7 Signs Your Phone Runs Your Life (and Not the Other Way Around)

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Do you put your phone on the table next to you at meals? Do you check it every 10 seconds? Do you panic when it runs out of battery, or, gasp, you forget it at home? (Just kidding, you’d never forget it at home.)

If you said yes to all three, there’s a good chance you’re addicted to your phone. Worse, you’re letting it run your life. Think about it: How many times have you been late to dinner because your phone just had to charge? Then, how many dinners have you kinda ruined by checking your notifications throughout the meal?

Before you claim you’re just “really busy” and you need it on you at all times, see how many of these symptoms you recognize in yourself. (And then see all my awesome ideas to help you start relying less on it.)

1. You Sleep With It

You need an alarm clock, obviously. But is that really the reason your phone’s in your bedroom? Or, do you want to “just peek” at Twitter when you’re trying to fall asleep?

The Fix

If you don’t want to buy an actual alarm clock or put your phone on the other side of the room—that’s OK!—try OFFTIME. It lets you schedule times to turn off your apps. This way you can still get that landed-at-the-airport call from your significant other without ending up on Facebook for the next two hours.

2. You Check it First Thing Each Day

Do you reach for your phone before you even open your eyes in the morning? Do you see news that instantly stresses you out? How about an email from your boss? If that sounds familiar, you may want to re-think how you’re starting your days.

The Fix

BreakFree is an app that measures how much you use your phone and gently reminds you to keep your screen time under control. And, with BreakFree, you can set times (like when you normally wake-up) to disable the internet so you can start your day on the calmest note possible.

3. You Have it in Your Hand at All Times

If you’re that person who takes their phone with them everywhere they go—yes, your colleagues see you carrying it with you to the bathroom—then you need an incentive to let it go (cue the song from Frozen).

The Fix

If you have a competitive streak, then you might want to grab a couple of friends and check out the Forest app. It’s somewhat silly, but also slightly addicting. The basic gist is that you nourish a tiny seed into a magnificent tree by staying off your phone long enough for it to flourish. The more you resist temptation, the faster it grows. Plus, you can track your virtual forest’s progress and see if you’re beating your pals.

4. You’re Constantly Charging It

You swear that you’re only checking email and texts, but you keep running out of juice before noon. Constantly being out of battery is a sure sign that you’re on that thing way too much.

The Fix

If you find yourself always coming up short on power, Moment will tell you where you’re spending time on your phone so you can cut back as needed. Or, if that’s not enough, you can have it coach you by setting a daily limit for how much you use it.

5. You Get Notifications for All Your Apps

It’s time to be honest with yourself. Do you really have to hear about every post, message, or tweet right now? When you think about it, I bet you’ll realize that most of them (maybe even all?) aren’t exactly urgent.

The Fix

Luckily, you can get them under control with just a few clicks in your phone’s settings. With either iOS or Android, you can choose which apps you see that dreaded red badge for, and you can even stop notifications for certain apps from showing up on your lock screen.

6. You Imagine it Beeping and Buzzing When It’s Not

You swear you’re not crazy, and yet you keep pulling your phone out of your pocket because you felt something that seemed a lot like a notification.

The Fix

The iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode lets you decide which calls ring through or if you want to stop both calls and notifications completely when you really need to focus. And Android Nougat’s Do Not Disturb does all that, plus lets you choose on an app-by-app basis when you get beeped or buzzed.

7. Your Notification Badges Are Always at Zero

Don’t be offended. I’m not saying that you don’t have notifications because you don’t have friends. But I’ve seen this in myself—I never have any little numbers on my home screen because I rush to check every one as soon as it pops up.

The Fix

Of course you can turn off those notifications like I mentioned previously. Or, you can just do some spring cleaning on your home screen. On Android, use an app launcher like Nova Launcher to go totally Marie Kondo and remove all app icons from view. On iOS, if you’re a believer in “out of sight, out of mind,” the simplest way is to put those apps in a new folder and move that folder to the last page of your apps. You’ll be able to get to them if you need to, but that red circle won’t be glaring at you every time you unlock your phone.

Recognize yourself in any of these signs? If you did, there is a way to stop the madness! If apps don’t do it for you (or, make things worse), try leaving your phone at home when you go out for dinner, or turning it off at night and actually buying an alarm clock. It’s the little actions you take daily that will make a huge impact on your addiction. Because every time you survive without it, you’ll remember that you don’t actually need it to survive.

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8 Things Great Bosses Understand About Communication

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When it comes to any type of business, effective communication is absolutely vital for success. Why? Communication creates clarity, productivity, fosters teamwork, and inspires. Bad communication, on the other hand, results in the exact opposite.

