17 Unbeatable Ways to Create a Peaceful, Relaxed Workday

http://zenhabits.net/2008/02/17-unbeatable-ways-to-create-a-peaceful-relaxed-workday/

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Cut out meetings. If you have the ability to opt out of meetings, do so. They are generally a waste of time. Sure, it’s possible that a meeting is the most productive way to do something, but it’s rarely done. Usually the point of a meeting could be accomplished with email, or an IM. Cutting out meetings could free up a lot of time and make your workday more relaxed.

Roll with the punches. There will always be things that go wrong. What is important is how we react to them — do we go all Drama Queen, and get stressed and upset? Or do we accept what has happened, and make a calm decision about what to do now? When things get overwhelming, take a step back to get some perspective, and realize that in a few months, none of this will really matter much — and then take steps to eliminate the non-essential and focus on what’s really important.

It’s so easy to get caught up in workplace drama. It’s always good to take a step back and breathe. If you haven’t added ZenHabits to your selected feeds — maybe grouped with other Life, Health & Spirit news – I would give it a wholehearted thumbs up. Just yesterday, they used Cindi Trainor’s “I am a Librarian” photo for a post:

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  1. Cutting out meetings is essential. My last two – employed by someone else – jobs were in UK academia, where meeting culture tends to be rife. A ridiculous proportion of my – and other people’s – time was taken up in meetings. What became apparent is that the only people who enjoyed these meetings, and pushed for them, were those segment of academics who liked the sounds of their own voices. The rest of us would rather do something useful.

    I didn’t get half as much done as I’d have liked in those two jobs. So I went self-employed as a researcher and consultant 7 or so years ago now. I get a lot more done, within a normal day. Clients who are happy to briskly communicate on email I retain; those who prefer meetings and pointless telephone conferences get quickly dropped.

    The next time you’re in a meeting, listening to someone drone on, list the things you’d rather be doing that would be more productive. Food for thought.

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