scout troop. But even as adults, there are many valuable lessons we can take from the Girl Scouts and apply to our professional lives.
This article discusses some of them. Some highlights:
Not everyone loves office parties, which is understandable. You are asked to chip in $5 for a gift for a coworker you can’t stand or perhaps sign a card for someone you have only spoken with once. Or maybe you find yourself in a conference room eating a slice of pizza that will ruin your calorie count for the rest of the week. On the other hand, some office professionals love office parties. These people are easy to identify because they are the first ones to arrive, sometimes with their own napkins.