8 Great Jobs for Socially Awkward People

If you are a socially awkward person, it can be difficult for you to choose the right career path. Whether you are not very good with people or you like peace and quiet, there are many wonderful jobs to consider. I have a friend who is so shy that she can’t find a job because most jobs require good social skills. I did a small research and visited lots of online forums and found out that many people stay at home because they don’t like crowds and they can’t survive face-to-face communication. It’s hard to change yourself and fight your fear, while it’s easier to find a well-paid job that you will enjoy doing each day and that won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Here are 8 great jobs for socially awkward people to consider.

1. Writer


If you are a creative person and you can write interesting posts or books, why not become a writer? Many successful writers are introverts and ambiverts. If you have a writing talent, give it a try. You can start your own blog or become a freelance writer or copywriter. You won’t become a successful writer overnight, but in time you may become a famous author that everyone will read and love.

2. IT careers
With today’s technological advances, it’s not difficult to find a good job if you are a socially awkward person. Information technology helps people to develop their skills and make millions a year. Web development, game programming and creating mobile apps are all good options to consider. The job requires a good knowledge of software and programming languages and a high level of creativity.

3. Graphic Designer
If you are fond of drawing, you have fantastic drawing skills and you can use computer graphics software, consider starting a graphic design career. Modifying pictures and creating different effects don’t require any communication skills. Graphic designer, especially 3D graphic designers, earn a lot of money, but they spend plenty of times learning new things and reading tons of books. If you are ready to spend most of your time in front of your computer, this career path is for you.

4. Work-at-Home Accountant
Nowadays many accountants work for companies from their homes. Look for a position as a work-at-home accountant and you may find some great suggestions. If you are socially awkward, working with numbers than people is a good option for you, just make sure you are okay with math.

5. Translator
If you know at least one foreign language, you may try to work as a translator. Most translators work from home, which means you don’t need to use your communication skills each day. The drawback is that it’s not an easy job. You will get tired mentally and emotionally faster than physically. It’s definitely hard work, but it’s pretty rewarding. Professional translators make over $99,000 a year.

6. Social Media Manager
If you can’t survive face-to-face communication but you want to grow as a person and become more successful, social media manager may be the right career path for you. This job requires online socialization only. You don’t need to meet and speak to anyone. You have enough time to answer to all questions and you have a wonderful opportunity to think clearly and calmly. No rush and no worry! Plus, you can make lots of money each month.

7. Animal Handler
If you don’t like big crowds of people, but you are a huge animal lover, you can become a professional animal handler. My friend earns about $41,000 a year and he says that it’s one of the easiest and funniest jobs he has ever had. All you have to do is to take care of animals and enjoy playing with them all day long.

8. Astronomer
One of the most surprising jobs for socially awkward people is astronomer. While this job requires good knowledge of physics, math and some other subjects, it’s incredibly interesting and you won’t have to use your social skills. You can earn more than $96,000 a year, doesn’t it sound like a good reason to choose this career path? Watching the sky is a proven way to reduce stress and enjoy small yet beautiful things in life, while making a lot of money.

Whether you are a shy person, introvert or you feel uncomfortable in a crowd, these 8 career ideas may completely change your life. There are many reasons why many people can’t find jobs they love. The only thing to remember is that you should never stop looking for that perfect career. If you don’t like your current job, don’t be afraid to quit it. Hopefully, this list helped you to make a smart decision. If you have any other career ideas and tips, share them with those who really need them. The comment section is waiting!

8 Important Actions That Will Make You More Successful

Each day I see more and more chronically unproductive, unsuccessful and unhappy people and wonder why they choose to be miserable when they can take a few actions to become more successful. You will never know the true joy of happiness and success if you don’t admit that you chose the wrong path in life. There are many successful people who consider themselves unhappy and unsuccessful because they are not grateful for what they already have and they are stuck in their own negative thoughts, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. Stop living in misery, here are 8 important actions you can take today that will make you more successful.

1. Love your job


Successful people always do what they love and this actually makes them so happy and successful. Spending 8 (or more) hours at work you don’t like is one of the worst things you can do in life. When you love your job, you are more productive and eager to reach success. Never stop looking for your favorite job and you will definitely find it.

