4 Methods To Help You Break ANY Bad Habit Part Two

5 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU ARE A SLACKER

No-one likes a slacker. They don’t do their share of work, they rely on others and  it isn’t just their own work they ruin – they can often lower the quality of other people’s work, too. But how do you know if you are a slacker? Let’s face it; no-one want to admit that they are a slacker!

Check out 5 signs that indicate that you may be a slacker.

  1. You don’t fully understand your responsibilities and you blame your boss – yes, your boss should fully explain your role to you, but if he doesn’t, you should ask him so you know. It is your responsibility to make sure you are being productive, not your bosses’.
  2.  Other people have to fix your work for you – rarely do you complete a piece of work that is fully finished. Often your work is sent back to you to be reworked, or it falls into the laps of other employees.
  3. You don’t get along with your boss or  any of your co-workers, and you blame them – you think EVERYONE you work with is standoffish and rude, and you never considered that it could be you who is unpleasant. Note – this is very difference from choosing to keep to yourself!
  4. You refuse to do any work that ‘isn’t your job’ – you know your job role and you refuse to be a pushover by doing any extra work. However, there is a line between being a pushover and just being lazy and self-motivated. Make sure you know which one you are.
  5.  You show up late, do personal things all day at work and leave early – these are all signs that you dislike doing you work and avoid it whenever possible (which is pretty much the definition of a slacker).

What did you think of this list? Do you work with any slackers – or are you a slacker? Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you all had a great New Year! 🙂

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4 things you need to do if you hate office politics

Four things you should do if you hate office politics

Do you hate office politics at your work? Lots of people hate the competitive or gossipy feeling in their office, but sadly sometimes office politics are unavoidable. They can help you to move forward within your career and form relationships with your co-workers, and you can end up feeling left on the sidelines.

Check out 4 ways you can make office politics work for you.

1. Learn everything you can about your work

How does your work measure success? Who are the most influential people in your office? What style of management does your work use? This useful information will help you to gain the right skills to navigate your way through office politics without making any awkward mistakes.

2. Know when to fight and when to fly

Sometimes you will encounter conflict in office politics. This is totally fine – the real art is knowing when to stick up for yourself and when you should back down. You don’t want to make enemies, so weigh up the pros and cons of getting involved. Ask yourself these questions; will you irritate someone? How influential is that person? Would it benefit you to get involved, or could it create negative reactions?

3. Take notes from both the people who are best and the worst at playing the game

Some people are terrible at office politics and some people are great at playing the game. Take notes from the people who play the game for their own gain, but also watch the people who get involved to stave away boredom. This will teach you what to do and what not to do.

4. Help others when you have the time

Many think the best way to play office politics is to help the most influential people and ignore the least influential. This is actually more likely to damage your plan; your boss will notice if you only help him out, and the less influential people could get a promotion at any point. Instead help anyone who needs it if you have free time; this way the majority of the office will like you (and also owe you a favor!)

4 Things To Talk To Your Boss About

Do you talk to your boss regularly, or do you avoid speaking to them at all? Many people dislike talking to their boss as they feel intimidated and under pressure. However, if you never discuss certain things with your boss you may start to become unhappy at work. It is important that you two are on the same page and are working towards similar goals – check out 4 things you should talk about with your boss.

1. Your ideas regarding the company – From improving office conditions to working towards the company goal, you may have ideas that could improve the company you work for. You know the business well and your suggestions could help both the company and your career, so don’t be afraid to bring up the possibility of change with your boss.

2. Career advancement – Will you still be working at the same company in 5 years? If so, you should discuss the prospect of career advancement with your boss. This means your boss knows what you want to achieve, and if it is bad news you can find out before you invest too much of your time. Some companies will be unable to offer you a raise or a promotion, and you should know that before you start working towards one.

3. Life outside of work – You may want to keep your social life private at work, and that is completely understandable. However, make sure you’re not alienating yourself from your boss – while you may not want to discuss what you did over the weekend, there is no harm in talking about TV shows you like or your favorite meal. Little talks about the things you both enjoy will help you both to see each other as real people, in turn strengthening your professional bond.

4. Advice about work – If you are struggling with a project you may want to completely avoid your boss, but it is better for both of you if you go to your boss to ask them for advice. They know the company well and they want you to succeed in your role. Don’t lean on your boss for support all of the time, but if you are struggling they will help you to get back on track.

What did you think of this list? I know there is a stereotype that most people hate their bosses, but in my experience this isn’t always true. Don’t get me wrong – I know a lot of bosses can be lazy, selfish and disinterested! What is your boss like? Do you get along? Let me know with a comment!
I hope you’re all having a great week! 🙂

4 Tips To Help You To Stop Wasting Time

4 Tips To Help You To Stop Wasting Time

Do you hate wasting time? Whether you are at work or relaxing during your weekend, it can be frustrating to feel like you aren’t doing or achieving anything. There are lots of ways you can make sure you don’t end up wasting time – check them out below.

1. Decide what kind of day you are going to have

Decide what you want to do tomorrow before you go to bed, so you know exactly what you are doing as soon as you wake up. Do you want to have an extra-productive day, or are you looking forward to putting your feet up and watching Netflix? People often waste time because they are unsure about what direction they want their day to take, so decide in advance to help curb time wasting.

2. Dress for the day

Whether you are working or relaxing, it is important that you wear clean and comfortable clothes. People often put off doing work or leaving the house because they are wearing their coffee stained PJs, so get ahead of the curve by getting dressed as soon as you get up – even if you only put on a clean pair of PJs, you will feel more ready to start your dday and make decisions.

3. Know when you are going to stop

Once you have decided what you are going to do, decide when you are going to stop. Will you finish work after an hour, or after 6 hours? Will you watch one episode on Netflix, or will you watch 3? If you know when you need to stop doing what you’re doing, you set a mental timer in your head.

