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
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Back in August 2011 I wrote a blog "Big Rocks": www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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:
--Financial education & empowerment
--Emotional well-being and balance
--Nurturing environment (this includes organizing and de-cluttering)
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)
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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