4 #Simple #Ways to End Each #Workday #Happy (You’re #Welcome!)

At happy hour with a friend, you innocently start whining about the annoying comment your co-worker made earlier. Hours later, you both realize that the only thing you’ve spoken about the entire night is what you hate about your jobs. Whoops.

It’d be quite remiss of me to say this should never happen. No position’s perfect, and you’ll probably need to vent sometimes. But you don’t want to let a so-so or bad day at work bleed into your life outside the office on a regular basis. That’s not good for anyone.

And, I admit, it’s an easy trap to fall into. But luckily, it’s much simpler to prevent than you may think. How? By ending on a positive note. Ha, you say. That’s much easier said than done. Maybe. But I suggest you try these four tips before drawing that conclusion.

1. Review Your Accomplishments

At the end of each day, set aside time—even if only five minutes—to write down what you achieved in the previous eight (or nine, or 10) hours.

“Your team members and clients are too busy to notice your daily victories, so it’s important to take a brief moment for self-congratulations,” says William Arruda, author of Ditch, Dare, Do: 3D Personal Branding for Executives. “It’s a great confidence builder, and it helps you quantify and assess your strengths.” And don’t worry if you only checked minor items off your list. The bigger wins can’t happen without them.

This short activity can give you a feel-good boost and help reinforce that you were productive. Even if it was only somewhat productive. Because let’s be real—believing you got nothing done isn’t a warm and fuzzy feeling. Instead, it makes you want to shove your face into your couch and crawl under a blanket of shame. (Or is that just me?)

And hey—if you really didn’t do anything, take this time to tell yourself it’s OK. Because it is. Sure, this can’t be a common occurrence, but an occasional lazy day is perfectly fine. Pat yourself on the back for showing up, and go on your way.

2. Get Ready for Tomorrow

I spend a lot of my leisure time contemplating my giant to-do list. Rather than relaxing and partaking in activities I enjoy, I let the tasks consume my every thought. It’s not necessary for me—or you—to do this.

Before you go home, prepare yourself for tomorrow. Outline your main action items that need to be completed. And review what’s on your schedule, too. Are there any meetings to prep for? Any deadlines to meet? Form your list with those things in mind.

Tonight, you’ll feel less burdened because you’ll know exactly what direction you need to head in upon returning. No longer will you have to waste your evenings thinking about it.

I’ve started doing this and, let me tell you, it makes me feel better at the beginning andend of each day. My Google doc remembers (and keeps track of) the important things, so I can be fully present when I catch up with those pesky New York housewives.

3. Organize Your Space

In college, I usually couldn’t sleep unless I’d tidied up my room. The desk needed to be cleared, and all clothing had to be in drawers, the hamper, or at least hidden under my bed. Doing this made me feel more in control, less scattered, and like I was tying up the loose ends of my day into a nice little bow.

The same goes for my office. When it’s more visually put together, so is my mind. I can head out the door feeling confident that I’ve taken care of anything that may have popped up spontaneously.

(Plus, cleaning always makes me feel like I’m “adulting” a little bit better, which makes me feel relatively successful.)

I’m not saying to whip out the magic erasers and go all Mr. Clean here, but at least put things into piles and throw away any lingering trash. (If you’re the laziest, these tips will be right up your alley) You won’t leave feeling like you’ve forgotten something, and tomorrow you won’t be taunted by the mess you walk into.

4. Have Something to Look Forward To

Happiness isn’t something that just comes to you. You have to put in the effort. You have to set yourself up for “happiness success.” And one way of doing that is by scheduling things that you’ll look forward to.

When you do this, “you bring happiness into your life well before the event actually takes place,” explains Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. “In fact, sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment.”

Meet up with a friend or family member. Start taking a class, such as improv (like me!) or ceramics. It could even be diving into a good book. It doesn’t have to be anything big, and you don’t have to spend money. Just be intentional about consistently taking time to do something you’ll truly enjoy.

When you schedule time for fun activities into your calendar, you’ll think about thatrather than work.

We have much more ownership over how our days play out than we think. Sure, there are going to be off ones where you’re thrown super random and sometimes downright discouraging curveballs.

But for the most part, you’re in charge. When you take back control of the wheel, you can start to steer it in a more positive direction and end each day on a happy note. Good luck!

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How to #close your #credit #card #account, the right way

Annual fees will continue to be added and billed to you as long as the credit card account is active. Here’s how to close your credit card account!

