How to incorporate your mood in your task planning

The dark days aren’t over yet. We are in the middle of winter and the weather sure is depressing, to say the least. Not the ideal circumstances that can for sure affect your mood. However, it turns out that we should actually start embracing a bad mood. A bad mood turns out to be wonderful for your productivity, so I found out in a magazine article last week. This week I would like to share this great news with you, along with some more fun facts about how to embrace your different moods and optimise your task execution.

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Dear #careerlion readers, let’s start off this blog by wishing you all a very happy new year. May this year bring you everything you desire, health, and happiness. May it give you all the direction that you may crave and the headspace to make this year even better than any of the successful ones before.

The start of a new year, of course, is paired with new year’s resolutions for many of us. We blogged about this previously. Today I will of course share with you my new year’s resolutions, but the tips and tricks we shared before still stand. Therefore, I will provide you with a small recap and reminder and I will try to elaborate more on my plan to make them work.

Thanks 2018!

Thank you for all adventures you’ve brought us. Thank you for all the wonderful challenges because they’ve made us into the persons we are today. Thank you for taking us to all the places we’ve visited and bringing us safely home again. 2018, you’ve been wonderful and it’s time to take a moment to be grateful for that.

Lessons 2018

With the end of 2018 in sight, this week’s blog is dedicated to the lessons we learned during the year. Career Lions is all about engineering your life and self-improvement. This goes hand in hand with evaluating how you have been doing and what are those major lessons that you have learned recently.

The 5 AM Club

As the end of the year is approaching, it’s almost time to think about new year’s resolutions. Over the last couple of years, a certain trend can be found in mine. It’s always something with mindfulness, physical health and a personal writing project. That these resolutions come up year after year has to do with two causes. One: I like to continuously improve myself. More importantly, two: I seem to lack the time and energy to pursue all. Therefore, this month I am trying out different ways to incorporate my resolutions in my daily routine, before January comes around. As you might have guessed from the title, I have been trying to wake up at 5 AM and make them a part of my morning ritual. If you’re curious whether that’s been working out for me or like to know whether it’s something you might consider, make sure to read on.

Managing Your #Careerlion Expectations to Happiness

This week is all about expectation management. Your own expectations as well as those of others. Not only is it my own experience that managing expectations is critical, research has also shown that expectation management is your ticket to a happier life. Basically, your happiness is more dependent on whether things are going worse or better than expected opposed to the actual state. Good things come to those who wait right? Well, good things come to those who don’t expect it is probably more accurate. Read on if you want to know more about my experience with expectations and what are ways to lower your expectations where needed!

Five things to prepare you for your next job

After two and a half years as an Operational Excellence Consultant it was time for a new challenge: my second (real) job! I’m still sticking with the construction company I work for, but have made the switch to the IT department as Business Information Analyst. By the time you read this, I’ve pretty much survived my first month. However, I would lie if I’d say it wasn’t a bigger struggle than I bargained for. Therefore, I would like to share my five most important lessons from the past month and hope they will be of use (or comfort) when you’re starting at a new job (again).

The #Careerlion Guide to Video Conferencing

With the world globalising and people working more and more from different locations, video conferencing is part of many #careerlions’ work lives. While video conferencing allows us to work together remotely, it is also a breeding point for misunderstandings and frustration. Not only does video conferencing deprive us from emotional knowledge to better understand the context, there are also many practical and technical difficulties that I am sure you have experienced frequently as well. If you are having a bad day, it may well take you ten minutes to finally get connected and the meeting going. I don’t know how many times I have been on the call: “Hello, Bonjour, Can you hear me? Hello?”. This video is also a very funny, yet accurate, display of what video conferencing is like in real life. Today’s blog is focused on the difficulties paired with video calls and a guide to optimise them.

How To Manifest Your Dreams

Journaling has been a fascination of mine ever since I was a little girl. However, I was never disciplined enough to keep up with a daily journal. What I do enjoy is journaling on a more sporadic basis, like for gratitude or diet purposes. Another purpose of journaling I haven’t really elaborated on before is manifesting! Read on if you’re curious to see what it can do for you!

How to Motivate Yourself

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog for you on motivating others. With the winter blues well kicking in, especially coming home after work in the dark, this week’s blog is about motivating yourself. Motivating yourself is what is going to set you apart, true for any area in which you want to excel really. But how do you keep yourself motivated day in and day out, even on those days that you just want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day? I hope the tips and tricks in this blog will help you power through your off-days and realise the goals you have set for yourself.

How to improve your Pomodoro

If you’re into increasing your personal productivity you must have heard (or already be using it) of the Pomodoro technique. You chop up your productivity into 25-minute chunks with five minute breaks in between (for a more elaborate explanation, read this). 

Personally, I like to use this technique when it comes to ticking off to do lists, not so much when I need larger chunks of time to perform some deep work. As I have been using this technique for quite a while now, I thought it was time to share some of my tips and tricks to improve your Pomodoro!