Tools for the #careerlion part II
There is so much to learn and so little time! Yes, we feel like that as well. Lucky for you I have done some of the research into finding the right books. These books are helpful to develop tools for you #careerlions that I have found useful in daily (work) life. I’ve accumulated the most interesting and useful findings for you in this post!
Your office politics basics
Big companies are awesome, but one of the downsides in my opinion is that working in a large company also means having to deal with office politics. I am not a great fan (yes, I know I am such a millennial) and do not really fancy the idea of having to deal with it, however it is still part of the job. To get wiser in the office politics department and understanding people’s motives and forms of power, I am currently reading Robert Greene’s bestseller The 48 Laws of Power. In this book, Greene elaborates on 48 principles where power issues have occurred with examples from historic figures. Even though I haven’t finished this book yet, I already see some of the laws in my work environment. Definitely recommend this one!
Work smart, not hard
How many times have we heard the phrase work hard play hard? Even though I love to play hard, I think that working hard should actually be working smart! In Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Work Week, he elaborates on principles to escape the 9-5 mentality by doing things smarter. For this, he uses four steps in the DEAL abbreviation.
DEAL stands for:
Definition – The first step is to define what it is you want and what you are working for. In the book tools are offered to determine you Target Monthly Income to achieve your goal.
Elimination – The second step is to eliminate time wastes during your day and ineffective work tasks.
Automation – After eliminating redundant and useless steps in the previous step, the third step is to automate work whenever possible.
Liberation – The fourth and last step is to liberate and set the conditions for remote work. Liberation in this sense means that you’re able to work from any geographic place. This could mean working from the comfort of your own home, or working remotely from a tropical island. Make sure that is one with good internet connection though!
Curious to learn more concepts of The 4-Hour Work Week? They can be found here.
Maximize your personal powers
Being productive is important and one can never learn too much ways to stop procrastination. We’ve elaborated on this subject before and you can find our favourite principles from Brian Tracy’s book Eat that frog! here. Tracy elaborates on another great way to stop procrastination by making sure your personal powers are optimized to the max. How does one do that? By following these principles:
- Overworking can mean under producing: Just because you’re putting in a lot of hours, does not mean the product is better. After eight hours or nine hours of work the quality of the work decreases significantly. This means taking the right amount of rest is important to keep being productive.
- Work at your own pace: Even though regular office hours are usually nine to five, it doesn’t have to mean this is also the best time for you to be working. Find out what your peak moments are and try to block these for deep work, while you plan meetings and more superficial tasks for other moments.
- Get enough sleep: No explanation needed, here right? For me the pain is not so much in getting up early, but going to bed early in order to be able to get up early. For no apparent reason, I always find something to do to not be in bed at my target time. Need to work on that if I ever want to stop snoozing though!
- Guard your physical health: Everything you do with your brain is awesome, but make sure to fuel your body as well! This basically means to eat right, get enough exercise and get those hours of sleep. Reminder to self: stay away from the pizza's and chocolates, shut off the macbook and go to bed!
Keep that ego in check
Congrats you’re doing well! To remind you, you receive compliments every day. That is very nice and great however, do not let it get to your head. You still just started out and even if you’ve been working for 30 years now, being cocky is a bad trait to have. Everyone has an ego and there’s nothing wrong with that. Important here is to be aware of that and to not let our ego’s stand in our way. In Ryan Holiday’s book Ego is the Enemy, he elaborates on events in history where people have let their ego stand in their way.
The book is divided into three main parts: Aspire, Success and Failure. These parts are meant to help us be humble in our aspirations, gracious in our success and resilient in our failures. One of the chapters I found particularly useful is the one called Talk, talk, talk and is about writers. Writers are keeping themselves busy updating all kinds of social media that they’re busy writing, instead of actually writing. Painfully, that sounds kind of familiar to me. I find myself updating Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn more than I would like to admit. Especially when I need to be focusing on writing. That’s just my ego, thinking that if I keep myself “busy” I will get there. Therefore, I have found this book a nice addition to my collection as I can grab it any day and read a section to remind me to keep that ego in check.
Interested to learn more tools for the starting #careerlion? Check out this article with part one. What are your tips and tools for us and fellow #careerlions? Let us know in the comments below!