Many achievers work hard because of how they were raised. Their parents taught them the value of hard work. They were praised for working hard and their identity is defined (at least in part) by how hard they work and how much they achieve. Their value system is built on this foundation. Their self-worth depends on it.
If you believe your hard work pays off, then by all mean, continue. But if your sacrifice creates any level of dysfunction, it is important to be aware and choose deliberately what you want to do instead. Doing more of the same is rarely the best option.
Are you familiar with Parkinson's Law? It states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If you have an unlimited amount of time to complete a project, you may never finish it.
E-mails were created to make our lives easier, not harder. Now, people seem to be drowning in a sea of incoming messages. It reduces their productivity and makes it difficult to catch up. Discover how to regain control over your inbox and increase your productivity.
When you know, logically or intuitively, that what is being asked isn’t right for you, you owe it to yourself to look for reasons (not excuses but compelling reasons) to say no. Stop feeling obligated. Don’t say yes to a request if it means saying no to yourself! Learn how to do it guilt-free!
Discover how to prioritize, get organized, and follow-through to become highly effective and successful. Develop a habit of thinking in terms of return on investment when you allocate any resources, such as time or money. Shrink your to-do list and focus on what is important.
Most people procrastinate on tasks that they don’t want to do. They wait until the last minute possible or don’t even do it at all. They are under the illusion that avoiding the task is freeing but it’s actually the complete opposite. The reality is that discipline is freedom.
Do you sometimes drive to work in the morning with a clear intention of what you want to accomplish, only to find yourself driving back home at the end of the day, tired for having worked long hours, and somehow not having accomplished what you wanted? Learn how to regain control over your schedule.