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Tracking the positive, and progress, at work

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Some of you know I have not been happy at work for quite a while. I've applied for 17 jobs since mid-January, and I have two new applications I'm working on, plus waiting to hear whether I make the cut to the 2nd interview stage on the most recent one.

I was reviewing my journal which I've been writing in pretty regularly. When I have ideas I may want to return to, I put a star or arrow out to the side, and I've been recording those on a projects list with notes like Finances, Technology, Inner Work. And I put little check marks in the journal when I've already acted on the idea.

I came across an idea I wrote out which I realized might appeal to others. You see, work is constantly coming up with ways to try to measure what we do, and how many customers we help. The problem is they don’t measure nearly everything we do. And while much of our work in the Customer Service Program at my state agency is about responding to internal and external customer needs as they arise, that’s not what I find really meaningful or satisfying. In Strengths Finder 2.0, they make the point that you’ll be a lot happier in your work and your life if you are using your strengths on a regular basis.

So to keep my focus on long-range goals and progress, and on those things which help me to feel successful, where I’m confident I’m contributing to the team and improving my own performance, I thought to track the following on a calendar at work with amusing 2-letter codes:

US: Use Strengths—those would be my top 5 strengths as assessed in the SF 2.0 book of Ideation, Positivity, Strategic, Connectedness, and Learner.

PI: Positive Interactions—with customers, coworkers, visiting staff; a way to pay attention to the positive, acknowledge it and help it grow.

RC: Reduce Clutter—is it any surprise this is an issue at work, too? I can stay so busy with new work and tasks, that I don’t finish up and clear out old files, notes, emails—things I no longer need, that only get in my way and weigh me down.

GI: Gather Info/Ideas—I may not be great with physical organization, but I’m pretty good with organizing information (procedures, tutorials, templates, lists) so that I can find it to use or share when needed. I'd like to do this more—and update that information as it changes.

PE: Program Education—I’m so busy doing many of the tasks from my old job that were never reassigned, that I rarely find time to actually study any of the information that would make my new job easier to perform; I’d like to fit a little of that in—and it may be more likely to happen if I’m noting when I do.

I realize your job may be totally different, but maybe you can use a variation of this at work--or at home. It's all about putting attention on what I want more of, instead of focusing on what I don't like. I'll try to report how it's working for me on my teams.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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ROBEC4175 12/2/2014 6:55PM


Great blog, Amanda! I especially like the part where you say "It's all about putting attention on what I want more of, instead of focusing on what I don't like." Just recently, I became a much happier person the day I started putting attention on what I want more of.

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WATREKKIE 12/2/2014 10:05AM

    What a GREAT idea, sweetie!! I may want to borrow some to apply to MY work situation...hmmmm!! emoticon

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-WISPY- 12/1/2014 5:05PM

    Way to go Amanda. Keep up the good work.


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JINLYNN 12/1/2014 12:10AM

    Sounds like a creative way to keep focused on the positive!

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Day of Renewal plan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm just the messenger this time. When I was talking recently to my dear friend on Maui, she mentioned being on an odd mailing list for contractors in Hawai'i. Through it she was introduced to Alice Inoue who founded Happiness U, an educational and self-help center in Honolulu.

Today she sent me an article by Alice on planning a Day of Renewal. After a little hunting on Google, I found a link right to the article (and the newsletter Hawaii Renovation):

I love the ideas and wanted to share them with you all, as well as Alice's "school." I checked the King County Library System, but they don't have any of Alice's books. I've recommended they purchase a couple titles. Happiness U only has 2 courses available online (if you live near Honolulu, they have lots of great offerings!) at least at present; I expect to try the Life Purpose one soon. Here's the general website if you want to check them out:

I figure we can all use more Happiness in our lives! Wishing you well.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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PEBBLEGEEK 11/8/2014 6:03AM

    That's a really interesting article - what a simple idea!
I think I'll have a Day of Renewal tomorrow emoticon

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-WISPY- 8/20/2014 5:59PM

    Hi, I have not posted a blog for a long while either, and here we are today both posting a blog about the suggestions of a friend.

Thanks Amanda.

Hugs Wispy

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GYPSYROSEANNE 8/20/2014 1:22PM

    That's awesome! And NOT overwhelming. I really like the suggestions. Thank you. emoticon

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WATREKKIE 8/20/2014 10:03AM

    Thanks, sweetie....I'll take a look....


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THELORELAI 8/20/2014 8:50AM

    Wow! Thanks for posting this article. I'm finding it very inspiring.

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/20/2014 7:39AM

    This day of renewal sounds awesome!

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Big Rocks and Pledge Thread

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Back in August 2011 I wrote a blog "Big Rocks":

In it, I recount the story* "A man leading a workshop on time management began with a demonstration. He had a glass cylinder into which he put several rocks, until they reached the top. He asked the class if the container were full. They agreed it was full.

He then poured several scoops of gravel into the container, where it settled around the rocks, until it reached the top. This time when he asked the class if the container was full, they were divided, and none were certain what the answer should be.

So he took a bag of sand, and poured some of that in until it reached the top. He then asked what the point of the exercise was, given the topic of the class. One eager participant suggested, "No matter how full your schedule is, you can always squeeze in a little more!"

The teacher smiled, and responded "No, quite the opposite. If you don't put the big rocks in first, they will never fit." The question for each person is: What are the Big Rocks in your life, and are you putting them into your schedule first?"

