pleasure

What Makes You Feel Good?

Pleasure and pain are two opposite forces, which each send different signals to the brain. The pleasure signal gives the message: you should be getting more of this. The pain signal gives the equally, if not more, important message: you probably shouldn’t be doing this. When you are at work, you deal every day with these competing signals. There are some chores or tasks that bring pleasure, some that bring pain, and some that are most likely neutral. Is there a way to minimize or control those painful tasks or interactions? It would be worthwhile to try to do so if possible. Is there…

good job

Don’t Be A Cardboard Cutout!

You know what I mean, right? Those life-sized, full color blowups of real people, mounted to foamboard, cut all the way around, and then propped up so they look like a real person? A few phrases come to mind here… “Light’s on, but no one’s home” “As useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle” or a new favorite “The wheel’s spinning but the hamster’s dead.” Don’t be that guy! Bring your brain, your motivation, your desire to do a good job, to every meeting, conversation, activity you do all day long! Show you are listening, by repeating back, using different…

extra time

How to Create Your Own Cone of Silence

Would you like to manufacture some extra time at work? Try a few of these suggestions: Bring your morning beverage of choice with you when you come to your office in the morning, rather than having to come in, put your things down, and then run to the coffee shop or kitchen to get something. You can be ready to start work immediately when you enter your workspace each morning. Compartmentalize your day. Try to achieve the tasks on your To Do list (you do have one, right? If not, check out my May 20, 2009 blog!) in an efficient…