I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. The day I say goodbye to my room. We’ve been together for 25 years. Even longer if you count the time we spent together before we made things official. Continue reading Ending In Divorce: A Vocational Love Story
Its such a wonderful feeling when we attend a staff development session that ignites a fire, creating enthusiasm. It doesn’t happen very often, but that’s what happened last week. Its the start of the new academic year, and as always, we start off with some staff development. I can’t say I was thrilled with much of the mandatory routine coverage, but there were a couple … Continue reading Are we coping with the mix of generations at work?
Yep- I smashed it. But don’t look at me like that! C’mon, don’t tell me you’ve never thought about doing it. Continue reading I Smashed My Computer And I’m Glad About It
If you are losing your leisure, look out! –It may be you are losing your soul Virginia Woolf In modern society, work has come to dominate almost all aspects of our lives. One’s identity becomes subsumed by their job title. Days become filled with endless tasks and checklists. Ever increasing productivity seems to be our guiding principle. In a highly competitive global economy, efficiency trumps … Continue reading Rethinking Leisure in the Age of Total Work
Some time ago I saw a nice pair of jeans in a shopping centre, which were not even expensive. However, there was no label indicating its origin, where they were manufactured, basically I could not see the “made in”. It should be an obligation by law and curious as I am, I decided to start a small investigation, first by asking the shop owner, who … Continue reading Would You Love a Pair of Jeans Travelling All Around the Planet?
We wait long for the weekend and sometimes we start from the mid of the week to dream about what we would do. But has it ever happened to you on Sunday afternoons, to feel discomfort, sadness, nostalgia, sometimes a very annoying sense of emptiness? And you don’t know how to explain it? This is called Sunday Blues. The idea of going back to … Continue reading Sunday Blues, How to Tackle the Sunday Sadness about Monday
For an Italian like me, living at a latitude of 59.4 could feel like living on the top of the world. During my almost 3 year adventure living and working in Estonia, I have mixed feelings. The biggest downside was the lack of light in winter, but despite that, I recommend a visit. Tallinn is a charming medieval city. Walking in the city centre you … Continue reading Living on the Top of the World – An Italian in Estonia
When you think about your life and ways to improve it, usually your first reflex is that you are missing something. But you often forget that one of the best ways to improve your life, to feel better, is not by adding. On the contrary, it is by eliminating. Today I will share with you 5 things that I stopped to do in my life and … Continue reading How to Improve Your Life
She asked me to cc her my emails, even the most trivial ones. Sometimes she would knock on my office door to ask me if I was okay because I had spent a lot of time in the bathroom, when actually only five minutes have passed. She checked when I walked in and when I left my office to see how long I had been … Continue reading Why a Micromanager Can Create Troubles
Do you have a best friend at work? And if you’re the boss, do you think most of your employees would be able to name a co-worker they consider a best friend? Surveys carried out in the US show the following findings: 84% of respondents said a job can’t truly be good unless they have great co-workers. 67% said they have at least one co-worker … Continue reading Best Friend at Work
In the modern world, our job titles tend to be the centerpiece of our identities. When you meet someone new at a social gathering, the first piece of information that they will likely disclose to the question ‘what do you do?’ is the details of your chosen profession. Your answer to this question will dictate how you will be perceived by others. If you tell … Continue reading Redefining Success: Beyond Your Job Title
Would more money make you happier? Let me tell you a story. Markus Persson, a Swedish 36-year-old business man, spends his time on Twitter, where he talks about his life and that of his company. One day, he twitted something that will change his life. Markus created in 2009 the video game called Minecraft, a kind of virtual Lego game that has become a social … Continue reading Would More Money Make You Happier?
It would be illusory to think that we leave our personal culture, beliefs and values in the locker room of our workplace and work mechanically. It would be also boring, I think. Therefore, some questions about work popped up. I believe that most of us hope to have the opportunity, through work, to gain recognition of our personal worth, of our uniqueness, in short of … Continue reading Some Questions about Work
I’ve been staring at a blank screen for the past hour or so. Ok, that’s not true. I’ve actually been staring at several non-blank screens in an effort to keep me from staring at the one blank screen I should. So, I decided to post another question of the day. Here it is: What tactics do you use to overcome procrastination? Also, do you find … Continue reading Question of the Day: No. 542
Hi all, I want to talk about googling information today because I made a mistake regarding it the other day. I love technology. I think it is very helpful in a lot of ways. We should embrace it. But as with everything, it has some bad sides as well. You probably heard the warnings against looking up symptoms on Google. Why? Googling our symptoms makes … Continue reading Don’t Google Everything
Situation: John retired two years ago. He did the job he loved for his whole life and his job gave meaning to his life. Without his job now, he is feeling empty. He feels he lost his life purpose. This feeling is making him think that he wants to go back to work. Now, he is trying to find ways to do that. John lives with … Continue reading Brain-Storming 7
Again, a situation and questions: Situation: You have a stable, well-paying job and in fact you will be promoted soon. However, the last few years have been hard for you because you realized that you are not happy in your job and you want to do art, your passion since childhood. This means you will likely not have stability and possibly not much money. You … Continue reading Brain-Storming 2
Hi everyone, The picture above is proof that I love cats and I also love sleeping. So this week I want to talk about sleep (I can talk about cats anytime). We all need sleep and we need it every day. I take sleep to be just as important as food in terms of its importance to survive. Indeed, they are in the same category … Continue reading We Need Sleep
Hi everyone, This week was a very busy week for me. I was able to do much more work than usual thanks to a deadline. That got me thinking: what other than deadlines motivate me? So, let’s talk about it. Motivation is the push that gets us to do things. It can be internal or external. Internal motivation is when we do things because of … Continue reading Motivation
Hi everyone, Let’s talk about time with our loved ones today. People who are important for us. No one is entirely alone. We all either have some or all of our families and a few friends. But we still often feel alone. Why is that? There are many reasons for this, as nothing is one-directional. But I believe that one major reason is that we … Continue reading Just a Few Minutes will Help Feel Less Lonely