1. Thinking about and planning for your “success.”
Success means something different to every person, as it is not possible for any two people to have the exact same idea about their future. Personally, I believe that success is something we are always striving for, something we continually need to work toward, and once we reach one level of success, we keep reaching up until we find something better. Success is what is achieved after we fulfill a goal that we have set for ourselves. Success will feel satisfying for a moment in time until we find something new to reach for. It’s a cycle. Keeping this in mind, it is important to set goals for ourselves to keep striving to be better, both in our professional and personal lives.
2. Move around – stay active, stay sharp.
Staying active doesn’t require spending an hour at the gym everyday – it could involve going for a quick walk outside on your lunch break, taking a stroll after dinner, or dancing to your favourite song in the morning while getting ready. These breaks from concentrated thought will allow for you to be more productive for the rest of the work day and happier all around.
3. One at a time – focus and task management.
Get organized and stay focused on the task at hand. Attempting to take on too much all at once is when things become a clustered mess. Stay on top of things by making a list of what needs to be taken care of each day; plan your time wisely to ensure you are able to accomplish the tasks to the best of your ability. It is helpful to not only make a list but also think about how much time that specific kind of task would normally take you and make a schedule for your day. This will allow for you to feel a sense of accomplishment when you have worked productively all day – you’d be surprised how much you can get done while keeping stress to a minimum.
4. The art and necessity of saying “no.”
It’s not rude and it doesn’t mean you are incapable of handling it – ego, move aside. Even though you may feel you can take on the world (and maybe you can), it’s best not to do it all at once. It is important to give yourself a break sometimes and know when it is better for you to just say “no.” If you have planned your day to get done tasks that are important to your work or your well-being and you are approached to take on an extra project or stay later than you had planned on, you sometimes have to turn down the opportunity or express that you can do it, but it’ll have to wait until something else is completed first. This can come up in your personal life as well, and although you may feel bad that you can’t make it out for drinks with a friend on a night you had planned on relaxing and catching up on sleep, so be it. You need to be your best to give your best.
5. Time matters – value yours.
Time seems to fly by in our society. People are moving at what seems to be the speed of light – constantly taking on more and more and filling their days with as much as can fit. We are all busy; there is a lot to do and a lot to fit in to each day with work, family, friends, household chores, and taking care of ourselves and others. The best way to make the most of the time we have is to stay grounded and focused. By doing so, work can stay at work, and the rest of our time can be spent doing the things we love with the people we love the most.
6. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak.
People often fear asking for help, whether it’s with something you don’t understand at work or something you can’t find in a store. If anything, asking for help makes life better if you are asking for the right reasons. Asking someone for help at work doesn’t mean you are a lesser being in any sense – it means you appreciate that someone can lend a hand, or has expertise that you may not, which will only improve your own work and productivity (and at the same time up the comradery in the workplace). Asking for help while out at a store can only benefit you – it aids with time management, allowing you to value your time more.
7. Learning to listen – and listen well.
This is a great skill to master. It allows for the growth of stronger relationships and better communication both at the office and at home. Learning to listen better will not only help with communication but also help to create deeper bonds and mutual respect. In an office setting, this is important so everyone knows that they are all a part of something special; it allows for positive energy to flow throughout the workspace. In all aspects of life, the skill of listening well and being attentive improves relationships and strengthens bonds.
8. Be appreciative.
Showing appreciation and gratitude for a job well done at work, at home or out and about are the strengths that hold all goodness together. When people feel under appreciated at work, they don’t perform as well and they feel taken for granted. The same goes for personal relationships – if someone doesn’t know how much you love and appreciate them just being a part of your life, they may think you just don’t care. It’s as simple as a quick “you’ve been on my mind recently,” or “thanks for being an incredible friend,” or “I love you.”
Now, go on and be a better you today – remember to appreciate all the little things life has to offer.
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