It’s the number one quality that sets exceptional leaders apart from mediocre ones.

Here’s a look at eight ways in which exceptional leaders communicate. Start using these habits (or find a boss who has these traits), and you’ll see your success soar:

1. They Listen More Than They Speak

Great bosses learn early on that there is a very good reason why humans were given two ears and only one mouth. Not only do people want to know that you are listening, they are craving to actually be heard. In fact, being a good listener is proven to be one of the most important traits of successful leaders.

That’s why exceptional bosses constantly practice active listening—they make a sincere effort to understand what their employees are saying, and they actively show they’re paying attention.

2. They’re Transparent

Exceptional and memorable bosses are who they are all of the time—not just during meetings or formal reviews.

Just look at the vetted job environment at Google, where leaders automatically “default to open,” and their employees are some of the happiest in the world as a result.

They don’t cover up their mistakes, make false promises, or act secretive. Instead, they share information and knowledge generously. Being open with your employees will ensure they feel valued, which can go a long way towards building an amazing team environment.

3. They Single You Out (in a Good Way)

Have you ever left a presentation or a speech and felt like the speaker was speaking to you directly? This is a great skill that the best bosses out there have mastered. It’s obvious that you won’t have time to schedule a one-on-one with the whole company, but having touchpoints (even if they are casual) along the way can make all of the difference.

4. They Make Time for Praise

Harvard research has found that the amount of praise given to a team is directly proportional to their amount of success. Even low-performing teams saw radical improvement through nuggets of encouragement.

Even when you’re pressed for time, know that a little bit of praise goes a long, long way. It not only makes hard-working employees feel appreciated, but it gives them direction for continuing on the path to greatness.

5. They’re Constructive

That’s not to say that exceptional leaders are giving out praise 100% of the time. When push comes to shove, they do give negative feedback, but in a way that’s more effective than most.

Instead of immediately lashing out with anger, they give feedback in a calm manner, and only if it’s something actionable. The next time you give feedback as a leader, pause and reflect if there’s actually a way to improve—otherwise, you’re just blowing hot air.

6. They Welcome (and Encourage) Feedback

Great leaders aren’t afraid to admit they’re wrong, especially when they’re at the top of the totem pole. They don’t only effectively communicate feedback, they effectively take it too.

I’ve found that the best ideas often come from the greenest employees, because they’re fresh and provide new insights that veteran eyes wouldn’t notice. You’ll find this innovation too if you’re open to ideas (even negative ones) from everyone.

7. They Leave Their Door Open

If you want to lead a team effectively it starts with an open door policy.

You need to create an environment that allows everyone on the team to feel comfortable to discuss issues in the workplace. Whether it be a mistake, an innovative idea or a career decision, the trust and the sentiment that they are not interrupting needs to exist throughout the organization.

If it doesn’t exist organization wide, start with your team—you never know the power of people and you may be surprised how quickly this culture can spread.

8. They Explain Why

“Passion is energy,” says Oprah Winfrey. “Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Great leaders know that great employees are driven by more than a paycheck, and are able to connect the day-to-day drudgery of work to people’s burning passions.

When they’re asking their team to do something, or trying to boost the mood of a co-worker during a tough task, they rely on the “why,” and you should too.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-things-great-bosses-understand-about-communication

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A New Approach to Figure Out What You’re Meant to Do

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Way back in school, when you first thought about the working world, I bet you had a pretty limited view of what kinds of jobs existed: Doctor, teacher, lawyer, and, maybe accountant.

But even though, you eventually learned that there were lots of other careers out there, you probably still had a limited view of what to do with your life. Based on your education, your upbringing, and maybe how many episodes of “CSI” you’d watched, you began to formulate a vision. Instead of starting with “What do I like to do?” you started at the end, trying to fit your future a box that made sense with your life and learning thus far.

The result? The problem? Many of us end up in jobs that aren’t quite right, simply because we didn’t know there were other options.

My friend Lisa is a great example. A successful executive at a digital marketing agency for many years, she realized she wasn’t happy. She mulled over a career transitionand decided that what she really wanted to do was help people. She assumed that meant returning to grad school for a counseling degree.

On the eve of her first day of classes, she realized that it wasn’t counseling that drove her per se; it was the “helping” part—something she’d done successfully without a masters. Instead of pursuing this degree, she found a way to put her skills and interest to use, and she’s now a well-respected career coach at my company.

What you really need to do if you want to carve a new path for yourself is examine what’s brought you joy and fulfillment in the past. You can put together a full picture of the type of activities, work environment, and organization in which you’d be most satisfied—before you commit to an expensive degree or training program.

