Much like most people, I've faced multiple instances where there was nothing keeping me at a job, but bills and responsibilities meant quitting wasn't an option either. In such cases, it's difficult to show up, let alone do your work to your best ability. But a few strategies have helped.
Stop Blaming Yourself, But Take Responsibility
Motivation is intrinsic. While external factors affect it, your reaction to those factors is what ultimately leaves you demotivated. But there's a difference between taking responsibility for this and blaming yourself for this—and far too often, we do the latter.
As you gain experience, you may start to feel like you've seen it all. But as former Cabinet secretary John W. Gardner said in his most famous speech, to stay motivated, ambitious, and effective, you need to continue learning.
Though things have changed a bit in today’s world of billion-dollar tech startups, for the most part, professionals have to work their way up the ladder before they become a manager or a member of the C-suite.
Don’t wait until a promotion comes to start working on your management skills. By taking the proactive steps to improve these necessary leadership qualities, you increase the likelihood your boss will recommend you for the next management position that opens up. Here are 10 ways you can do that:
Employees who are lucky enough to snag an office with a view not only have a sunnier disposition, thanks to the rays of sunshine splashed across their desk. It turns out they also have better overall health than their coworkers whose desks are stuffed in drab corners lacking natural light.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows workers with office windows get 46 more minutes of sleep per night, tend to exercise more, and have lower blood pressure than those without a view.
Nadine Katz, senior associate dean, professor and director of medical education in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, teaches a course on leadership. One of the themes she covers: how to pick and stick to career goals. Her strategy has proved effective in the medical realm, but she has also found that it applies to any profession and regardless of your gender. Here is her best advice.
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