Back in December I wrote about How to get the most out of 2015 and went through some basic tips about creating a plan that'll help you focus and get more of what you want out of life this year. Now we're at the half way point, today is a great day to reflect on how you're tracking to your plan and figure how to get to the top of the next mountain.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little bit obsessed with time management. With so much to do I hate wasting time because it takes away from my downtime, so I’m always looking for little tips to help improve my productivity. I came across a nice, simple list of 26 Time Management Hacks and in the interests of time I thought I’d share what I thought were the 13 best ones!
It can be a little daunting to go to interviews. You’re under the spot light, getting asked a million questions, and you want to do well so you can get offered a job… which you’re relying on to pay your rent. Pressure! But there are some easy fundamentals to interviewing well, so here they are.
Ah yes, the classic question… when is it time to call it quits and find another job? Maybe you’ve had enough of your boss or you just feel like a change, but before you make a potentially life changing decision it's probably worth looking beyond your natural, emotional, knee-jerk responses to figure out if it's a good idea or not. And if you ask your colleagues, mates, partner or parents for 'impartial' advice about whether to stay or go you’ll probably get a hundred different opinions, so I thought it’d be worth looking at a few fundamental questions you should ask to help you make a decision.
I’ve written before about why I don’t like working from home all the time (for the record I do like working from home from time to time!), but I’ve found it’s becoming more and more commonplace for companies to have team members all over the place. Within our little company alone we have 5 in the office, 1 in Tasmania, another Aussie in Thailand, 4 in Vietnam and 1 in the Philippines - that's more than half working remotely! Although we’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, remote working is really working for us so I thought I’d share a few tools that we've found useful.
My brother is trying to find a job as an architect at the moment and following my advice he’s managed to get referred into plenty of senior people within the industry. The problem he’s coming up against is - despite having been referred in by someone and having a well-written, thoughtful email - many people aren’t bothering to reply to him, at all. Naturally he’s a little frustrated that people don’t have the courtesy to reply, but perhaps these people are doing him a big favour...
Recently I was introduced to a concept called “Inbox Zero” which was developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann. I must be a bit slow to the party because Merlin has been talking about this stuff for at least 8 years… but I’ve finally given it a try and it’s been a revelation so I thought I’d be worth sharing.
Even if you’re happily employed it’s kinda nice to get that tap on the shoulder from time to time. It’s nice to know you’re in demand and understand what’s happening outside of your day to day. And of course if you’re looking for a job, getting approached about a job is nirvana. So, how do you increase your chances of get headhunted?
I get asked for advice all the time on how to get a job and one of the first things I tell people is to understand and play the numbers game. The fact is, if the only thing you’re doing is applying to job ads, then you’re not playing the odds well. I thought it’d be worth exploring how those numbers actually stack up and give some tips on how to make them work for you.
Recently I was eating at a restaurant and was getting terrible service. But when the waiter asked how everything was my instant response was, “everything was great!”. As soon as he left I turned to my wife and had a few unflattering words to say about him, to which she responded, “you’re being passive aggressive.” She was right, and it got me thinking. Maybe it’s ok in a restaurant to not want to cause a scene or to create a small amount of awkwardness, but would it be so harmless if that’s how I consistently acted at work?