Feb 162011

“I hate this job!” You hear this often from people who are not satisfied with the job they hold.  But they can’t take this thing called “job” away from them because it brings food to the table, buys them clothes and shoes to keep them in fashion, buys medicine to keep them healthy, and pays for almost everything they need on a day-to-day basis. Technically, it’s ironic that something like a “job” would be hated by so many people when it can bring them many benefits.

Psychologically, if you hate your job, it only means it’s something you do against your will.  Anything that resists a flow makes the flows difficult.  Similarly, anything that assists a flow makes the flow move faster.

Equating this with the way you may think about your job, if you put “love” instead of “hate” to your job, work becomes easier for you.  This will make you more productive. The company will profit more. As a result, they will pay you more.  Then, everybody becomes happy.

If you are the employer, you can also do many positive changes that will benefit your employees.  In the end, you will be the biggest beneficiary of this change.

You can start by putting up slogans around the walls of the workplace.  These slogans may promote unity and harmony between management and staff where everyone will benefit out of it.  The slogans may suggest positive attitudes that will form part of their work habits.  There is power – a guide for people to change in positive ways. It would be wise to turn these words into action.  In time, the “I hate this job” chant becomes “I love this job”.  This improvement in work attitude will be reflected in turnover of employees. As an employer, you will find less people leaving the company and more employees being satisfied.

Visitors visiting your company will be impressed with the slogans you place on the walls of your work place. So make them as meaningful as possible.

If you’re the employee, a change in the way you think about your job will bring a different result.  It cannot be denied that hating or loving a job has a lot to do with the way you treat it.

There are many instances where an employee does not see the good side of his job until he has left or lost it.  You need not wake up one morning to this kind of circumstance. Let the good side of keeping your job pervade your thoughts.

Treat your job as though you are doing voluntary work.  Think of your job as though you are helping the needy without expecting anything in return.  You will be astonished with the result it will bring to your heart, health, and pocket.  Treating your job as a volunteer work makes you work wholeheartedly, without any resistance.

It’s either you keep your job or you don’t.  Hating it is not an option.


Jan 132010

One of the quickest and most versatile forms of communication today is the Email.  Most people have at least one email address, if not two or more.  However, email can be counter-productive if you don’t manage it properly.

Here are some practical suggestions for increasing YOUR email productivity:

Strive to keep your Inbox “clean” Do not use your Inbox to store your old emails.  Instead, use your Inbox only for emails that you still need to process or follow up on.   Alternatively, use a separate folder to store emails that you need to respond to.  However, remember to set up regular times to go through and respond to these emails.

Turn off the auto-check feature Most email programs check for new mail automatically at regular intervals.  This serves no useful purpose unless you are waiting for an important email.  It can be very distracting.  Instead of letting the computer decided when to check email for you, turn the auto-check off and do it consciously at pre-determined times during the day.

Keep your email organized Create folders and sub-folders to store messages in a way that makes sense for you.  You can set-up message rules that deliver them directly to these folders.  Organising your email is a balance between making it easy to file new emails as they arrive.  Also, you will be able to find what you are looking for faster.

Use templates for repetitive emails Use templates if you frequently send emails that are the same.  Just type the part of the message that remains the same and leave space for variable such as the person’s name.  Then, when you need to send the email, just open the saved file, paste it into the email addressed to the recipient and add the person’s name.

Use technology to your advantage Spam is annoying and a waste of time.  It can be dangerous as some spam contains viruses or links to malicious websites.  Do no open them!  Use filters to keep most of the garbage out of your Inbox.

Use effective subject lines Some people get dozens of emails per day.  Hence, they have to pick and choose which email they want to read.  You need to use a effective subject line to catch the eye of the recipient or your important message could get lost in the shuffle.  On the other hand, if the subject resembles spam, it will probably be deleted! (if it makes it to the recipient’s Inbox in the first place!)

Email is not always the best method to communicate.

Sometimes it is much more effective to pick up the phone and call someone directly 🙂

Jan 052010

2010 flew by quite quickly for a lot of people and businesses.  What lessons have we learnt from the past 12 months?  What is empowering that we can bring forward to 2011 and make it better?  What can we throw out of the window?  What is your plan for 2011?

