Your career is a long journey from your first job until you retire. It’s not a sprint, but instead the longest marathon of your entire adult life and there are going to be challenges along the way. Are you as productive as you can be? Do you handle change and the need for change appropriately? What do you do when you feel exhausted or on the brink of burnout? How you handle these things can be vital to the overall success in your career and you may need to make some changes right now in order to take that next step. If you feel like you’re stuck in a routine and need a boost forward, these three articles can help you figure out how to gain that propulsion.
Charles Duhigg: How to Become More Productive in the Workplace
Becoming more productive isn’t just about getting more done on a daily basis, but thinking more deeply to be able to utilize your time more wisely and make the choices that will allow you to be more productive in every aspect of your life. When you allow yourself to think deeply about what you’re doing and build the structure needed in your everyday life you can easily become more productive right away. This can and will affect every aspect of your life, not just your professional career, but also your personal life. Productivity is a mindset of accomplishing the tasks we set out to accomplish in a day. This can actually mean anything from watching TV with the kids to enjoy some quality time to completing a huge project at work ahead of the original scheduled time and date.
Embracing Change Means Disrupting Your Day
Harvard Business Review Article:
Change is an inevitable part of our lives. If you woke up today there has already been a change in your life as it’s a new day for you. How do you handle change? Are you stuck in a rut and want to continue to be in that rut even though it seems the world around you will continue to move forward even if you don’t or are you a person who can embrace the need for change in order to find ways to move forward? If you are someone who doesn’t easily accept change and work with it you could be considered a “leader-caretaker” in your company where you keep things as they are but don’t make positive steps forward. On the other hand when you work with others to develop the necessary change you are a “leader-accelerator” and will see what change can bring to your business.
The Reasons Why Exhaustion and Burnout are so Common
BBC Future Article:
Exhaustion and burnout are not a new phenomenon, but our current world contributes a great deal toward those feelings. The fact is burnout has been studied for centuries as doctors have tried to understand the limits of the human mind and body to learn why some people suffer easily from exhaustion and others don’t. At some times this has been understood to be a psychological disorder, but in reality it’s a product of lifestyle and environment. The need to be connected and “always on” can leave a person completely drained after a period of time with what feels like no hope for change. It’s important to disconnect from the world from time to time and find ways to gather your thoughts and feelings before beginning a new assignment or project.