It’s Not The End
Even though you’re extremely tired at the end of 6pm and all you want to go home and sleep – life doesn’t have to end there. Consider a change of lifestyle – exercise regularly (getting a gym membership doesn’t count unless you actually go to one at least 3-4 times a week), adopt a hobby, or spend an hour or two improving yourself in something that you really like doing.
Keeping fit actually helps you be alert and stay awake longer throughout the day. Your mood improves and your clothes fit better too!
Listen to Plato.
Or at least that one quote of his: “Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle.” You have your story, you have your chip on your shoulder – so does everyone. Everyone who has the perfect life won’t be existing in the same world as you. I have a Post-It note stuck on my phone in my office that says “Be Nice.” It sounds sad, but it reminds me to be courteous and be sensitive towards the person on the other end of the line.
Prioritize Your Investments
Everyone who has a steady (and unsteady) income is keen to plant their money somewhere to see it grow. We all have a different investment philosophy. Some are keen to invest a percentage of their pay from the first month, while some prefer to wait a little later when they are more financially stable and savvy. I suppose I belong in the latter group, but I do have peers who are already dabbing in shares and properties. Whatever it is that you want to do with your money, make sure that you understand how the system works. You may entrust your money to a financial planner, but draw a line somewhere. Remember, money is not the root of evil – greed is.
My first investment? My gym membership. Health first – Wealth will follow.
Quality, Not Quantity
I may sound a little snobbish with this one, but I don’t believe in clocking too much overtime unless necessary – especially when those extra hours are not paid for. When you limit yourself to the 8 hours allocated for you (sans meal time), you tend to plan and work according to the focus that you have set for the day.
When you started working, you signed a contract with your company: They will pay you for your 8 hours daily, and you are to give your 100% in those 8 hours. Don’t cheat your employers and they won’t cheat you.
Do Not Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public
You may not like everything about your company or the people you work with. The people you work with may not be necessarily as smart as you. Your teammates and you may not get along. Sometimes you wish you had a different boss.
Unless you’re with friends or people you can trust, keep that to yourself. When you are meeting with vendors or people from other companies, stay loyal to your colleagues. Do not correct them or embarrass them in front of others. Remember, when you’re out there, your colleagues represent your company. For those who keep a public blog like myself, avoid writing specific items (especially the negative ones) about specific people.
Plus, if you’re hoping to impress others, loyalty triumphs a tatter-mouth anytime.
(…to be continued.)