Aseara am primit de pe o lista de discutii un e-mail cu 12 sfaturi practice pentru 2009. Mi-au placut si m-am gandit sa vi le impartasesc si voua in varianta originala, adica in engleza:
1. Keep Up 10 Good Friendships in 2009
A study of emotional well-being has found that the more friends we have, the happier we are and that the optimum number is 10. Remember to work at your friendships - they don't just happen.
2. Stick With One Thing at a Time in 2009
Listening to music, checking your BlackBerry and talking to the kids at the same time doesn't make you more productive, just more scattered. Constant multitasking increases the risk of making mistakes and makes it easier to procrastinate. Learn to focus on what matters most.
3. Learn Something New in 2009
There is a huge scope for improving your mental capital. Learning has a direct and beneficial effect on your mental health and well-being whatever your age, and has even more promise as you get older. It's fun to learn and a good way to meet and make new friends.
4. Start Keeping Your Own Score in 2009
You'll never know if you are winning if you don't keep score. Start building a portfolio of your "wins" - a "star file" if you like. In it you can keep good performance reviews, e-mails or notes of thanks from colleagues or customers, learning certificates and the like. Don't be shy - you can pull it out when you are having a bad day or use it for career enhancement. Just one positive a day will give you a fat "star file" by years' end.
5. You Can Do Five Things Every Day to be Hopeful and Happy!
A "five-a-day" strategy will boost your mental health will combat depression, anxiety and reliance on alcohol and make you feel better. Just like choosing "five portions of fruit and vegetables each day" as promoted by dieticians, you can work each day at:
- Developing Friendships
- Being Physically Active
- Fostering Curiosity About the World
- Continuing Education and Learning
- Doing Volunteer Work
6. Design Your Work/Life in 2009
Design Your Work/Life to support and bolster what you really want out of life in 2009. You can only find "passion", "work/life balance" and "meaning" by looking within yourself and identifying what you want out of life. Make the tough decisions to pursue work and activities that reflect what you care about most deeply.
7. Tough Decisions For Tough Times in 2009
Ask yourself whether you really need to buy as much stuff as you do. Figure out just how much money you really need to have a satisfying and fulfilling life. You'll be pleasantly surprised that life can be great on a smaller budget.
8. Keep Your "Busyness" in Control in 2009
Don't let quantity of activities overrule quality. Are you flattering yourself about how important you are because you are busy? If your "busyness" is self-imposed or you use it to escape other problems in your life, go back to the Pareto Principle - about 20% of what you do actually gives you 80% of your result - look for and only do the priority items in your life.
9. Make Listening a Key Advantage For You in 2009
All messages cannot be reduced to a caption or advertising slogan. Much of what needs to be communicated requires several pieces of information to be understood. If you leap in and respond immediately to the first thing you hear, you often create misunderstanding and hostility. So don't "speed listen" rather take in what is being communicated, absorb the whole message and then respond. Remember to listen, understand, think and speak - in that order!
10. You Can Be a Leader in 2009
Modern leadership, it turns out, is less about who you are or how you were born, than about what you have learned and what you do as part of a group. Nature and nurture intertwine but nurture is much more important in the modern world than the "big man" approach. Work on your team skills such as influencing, listening and negotiating to become "leadership material".
11. Make Your Commitments a Priority in 2009
If you fail to make a meeting, do lunch or complete a piece of work on time, then you are sending your colleagues, friends and family two very strong messages: "My time is more important than yours" and "You are not that important". This year only make commitments that you intend to complete and make these the important 20% of things that give you results.
12. The Three Secrets to Being Happy and Fulfilled in 2009
- Someone To Love
- Something To Do With Purpose
- Something To Look Forward To