On my team the Babysteps Brigade, in our Challenge forum, we have a Pledge thread where we set intentions and make commitments. We don't post there as often as on the Success Report or SPED--Something Positive Every Day threads, but it can be quite powerful to share our plans within a supportive group, and then report back (if we choose) on how we've done.

So today I posted this on the BB Pledge thread:
I won't get to each of my "big rocks" daily, but I do pledge to take action on at least one each day, and hopefully more.

My Big Rocks:
--Career development
--Financial education & empowerment
--Physical fitness
--Emotional well-being and balance
--Nurturing environment (this includes organizing and de-cluttering)
--Spiritual practice

I followed up with a report on what I've accomplished so far in 3 areas today, and I plan to do more yet. I just felt moved to share with more of my Spark Friends this Big Rocks metaphor, and a method of reflecting on whether and how the actions we take each day are moving us toward our most important goals, and helping us heal or enhance different aspects of our lives in a balanced way.

Blessed Be, Amanda

* (I heard the story in a workshop I can no longer identify, but probably one given by Deborah Ham)

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PAULAAUTUMN 5/11/2014 4:53AM

    I love this I need to think about my Big Rocks thanks for posting this.

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ANNIEBOLEEN 4/7/2014 12:58PM

    Such a good reminder to get to those things that matter the most. Thanks for sharing this.

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WORLDSERIES11 4/6/2014 9:06PM

    I've always liked that story....thanks for the reminder!
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JINLYNN 4/6/2014 12:47PM

    emoticon Its a good principal to keep in mind when setting goals!

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-STARRYEYED- 4/5/2014 7:15PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. (((hugs))))

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I will!

Friday, April 04, 2014

I will take babysteps today--I will, I will, I will!

Goddess, I want to make changes, make progress, move forward toward my goals! I want to feel free and powerful. I can't get there all at once, but I can take action TODAY! I can take *at least* one step--and maybe even more than one. Yes!

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TRAVELGO 4/7/2014 9:58AM

  One step leads to another if we'll just take that one step.

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JINLYNN 4/4/2014 12:37PM

    emoticon Good reminder to focus on what we can do. We can do one baby step!

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-STARRYEYED- 4/4/2014 11:37AM

    One day at a time! You can do it!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/4/2014 10:11AM

    You can do this!

I'm babysteppin' with you.

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WATREKKIE 4/4/2014 10:07AM

    Amen to THAT, sister!!! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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TRAVELGO 4/4/2014 9:53AM

  Just for today we can take that step!!!

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Getting Free at work

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

This was my most recent status: Anger over a situation at work is motivating me to make plans to address my own situation as well as the larger issues. It's unsettling, but empowering. Trying NOT to stay stuck in anger or hurt.

The latter has been hard. As I was trying to do an Oprah/Chopra meditation on CD this morning, I started weeping, then began repeating the EFT tapping routine just to bring some emotional relief. I was journaling over my morning coffee (fully recognizing that my PTS has been triggered over issues about being taken advantage of at work) when I wrote this:

"I want to keep remembering and affirming that I deserve better. I deserve fair pay and treatment at work. I deserve an abundant salary for the value of my work. I deserve to be treated with respect and care. I deserve to be free of a toxic, dysfunctional environment."

Especially with that last statement, something shifted. I went on to journal "That feels good--it feels positive and freeing. I refuse to blame myself for what was or what I did not do before. This is NOW and I can take steps to Get Free in another area of my life."

Wish me well, please! Blessed Be, Amanda

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WATREKKIE 1/8/2014 9:52AM

    BEST of luck to you, sweetie!!! You know I'm your biggest fan. While the big sister in me wants to jump in and punch those poopers in the nose for not recognizing your value, my adult recognizes that you'll come out much, much stronger without my intervention. Know that I'm here for support emoticon , cheering on emoticon , and ideas emoticon . "All ya gotta do is call....."

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MRS_EVA_K 1/8/2014 6:34AM

    Best of luck Amanda. I hope that you find what you need very soon. (((Hugs))) starryeyed knows something about escaping toxic work situations. it's roller coaster of emotions. Be god to yourself.

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JINLYNN 1/8/2014 12:03AM

    emoticon And best wishes.

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A_NEW_JAN 1/7/2014 6:17PM

    Sending you emoticon & a shoulder to lean on if you need it emoticon

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ELLFIN3 1/7/2014 2:09PM

    Awesome!! Thoughts, Prayers and Energy headed Your way!!! And some WARM (((((HUGS)))))

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WORLDSERIES11 1/7/2014 1:37PM

    Sounds like we have a similar work environment, Amanda:(
Here's hoping that things change for the better really soon!
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KELTIK_HEART 1/7/2014 1:06PM

    I, too, wish you well in resolving this work situation to your satisfaction. I am in the same place and hate getting up every day to come here. I've chosen not to get all wound up about it anymore because I don't even care if they fire me (which is not even a remote possibility). In part, my weight loss journey is to give me strength and confidence so I CAN leave this place under my own steam and get into a better environment.

Stay strong, Woman!


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EBPOOKIE 1/7/2014 12:17PM

    Wishing you well my friend from the toxic work environment much love being send your way and lots of courage and strength to find what is best for you and your spiritual emoticon being.

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-STARRYEYED- 1/7/2014 11:14AM

    I wish you freedom from the situation. ((Hugs)) Toxic work environment is so draining. I truly hope you find a way to empower yourself and break the shackles of negativity in your work area. (((hugs)))

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/7/2014 10:51AM

    I wish you well, my friend.

Staying in a toxic / dysfunctional environment stresses the system and makes the soul weary. Stay positive and make room in your life to invite a better opportunity.

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