While most of us are undergoing a transition, as it is a stressful situation for the world right now, it is always important to take some time to unwind. Every human being deserves to press pause, and reflect on their life. A beautiful and enjoyable way to do so is to indulge in a creative activity. Several studies have shown that painting, doodling, writing and even baking significantly reduce stress and help one to unwind. By boosting creativity, you also get to free up your mind, and give yourself the loving care you deserve! What’s more, its light and a lot of fun, and you may even surprise yourself with some secret, hidden talents! Lets give each other the much needed break we deserve!
Brains and Science
Fun activities to help you sail through during the work from home season!
Work from home season has officially begun, thanks to COVID 19. Discipline is needed for work from home. Assigning a specific time and getting ready, dressed up et al helps some people fall into the work from home routine, while some others thrive in flexi working time. If implemented right, it can leave you with loads of time in hand! I put together a few creative and fun ideas to hopefully enjoy this time…
1.Try reorganizing your furniture… Fight Alert if your partner is involved!
2. Maybe reorganizing and downsizing your wardrobe!
3. You can deep clean your house or the kitchen or your room or even your car.
4. Ironing clothes is a Zen exercise and could be soothing and therapeutic if you know how to iron.
5. This time also calls for some partner workout sessions, such as yoga or meditation. What’s more, it is a 2 in 1 bonding exercise!
6. You can go through old family albums, baby pictures with your family. Recalling happy pictures is always a fun and joyful event.
7. You can try some DIY stuff, such as gardening, baking and art, or maybe make a scrap book or even a vision board with pictures. If you have children, the more the merrier! To sprinkle some more fun, you could add some board games, puzzle into the mix.
8. Go for online courses to enrich yourself on a topic of interest or just have fun. It could be anything, right from an art or cooking class to a serious economic course.
9. Though I have not tried, I have heard online video games within close friends’ groups are memorable and enjoyable
10. Reading is a long-forgotten habit for many. Try reading some books of interest. Start small and simple. One could even download any book they want from websites online these days!
I’d love to hear your suggestions and experiences! Also, stay safe and indoors everyone. We’re all in this together!
Blog 12/52: Points to Ponder
How does your behaviour reflect in your attitude, in your action? Is this behaviour transparent to you? Have you taken time to reflect in the way you think, act and behave? Take your time and reflect…
What are your learnings? What are some action points you wish to take, now that you recognize some patterns?
1. Sense of Responsibility vs Sense of Indiscipline
2. Humility vs Arrogance, Disrespect
3. Mutual Respect vs Shouting/Abusive Behavior
4. Integrity vs Short Term Gain
5. Performance vs Comport Zone/ Complacency
6. Tenacity to Change vs Rigidity
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Blog 10/52: Life without Strategy is like a Rudderless Ship.
I have come across various successful companies who invest a lot of their time, money and effort indefining their Vision, Mission and Values. I wondered why can’t we do the same for ourselves.
Take out some quality for yourself, take a paper and pen your thoughts. What is your dream? Words give power to your dream. Where do you see yourself in 20 years from now. Is that too intimidating? Then where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Not just professionally, I also mean personally. What values would you like to stay with. Remember, your core values dictate how you think, act and behave. How do you want people to define you?
Take time to write down your Vision, Mission and Goal statement and your Values that can help you reach your Goal. It could read like : 20 years from now I see myself as being able to influence and empowering 100’s of 1000’s of women with my learning and skillset. I see myself passionately involved in my job, a dependable friend, a giving and supportive partner, a nurturing mother and the best grandmother one can ever have. I want to enjoy each day, each moment as it comes and use every challenge as a learning opportunity. Some core values to support me in this journey are Trust, Reliability and Mutual-respect.
My article from : The Truth One Magazine and online
Workplace negativity is an increasing problem in today’s times and often results in loss of confidence, control, and harmony among peers. Workplace negativity can significantly impact morale and productivity. Even if the job roles are interesting it certainly doesn’t help if one’s office is full of bad vibes and derision.
