Being on stage is an art form of its own. We all know how it feels to experience a good show, an exceptional speaker or a brilliant band. We also know everything about bad shows. If you want to emulate one or the other, it is inherently easier to copy a bad show. However, standing out and perform to your best potential is a long road and needs a lot of practise and self-reflection.
It is a simple framing method, but one that is very powerful: "Don't work for the weekend". It means that I often encounter the mindset of: Thank God, it's finally Friday! Off to the weekend!
Of course, I'm excited too, don't get me wrong, but on a Sunday evening I think: What a great weekend, but finally I can work again tomorrow! I know, it sounds odd, especially for people who live the above. But stay with me for a moment.
The one fact that does have an impact on yourself and on your social circle, is that people will definitely sympathise with you, if you are vulnerable. Appearing to be Superman only brings you this far. By showing your human site, you can win massively and have more impact on your surroundings. One of the things I value most is honesty. By being honest you build trust and relationships. Being grateful for that and communicating your feelings when someone disappoints you or vice versa, only strengthens the bond - otherwise the relationship might not be as strong as you thought it was.
So first off, I personally like making New Year's resolutions (yes, plural) but over the years I realized that I never really take off with my plans. So every year started with false promises and ended somehow in oblivion. That doesn't necessarily means I'm a bad person, it just means that this concept just didn't work for me, so I opted for a different approach.
Let me start with this - I'am not a morning person. I've never been one and I obviously never will be, but to "abolish the snooze function" was the best decision I made for starting my day, for the past years.
For all the "non-snoozers" out there and "morning people" let me tell you, you've missed out on a great experience! Waking up in bed and just continue a disruptive half-sleep cycle is brilliant - you can enjoy the warmth of your bed way longer in a semi-conscious state and get the feeling of having more sleep before waking up. Since this strechtes from 20 - 90 minutes, depends on each individual case, the experience can also be quite exhausting.
Everybody is preaching to practice speed reading and filtering information as fast as humanly possible. Everything is measured by the minute - sometimes you wonder how top managers supposedly live according to the daily press coverage.
As I agree totally on reading as much as possible and as interesting as it gets, I wouldn't agree to read everything fast and furious.
When you are like me you probably commute to work every day. That means, you will be spending a big part of your lifein a vehicle (e.g. train, bus, bike or car) to get to and from work. Those commutes can take everything from 5 minutes up to 60+ minutes per commute. If you want to get an impression on how commuting takes place in the US, have a look at the link below provided by the WNYC:
As a part of the generation y my understanding of work-life balance is not to strictly seprarated one from the other, my goal is to spend my time at work and at home with basically the same activitites that give me joy, a sense of fullfilling and help me develop at a personal level. I don't believe in a 9-to-5 work ethic, espeically in modern Marketing you need to be aware of your job 24/7/365.
That doens't mean to be available all the time or to never sleep or to never go on vacation, it just means that even in times when your not sitting at your desk, there is the possiblity of inspiration or opportunity related to your job. Let me give you three simple examples from my experience that could benefit your work performance: