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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

5 "Easy Does It" Practices at Work

The new year is the perfect time for me to reflect on what was successful in the workplace and set goals for the new year.  It's also a great time to evaluate my mindset and approach to teaching. 

As speech-language pathologists, we love to teach idioms to our students. Teaching figurative language such as: "It's raining cats and dogs," "hot off the press," and "feeling under the weather" are just a few of the common idioms we teach students. This year, I want to approach the new year with an "easy does it" attitude. What does "easy does it" mean? This idiom simply means, slow down, relax, and take it easy.

In this post, I want to suggest 5 "easy does it" practices you can apply in the workplace.

Take Time to Listen I tend to be a very goal-driven person. I have an agenda, and I want to get the job done. Sometimes, this spills over into my therapy sessions, and I loose focus on what's important. My focus should be on building relationships through communication. By taking time to listen, and allow others to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, I validate them and deepen my relationships.

Take a Break There have been many days I went to work early, worked through lunch, and stayed late. As a result, I sat too long, did not drink enough water, and went home frustrated and exhausted. Rather than facing burnout, I recommend you take a break whenever possible. Even if it is a 15 minute break, it's important to step away from your desk, take a walk, drink a bottle of water, and eat a healthy snack. You'll return back to work more focused and productive.

Focus on What You Can Control Not everything is in your circle of control, and not everything is your responsibility. Ask yourself, "What am I responsible for?" What you will find out, is that you are only responsible for yourself, your thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviors. You cannot control how other people respond, and should not feel compelled to take care of their responsibilities. 

Be Kind to Yourself  Not only should you take a break whenever possible, but you need to give yourself a break. Mistakes happen. We all make them. Acknowledge your mistakes, and learn from them. I am quick to forgive others, but not always myself. Be kind to yourself. You'll be a better employee, friend, and co-worker.

Celebrate the Small Stuff  I recommend you set personal goals that are reasonable and obtainable. If a monthly goal is too broad, then perhaps you should set weekly goals, or even daily goals. My daily goals are usually written on sticky notes. These are the things I must do before I leave at the end of the day. My weekly goals are typically written as a "to do" list. Setting achievable goals allows you to celebrate your accomplishments every day.

Let's celebrate the new year with a new mindset. Slow down, take it easy, and relax. You'll find new joy in the workplace.

Lisa, SLP

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