2. Cultivate your creativity
Just don’t tell me that you are not creative. I believe every person in the world is creative, but the problem is that most of us don’t explore and cultivate that creativity. If you have any creative ideas, share them with your coworkers or boss. Even if they don’t love your ideas, don’t give up. Learn how to think outside the box, cultivate your creativity daily, train your brain and be open to new ideas. It’s one of the most important actions that will make you more successful.

3. Focus on one goal at a time
Multitasking is a common thing these days. Whether it’s good or bad, but it will get you nowhere. Trying to reach a few goals or accomplishing a few tasks at once will never make you successful. You will end up feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out. When you have a huge to-do list, take a deep breath to calm down (when I see a long list of tasks I should accomplish, the first thing I usually feel is panic), prioritize your tasks and focus on accomplishing one task at a time. This will help you stay productive, avoid stress and meet all your deadlines.

4. Believe in yourself
No matter what you do, believe in yourself. If you made a mistake, admit it, learn from it and move on. Don’t dwell on your past mistakes. Believe that you will be successful, happy and healthy. Believe that you can make your dreams come true. Faith is a crucial part of life, remember it.

5. Ignore negative criticism
There’s a huge difference between negative criticism and constructive criticism. When you see that people give negative and rude criticism that has no sense at all, ignore it. We can’t avoid toxic people in the workplace, but we can ignore their rude comments. Don’t let people’s negative criticism affect your mood, productivity and success.

6. Never stop learning
The majority of people stop learning once they graduate from college or university. Highly successful people never stop learning, no matter the age. You may know a lot of useful things and have fantastic abilities, but they won’t make you more successful. Don’t be afraid to try new things and take new responsibilities. Read books and share your knowledge with others.

7. Don’t lie
If you don’t have fantastic computer skills, let your potential employer know about it. If you can’t accomplish a project, let your manager or boss know about it. Be honest and ask for help when you really need it. It’s impossible to know everything in life, so it’s okay when someone helps you. Successful people can’t do many things, they admit it and their honesty help them reach the true joy of success.

8. Take care of your health
Wealth is nothing without health. When you have numerous health issues, it’s hard to enjoy your success. You should never forget to take care of your health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and stay hydrated to be more productive and have more energy to accomplish any project and achieve any goal.

I hope these tiny pieces of advice inspired you to take some actions to improve your life and reach the true joy of success. Stay motivated and productive during the day, learn and try new things, believe in yourself and you will never feel unhappy again. What actions are you going to take to become more successful?

5 Life Skills That Will Help You Find Your Dream Job

The dream job will never leave you dreading Monday mornings. If you have already decided on a career and set your career goals, it’s time to start looking for your dream job. There are several life skills most employers look for in candidates. It’s not difficult to develop those skills when you know where to start. These life skills can help everyone get a better job, get a promotion or just become successful in life.

1. Know basic details about the company
When preparing for a job interview, learn as more things about the company as possible. Find out what the company does, its management structure, things that set the company apart from its competitors, who calls the shots, the most important names etc. It’s also great if you know who their rivals are. The more information you know about the company, the more chances you have to get your dream job. The majority of employers always take note of candidates that are educated on the company itself. Plus, you will know whether you want to work here or not.

2. Organization skills
If you wasn’t organized in college, it will be difficult to stay organized at work. You should learn how to plan your day and manage your time properly, how to cope with a huge workloads and meet your deadlines. If you are serious about reaching your career goals, this skill is a must. Use a planner or a calendar to mark down meetings and important events. Try to come to work earlier to clean up your workspace and get ready for a productive work day. Your boss will definitely notice and appreciate it.

3. Verbal communication skills
If you have trouble expressing your thoughts and ideas verbally, you have to develop good verbal communication skills. Why? Because you need this skill in all avenues of life. When you are able to express your thoughts clearly, people understand you better. If you feel like you have poor verbal communication skills, it doesn’t mean you will never find your dream job. Start slowly. Practice expressing your thoughts or ideas to your family members or friends. Ask them to point out your mistakes and improve what you need to improve. Good verbal communication skills are also beneficial to future team leaders and public speakers.