The objective of strategic planning is to restructure activities and resources so that the return of money invested yields a higher return, whether it is profit or energy.  Every minute spent on planning your goals, activities and time saves ten minutes of work in the execution process.

Planning should be a part of your daily activity and should not take more than half an hour.  The planning process itself will save you time of approximately 4 hours per day, or a 25 percent increase in productivity and performance from the day you begin your daily planning in advance.

Write down everything that you can think of that you will need to do in the future, be it for the day, week, month or year.  As new ideas, goals and tasks arise, write them down.  Do not try to commit this to your memory.  I met someone recently who carries a worn notebook with her everywhere and she starts jotting down whenever an idea comes to her mind.  Today, there are sophisticated PDAs and personal computers to help you plan with greater efficiency.

Plan each month in advance and this is best done in the last week of each month.  Plan each week in advance the weekend before.  Plan each day in advance the night before.  Plan every project, meeting and goal in detail before you begin.  Regular planning increases your effectiveness and efficiency and gives you more time to accomplish activities of higher value.  The trick is to “think on paper”!  The more you think about and write on paper, the faster and more efficiently you will accomplish it.  Once you develop this habit, your stress level will decline and your productivity will increase.

Dec 282009

The one quality which is common in all successful people and leaders is that they have a clear and exciting vision for the future.  Successful leaders spend time thinking about the future and plan for the future each day.  They develop a clear picture of where they want their organisation to be in the next one, three and five years.  And, they communicate this vision with so much passion that others “buy in” with excitement as well.

All businesses require a vision.  A business without a vision has no soul.  Without a soul, the business has no heart and thus, no passion.  Ironically, this is not in business only, but also in the personal lives of individuals.  A business, or even life, without passion is like one’s demise has already been foretold.

Visions are both personal and impersonal.  It is the future possibilities of what can be.  The first vision is for your life.  The second is for your business.  Together, they arouse emotions and become the driving force for the growth of a company.  Together, they motivate people to give their best, to encourage and instill confidence in them.

The most powerful vision is always described in terms of values and mission versus monetary.  It has the guiding principles behind your business ideas.  It is clear and concise and is no longer than a single short paragraph.  It will help you define your focus and set the stage for how your business will operate.

What does your ideal future look like for your life and for your company?  What is it like in 3 to 5 years?

What immediate action can you take to begin turning your future vision into reality?

Dec 162009

Let me do it later!

Each time when I asked people what are some of the things they would like to change in themselves, procrastination is probably ranked the highest.  Procrastination seems like a “bad” thing or behavior in perception of many.  Well, the good news is EVERYONE PROCRASTINATES! The trick is having a whole new perception towards procrastination.  Used intentionally and creatively, procrastination can be one of the most empowering techniques in personal effectiveness.

In fact, it can change your life!

You cannot possibly do everything that you have to do.  You need to procrastinate on something or the other, especially the small tasks.  The difference between the highly effective and the less effective people is largely determined by what they intentionally choose to procrastinate on.

However, most people procrastinate without thinking about it.  In other words, they are procrastinating unconsciously.  As a result of that, they push aside or delay big, important tasks that may have significant long-term effect in their lives, relationships and careers.  One must learn to intentionally procrastinate on tasks that are small and of low importance just so you have more time for things that can make the big difference in your life.

How do you do that?  Simple.  Set a list proper priorities.  A priority is something that you do more of and sooner.  You must also set a list of things you do less and later, if at all.   One of the most powerful words in managing your lists is NO!  Say it politely and clearly just so that it does not cause misunderstandings.  Practise using “no” as a normal part of setting your daily priorities.  For you to change and do something new, you must stop doing something old.

Review your life and work daily.  What are the time-consuming, small and less important tasks and activities that you can abandon.  For example, procrastinating television watching can allow you to spend more quality time with your family, read, exercise or do activities that can improve the quality of your life.  What about your work activities?  What are the tasks that you can delegate or eliminate so that you have more time to plan and do work that really matter.

Begin today to practise intentional procrastination.  You find that you will have more time for the more important things in life.  Set a list of things that you want to procrastinate wherever and whenever you can.  This action alone allows you to take control of your time and life.

What is one activity that you can abandon immediately or intentionally push aside until your more important goals are achieved?

Have a wonderful day procrastinating! 🙂