We’re doing something a little different this week! I read an article about some “self-improvement musts” today and thought I’d share my thoughts on a couple of points. It's by Marty Nemko Ph.D. from Psychology Today, and you can read the full article here. So, let's dive in!
His second point mentions avoiding “time-sucks” like TV, video games, or chatting. And I’ve certainly noticed a tangible difference in how much work I get done when I’m in a separate room from my TV. I can work from home some days, and it never fails that at some point I’ll need to mute the television, so I can focus on a particular difficult problem. We just can’t focus on two things at once very well; no matter what people try to tell you! I do wonder at the chatting thing, though. Granted, I know people who seem to never get anything done because they’re always talking. But I feel like maybe there needs to be a qualifier like being overly talkative at work or something. Because as it stands, it sounds like we should never talk with friends and solely focus on work! Which we know is not feasible or healthy!
I also liked his point of “focusing on what we can control” and not complaining about things are out of our hands. Personally, I’ve had to deal with this at work. Some people can’t help but sigh, worry, complain about every little thing that’s happening to them. And if it’s distracting to me, then you know it can’t be very productive for them! We need to remember that there’s only so much we can do, and no amount of complaining can change that. Let’s redirect our energy to improving what we can and let the chips fall where they may for everything else.
What stood out to you in the article? Let us know in the comments!