According to a survey held in the US, 83% of workers suffer from work-related stress, and it causes 120,000 deaths and results in $190 billion in healthcare costs yearly. Closer home in India, one out of five employees suffers from workplace depression. Another survey reveals that 95% of those who are suffering from stress tend to be millennials. Thus, one can infer that work-related stress is being experienced by employees across levels and not just among those in upper-middle or senior management.
To help curb this problem, here are seven ways by which you can minimize negativity in your workplace ~
Praise and recognition
The power of a few kind words or praise is remarkable and can uplift anyone’s mood and motivate them to work harder and better. One can’t always tell how the other person is feeling, but a few kind words can make anyone happy and cheerful. Managers need to take notice of the excellent work done by the employees and reward them on those.
More often than not, ineffective communication practices in the workplace are the root cause of frustration and negativity among the employees. Instead of blowing up at a coworker, take them aside and communicate why you’re stressed or upset and discuss how to prevent it from recurring. This will enable you to distress, calm down and look at things with a fresher viewpoint.
Building a strong company culture
Every organization would have a set of core values. Both employers and employees must be aligned on these core values. This would lead to higher productivity as well as a higher motivation among employees. Senior management must be cognizant of these values and communicate the same consistency throughout the organization. Building a culture takes time but it offers substantial benefits.
Opportunities to express opinions
Factors like pay, job location, working hours, working conditions, overtime hours, dress code, etc. are essential to every individual. Changes in these areas can result in serious questions, negative responses, and concerns. To help minimize friction due to changing policies, a meeting with the manager at regular intervals can be held where everyone can voice opinions. Regular staff discussions help address any employee issues before they turn into significant problems.
According to the India Employee Survey, 22% of respondents felt that their productivity was low because of overwork and stress. A room with fun games like a pool table, chess, carrom, and even gaming consoles can be kept so that employees can enjoy and take breaks to feel rejuvenated. This will enhance and enrich employee bonding and spread positivity.
Offer more than just money
A study conducted by Princeton University in 2010 indicated that higher income increases happiness by only up to $ 75,000 per year. However, beyond that threshold, higher income doesn’t increase happiness. Various other factors come into play. At workplaces, employees value the following:
- New challenges to tackle
- Meaningful work which can make employees feel that they are making a difference
- Visibility for consistent performers
- Diversity among the workforce
- Creative perks such as free gym memberships, option to work from home, flexi-hours, etc.
By ensuring that these factors are incorporated, an employer can improve employee morale as well as increase employee retention.
If employees aren’t feeling happy at work, they can be encouraged to take measures to feel better. They can spruce up their workstations with family pictures, table plants or merchandise of their favorite brands. Calming colours such as shades of blue or green can spread optimistic vibes. Employees could also be asked to keep their desks clutter-free as it alleviates stress.
Negative attitudes can have a long-lasting and adverse impact on employees and office productivity. Both as employees and employers, it is essential to take note of poor workplace attitudes and work toward turning them around.
Article printed in the Jan 2020 issue :The Truth One magazine
7 Tips to minimize the workplace negativity
Dr Carol Dweck is a psychologist and studies people’s mindset. She
believes people have Fixed and Growth Mindset. People with Fixed Mindset feel that a person is born with an innate talent. This ’belief’ put a limitation to their growth potential and they tend to play the victim and can get resigned to their version of a fact.
Whereas a Growth Mindset is when you believe you can be as good as anyone in a skill and need the right input, focus, help and practice to achieve it. Once we adapt a Growth Mindset, the opportunities are limitless. It is also researched that learning by mistakes and from experiences stay stronger in our brains, rather than simply being told and following instructions blindly. Have you tried and allowed your children to experiment with and experience failure and learn from it? It helps them appreciate and aspire success in the long run. fear is our biggest stopper. What if they don’t learn? What if I try this and don’t succeed? Let me be safe and cautious and not speak, lest people will make fun of me. In-fact the ability to think out of the box, give your feedback or clear your thought-process with your boss, help you be a better achiever.