4. Teamwork skills
Nowadays, most companies require teamwork skills. Unless you want to become a freelancer, you should know how to work in a team. If you don’t have an opportunity to develop this skill at work, you can do it in your everyday life. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with a stranger or a random person when shopping, commuting or walking in the park. It will be easier for you to hold a business conversation and meeting down the road.

When looking for your dream job, it’s important to decide if you want to be a team member or a team leader. It’s a big responsibility to lead a group. You should be confident, professional and a bit easy-going. Don’t be afraid to tell your potential employer that you want to work as a team member. However, if you are sure you can be a successful team leader, demonstrate this skill during an interview.

If you already have a good job, teamwork skills can help you boost your career and get a promotion faster.

5. Take initiative
Whether you have a job or you are trying to get it, it’s crucial to take initiative. When preparing for a job interview, try to think of what ideas you can suggest to your potential employer. Even if your idea doesn’t sound unique or smart, you will never know what they think about it until you say it.

Hunting for a dream job is one of the major goals of many people. Most of them fail to achieve that goal because they are not serious about it. You should never stop improving yourself and developing new skills. Even if you have a good job, you shouldn’t stop learning and taking initiative, otherwise someone can easily get your position and you may never get your promotion. These five life skills can help you become more successful and reach your career goals. What life skills do you already have?

6 Situations Where Women Benefit By Not Saying “I’m Sorry”

In many public social and work situations women often use the phrase “I’m sorry” as a courtesy, much the way people use the phrase “Excuse me” or “Pardon me.” There is nothing problematic about this at all, in and of itself. However, there can be a negative impact on others no matter how casually the words “I’m sorry” are spoken. These words are often perceived as demonstrating weakness in the speaker.

In personal situations these same words can be magical, bringing people closer after an argument or bringing a sense of relief and calm. So what’s the deal with social and work environments?

Think about it for a moment. How often at work do you hear a man, whether employee, manager, or executive, say: ”I’m sorry”? There is a good chance it is very rare. How often do you hear a woman use the words? There’s an equally good chance that it happens more than once.

Situations Where Women Benefit By Not Saying I’m sorry
Being courteous IS a virtue. Acting with consideration IS a valuable trait. And women tend to be more courteous and helpful by nature and conditioning, both. When they use the words “I’m sorry” the situation is usually one of these:

They didn’t hear what someone said and want it repeated.
They forgot to bring something and indicate they’ll go get it.
They didn’t get their point across exactly and intend to clarify.
They didn’t understand someone’s presentation and want it explained more.
They didn’t catch someone’s name at a party.
They made a mistake in their work and plan to fix it.
So why should saying “I’m sorry” in those situations be perceived as indicative of weakness in the person using the phrase? It shouldn’t. But the reaction of others has to do with the culture in which we live. The definition of weak and strong is way too embedded for people to relinquish it fully yet, though hopefully our future contains a very different way of thinking. It is also a culture in which the way men think is most often viewed almost automatically as more valid, even when it isn’t, while women have to prove their outlook more often than not.

What to do about it?
This isn’t to suggest women should imitate men and end up reluctant to say anything. It just means that using different wording can diminish the negative effect in some public situations, since the people listening to women tend to rely on stereotypes and make assumptions.

What women can do, if inclined, is change their choice of words. It won’t seem like much, but when they do so, there is a subtle but definite shift in how they feel and what they project. They are still being courteous and civil and thoughtful, which is more natural and authentic for women to do, but these new words can provide some measure of distance, showing that the words are not emotional, but simply functional. So what to use?

Instead of saying “I’m sorry,” women can use the words “My apologies…”

This change of phrasing gives you more leverage than you can imagine and takes away any sign of instant concession (the perception broadcast by the words “I’m sorry” even though that is not what is intended). Human nature deals in predictable expectations. You are just shifting that in your favor. This is one way of addressing situations like those in the bullets above without resorting to indifference or silence, or by losing your own personal power.