Some people cut up their credit cards because they got a better deal, others out of anger or frustration with their card companies. But while you may end the relationship by chucking the plastic pieces in the bin, your card account stays open with the firm until you formally close it. While the process of closing a credit card account is simple and straightforward, many people believe that just stopping the use of the card or just cutting it into pieces is enough to close the account.

Also, there are certain things you need to take care of before and after closing your credit card account.

What should you do before closing

First, exhaust your reward points. Remember that some cards allow you to use these reward points to pay your credit card bills. Once you close the credit card account, you may not be able to use the reward points as you would not get the cash equivalent of the points.

Second, pay up outstanding amounts. Annual fees will continue to be added and billed to you as long as the credit card relationship is active. Pay up all the outstanding dues, including fees, before placing the closure request.

Third, make a written request to close your account. Banks would want you to fill up a closure form that includes a declaration that you have actually requested the closure. Banks are also allowing placing these requests through their apps, customer care call centres or through email. Don’t rely only on an oral request made through a call to the customer care, even if your card issuer allows that.

Either fill up the form or place a request in writing through an email. Follow up on your request and get a confirmation from the card issuer that your account has been settled and closed.

What should you do after closing

Once you get a confirmation from the issuer, your cancellation is complete.

However, just to be sure, you can opt for another way to check if the credit card account has been disconnected. A few months after you have closed your credit card, you can check your credit report to make sure that the line of credit has closed. Your credit report from credit bureaus has details of all lines of credit, including a credit card, that you have or have had in the recent past.

You can get a free credit report from any of the four credit bureaus in India each year. Credit bureaus also provide a facility to report to them if you find some detail in the credit report to be inaccurate. This facility can also be used to cross check and ensure that your surrendered credit card has been closed.

The 6 #Worst Kinds of Late #People (And The #Message They’re Sending)

You know these people. The late people. They make you crazy. You may be one of these people. The truth is, I’ve been all of these people at one time or another. And all seven of these people make me crazy too.

What people don’t realize is how the simple mistake of being late carries big consequences. When I’m late, it sends unintended messages to the room about me, and it’s not good. If you’re in an interview with me and I get one these messages, you may put yourself in an unwinnable position.

Meet the six worst kinds of late people and the message they are sending:

1. The “Frantic”

Every one of us knows this person. They run in the room with hair on fire (actually, they usually run in the place with wet hair), and bustle in just as you’re getting started (and after you’ve already waited).

Message sent: “I am drama.”

This kind of lateness projects a life that is out of control. A life that stays in drama mode. In the thousands of searches I’ve done over the years, I’ve never had a client ask for someone that is drama. In fact, most people want team members who are calm.

Conversely, being on time reduces stress.

By some estimates, the stress relief industry (products, books, etc.) is an $11 billion industry in the US alone. Here’s a free way to achieve what people are paying to find: be on time.

2. The “Unaware” (aka The Self Absorbed)

Ever have someone walk into a meeting late and not even notice they’re late? “Oh, have you all been waiting?”

Message sent: “I’m more important than you.”

The old saying is true: we measure what matters (to us). If you take steps to be on time for our meeting, you are actively communicating that you respect my time. Conversely, an innocent oversight of time can project a really self-absorbed image. That’s tough to recover from.

3. The “Unapologetic”

Some people just walk into a meeting late and keep rolling as if nothing has happened.

Message sent: “I don’t care.”

Being on time shows you can execute on a promise. Interviewing, at its root, is an attempt to size up whether or not a candidate can do a job. Showing up on time means that one of our very first contracts (the appointment) is one you can execute on. Being late and not apologising? That tells me not only that you cannot do the job, but also that you do not care.

4. The “Victim”

“You won’t believe what happened to me on the way to work…” Actually, you’re right; I don’t believe you.

Message sent: “I’m a victim.”

Nobody wants to hire someone that’s a constant victim. Far too often, people respond to an error with excuses, with stories of what happened to them that cause them to be late. Yes, things happen, but not time after time. And when they do happen, the rare and refreshing response is the person who finds a way to own their mistake and learn from it.

5. The “Considerate”

How many times have you gotten the email or text from someone right before the meeting telling you all of the reasons they’re going to be late? Sometimes, this is a good thing, but most of the time?

Message sent: “Don’t believe me.”

