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How to Work Happily

11:12, 18/3/2010 .. 0 comments .. Link
If you are a relatively junior employee at your company, though you carry out a very important role, you may not always be recognised. You might also face some of the following challenges:

Little fulfilment at work

Long working hours

Conflicting demands on your time and loyalty

Little balance between personal life and work commitments

Tight deadlines

Management pressures

Strained relationships with the important people in your life

Tight personal finances

Lack of any say at work

Internal politics and a rigid company structure

Bullying within the workplace

Few promotional opportunities

You are therefore faced with a number of dilemmas in your workplace.

On the one hand you want to be involved in rewarding, enjoyable and fulfilling work, get recognition and promotion for your efforts, and be appreciated for the key role you play in the company.

On the other hand you want a balanced life with time for the things you really want to do with a full and interesting social life. Of course you want to have clarity about your career, job duties and you want to continue to be healthy, fit and stress free.

So what’s the best way forward?! How can you too achieve a zen like Happiness at work?

One key to resolving these seemingly conflicting challenges is to get clear about just how much you love the work you do. Is what you do something you jump out of bed every morning, or would you rather be doing something else?

How motivated are you with your work? And how do you cope with the day to day routine office work?

A UK survey last year found that almost 2 out of 3 people are dissatisfied with their jobs. And I am sure there is a similar situation in the USA and other parts of the developed world. This means that they are either apathetic about finding what they really love doing or they are resigned to being in this situation.

No matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life and relationships, work is a major part of your life, and not to be neglected.

Since for now you have chosen to be in the job you are in, it is up to you for the time being to make the most of what you do. Of course in the long term, you can either change your job or even embark on a new career. But for now, you can get to love more of what you do right now.

Assuming that in the short term you are not able to change jobs, there are a number of things you can do to begin enjoying more of what you currently do. Ask yourself - is it the job or is it you? And what can you do to make your current work more enjoyable?

Stop acting the victim. YOU are responsible for your life and if you can’t immediately change the job you are in, then it is up to you to make the most of it.

Here are some simple tips for getting to enjoy your current job.

1. On the way to your workplace, get yourself motivated to face the day. Think of how the work you have allows you to have your life outside of it, such as a great social life. A positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.

2. Keep your work in perspective. You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture. Do some voluntary work to gain a broader outlook. Find a way to contribute to society in general.

3. Remember that you are more than your work. Do not have your identity too strongly tied to the job you do. Give up thinking that your work life “should” be a certain way. Such expectations of what you were supposed to be, as set by your parents and teachers, stop you from enjoying what you currently do.

4. Plan your time. In your to-do list include long term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing. Prioritize your to-do list - do the most important things first. When performing any task, ask yourself - is this the best use of my time? Schedule in enough time for your studies etc.

5. Concentrate on the task at hand. Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you find yourself in. Stay in the moment.

Be ruthless and take care of a task before it gets on a possible procrastination list. For example, sort your morning post immediately in one go – open it, file it, act on it or bin it there and then.

6. Clarify anytime you are not sure or where you are faced with conflicting demands. The more clear and upfront you are with your manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for you in the long term.

7. Delegate wherever appropriate. Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Always remember the “3D” rule – do it, dump it or delegate it - never handle a piece of paper twice.

8. Have regular breaks. Get away from your normal workplace even if only for five minutes. Try taking a break from the laptop , emails and do leave the mobile behind. Make sure that you do have that lunch break – it is not just for food but also for fresh air and a mental break.

Eat a healthy lunch and if you must snack, make sure it is healthy too – an apple rather than a bag of chips. Look for ways of energizing yourself other than from adrenaline and caffeine.

9. Learn to relax no matter how challenging the work gets or how demanding your bosses become. At the end of the day it is only a job, and you are much more than that. In years to come, you will look back and wonder what the fuss was.

10. Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment. Do not gossip in the office as it just creates negativity all around. Do not listen to any gossip either. Minimize your time with people that you do not resonate with or like.

Learn to have more fun at work. Laugh more and chill out. Perform with a more fun orientated approach.

11. Review your day before you leave for Home. Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day. If you feel satisfied with the day’s work, then why not reward yourself later that day. You deserve it.

12. Switch off once you leave work. You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally say good bye to your work space the moment you leave for Home.

See your work as a game. life is meant to be fun and if you are going to spend a third of it at work, you might as well enjoy the game.



Govt budgets will give more details soon

09:32, 11/3/2010 .. 0 comments .. Link

     
Beijing: Legislators plan to revise the Budget Law this August to give taxpayers more information about how their money is spent.

The draft amendment to the Budget Law will make it clear that all income and expenditures of governments must be included in the budget, Gao Qiang, director of the budgetary affairs commission of the NPC Standing Committee, said at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing NPC session.

He said the draft law would also include stronger stipulations to urge government departments to make their budgets public.

Gao said the top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee, plans to have the first review on this draft law in late August. The draft law will also be made public to solicit people's suggestions after the first review, he said.

According to the Legislation Law, a draft law usually receives three readings before being adopted.

The existing Budget Law, adopted in 1994, is general in many terms and not well implemented, especially by some local governments. A large number of funds are not included in budgets, which has created a new Chinese phrase - "extra-budget income and spending".

Gao said such practice is intolerable and stressed the importance of the law's implementation.

He also said the draft amendment will include clear stipulations on punishments. "A law is incomplete and to some extent useless if there's no accountability."

Gao also called for a more detailed budget, especially on government expenditures on lavish banquets, overseas sightseeing and luxury vehicle purchases, which have received wide public attention in recent years.

More citizens are demanding that governments make public budgets in the three sectors. But Gao said that even if a government releases the complete version of its budget, the public still cannot get what they want because the existing budget laws do not require governments to list such detailed information.

"For example, in the budget report, you can only see the catalog of government purchase expenditure. But the money could be used for vehicles, or for office desks, computers and papers. You cannot tell the exact amount for each item," he said.

Gao said one of the key tasks for future budget work is to make the budgets more detailed and make them public to let the people know where their money goes.
 
                                                                                
By Zhu Zhe         From China Daily

How to Use Our Brain

07:59, 1/2/2010 .. 0 comments .. Link
      Human brain is the most  complicated and intelligent mechanism in the world. It is the major factor that distinguishes man from animals. With our brain we get to know the world and make  a better life.
     Our brain is a product of constant use through millions of years. Other things can be used up, but used properly, our brain can never be exhausted. In fact, the more we use it, the more capable and efficient it will become. Excessive use of the brain, however, will cause a lot of problems. So it is useful to know how to use our brain wisely.
    
     First, handwork or physical labor is good exercise as well as rest for our brain. Doing handwork and brain work alternatively can help develop both our brain and hands. Secondly, we should avoid doing brainwork for long hours on end. The brain, though 3% of the body weight, when at work, consumes 20% of the oxygen carried by 16% of the blood in circulation. A long period of brainwork may cause, through lack of bodily activity, slow blood circulation and inadequate oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in inefficiency and possible damage to the brain.
     And the most  essential  aspects  is that we can't keep using our brain for a long time.We should take attention to the rest of our brain.As long as we use our brain in a correct way,we  can do our works effectively

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