In the end, courtesy matters most of all. But having freedom from illogical but very contemporary judgment calls in public venues is something women are entitled to have a whole lot more. It is vital for women to be authentic in how they feel because this projects that same strength of authenticity out to the world. There are many tools for doing this, but sometimes, all it takes is a small shift in vocabulary to make it clear what they do mean.

Try using the words “My apologies…” whenever you are inclined to say “I’m sorry.” How does it feel to you? Is there a shift in your awareness? Do you sense a difference in how others react? Do you find this beneficial? By all means leave us a comment on what you experience.

5 Habits That Lead to Great Blogging

Blogging is becoming increasingly recognized in mainstream circles as an effective online tool for dispensing of useful information and entertainment. This has led to many writers joining the blogging community, yet not all of them know how to be efficient in creating their blogging habits. Following these 5 tips will help anyone have greater success as a blogger.

Habits That Lead to Great Blogging
Great bloggers are consistent
Imagine if a newspaper company did not announce which mornings they would be selling newspapers. Imagine if a television show came on randomly instead of as scheduled. No one would know when to expect their services and they would eventually look elsewhere for their entertainment. Bloggers should apply the same principle to their own vessel of information. Blogging consistently everyday or on specific days of the week will help readers know when to show up to see new information and they will be more likely to keep coming back for more.

Great bloggers share stories
No one enjoys reading a dictionary or an encyclopedia, but everyone wants useful information. One proven way of sharing a wealth of information is to explain it in practical ways with everyday situations. Sharing a personal story or clever anecdote will go a long way in helping readers enjoy and connect with blogs.

Great bloggers find solutions to problems
Many new bloggers start their writings by ranting and raving aimlessly without a care as to who might want to read their thoughts. A more useful way of writing is to find what readers might want to know and then answering those potential questions. Blog readers come along for the ride when they feel their own needs are being met with real solutions.

Great bloggers engage on social media
It is never enough for a blogger to write great content and submit it to the Internet. The only way for a blog to gain any recognition today is to share it with as many outlets as possible. This all starts with engaging with other users on social media. Interaction on social media is simply the best way for information about a blog to get from one reader to the next possible reader, so implementing social media engagement is a must.

Great bloggers create products
It is not enough to have consistently great blog posts, there has to be an end to the means of creating such engaging information. The best bloggers know that they can provide their readers with more than just what they have posted on their blog, they can also provide them with other products. Many brands build up a blog exclusively to sell their products, while other full time bloggers use their blog writing to help them sell books or other fan friendly merchandise. The best bloggers extend their usefulness beyond just their blog.

Blogging is a very popular career choice these days. You can work from home, make good money, and do the job you love. Bloggers often say,”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius), and it’s so true. Although blogging doesn’t feel like a job, a blogger should have certain skills and habits in order to be a successful blogger.

Not every blogger starts writing with the intention of being the best in the world at what they do, but everyone wants their stuff to be read by someone. Following these 5 habits will help any blogger expand their audience by leading them to great blogging. Do you think blogging is a good career choice? Share your thoughts with us, please.

6 Tips on Applying to Pharmacy School

Applying to professional school can be a stressful time for anybody. Getting together applications, taking the required tests, and traveling to schools for interviews load on a series of important tasks. However, at the end of the four-year program, students will have earned their Doctorate of Pharmacy and can be fully licensed. This set of tips will help students looking to apply to pharmacy school by easing any sense of stress and helping students appear their best.

1. Complete the necessary applications and prerequisites as early as possible


Many pharmacy schools participate in rolling admissions. This process means that programs start accepting students within the application period and continue as more applications are received. The earlier a student applies ensures that the application gets reviewed multiple times in the context of other students’ applications. Furthermore, students that have completed all of their prerequisites, or already have their bachelor’s degree, are often viewed more favorably in the admissions process because they are more likely to be viable candidates for matriculation.

2. Sign up for the PCAT early in order to avoid late fees
PCAT is the required pharmacy admissions test of many U.S. pharmacy schools. The test is usually administered in September, January, and July. Thus, it is imperative that students plan accordingly in order to allow for test results to be sent to their respective schools. Additionally, administering dates are limited and popular days of the week fill up fast at testing sites. Be proactive in looking up dates and attempt to sign up as early as possible. The late fees associated with not signing up on time are significantly large.

