February 8, 2017

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Unexpected Tips for Working Better

When it comes to working at your full potential, it's helpful to set goals, evaluate your process, and create a work-friendly environment. However, this advice can feel like a dead end if you’ve already gone through the cycle. If you find you’re doing everything “right” but still not working at your best, you may want to consider some non-traditional changes.

Tend to dive into work right after it's assigned? Try taking a break or going for a walk before starting. Feel a need to get everything right the first time? Embrace failure. Too heads-down to socialize at work? Try branching out and prioritizing relationships. The keys to a happy and productive work environment don’t always look like what you’d expect. Working at your best comes down to knowing yourself and changing your habits based on who you are and what you need.

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Community Thoughts on Unexpected Tips for Working Better...

  1. 1. Why a best friend at work can help you do your job better “Having a good friend at work makes people feel more valued and appreciated, and leads to greater productivity and sense of belonging. And when things don’t go perfectly, the emotional support of a close work friend can help people address problems more constructively.”
  2. 2. If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This “Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more.”
  3. 3. Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity “Last year, researchers at Stanford found that people perform better on creative divergent thinking tests during and immediately after walking. The effect was similar regardless of whether participants took a stroll inside or stayed inside, walking on a treadmill and staring at a wall. The act of walking itself, rather than the sights encountered on a saunter, was key to improving creativity, they found.”
  4. 4. 6 Reasons To Embrace Procrastination “While both authors agree that unstructured or passive procrastinating is really laziness, they say that procrastination can be good when used in the right way. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t worry about putting off to tomorrow what you could do today.”

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