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Bart and I have finally found a house! We couldn’t be happier and excited, but I can’t deny that it has been overwhelming. Of course, I am fully aware that renovation and moving are stressful, but it has made me all the more aware of the number of decisions modern day life demands us to make. It never occurred to me for instance that we would have to choose a color for the front door. Who thinks about these things? Well, not me anyways. I realise that all of these decisions are first world problems. However, decision fatigue really is (becoming) a problem in our part of the world. That is why today I will focus on decision fatigue and what we can do to minimise the strain it lays on us.
Let me start by saying that I am still very much obsessed with audiobooks. This means that it has turned into a habit now and I am well on my way to exceed my goal of books to read/listen to this year. Something that has been on my mind was psychological safety in the workplace. What it means for me and for teams in general. Then I started listening to Dare to Lead by Brene Brown this week and coincidently this topic was also discussed in detail. This week I will share with you what psychological safety in the workplace and why all #careerlions should strive to achieve this for themselves and their colleagues.
As you probably read in my previous blog, I am now obsessed with audiobooks. One of the books that I recently finished is Make Time: How to Focus on What Matter Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. I think it was a great read with some thought breaking tips for all of us #careerlions trying to do as much as possible in all different areas of our lives. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on the book and some of the key lessons I learned from the book.
I am not sure I ever thought this day would come, but I am hocked to OneNote. I have known about its existence for a long time and have frequently used it for our common team meeting notes over the years too. However, I never really got to the point to use it myself on a structural basis until now. Part of the reason is that I only recently discovered certain features that have turned this into a real game changer for me. Assuming that some of you also aren’t regular users yet and may not even know about some of the hidden gems, today’s blog is dedicated to OneNote.
Speaking for myself, I have heard a lot over the years about data mining (used for discovering patterns in large data sets). Being a business process manager in an operational environment, I am constantly looking at new and better methods to uncover potential areas of improvements and contribute to decision making. This still makes the use of data analysis crucial, but the current stage of the project is not really demanding analysis to discovering patterns in large data sets yet to study the behavior of the systems or its users. I would say that data mining is a bridge too far. However, this week I came across process mining while catching up on some reading. Process mining basically is that bridge between data mining and business process management. Today, I will share with you what I have learned so far and why this could be interesting for you too.
As you may have read in our earlier blogs, both Liona and I started on new professional adventures November last year. Speaking for myself, it has been a great adventure so far. However, it is also quite an adjustment. I have and had lots of questions starting in the new position. That is why I have made a reading list for myself to deal with the change itself, in addition to the knowledge I have still to obtain about the new domain. I personally feel that in your professional career it is not always about how much you already know about a certain domain. It is the way you carry yourself in your team and organization and obtain the knowledge that you need. Keeping that in mind, please read on if you are curious to know which books have made the cut.
Maybe it is just me, but somehow getting around to-do’s is much easier when I am at work than at home. The minute I get home, I attend to procrastination and Netflix. While I get around to cooking, the cleaning up part is far from my favourite chores. Hence, it is my boyfriend who ends up doing most of the dishes and tidying up. The general excuse I go for is that I do all the recipe hunting and cooking in return. However, this week I would like to see how we can start to excel at home just like we do at work. After all, why wouldn’t we put as much energy and dedication into our personal tasks as we would for those at work?
Is it just me or do all #careerlions judge oneself more harshly in terms of personal shortcomings, than you do others? Well, if you tend to be more accepting of other people’s shortcomings than I think we should be forming a “self-compassion” squad. This week I came across a Youtube video about self-compassion, applauding the theories by psychologist Kristin Neff. She basically states that we should all promise to love ourselves, in both sickness and in health. That we should offer ourselves warmth and unconditional acceptance. Isn’t it just weird that we can be so hard on ourselves, while we are generally more than willing to accept others for who they are including their shortcomings? Well, today is about what this self-compassion actually entails and why you need to strive to accept you for who you are.
Perfectionism is one of those personal traits that can be both positive and negative. Professionally, perfectionism is often seen as a positive trait. However, when you are too perfectionistic (like with anything that you have “too much” of) can block you from excelling in your job and life in general. This week we will talk about 5 reasons to stop being perfectionistic. If you are not at all a perfectionist, then consider this blog an anthem to you and ammunition for when someone decides to call you out on it.
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.
In 2016 (yes, that long ago), I wrote a blog for you about the ultimate planning tools for #careerlions. While I still use Trello sometimes, I have become a big fan of another tool called Edo Agenda. This I use mostly now, in addition to regular post its and Toggl. In today’s blog I will review this online tool for you and I explain why this tool has proven to me that it is a keeper and that it is recommendable.