3. Don’t stress over interviews
The interview portion of the application is simply required to make sure the student is just as interested in the particular program as the school is interested in the student. Most pharmacy schools manipulate their interviews into full days that include information sessions and campus tours. The school wants you to feel warm and invited at the school while learning more about their program. Often, the interviews consist of a staff/faculty panel with the occasional student interviewer. The interviews generally aim to see how the student communicates and if they do so clearly. Furthermore, the interviewers want to get to know who you are and see how you represent yourself when not using a paper application.

4. Dress and act appropriately
If you are invited for an interview day, dress and act appropriately. Students are being interviewed for a professional school and should thus dress professionally. Suits or dress suits are the necessary uniform for these types of settings. Additionally, students are expected to act professionally. Addressing the faculty using their appropriate titles goes a long way. General courtesies such as saying thank you and holding the door open for others may give just the right impression to the admissions committee that will be evaluating your application later that week.

5. Get to know the program before arriving on campus
While learning about the program and the services they offer helps answer questions asked by the staff about why you want to attend, it also sets up the student to come prepared with questions. Getting to know the program is a large part of the day. Coming prepared with questions allows the student to get the most of the information sessions and campus tour by not having to continuously think on their feet.

6. Set yourself up for success
Finally, setting yourself up for success will be the best way to prepare for the application process. This process means participating in extracurricular activities that yield leadership service and community involvement. These activities could be as simple as creating your own student organization or organizing a community 5K one weekend. Furthermore, previous pharmacy experience goes a long way in convincing the admissions committee that you want to become a pharmacist. The experience shows the school that the student has seriously considered the profession and will be more likely to matriculate into their particular program. Using these tips should significantly ease the admissions process. Ultimately, help yourself by getting ahead of the ball. Complete the PCAT, your applications, and your prerequisites early in order to be the most viable candidate.

6 Weird Jobs That Didn’t Exist 20 Years Ago

One career that has definitely experienced the most change over the last twenty years is technology. There are jobs out there that never even existed in the early 1990s, like streaming movies for millions of people or online coaching in almost every discipline. Certain other jobs have appeared as well that no one could have predicted. Have a look at how some people make a living now on this planet of ours.

1. Full Time Netflix Viewer


Full Time Netflix Viewer
If you get the job of a Tagger at the Netflix media company, you show up every day and watch movies and television series before they are made available to customers. It sounds ideal, spending hours getting to see the wonderful world of film in a leisurely setting. There is one drawback: you don’t decide what you get to watch – that is up to Netflix. You watch what they give you and your personal preferences are not taken into account. Your job is to “tag” the movies and television programs by assigning them to a genre. The films you get can run from children’s animation to heavy metal concerts to horror and gore to the latest action and drama, but there is no opting out of viewing whatever you’re asked to tag.

Although the Taggers rate each movie according to guidelines that explain how to determine its genre, they don’t rate them as good or bad the way a movie critic would. For example, they would assess the level of violence as part of assigning categories so Netflix can place the movie or program under the appropriate heading on its website. For most Taggers, this is a part-time job running from a few hours a week up to twenty, but they aren’t complaining.

7 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Career

Family is an integral part of each person’s life, but we pay too much attention to our jobs so we can consider career to be an integral part of life as well. They say, only selfish people worry about career, but in fact, many of us are trying to make a career as we need money to live a more fulfilling life. It’s not all about money, though. When you hate your job, you are not happy for that paycheck. Even if you love what you do, sometimes it seems impossible to get a promotion or a raise. Why? Here’s how you are sabotaging your career:

1. Perfectionism


Striving for perfection is one of the worst habits that can ruin your whole life. No matter how hard you work, you will never do your job perfectly. There’s always a room for mistakes. Perfectionists are ready to die rather than make a mistake, and it’s actually a surefire way to make your life more fearful, stressful and miserable. Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes – those mistakes make you wiser, smarter and stronger. Moreover, stop setting the high standards and striving to be perfect. This way, you will boost your career and improve your love life as well.

