Freud's answer is hardly a surprise: For most of human history, the meaning of work and the meaning of life intersected at survival. Work was life.
When cheap energy and mechanization started us down the path of staggering increases in productivity, some philosophers and visionaries began spectculating about how we would use the extra "leisure time" we would gain from all this productivity. The reality has proved much different than projected. How do we spend the "extra time?" We work.
Bring Your Passion and Vitality to Work for Success with Ease
Do you jump out of bed in the morning excited to go to work? What about your coworkers? Are you energized by their passion and enthusiasm? Chances are, if you are like most people, you don't use "passion and vitality" and "work" in the same sentence.
Conflict Can Be a Road Map to Gaining Confidence, Resiliency and Self-Respect
Question: Would you rather go to the dentist for a root canal or go to a friend and confront her with something that bothers you?
If you picked a root canal, you're not alone. Most people will do anything to avoid conflict and all the accompanying feelings of anger and frustration. On the list of things people love to do, confrontation probably ranks lower than standing in line at the DMV or, yest, even oral surgery.
Symptoms of overwhelm can be physical (nail biting, clumsiness, neck ache); psychological (forgetfulness, rudeness, defensiveness); social (poor hygiene, inadequate boundaries); or spiritual (loss of sense of purpose, unsure of what's important.
Its triggers are just as individual: a deadline, a certain tone of voice, change. Noticing these symptoms and triggers is like setting off the two-minute warning buzzer- giving you time to implement your proven intervention techniques.
Steve Wheatly, the manager of a successful luggage and travel accessories store, recently cut off a Google ad campaign that promoted a product on the company's website. He was paying as much as $93 per sale, but the product retailed for only $53. That kind of upside-down ROI was the impetus for immediate action, right? Nope. Wheatly reluctantly admits that he'd been watching the situation for more than 18 months before finally pulling the plug. "I just didn't want to give up on the sales," he says, sheepishly.
Smart Business Owners and Executives Create Systems for Success
Most of us run our lives on a handful of systems. Between our cell phones, our planners and our e-mail inboxes, we have optimized ourselves and our time. And if you ever doubt the importance of these systems, recall your panic the last time you lost you planner.
Yet as important as these systems are, most of us don't take advantage of what systems can do to improve our businesses. Systems are simply ways of automating or structuring processes so that they can occur systemically without so much thought or attention- and by more than just one person, so that the business can continue to run if the owner takes a vacation. Figuring Out What To Systematize
Time: It's Not How Much You Have, It's How You Chunk It!
No matter how many new technological innovations are created to improve our efficiency and productivity, there are still just 24 hours in a day.
This limitation leads to missed business, deadlines and opportunities. It also results in feelings of guilt and inadequacy, and a huge amount of stress. And while you can't add more hours to the day, you CAN make better use of the hours you have.
I's called chunking, and it's a whole new way of looking at your day.
Most of us have our own way of making decisions. We may carefully consider the pros and cons, consult with experts, ask our mothers. Here are 10 more unusual methods to try. Which ones could you employ?
Quit in Your Head. Strategies to Keep You Going When Your Job is Getting You Down
Feeling Stuck in your Job? I often work with clients who are frustrated with their jobs and feel stuck because they feel they don't have the time, energy or resources to do anything about it. It's easy for me to be empathetic because I remember those feelings well. Many times in my past, as a single mother of three and the sole provider for my children, I too, felt stuck in my job.