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Signs Your Job Is Killing You

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Picture this, you walk into your work thirty minutes late because you woke up at the time you actually had to be there. You have a large cup of coffee in your hand which is your substitute for breakfast, your shirt is dishevelled. Your colleague sitting next to you gives you an over enthusiastic “GOOD MORNING” and you mumble to yourself “yeah right.”

For the rest of the day, you spend it by checking your watch every ten minutes, but the time does not pass faster. There are no new posts on Instagram and Twitter, you have already scrolled through them a million times. Every day you go for lunch ten minutes early and come back ten minutes late. You can not wait to get home, but when you are home all you are doing is being stressed about work the next day. The night is spent stress watching Netflix.

If this sounds a lot like you, I think it is time to re evaluate your job situation.

In his book, Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D, a specialist in organizational behaviour at Stanford Business School, makes a bold statement “the workplace is killing us and nobody cares.” The Japanese have a word for death from overwork it is called “Karoshi”. In Japan over 10,000 managers, executives and engineers die annually from being overworked.

A hostile work environment is the number one cause for work related stress. One in four workers complain about their jobs being the most stressful part of their lives.

Being constantly exhausted due to work is a serious problem, it cannot be cured simply by getting a new job, Pfeffer explains. Also, finding a job is no small task. “If you are physically or psychologically drained by workplace stress, then you’re not going to have the capacity to go out and look for another job,” he says.

Even though all of this sounds grim, there are steps you can take to make your life less stressful and maintain a healthy relationship with your work.

Eating well is crucial, make sure you get in all the nutrients you need for your daily work day if your job needs more physical labour, eat accordingly. On the other hand, if your job barely involves any kind of physical movement, you need to make sure you get in some exercise before or after work. Exercise does not have to be hardcore, a light jog or some yoga can help you calm down while getting the exercise you need in.

In this world of go, go, go; people barely get any time to relax and get enough sleep. Sleep helps you rejuvenate and start fresh the next day. If you are not getting enough sleep it will make you feel lethargic the next day and therefore less productive.

It is very important for everybody to find ways they can wind down, some people read, meditate or even game. Everybody utilises different techniques to relax. It does not matter what it is, just make sure you have a way to relax.

Communication is proven to be very effective to reduce stress, you can have a meaningful conversation with your friends and family or just laugh and make jokes.

If nothing works, know when you can seek counselling and getting help from a professional.

In an interview, Pfeffer said, “I look out at the workplace and I see stress, layoffs, longer hours, work family conflict, enormous amounts of economic insecurity. I see a workplace that has become shockingly inhumane.”

There are various ways in which an employer can reduce stress in a work place environment. The employer can align workload with the capability and capacity of the workers. By making room for workers to grow and use talent in their positions, will help the employees stay creative and make them feel in control. If the workers have a say in the work they are doing, will help increase job satisfaction.

Not all work situations can be ideal, it is important to know, you have a choice, you do not have to stay in a job forever if you do not enjoy it. The opportunities are endless. Remember you always have the power to pave your own path.

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7 Books That Could Change Your Life

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A book always opens up the doors to new possibilities and ideas. You just need to be open to new suggestions. The right books will make you invincible, by providing you with gems you can not find anywhere else. Here we have a list of books which will change your life, only if you let them.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is about preaching the message, we are all are inherently creative. Big Magic is a motivational and inspirational read, it makes the reader want to create something spectacular.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“You are the masterpiece of your own life. You are the Michelangelo of your own life.” This is the message this book conveys. If you are ever in a slump pick this up, it is a light and easy read, The Secret will leave you with a new energy and a new perspective on life.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg takes us on a journey with this book, he includes real life examples and success stories. Duhigg employs scientific discoveries to provide us with a logical explanation about why we do, what we do in life and how to change it.

Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

The author of this book Gary Vaynerchuk writes “Are you going to be part of the revolution? My hope is that Crushing It! will be the inspiration and strategy for you to understand how it’s not only possible, but practical to do the same.” It is a self help book for entrepreneurs to build their businesses.

