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Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating at the Office

And by procrastinating we also mean distracting yourself with Olympics coverage which can suck you right away from deadlines and other work deliverables.

According to a post on U.S. News & World Report, Rebecca Thorman wrote, get clarification. “Get clear on what you’re supposed to do.¬†Figure out the desired end result and whether there are preferred formats or processes you should use to get there.”

Secondly, along with clarity comes writing. Could you write out each step in tremendous detail and then tackle the least favorite one first? In other words, she pointed out in the piece, “Do the worst first.” (So yes, this graph actually combines reasons two and three in a pretty red bow.)

It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment plus, when you’re bound to procrastinate later on you won’t feel so darn guilty. Of course, the element of time may be factored into play as well. If the most difficult task ends up taking more time than anticipated, at least you’ll have additional time afterward in case it spills into later hours. The contrary is a bit bleak; tackling the tough tasks later on means you could be tired, unclear, and also running out of time.

For another tactic, you can tackle the easiest one first. Reach for the low hanging fruit if the most difficult one creates agita; you’ll gain momentum as you begin crossing things off your list.

Lastly, and we really like this one, work less! Take a break, walk outside, get a breath of fresh air.

Thorman wrote, “Working too much is counter-productive and breeds resentment. Take a break and enjoy a view of the world that’s not blocked by your computer screen. Even a 15-minute walk down your stairwell and back can give you enough energy to get motivated.”

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Five Ways to Deal With a Bad Boss

At some point or another, the odds are against us. That is, we’re bound to end up with a bad boss. Someone who doesn’t recognize our hard work, someone who is unethical or if we’re really unlucky, a combination of both (along with several other negative characteristics).

Well, as Rebecca Thorman writes in a new post on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few strategies to come out ahead, no matter how lousy the situation.

1.¬†Stay positive and perform. As difficult as it may be, you still need to be the best at your job, day in, day out. She points out in the piece, “Your boss can’t complain if you’re doing everything right with a positive attitude to boot. Plus, you’ll feel better by taking pride in your work. You actually contribute to the negative work environment around you when you whine and moan. Show your value and work ethic instead.”

2. Flip it upside down: Look at the challenge as a learning opportunity. That’s right, a challenge in this case becomes an opportunity to grow, to learn, to survive and consequently thrive. Sure, it would be awesome to only have to work with people we like but alas, that’s not the way the world works. Difficult people will cross our paths sooner or later. Read more

20-Somethings Tackle Bosshood

As newsrooms shed higher-paid (read: “older”) employees in favor of younger ones, many employees may be taking on managerial roles for the first time. Rebecca Thorman writes today about what it’s like being the boss instead of the grunt. Things she’s learned:

  • There’s nobody to commiserate with. “Who can understand the situations we’re in? Who can empathize and congratulate our failures and successes?”
  • Sacrifice is part of the package. “For me, this means changing my mindset…It’s realizing that people will treat me differently, and that’s what I signed up for.
  • Support groups are critical. “Generation Y leaders need to create their own groups, and those groups need to respond to how we work.”

How can the more experienced employees assist younger ones transitioning? What’s HR’s role in all this? Do you set up a mentor program and call it a day?