Donnerstag, 7. Juli 2016

Don’t put off until tomorrow... – How to deal with procrastination

Surely, you can relate – you know how important the task you are about to start is, but you still can’t bring yourself to actually start it. Instead, you rather catch up on the news or check your social media profiles (if you are allowed to do so at your company, that is). Or you distract yourself with other tasks that are wholly unrelated to what you were actually supposed to do: you suddenly realize that you have to clean out your desk drawer or the shelf behind you. The result is the same. Your productivity level drops. We’ll tell you what you can do about it!

1. Start right away! According to the 72-hour-rule, the chances of you starting a task that you’ve been previously putting off for more than three days diminish to 1%. It’s best not to wait for that long.

2. Start with the most unpleasant/ difficult task! After you’ve finished that one, your motivation will soar and you’ll be looking forward to the more pleasant tasks ahead.

3. Plan your workday according to your tasks! Many are experiencing difficulties in starting a specific task, because they lack an overview and mistakenly assume they have too many things on their plate. Take care to plan your working day in advance and repeat that plan to yourself wehenever you need to.

4. Split your tasks! Does the sheer complexity of your task make you feel insecure? Split it up into more manageable chunks and work through them step by step.

5. Prioritize! You have more than one task to care of? Then decide whether you really have to power through all of them by yourself. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks or to ask your colleagues for help. You are only human, after all, and there are limits to what you can do.

6. Visualize yor success! Sometimes, all it takes is a little boost of motivation to inspire you to achieve more. Take a look on your extremely well organized to-do-list. On it, you’ll notice that a lot of your tasks are already marked/ checked off as finished. You’ve accomplished quite a lot, haven’t you?

7. Reward yourself for your accomplishments! Do you know the best way to stay motivated? It’s rewards! Plan for a little reward everytime you accomplish one task or reach one goal. It doesn’t have to be anything big, oftentimes just the thought of savoring a piece of your favorite chocolate after finishing is all it takes to keep you going.

8. Take advantage of your most productive phases! It doesn’t matter whether it is early in the morning or rather later in the afternoon – we all have our phases of high productivity. Use them to accomplish as many of your goals as possible.

Freitag, 1. Juli 2016

Home office or working at the office – what ist he preference of the Europeans?

In times where everything is shifting, in which things, thought natural in the past, are questioned and in which things, taken for impossible in the past, are getting possible, it is no wonder that also the working world is changing a lot. Thanks to the internet and the mobility coming with it, a new trend named “digital nomads” has evolved within the last years. The concept of digital nomads is that you can work from everywhere in the world, as long as you have a proper internet connection to do your work. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you inevitably have to relocate to another continent to work free and independently thanks to the internet, which is why we asked our users whether they prefer to work from home or at the office. One thing can be said in advance: Our users have never before agreed that much!

The diagram is not hard to interpret; you can see at first glance that our JOBswype users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania agree in one opinion: they prefer working from home! With a span from 67% (Slovakia) to 86% (Rumania) our users give priority to the flexibility and independency allowed by a home office compared to the personal contact to the colleagues and the chef. Only 12% (Hungary) to 41% (Poland) prefer working at the office.

It is elf-explanatory that both variants have their advantages and disadvantages, nevertheless these clear results represent an unmistakable direction the working world could develop towards.

1015 users participated in this survey carried out in June 2016.