Are you thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? This week’s round-up might be a good place to start; here are some recent stories about good and bad workplace habits to adopt to help make your day more productive and your work mindset better.
Category Archives: Work-Life Balance
I remember listening to a scientist a long time ago who was making the point that while we make astounding advances in certain areas of science, other areas remain frustratingly the same. Take for example, the way in which blood is extracted in medicine. The humble needle is still the primary tool – a tool, which hasn’t changed significantly in a considerable period of time. This point came to mind the other day when I listened to a conversation on the radio about working from home. It appears that attitudes to remote working have not evolved significantly while work practices and other attitudes relating to our work lives have changed greatly.
“Meetings are a great way to fill my working day,” said nobody, ever.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a quick catch-up with a colleague or a regular team get-together – a meeting should serve a purpose and have at least a bare minimum agenda (and no, three bullets two minutes before the meeting do not qualify as an agenda). Otherwise the meeting is really just a waste of time that could be better spent getting on with “real” work, or even doing non work-related stuff.
The CBI is calling for businesses to take flexible working more seriously, following the publishing of a YouGov poll yesterday which showed that around 42% of workers would feel uncomfortable asking their employer if they could work more flexibly.
What mode of transport do you use to get to work? And while you’re en-route, do you use the time to catch up on emails, plan how you’ll tackle your to-do list, or even make a start on the day’s tasks? Chances are that, for most of you, the facilities on your daily commute aren’t fit for any of those tasks.
When was the last time you did something different at lunch?
Instead of sitting at your desk and working through yet another lunch hour, why not try and break a world record? Apparently it’s possible. Check out this infographic from the team over at Chair Office and try spicing up your lunch break with a few record breaking attempts (and if you’re successful, please let us know!).
Many people believe that it takes a big commitment to make progress in their professional careers. While this may be true when it comes to developing specialised skills, it isn’t the case when it comes to changing one’s mindset—the very thing that can make the difference between getting by and excelling at work.
Earlier this year the UK government put new legislation into effect giving all employees the right to request flexible work. So for those who have always fancied working from home, dropping down to a four-day week or fitting working hours around school drop-offs and pick-ups, now’s the time to ask! Your employer is required to say yes or no. If they cannot say yes, they have a legal obligation to provide you with a valid reason why.
In the spirit of National Work-Life Week, a Working Families initiative, we’ve prepared a few useful articles for those thinking about working from home, or those looking to re-address their work-life balance. Happy reading!
When I decided as a single parent to adopt my daughter from China back in 2006, I knew that things would have to change within my career if I was going to be there for my child.
Over the years my career has taken centre stage, and I have struggled to find the balance between life and work. When the adoption finally happened after many years of waiting, I was leading a small web team within a demanding work environment.
Working from home (also known as workshifting) seems like quite a self-explanatory concept: You dodge the commute, the distractions and the cost of working in an office by opening your laptop at home instead, right? But, there are several aspects you need to consider, whether they are the ergonomics of your new workspace, the equipment, your motivation or your general happiness. So, below, I have put together some tips to help you plan for and successfully work from home!
Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of a reading challenge with a friend. There were several books we both wanted to read, so we decided to read them alongside each other. But the idea didn’t quite go to plan. While my friend devoured each book like a locust, I found myself lagging a little behind. Her secret (aside from not having the distraction of two young children) is brain training, she claims. In her own words, 20 minutes of brain training a day over the past few months has significantly boosted her reading speed, among other things.
I like to think of myself as a fairly organised person, but every so often, my email haunts me. Those occasions when I have more than 100 messages just sitting in my inbox are completely demoralising.
So in my quest for productivity-zen, I decided it was time to test a different email management system: Inbox Zero.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, knew the importance of collaborative work. “He believed that Apple’s great advantage was its integration of the whole widget – from design to hardware to software to content-he wanted all departments at the company to work together in parallel,” writes Walter Isaacson in his biography, Steve Jobs. Jobs involved all departments in the development process. “Our method was to develop integrated products, and that meant our process had to be integrated and collaborative,” Jobs said.
But funnily enough, this collaboration took place around a big table, where various departments would thrash out ideas and offer their own perspectives. Imagine how he would receive the array of online business collaboration tools now making their way into the workplace!
For elite performance, you have to think like an elite performer first. And in this post, we’re going to look at modelling the mindset that fuels outstanding success.
Key 1: The Thinker
Life follows thought; so be careful what you think. Where your thinking goes, your energy flows. There’s no point in setting goals and outcomes and then having uncontrolled thoughts about not achieving them. Make sure your thinking supports the outcomes you desire. Make this a daily practice and activate the positive thinker behind the thoughts.
Summertime for many of us means packing a stack of good books and heading off on the hallowed family holiday to somewhere sunny. But you know full well that it’s not that easy to simply switch off — the business certainly won’t, after all — and this can make holidays more stressful than being at work! With that in mind, we’ve put together the following guide to help business-minded holidaymakers get the most out of their trips.
When I started my first business several years ago, I found myself working around the clock to grow my client base as quickly as possible. My evenings and weekends were no longer my own. And since I worked from a home office, it just became second nature to wake up, turn on my computer, have breakfast at my desk and just stay there until almost midnight.
My mind and body never had a chance to unwind, and as a result, I hit a viscous cycle of insomnia. This crippling lack of sleep told me it was time to scale back, and while I did not reach total burnout, I certainly came close.
Time management is one of those areas that many of us struggle with. Nowadays our lives are so busy, with our attention constantly divided across an array of connected devices, that the art of focusing and managing time is becoming more and more challenging.
My brain has always functioned better in the evening than the morning, and over the years I’ve needed to find ways to manage my time more productively at the start of the day particularly. It’s taken years of trial and error, and while everyone needs their own approach,
Having just returned to work from maternity leave, I’ve developed a slight obsession with the word “productivity” (as well as an obsession for cake, but perhaps I’ll save that for another post).
Now that I have a little person, I have had to look at how I organise myself so I can be super productive — otherwise I run the risk of becoming overwhelmed.
This has subsequently led me to re-evaluate the way I work. I need to be able to focus and work as well as I can in the hours I have so I can leave work on time to be with my daughter. I need to be more productive, which has led me to research and test a few new ways to work.
You know what it’s like — work can be pretty intense at times. With so many changes in our fast-paced world, keeping up isn’t easy.
Here at Citrix, we have been providing valuable research, reports and best practice guides for many years about the changing workplace, but we haven’t always had the opportunity to truly interact with you in the past. That’s why we wanted a new way to make you part of the conversation — a new way to share our insights on a different way of working.
This blog is our space to discuss how we can work better together. We’ll look at everything from how to prepare an outstanding presentation to how to be even more productive in the little time you have.