The recommended list of readings here is a completely personal selection. I am happy to share the sources that I find inspiring or refreshing to create my own suggestions, solutions and services. If this list helps some of you to find your own direction to be happier at work, I believe that you would then share your own experiences and sources of inspiration with those who need them.
1. This is one of my favourite books on everyday productivity and the ways to improve personal effectiveness at work. Very well-structured and includes an excellent selection of powerful evidence-based techniques that everyone can implement. I often refer to Caroline's recommended solutions designing the content of my workshops and courses.
How To Have A Good Day. Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
2. This is not the easiest book to read based on well-documented neuroscience findings and might require some time to stop and digest information but it is one of the mindset changing readings. I was amazed how many automatic patterns are deeply hidden in our brains making us resistant to changes. Once I understood the underlying mechanisms of habits, I was able to replace some of my own bad habits to the better ones. Excellent examples from the real world in various industries.
The Power Of Habit. Why we do what we do and how to change.
1. There are different ways to procrastinate that we choose from. One of them is Procrastibaking - the practice of baking something completely unnecessary, with the intention of avoiding “real” work. Rising tendency amongst those who work from home such as students, writers, freelancers etc. I personally found this way to procrastinate as the most fascinating one so far:)
Why Work When You Can Procrastibake?
2. I personally believe that if one is unhappy at work, just to leave the job is often not the best way to improve the situation. My advise is often alternative: why not to explore the main reasons of dissatisfaction and implement small changes to address current bothering issues. The moment of transforming boredom or overload into a more meaningful day helping others, and having more energy at the end of the working day - is a real joy, and might significantly improve everyday happiness. It is also a chance to improve adaptability as a soft skill. Ephrat's article reflect my thoughts on this very well: 'Work is a game.. So treat it like grown-up play, not something to escape. It can be fun, but it doesn’t have to be so important or representative of anything. That’s okay too'.
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