I appreciate the heads up, but when the heads up is a three-page email, and the person walks in late with a Starbucks in hand, things get suspicious. How you respond to an error makes all the difference in how it is received. But wasting time writing a long email because the line for coffee is too long? That diminishes credibility.

6. The “Chronically Late”

This one is the worst, and whether you realize it or not, it sends a very clear message:

Message sent: “Don’t count on me.”

Being on time shows you’re in control of your life. It’s a broken world, and people are sometimes late for reasons out of their control. Try to drive anywhere in Houston one day and you’ll understand. In the end, an appointment is an agreement. If you constantly break my trust by failing to fulfill our agreement, I’m at the least going to think you’re undependable, and at worst not going to trust any of your promises.

Now that we have done over 10,000 face-to-face interviews at Vanderbloemen, I realize it’s the simple things that separate great candidates from the rest of the field. This one tip may be the most valuable.

Be on time.

#Less Is #More: 4 #Job #Search #Tips to Make the #Process Less #Exhausting

You’ve decided it’s time to look for a new job. Cue the exasperated sighs and the eye rolls, right?

We get it—looking for a job can be a daunting process. From tailoring your resume to preparing for interviews, there’s a lot involved in finding and landing your next great opportunity.

But, before you start cracking under the stress of it all, know this: There are a few tips you can put into practice to make the whole thing a little more manageable.

1. Understand What You Really Want

When it comes to your job hunt, that age-old “quality over quantity” rule holds some water. You’re better off applying to three roles that you feel really confident about—as opposed to blanketing the world in your resume and crossing your fingers that something sticks.

However, you’re only going to be able to target your efforts in this way if you have a really solid grasp on what exactly you’re looking for in your next position.

The best way to get started? Sit down and create your own personal wish list. Jot down anything and everything that you’re hoping for. Whether it’s a relaxed culture or a specific responsibility, write it all down.

Will you find a job that satisfies every single desire on that list? Probably not. But, you can still use it as an informal checklist of sorts when evaluating job descriptions. That way, you’ll be able to figure out which ones are worth your energy and application—and which should just be skipped over.

2. Refine Your Research Process

You know how important it is to do your research. But, this is often advice that’s dished out when you reach the interview stage of the hiring process—so that you’re prepared to recite the company’s mission statement on demand if requested (trust us, this hardly ever happens).

There’s nothing stopping you from rolling up your sleeves and digging into some research before you even apply for that open role. In fact, we recommend it.

Why? Well, investing the work upfront to become familiar with a company and its culture is another thing that helps you determine whether or not that job is worth your application. There’s no point in wasting your time (and the time of the employer!)—only to determine that it’s not really what you’re looking for.

So, don’t save the research for later. Scroll through that company’s website and do some detective work on their social media accounts to see if you can truly imagine yourself working there.

If that company strikes you as a place where you could really be happy? It might even be worth applying to several posted positions that you’re qualified for and interested in.

3. Set Bite-Sized Goals

Would you sit down at your desk with the intention of learning Portuguese in one day? We didn’t think so. So, why are you taunting yourself with the lofty ambition of landing a job in one sitting?

I know—it often feels like you’re racing the clock in your job search. You want to get your materials in for that perfect opportunity before the application period closes. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t break the process down into smaller, less intimidating milestones.

Maybe your goal for today is to find and apply to just one job that really seems like a good fit for you. That’s a far more manageable objective than “get a new job.”

The job search is stressful enough, so don’t put more pressure on yourself than necessary. Break things down, and then the entire process will feel a whole lot more doable.

4. Batch Your Tasks

If you haven’t previously tried batching your tasks, it’s a productivity hack that can be particularly helpful when you’re job searching.

It’s an odd name, but the concept is simple: You group similar to-dos together so you aren’t jumping around and constantly switching gears.

For example, you’d use one chunk of time to find and evaluate job descriptions. Then you’d tweak your resume for those job postings at the same time, and so on and so forth.

Not having to hop back and forth between different tasks can save you a ton of mental energy. Plus, since you’re technically focusing on one thing at a time, you’re far less likely to make an error.

The process of finding a new job can feel overwhelming at best. But, before you start huffing and puffing into that paper bag of yours, know that there are a few things you can do to make things a little easier on yourself.

Put these tips into play, and you’re sure to remove some stress from your job search, optimize your efforts, and get yourself one step closer to landing the role of your dreams. You’ve got this!