2. Stop learning
You graduated from the university and you’re probably sick and tired of reading and studying, but a successful life is all about improving your knowledge and develop yourself. Don’t expect your boss to promote your professional development. It may be their obligation, but bosses are different so your employer may not even think about you, especially if you work for a big company. Consider improving your professional skills on a daily basis – the more you read, the better. You can also take some free courses or visit a few seminars.

3. Weak willpower
No one is able to reach career goals if they are not assertive and have no willpower. If your boss gives you a difficult project, it doesn’t mean they hate you. This means they believe in you and your skills and they know you will do your job well. If you can’t accomplish the task, let your boss know. Although they’ll probably won’t be happy to hear that, they’ll understand you and your situation. If you are afraid to fail the project, though, saying ‘no’ to your boss is a bad idea.

4. Working too much
Yup, ladies, working too much is not always good. Not only will you have a number of serious issues in a few years, you will also break your productivity, fail at time management and ruin your career. Hard-working people often sabotage their careers without realizing it, thus they end up feeling miserable and lonely. Work hard but don’t overwork – this is the main rule to keep in mind when you want to get promoted.

5. Saying ‘yes’
Your coworker has an urgent family problem to solve and asks you to accomplish some tasks. You have your own to-do list full of important tasks but you can’t say ‘no’ so you say ‘yes’ and end up working all night long doing the job for two. What’s the point? Well, I know, the art of being selfish is hard to master, but it will help you achieve your career goals without sacrificing your time and health.

6. The wrong career path
It’s hard to know if your career path is right or wrong, especially now when people are so obsessed with money that they are ready to do whatever job needed to be done in order to make more cash. True happiness doesn’t lie in money. If you make a lot of money by doing the job you hate, your chances of becoming happy are very low. If you feel like you chose the wrong career path, it’s not too late to change it.

7. Stressful life
Stress doesn’t sound like a big danger to us these days. Most hard-working people don’t know how to relax properly and they often have poor physical and mental health. As you know, money doesn’t buy health. Consider your lifestyle and think of all the possible ways to eliminate stress from your life. Learn how to cope with your emotions, negative feedback, toxic people and the most difficult life issues. Positivity can help you boost your career, while negativity can completely ruin it.

I learned the hard way about choosing the right career path and developing the right career habits. If you don’t find your job rewarding and meaningful, it’s better to leave it and find something you are passionate about. Hopefully, these little signs and tips helped you to think over your career path and your career goals, and now you know what you want to do. Are you sabotaging your career? How?

8 Daily Habits of Ultra-Productive People

Have you ever wondered how successful people stay highly productive day after day? The secret of their productivity isn’t actually a secret. They simply know how to manage themselves and when to say no. Ultra-productive people don’t necessarily work longer and they’re not complete workaholics. They simply work a bit smarter than other people. If you feel stuck in your busy schedules, it’s time to make changes, improve your work rut and boost your career. No matter what obstacles block your career path, you have enough power to overcome them. Here are 8 daily habits of ultra-productive people that you can develop today.

1. They do the hardest tasks first


Procrastination is the biggest problem of most people. We often don’t feel like doing the difficult tasks and trick ourselves into thinking that we’ll accomplish them after lunch. The truth is, the most difficult tasks are never accomplished in the second part of the working day. Ultra-productive people know it so they always start their working days with the hardest projects. It’s a lot easier to accomplish easy tasks (or those that inspire you to work hard) at the end of the day.

2. They never overthink their projects and mistakes
Ultra-productive people don’t have time for overthinking. They make mistakes, learn from them and forget about them. They accomplish their tasks and projects and forget about them. They always try to solve their problems the moment they appear. Moreover, they never save phone calls and emails to deal with later. This habit is hard to master but it’s worth the effort.

3. They often say no
Ultra-productive people are not afraid to say no to the tasks and projects that they don’t like or want to accomplish. They often say no to people who ask them for help. It’s not selfish. though. The art of saying no is great and useful. First, because it helps people to do their work on time. Second, because they have more time to relax and do their household chores. Remember, you don’t have to do someone’s tasks regardless of the situation, especially if you have many stuff to tackle.

