Be True To Yourself #Work #BeTrueToYourself

Be True to Yourself – sounds easy doesn’t it?  But how honest or true to ourselves are we really? For example, if you are in a job you hate, are you making excuses as to why you haven’t left it? I know we work to pay the bills and put food on the table but there is more to life than that.

I am not suggesting you march in tomorrow and hand in your notice but instead think about each aspect of your job. Are there particular parts you do like? Is it just one particular item that turns you off the whole job?  If you have a particular passion or hobby is there a way you can bring that into your job?

Start to review your skills. Take a look at some online courses and job descriptions. What do you need to do to achieve that dream job? Identify and learn the skills you need to start realising your potential.

Put an inspirational message up on your screen or on your desk or wall. Step by step you can make a change to make YOU happier. Find your passion and you will start to be more true to yourself.

Elaine Beare

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Music Makes Work Easier – Do You Agree?

Whenever I find myself with a task to do I put on some music and suddenly find myself more focused. Of course you have to be aware of your surroundings at the same time. While listening to music on headphones works well, tapping your foot to the beat of a favourite tune or nodding your head can draw some stares, Not to mention the irritation to others if you start to hum along to the song! Nonetheless, I am a great advocate for listening to music while I work. It drowns out surrounding conversations allowing me to focus on the task at hand. This made me wonder then why does music help?

I came across a great article in the New York Times online explaining that “in biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain”. The article, by Amisha Padnani, expounded “It breaks you out of just thinking one way,” said Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy program at the University of Miami. Dr. Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance. In one study involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood.  “When you’re stressed, you might make a decision more hastily; you have a very narrow focus of attention,” she said. “When you’re in a positive mood, you’re able to take in more options.” You can read the full article here.

I have to agree with these findings. Music definitely relaxes and de-stresses me, allowing me to finish each job quicker and more accurately. It also makes work feel less like work! So why not try it and see what you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Elaine Beare

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