The 5-Minute Routine That Will Revitalize Your Workday 0 67

The 5-Minute Routine That Will Revitalize Your Workday

When you’re at work, it’s normal that at some point you’ll feel a little fatigued and you’re not quite yourself. Usually, this happens in the afternoon or somewhat later in the day. That means you often just tell yourself that the day is pretty much shot, and you can just resume normal work on the next day.

But that often wastes a lot of working hours in the long run. It’s not even necessary either. It’s easy enough to regain your energy at work, and you don’t need a lot of time either. All you need is actually just 5 minutes.

This is a rejuvenation technique that consists of several tasks, and they’re all easy. So you can end up successful in completing these tasks and you’ll somehow feel better able to handle the challenges for the rest of the workday. They’re also so easy that it feels like you’re taking a short break and taking a break is often warranted to help you deal with the strain that leads to mental and physical fatigue.

So if you still need to deal with an important project later in the day while your energy is flagging, here are the energy-boosting tasks you need to do.

1st Minute: Get Up and Stretch

Some people may not be so appreciative of this since it seems like another “helpful” piece of advice that concerns exercise. But that’s not really true. All you need to do is to stand up and do some short movements, and that can lead to higher energy, efficiency, and engagement levels.

So it doesn’t mean that you need to do some exhausting workout for an entire hour. Your goal is to just regain your energy, and that means you just need 60 seconds. The exercise can be different according to your preferences. Some may want to just run a lap around the office for a minute, while others can simply stand up and do some gentle stretches. The important thing is that you get yourself moving for a short while.

2nd to 3rd Minute

Now for the next 2 minutes on your break schedule, you can sit down on your desk or remain standing as you use your smartphone to go online. Then you can start and finish a quick errand that you can do online.

This can be anything. You can send a link to an article or a program that your parents will need to improve their PC experience. Perhaps you can pay your utilities online, as they’re due in the next few days. Maybe you can just buy that toy on Amazon you’re especially hankering for.

Any of these won’t take too long, so you can do one quickly. It feels nice and rejuvenating if you can take off a task on your to-do list. That’s especially true when the task is something personal. That gives you more time to relax, and you just use up 2 minutes of your time.

4th Minute

Okay, so now you’ve done your online errand. Now what? Now it’s time for you to take out your handy smartphone, and use a notepad app to list your plans for the weekend.

This may seem counterintuitive since you’re then forcing yourself to think of more things to do. The trick is not to list down all the errands you have to do. Instead, you need to write down all the fun stuff you’re planning for the weekend.

If you don’t have any fun stuff scheduled, then you obviously have a problem right there. You need to do something fun and non-work-related so you can de-stress. It doesn’t have to be about grandiose plans such as dinner and clubbing at a popular dining establishment, or hiking in the mountains. For some, it can be as simple as sleeping all day and then binge-watching your favorite TV shows all night, with pizza and your favorite cocktails.

Writing these plans down during the workday can actually help motivate you. That’s because you know for a fact that there’s something good once the work weekends. When you’ve reminded yourself of what fun things you’re doing over the weekend, you’ll be astonished to find yourself working all the harder so you can deserve the weekend fun.

5th Minute

Now’s the last step of the energy-boosting procedure, and it’s easy as well. You just have to send a text message to a friend. This person should be someone you actually care about. Perhaps they’ve asked you a question earlier in the day and you didn’t have time to respond when you received their text. Or maybe you’re part of a group of friends who practice moaning and whining to each other through texts when one of you is feeling down.

During this last minute of your break, you can send quick updates about what’s happening to you. Maybe you can tell them all about your weekend plans. Or perhaps you can complain about your lack of energy, and your friends offer gentle (or sarcastic) words of support.

It’s no secret that support groups work wonders for addicts and depressed people, and they work just as well for the tired at work. When you know for a fact that people are behind you, then somehow you can find the energy to go through the day.

Conclusion

So you:

  1. Get up and stretch.
  2. Finish a quick personal online task.
  3. List your plans for the weekend.
  4. You send texts to friends.

Taken together and considering the 5-minute requirement, it does seem too simple, doesn’t it? But taking a proper break is just like needing oxygen and water. Sooner or later, you need a break. It just so happens that this kind of break is specifically designed to increase your energy levels so you can get back to work.

So there’s no need to procrastinate when you’re feeling down in the office. Take 5 short minutes, and afterward, you feel like you can face anything!