4. They never multitask
Multitasking is a good thing at times, but it doesn’t help you stay productive during the day. Multitasking is actually a huge productivity killer. When you do one task at a time, you accomplish more than when you are trying to do a few tasks at once. Even if you manage to accomplish those tasks, the quality of your work may be worse. Ultra-productive people strive for better work, which is why they tend to focus on one project at a time.

5. They end their working day by preparing for the next
After a hard working day the last thing we want to think about is the next working day. However, when you plan your next day before you leave the office, you start the next day doing the most difficult tasks, and don’t spend your precious minutes making a to-do list in the morning. Ultra-productive people always end their working day with a to-do list for tomorrow.

6. They prioritize their tasks
When making their to-do lists, successful and productive people prioritize their tasks. They do the most difficult tasks first, then accomplish the most important ones, and if they have some time before the end of the working day, they try to get the less important tasks done. This way, they work productively without exhausting themselves. As I mentioned, you don’t have to work hard to get things done – you simply need to learn how to work a bit smarter.

7. They stick to their schedules
While it’s not always possible to stick to a schedule, you should do it most of the time in order to be more productive. If you hold a business meeting, make sure you keep it short. It’s difficult to stay focused when the meeting is very long and boring. Avoid discussing other topics, prepare an agenda in advance, set a time limit and stick to it. This is how ultra-productive people run their productive business meetings. In case you have any other topics to discuss, do it at the end of the meeting.

8. They delegate
We are not superhumans. Sometimes even highly productive people can be overloaded with tasks. Delegating is an effective way to get everything done on time. If you know that you can delegate some of your tasks to other workers, do it, but only when you really need it. Avoid delegating all the time, or you will end up being highly unproductive worker.

Every day can be a productive day, if you really want it. Reconsider your daily habits – get rid of those that prevent you from being efficient during the day and adopt those that will make you more productive and successful. I hope these small productivity tips will help you boost your career and improve your overall life. Are you going to adopt any of these habits?

7 Smart Ways to Adjust to a New Work Team

Getting a new job has always been a stressful event for every person. But why do people find it extremely difficult and stressful? I think it happens due to unbridled fear of uncertainty, lack of professional skills, knowledge and experience.

I’m a sensitive person and when I get a new job, I automatically start worrying and asking myself too many odd questions. My obsessive chain of what-if-questions really drives me crazy, steals my confidence and even fills my heart with fear or diffidence.

As a reasonable and rational thinking personality, I usually suppress my negative thoughts and put an end to obsessive thinking by sticking to common rules, standards and tips on how to become an indispensable part of a new work team in a quite short period of time.

While these seven tips are effective, sometimes employees have to face the challenges of abnormal situations in different spheres of life, especially career. Even if you do everything right at work, the work team will always be divided into your friends and haters. You shouldn’t get upset about it, but realize that you’re not a dollar to be loved and respected by everyone.

If some of your coworkers feel an antipathy towards you, keep calm and try to find a different approach to them. It will help you handle the situation and prove everyone that you’re a friendly, successful and valuable worker. I hope my experiences will help you quickly adapt to your new work environment and win the respect of your coworkers.

1. First impression is crucially important


When you’re crossing the threshold of a new office, you should remember that your success, reputation and status depend on the impression you’ll make during the first 5 minutes of the conversation with your potential coworkers. They will pay considerable attention to your appearance, words, manners, mindset and stand in life.

Nowadays every company has its own rules, standards, traditions, including dress code. By all means, try not to stem the tide by expressing your individuality through clothing, because such inequality will certainly trigger conflicts and indignation within the work team, and turn its members against you.

Furthermore, make sure you control your emotions and behave in a confident way, because your eyes reflect your inner emotional state like a mirror. If you feel that your fear and anxiety are going out of control, try to prevail over them, using different meditation techniques that will quickly stabilize your emotional well-being.

2. Adhere to the golden mean
Communication with new colleagues is an incredibly challenging thing. You should always keep in mind that every person has its own comfort zone, stereotypes, views and principles.

