For some, the interview process is extremely nerve wracking which can sap energy and confidence. It can be a time where you question whether or not you are good enough for the job and you may even tell yourself that you're just going for the practice, which certainly isn't the mindset to have! It's important to prepare for an interview.
1. Do Exercise – Any Way You CanLet’s stop thinking about exercise as recreation for people with ‘spare’ time. There may be different views about how much time we need to devote to it but there is a clear consensus that we all need to do some! As I’m sure you do, I try to manage the demands of a very busy professional and personal life. I recently came across Shaun Thompson, a health and fitness specialist (amongst other things – he has a rather impressive CV) who’s helping people like us find a way to make exercise time efficient and effective. I’ve recognised that, rather than a ‘dramatic lifestyle change’, the key is to slowly build in gradual improvements. Instead of getting frustrated when I don’t get the chance to exercise, I’m getting in the habit of looking for opportunities when I can grab half an hour to do some. When I’m struggling I keep reminding myself what I’ll gain – and for 30 minutes a day it’s a pretty good investment. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, boosting your mood and making you feel more relaxed and invigorated. It improves your general self-perception which in turn makes you more resilient (and more disciplined!). The ‘headspace’ from all the other demands can actually bring a clarity that can help you with any problems or issues you’re trying to address. Even a ten minute walk in your lunch break could make a big difference to how you feel in the afternoon. And another benefit is exercise can help you sleep well…
2. Get Enough SleepDo you find it hard to get enough sleep? There are many different reasons why people struggle and while it isn’t always something you can control, we’re all guilty of putting in extra working hours by using up what should be sleeping time. And it’s not a sensible or sustainable behaviour as feeling refreshed from a decent night’s sleep is often a major factor in getting life under control. Sleep is the only time your body has to restore itself. It’s when your brain recharges and if you don’t get enough you’ll find your memory and attention are negatively affected. A lack of sleep also raises stress hormone levels (even if you’re not in a stressful situation). No one can avoid the odd late night but it’s worth asking yourself whether some discipline around your sleeping habits could pay back considerably for you.
3. Eat WellWe all know the importance of a balanced diet. Are there a couple of changes you can make to improve yours? Most dietitians agree refined carbs are bad news so if your lunch is high in them (such as a white bread sandwich) try swapping it for something a bit healthier. It’ll reduce the energy swings that leave you tired a few hours later and reaching for the biscuits and chocolate. And never underestimate the benefits of water. As we speak, we lose moisture and the more dehydrated we get, the more tired we become. So get into the habit of having a glass or bottle with you all the time and take regular sips.
Start SmallThink about what could help you and just try adopting one change gradually. It could be more exercise or it could be trying to remember to have an extra glass of water every day. You may be surprised at how a very small change can start to yield results for you. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a Work It Daily-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here. Photo Credit: Bigstock
Detoxing is a popular subject. The term is used nowadays to refer to eliminating things that aren’t good for us and affect us negatively. Usually it’s in the context of your physical health. Related: 7 Ways To Stay Productive At Work But perhaps it shouldn’t be limited to that. Have you ever thought about eliminating some of the ‘toxins’ affecting your work life? Are there any aspects of your work environment that could do with some attention? Do you have any particularly toxic behaviors, habits or routines that are holding you back or making you less productive? And if so, what can you do about them?
Failure is a negative word. No one wants to fail. Many of us do all we can to avoid the risk of becoming ‘failures.’ But have you ever considered what ‘failure’ actually is? Let’s think about it from a different perspective - as another step in life that takes us towards whatever we do next. Related: Is Your Lack Of Confidence Holding Your Job Search Back? Not everything we do is going to work out exactly as intended. But if you are failing you must be the kind of person who is prepared to take some risks. And that means you are far more likely to ultimately achieve your potential. Failure isn’t the problem. Fear of failure is. You need to change your perspective and recognize failing can be the key to achieving success.
Do you feel like your life is a constant rush of activity? Many people nowadays feel worn out. It’s not simply that there’s too much to do. It’s the fact we have too many different types of things to do. This inability to concentrate on one thing at a time means we lose our sense of focus and that calming sense of completion. Related: 4 Ways To Balance Your Job Search It’s not helped by technology. Are you guilty of frittering away excessive amounts of time on social media and of dealing with work emails at home on a regular basis? All this activity is exhausting. It’s easy to forget that energy is a precious and limited resource. Energy exhaustion manifests itself in different ways. Do you recognize any of these signs in yourself?
Time is precious. Whether it’s for work or personal reasons most of us have a lot going on in our lives, I know I do. How often do you stop to think about where your time goes? Are you focusing your time on achieving the right goals or just filling your time with a never-ending pile of tasks? Related: Reach Your Career Goals By Building Personal Leadership Skills We can be our own worst enemy because it’s very easy to convince ourselves that being busy means being effective. Unfortunately it’s not the case. Not all effort is equal – you may be familiar with the Pareto Principle which states that 20% of your effort produces 80% of the results. Some of the problem stems from the fact we all like the quick fix of satisfaction we get from crossing something off our to-do list. That means we let our time get eaten up as we complete the easier things that give a sense of success – but fail to achieve anything really meaningful. And of course the goal of ‘getting everything done’ is simply impossible because there will never be an end point. So give up on getting it all done and instead start focusing on doing what matters most. You need to identify and focus on the activities that are priorities and deliver the highest returns on your effort and get rid of those that don’t.