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How to Create a Culture of Collaboration 0 69

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

A company needs its employees to work together.  For the organization to function well, it must have multiple people with different expertise and skills working together towards a single goal. Basically, a company needs its people to collaborate.

But moving fast, innovating, and excelling all at the same time is a hard thing to do. It’s even harder if you put people with varying beliefs, personalities and abilities together.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

So the big question is, “How do we create a culture based on collaboration?”

Know the “Why”

Before anyone can collaborate, they need to know why they should do it in the first place. Some professionals may refuse to work with other people because they believe that they don’t need the help of others.

To convince these kinds of people, you need to show them that the project cannot be done by a single professional. Tell them that it will be faster and efficient if a group of people with special skills work together. Plant the seeds of cooperation early and you’ll see fantastic results.

Have a meeting and invite everyone involved in the project. Explain to them clearly why you need their services and why you need to solve this problem. If people know the “why”, then all that’s left for them is to “do”.

Use the UX Mindset

The user experience mindset or UX mindset for short is a way of thinking that puts the customer first. It reframes how you think and it will give you a new work perspective. Integrating the UX mindset into the team will instill cooperation.

People unite under the UX mindset because they have a common goal. Instead of bickering with one another, people will set aside their differences to create an amazing user experience.

Teach people to respect roles

Respect or to be more accurate, the lack of respect is one of the biggest reasons why people refuse to cooperate. Lack of respect stems from a feeling of loss, elitism, miscommunications, misunderstandings, and ignorance.

It’s hard to teach people to respect someone that they’ve just met. However “hard” does not mean that it’s impossible.

To remove lack of respect from your team, you simply need to show them respect. Respect can be gained by clearing up misunderstandings, having a positive outlook, and understanding the bigger picture.

An ignorant employee might complain that a certain job or role is useless but once you show them why the bigger picture, they will understand their foolishness and begin to show a little bit of respect.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

Teach your people to accept and embrace change

The only true constant in this world is changing.  Change is something that happens all of the time but for most people change can be a bad thing.  Your people might be comfortable with the status quo and the thought of change is a scary notion for them.

However, change is needed for progress.  You simply need to convince yourself and your people that change can be good. You simply need to look at it from a different perspective. Show them that they’ll be getting more than what they’ve bargained for. All they need to do is to simply learn and embrace change.

Sure, some changes can be rough. And change may lead to tough times, but you have to take risks to move forward.

If this isn’t enough to convince them, then you can use change as a way to stimulate people. Frame the change as something that creates adventure and excitement. Frame it in a way so that they will learn to love the unknown.

Improve the communication between team members

People cannot collaborate if they can’t communicate with each other. And standard communication isn’t enough, they have to communicate perfectly with one another.

Perfect communication between team members is hard and it isn’t just about telling people what to do. No, perfect communication is a much trickier task. You must teach your people to use the right words at the right time.

Improper communication can lead to arguments. The use of incorrect words might offend people and impact them on a subconscious level. Learn ways to reframe your words, because a single word can alter your intended message.

Effects of a Culture based on Collaboration

A culture that promotes teamwork and collaboration is ideal. There are tons of benefits from having your people work well together. But some of the most notable and most important effects would be…

An increase in creativity and morale

This is probably one of the most obvious and most notable effects of a collaborative culture. Teams are more creative and more positive since they get along well with one another. People will also feel better if the workplace promotes teaming up and working with others.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

More innovative members

A culture that promotes working together will also promote new ideas and new opportunities. Team members are more likely to participate in meetings since they feel comfortable talking and sharing their ideas.

Innovation stems from the will to change. And if people are open to change and new opportunities, then they are welcoming innovation with open arms.

Better ROI

Achieving a culture based on collaboration is hard. It might even be impossible for others, but once you reach it, it would be worth your while.

When a team is collaborative, they work faster and better with one another. People are more content with their work and they will do their best most of the time. People are also more creative, and innovation blooms freely in the work area.

In the long run, the team will be able to produce quality products and the company will make more money in the long run.

Conclusion

Mankind is capable of creating wonderful and amazing things. I mean we’ve created airplanes that can fly in the air, we’ve harnessed the power of lightning, and we’ve created cities that can accommodate millions of people.

This is all thanks to collaboration and teamwork. Creating a collaborative culture in your workplace is a big deal. Expect better products, better relationships, and overall a better team.