Some easy going personalities can quickly open their hearts to you and become your friends, while others need a bit of a reality check and don’t want someone like you to penetrate their comfort zone and thrust your friendship to them. If you see that someone keeps a distance from you, it’s desirable just to accept it and show respect for their opinion.

If you want to speed up the acquaintance process, try to speak the language of your colleagues. Use their slang and avoid obscure words, phrases or jokes. This way, you’ll turn from a stranger into a respected insider in a twinkling of an eye. But you should always remember about the rule of the Golden Mean. This rule is the guarantee of your success in both your life and career. The main thing is not to go too far in everything you do.

3. Keep a stiff upper lip
As a newcomer, you should be mentally ready to deal with mobbing and other types of emotional pressure. Have you ever thought about why workmates mock the newcomers and each other?

It usually happens when they either hate each other cordially or want to check the strength of the newcomer’s character and get to know how they act in different stressful situations. This kind of an acid test gives them an opportunity to see your true colors, strong points and weaknesses. At any rate, you should do all possible and impossible things to remain unprovoked, even if your coworkers decide to get on your nerves.

They might start abusing their position and become impudent by asking you to do numerous tasks you’re not responsible for. In such a case, you should let them know that you’re ready to help them, but you won’t clean the office alone or work overtime on a regular basis. Propose them to assign the tasks fairly. It’s crucially important to state your proposition firmly, but calmly.

4. Make a first step
I know that it’s very difficult to take the initiative, but this habit is the key to a happy, harmonious and successful life. If you’ve just got a job, show your worth and earn favorable reputation. Remember, you’ll never achieve a desirable result, until you find common language or make friends with your colleagues.

You live in the society where the business sphere is round like the Earth. From time to time you’ll meet and have to deal with the same people. But how can you establish and maintain good relations at work?

The newcomer should learn to make the first step. You may invite your coworkers to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or something else together. You’ll have a chance to communicate in a relaxed, cheerful and friendly atmosphere. But be careful and try not to overshoot the mark, because sometimes too much familiarity can breed contempt.

5. Find a team-mate
Just because you’re at work you shouldn’t spend all the time alone like an ole eagle. Effective and productive teamwork has become the main priority for many companies. Every member of the team, as an essential part of a big mechanism, has to work hard and cooperate with others successfully. Those who don’t satisfy these requirements are fired. The company can do it just for the sake of its stability and prosperity. If you don’t want it to happen, you should do your best to establish good work relationships with all your coworkers.

In case you find it too difficult, try to get on well with at least one team-mate and ask them to bring you up to date. As soon as you enlist the support of an experienced and respected team member, you’ll significantly rise in other colleagues’ estimation and become more confident.

Don’t fear to ask for such a help. Many people can’t imagine their lives without mentoring. They become mentors for various reasons. It usually boosts their confidence and ego, increases their professionalism and even improves karma, because gratuitous help is the choice of kind-hearted and wonderful people.

6. Keep your tongue in check
Your tongue can be either your friend or the worst enemy. During the trial period it’s strongly recommended to keep a still tongue in your head. Before you utter a word, you should always think what you say, to whom and what for. It’s important because one day every word or phrase said by you may be used against you by your workmates.

When you’re among your colleagues, you’d better speak on the case and ask everything only about the specifics of your work. They may start spreading rumors about the others in your presence, but you should keep silent and resist the temptation to add your two cents. If you say something bad about other team members behind their backs, they’ll certainly get to know about it.

7. Try to be a source of positivity
Positive people with a perfect sense of humor are always worth their weight in gold. If you’re one of them, then you should take advantage of this wondrous God-Given quality and realize that all the doors are open to you. No matter whether you’re a mature and professional specialist or not, a frank smile is a magic thing that makes even a newcomer an extremely attractive and confident person.

Have you ever noticed that the personalities who smile and carry positivity regardless of everything are always surrounded by lots of people? Without a doubt, smile and positive attitude are the secrets of their attraction. Every time you meet your colleagues face to face, smile for the sake of your success.

If you want to adjust to a new work team, consider following these pieces of advice. The main point is to behave naturally and remember that you’re individuality. Do you adjust to a new job quickly? What other ways to get along with colleagues do you know? Share your tips with us.