Startupland:How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business By Mikkel Svane

Startup Land is a realistic account of how three guys dove into the startup industry. They documented their struggles and successes in this book. The story effortlessly conveys the message you just need to be you to succeed at your passion.

Four Thousand Days: My Journey from Prison to Business Success By Duane Jackson

An entertaining an inspiring story of a young man, who turned his life over after being arrested for possession of drugs. The author tells his story about building and selling his business and how he became a millionaire.

Rework By Jason Fried

A New York Times bestseller, Rework, is a business book, that is unlike the rest. Rework does not give you the same old advice, it provides you with realistic, better, faster and easier ways to succeed in your business.

Have you read any of these books? If so let us know how you liked it in the comments below!

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How Steve Jobs Convinced Tim Cook To Work For Apple

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Timothy Donald Cook, also known as Tim Cook, is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple. Cook is a well known American business executive and an engineer. Tim is behind the company which runs the most profitable business in America. Last year, Apple brought in more than $ 48 billion in net income.

Steve Jobs, the co founder of Apple, introduced Tim Cook to the company. In an interview with Bloomberg, Tim was quoted saying working for Steve Jobs was “liberating.” He added, if he had a “really big” idea, he would just simply bring it to Steve Jobs, if Jobs liked it he would just say “OK” and let Tim work on it.

“It was like a total revelation for me that a company could run like this, because I was used to these layers and bureaucracies and studies the sort of paralysis that companies could get into and Apple was totally different,” said Cook.

Tim Cook celebrates his seventh anniversary as Apple’s CEO after being with Apple for 14 years. He took over the company in 2011 after the passing of Steve Jobs. Jobs died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 56.

Steve Jobs’ desire to move into the consumer space for Apple and his lack of interest in growing financially convinced Cook to join Apple. In his first  interview in 1998 for the position, Cook wanted to join Apple within five minutes of meeting Steve Jobs. Cook was so mesmerized with Jobs charm and the way he ran the company, he resigned from his job at Compaq the next day, he did not look back from Apple ever since.

Cook adapted the role as the CEO seamlessly, he calls the job “his oxygen.” He built a reputation as a demanding boss, he holds marathon meetings, questions everything and is constantly emailing employees.

Talking about how Cook’s Apple is going to be different he said, “I love museums, but I don’t want to live in one. Steve taught us to not focus on the past. Be future focused.”

 

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How To Structure Your Priorities

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At work, everything is at a high priority, how do you then structure your list of priorities with everything you need to accomplish. Knowing how to structure your priorities, is a key skill to have. To hit deadlines, you need to follow these steps and make your life easier, for you and your colleagues.

Write a to do list

Even though, you know everything you need to get done, it is best if you jot down everything with the deadline date. Do not worry about the order, just brain dump, small tasks as well as big tasks on to the list. From walking the dogs to finishing up a work related document that is due in two hours.

Identify what is urgent

After writing everything down, look at the things needed to be done the quickest, the work, if not done as soon as possible can have negative consequences. That work related document which is now due in an hour and fifty minutes.

Assess value

Look at the leftover tasks, and identify tasks adding the most value to the company upon completion. You should be able to recognize what tasks provide you or your organisation with the most value. If there is cooking food on your list, it would be helpful to do that before embarking to do everything else on an empty stomach.

Rearrange the tasks

After identifying the work needed to be done first and the work garnering the most value when completed. It is time to rearrange the tasks requiring the most effort. The easiest way to do this is by employing a prioritisation method by Brian Tracy. It focuses on your feelings towards the task.

In the words of Mark Twain, if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing it is probably the worst thing going to happen to you all day long. With this ideology in mind, get the worst task done first.

  1. Things you do not want to do and you do not need to do.
  2. Things you do not want to do but actually, need to do.
  3. Things you want to do and actually need to do.
  4. Things you want to do and do not need to do.

Remember you only have twenty four hours in a day, make sure you do not bite off more than you can chew.

 

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