How to say no at work | Employer

Employment | Communication in the workplace | Career advice

by Reuben Yonatan, founder and CEO of GetVoIP | Undercover Recruiter

Perhaps the most important skill to learn at work is prioritization. By taking on some projects and declining others, it is possible to control your work quality more effectively, something that is absolutely crucial.

But learning when and how to say no is something particularly difficult in an American professional climate where people tend to be boastful about overwork to an unhealthy degree.

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12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout by Vicki Davis

Author Vicki Davis surrounds herself with sayings and thoughts to help her stay positive. Photo credit: Vicki Davis

“Our very lives are fashioned by choice. First we make choices. Then our choices make us.” – Anne Frank

A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I’ve learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students.

Choice #1: Choose to Be Happy

First, happiness is a choice. Choose to be the first one to smile at everybody you meet. Choose to greet your students by name.

Use happy triggers to boost your mood when you get upset. I have a Pinterest Board called Happy Thoughts and another called Things That Make Me Laugh. The “Atta Girl” folder in my desk holds nice notes.

Choice #2: Choose to Disconnect

We are making a dumb use of our smartphones. Instead of freeing us up to go anywhere anytime, they’ve tethered us to a hamster wheel. Usually, I check email twice a day. I deleted my school email off my smartphone after several evenings because of an angry email. (We all get them.) Unplug once a week. Be a human being, not a human doing.

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A planner for balancing life and work | American Libraries Magazine

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Mon, 04/08/2013 – 19:46

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CHICAGO — Offering a fresh strategy for reexamining life and work goals, “The Work/Life Balance Planner: Resetting Your Goals” addresses numerous practical concerns, such as housing, moving, education, career choices, family and emotional support. Written by Ann Kepler, this workbook and planner is adaptable to almost any lifestyle change and allows readers to work at their own pace, gather facts and define their goals. Personal setbacks can often trigger stress during times of change, and the tools in this book offer readers ways to cope with the present while planning for the future. Topics covered include exploring new career paths using self-evaluation, using electronic media resources, obtaining financial aid, relocating and the impacts that life changes have on family. The book is published by Huron Street Press, a trade publishing imprint of the American Library Association available through Independent Publishers Group as well as numerous traditional retail outlets in both print and e-book editions. Read more…

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