Creating an ideal setting where people promote the idea of teamwork and camaraderie is hard but it is well worth it. If you’re a manager and aren’t doing this to your team, then you’re missing out!

Here’s a great read – Top 4 Tips for Building a Real Networking Community

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes 0 61

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes

Here’s a list of interview blunders that tech guys often make—and how you can avoid them.

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job’s a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job.

Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at the interview portion of the job hunt. To keep you from making the same mistakes, be aware of the following common errors that too many tech job seekers commit:

  1. You’re not dressed right

The era of techs dressing like slobs is over, and that’s an especially egregious mistake on an interview. You don’t even have the job yet! Maybe when you’ve attained some seniority in the company you may be given some leeway, but not when you’re still applying for a job.

It’s also not enough that you got a nice polo shirt on, especially when you also have tattered jeans and “classic” Air Jordan sneakers. Seriously, it doesn’t portray you as a serious worker on whom a company is supposed to invest their time and money. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Try on a suit for a change, shave or trim that beard nicely, and for goodness’ sake comb your hair!

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You’re too casual in your tone and mannerisms

You’re not out with friends. Instead, you’re interacting with a person who has a say on whether or not you get a job with them at the end of it all. They have power over you, so it’s right if you’re a bit formal during the interview. You have to be courteous.

If you’re too casual, then it may seem as if you’re not really serious about getting the job. That’s not the kind of worker that companies are eager to hire.

  1. You focus too much on your tech skills

It’s understandable if you like to talk about your range of technical skills. After all, that’s what you trained for and you’re more comfortable talking about what you actually know. You may want to emphasize your various certifications and other credentials.

Yet on interviews, your goal is to present yourself as more than a walking set of tech skills. You still have to prove that you’re a good fit for a company and their team of current tech workers. So you also have to present a positive character and not simply highlight your tech skills.

  1. You come off as arrogant

The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial requirement for many companies. You’ll fail to do just that if you somehow mistake your arrogance as self-confidence. If the interviewer thinks you’re arrogant, then they may also conclude that you’re not much of a team player at all.

So how do you know the difference? Basically, it’s all about the underlying attitude. A confident person knows what they can do and how good they are. An arrogant person, on the other hand, feels like they’re better than everyone else.

  1. You give curt short answers to questions

In a job interview, there’s really no such thing as a plain yes or no question. You answer “yes” or “no”, and then you have to elaborate on that answer. This type of question is like an opening salvo for a conversation, and you need to look at this as a chance to demonstrate your potential value to a team.

If you can’t communicate properly, then you’re a liability.

  1. You don’t know enough about the company doing the hiring

There’s simply no good excuse for you not to do any sort of research on a prospective employer. At the very least, check out their websites and see if there have been any articles written about the company. See if you know anyone working there and asks them some questions.

Your research should also cover the industry of which the company is a part, and you should do some studying about the company’s competitors as well. If you’re not motivated enough to study up on the company, it’s as if you don’t really care about them at all.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You don’t ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have questions for them. This is your chance to find things out about the company that you didn’t uncover during your own research. It also shows your interest in the company and the industry they’re a part of.

So when they say, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t say “No”. In fact, before the interview, you may want to prepare some questions about the company in advance.

  1. You ask about perks

While it’s understandable if part of you is asking the “What’s in it for me?” question, you still need to refrain from discussing the subject during the interview portion of the job hunt. Instead, you have to push that back after they’ve made you a job offer. So don’t go into the details regarding your benefits. Companies prefer workers who put the job and company first (or at least seem to). A “me-first” attitude is a turn-off.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You treat the interview like a therapy session

When you’re on a first date, you don’t spend too much time griping about your exes and your woeful romantic situation. The same goes for a job interview. Just because the interviewer seems friendly doesn’t mean you can go on and on about your previous work problems and current job hunt tragedies.

  1. You let the interview peter out

A successful interview doesn’t fade out like some sort of awkward conversation. At the end of it, you have to close properly. You have to end it by showing them how much you’d like to be part of the company. You can also ask questions about the next stage of the job hunt process. You have to present yourself as an asset that the company should use.

So remember, getting a tech job isn’t all about having the right skills. It’s also about being able to communicate and having the right attitude. If you can keep that in mind, then your job interviews should go more smoothly!

Here’s another good read – How to identify certain warning signs of a toxic culture before accepting a job

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