4. Create or consume

Are you going to do some work, or are you going to read a book? Many people waste time by doing a little bit of everything at once, saying “I’ll keep reading that article once I’ve finished writing this paragraph.” This means you are working slowly – and consuming slowly. Try and only do one at once so you don’t find yourself accidentally wasting time.

Do you have any other tips to help people to stop wasting time? Please comment and let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! 🙂

5 QUICK TIPS TO HELP YOU BE AWESOME AT YOUR JOB

5 QUICK TIPS TO HELP YOU BE AWESOME AT YOUR JOB

Do you want to be great at your job? Some people don’t mind, but for others career advancement is extremely important. They want to earn more money and have more responsibilities, but they are unsure how to actually show this – beyond good, old fashioned hard work.

However, there are many other simple things you can do to be the best at your job – check them out here.

Form relationships – You don’t have to force yourself to be friends with your lazy co-worker, but forming relationships with other hard-working and positive employees will benefit you in many ways. You will feel more job satisfaction, you will be better integrated with your co-workers, you may notice you are more motivated, and your boss will see that you are a keen team player.

Take initiative – this may sound obvious, but many workers actually worry about seeming pushy or making a bad idea, so they avoid taking any initiative. You know the company well and your ideas are relevant, so if you think of something that you think would make the company more effective or more efficient, propose the idea to your boss. You never know what will happen – you could completely change the company for the better.

Be part of the solution – you can be part of the problem, part of the solution or indifferent. Don’t be the worker that doesn’t pull their weight; aim to be a problem-solver rather than a complainer.

Avoid gossip – this should go without saying, but boredom often takes over and many people do gossip at work. Ask yourself this; would I gossip about my friends outside of work? If someone at work finds out about me gossiping, will it put me in a negative light? Will it hinder my chances of moving up?

Volunteer for new opportunities – from taking on extra work to getting involved in a new project, this will add variation to your role and show that you are a key team player.

What do you think of this list? Do you want to get promoted in your job, or is your job just a way for you to pay the bills? I’d love to hear your thoughts on work!

How To Stop Procrastinating

How To Stop Procrastinating

Do you often find yourself procrastinating when you have things to do?

Most people are actually lying to themselves when they procrastinate by making up reasons why they can’t start. These lies continue the cycle of procrastination as they validate your decision not to work. Here are a few of the most popular lies when it comes to procrastination.

“I work best under pressure” – Do you actually work better under pressure, or are you just used to working under pressure? Doing work at the last minute rarely ensures the best results, as it you are more likely to feel stressed and worried – and if you want to make later adjustments, you may not be able to. Don’t sell yourself short – you probably produce much better work when you’re not stressed out.

“I have other jobs to do” – Many people procrastinate by giving all tasks equal importance. You know it is more important to finish off a work project than it is to do the washing up, but when you’re looking for a reason to put off work you may treat all of your tasks the same. If you find yourself putting off your main task to complete lots of little tasks, ask yourself which task is actually the most important.

“I’m waiting for the ideal setting” – Instead of doing the work now, you are waiting for the perfect setting/mood/space – but you don’t need to do that. The ideal work space doesn’t just appear, you have to create it yourself. For instance, instead of waiting for absolute silence, buy soundproof headphone or ask the people you live with to be quieter.

“I could do this tomorrow night instead” – This rationale says you have plenty of time to do the task so you can do it at a later point without consequences. If you have other work or important plans, this could be a reasonable way to manage your time. However, are you doing this task later so you can focus on more important tasks, or so you can relax and surf the web? Are you actually prioritizing, or are you just bargaining with yourself?

Do you ever find yourself using these excuses? I used to struggle to prioritize my work, so I would start my day doing the easiest tasks, and often this meant that I would put off doing the hardest jobs. Now I do the hardest work first every day – that way the most important thing is always done by lunch time.

Let me know your thoughts on this list, I always love to talk to other bloggers. 🙂

8 TIPS FOR WRITERS

8 TIPS FOR WRITERS

Becoming a productive writer takes more effort than simply opening up a work document. Many writers love their work but struggle to commit to writing, and often struggle with writers block and a lack of inspiration.

If you struggle to commit to writing, check out these productivity tips.

1. Carry a notebook with you for idea inspiration – often life is much more inspiring than your office. Carry a notebook with you so you can write your ideas down as soon as you think them, while they’re still fresh in your mind.

2. Set daily writing targets – aim to write every day even if you don’t have much free time. From one paragraph to 2 pages, writing every day will help you to stay focused while helping you to avoid writers block.

3. Write without distractions – the less distracted you are, the better your writing will be. Write when no-one else is home, or invest in earplugs.

4. Realize your computer is full of distractions – social media, Youtube, pictures of kittens; the internet is full of distractions, so switch off your internet or use an app that doesn’t allow you to check social media while you work. Otherwise you’re only relying on your own willpower.

5. Don’t just read your own writing – read whatever interests you, and read outside of your own field. A big part of being a great writer is also having a passion for reading.

6. Schedule your daily writing time – or you might keep putting it off, and it may not end up happening. Half an hour when you first wake up is a great time to set aside as you will be feeling fresh and motivated.

7. Outsource your other work if you are falling behind – if writing is your number one priority, don’t let admin, marketing and other jobs take focus. Hire an assistant if that is an option – or prioritize your tasks at the beginning of the day.

8. Have an idea or an outline before you start – this will save you time and help you to avoid feeling frustrated or unable.

What did you think of these writing tips? I have daily writing targets and I think it helps me to start writing on days where I feel lazy and unproductive. Do you have any other tips for writers?