What Lisa did, essentially, and what you can do, too—is “follow the breadcrumbs” to figure out what you’re meant to do. Here’s how to get started:

1. Look Behind You

If you’re over the age of 25, your past is full of experiences that are loaded with clues. Think back to previous work experiences, school and volunteer projects, interactions with friends and co-workers, and ask yourself:

  • What do people consistently turn to me for? Help in prepping their presentations? Wardrobe or home styling suggestions? Advice on how to handle sticky interpersonal situations?
  • What do I love so much I’d do for free? You may not be able to build a career out of whitewater rafting or cartooning, but think about this information as a jumping-off point.
  • What do I do at work that’s not a part of my job, and why do I do it (even when it’s not my job and why)? Do you offer to create presentations, plan the holiday party, negotiate the cell phone bill? What motivates you to do these “extra” things? Is it a desire to help others, learn new skills, solve problems?

2. Look Around You

It’s important to look at your current environment, how you got there, what floats your boat—and what doesn’t. Ask yourself:

  • What do I love about my working environment right now? Friday happy hours, no micromanaging, latest in tech tools?
  • What would I change? More professional development, ability to telecommute, more collaboration?
  • What can I not do without? Autonomy, flex hours, involved boss?

Review your answers to find patterns. Do you thrive in independent working situations, or do you love being part of a collaborative team? Do you like to research and build to an optimal solution, or do you prefer solving in-the-moment problems and challenges under a deadline? Do you get a lot of satisfaction from helping coach or teach others? You may want to get assistance from a friend or coach at this point, as sometimes it’s tough to find commonalities on your own

3. Look Ahead

Once you’ve got a good sense of what you love (and don’t love) about where you are and where you’ve been, you can apply those findings to your future.

If you’ve discovered you enjoy solving urgent problems, especially those involving interpersonal conflict, ask yourself where you could find someone with those skills. Ask others. Investigate. Do a Google search.

For instance, a simple Google search on “Great jobs for conflict resolution” brings up several opportunities you might not have considered. You can do the same search with “Jobs for funny people,” “Jobs for good communicators,” or “Jobs for people with great taste buds.”

Don’t rush through this important stage. I’ve noticed that my clients often undergo what psychologists call “attention bias. Once you become aware of something, you start to see it in unexpected places. Let this phenomenon work for you, and use this cognitive illusion to your advantage by giving it time and attention.

Take your findings and notice how it expands your horizons. Maybe your ears perk up when your neighbor mentions that her cousin works as a contract negotiator. Over dinner with your best friend’s parents, you learn that there’s a huge demand for people with great negotiation skills in the retail industry.

The goal is to grow your concept of where your most enjoyable and fulfilling skills and talents can be employed.

Once you’ve got a sense of the types of roles that sound interesting and the kinds of companies that appeal to you, it’s up to you to go out and explore more deeply. There’s so much more in the world than our limited view of what “work” entails. Open your eyes to the possibilities. It’s easy to find opportunities when you know how and where to look.

 

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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17 Empowering Quotes From Successful Women to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Respect and equality.

Two words that matter in the workplace every day—but especially tomorrow on March 8th, International Women’s Day, a day that “celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women,” as well as acts as a call to action for individuals and organizations to promote, enforce, and advocate for gender equality.

So, in honor of the big day, we’ve compiled our favorite inspirational quotes from successful women who make us feel empowered every day. Enjoy—and then go out there and be a part of the movement to advocate for women.

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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This Is How You Do Great Work All Day, Every Day

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How do we make sure we’re not just doing good work, but doing work that has the potential to be truly great?

While working hard is definitely part of the equation, it’s not all there is. In his paper, A Stroke of Genius: Striving for Greatness in All You Do, multi-award winning scientist, engineer, and writer Dr. Richard Hamming put together a simple formula for doing great work:

If you are to do important work then you must work on the right problem at the right time and in the right way. Without any of the three, you may do good work but you will almost certainly miss real greatness.

Solving the right problems. Committing to big ideasSharing your work. All of these will help you ensure that you’re doing the right work at the right time.

But what about working the right way?

Over the past four years of running Crew, we’ve obsessed over finding the best ways to work, not just for ourselves, but for all of the freelance designers and developers in our network.

So, we’ve put together our most impactful tips for doing great work.

Design for Laziness

Building good work habits is difficult, especially when we’re feeling uninspired or the end results feel too far off to be real. So, we need to start small.

Every habit you want to build can be broken down into a sequence of steps. For example, a workout can be broken down into the following steps: getting off your butt, changing your clothes, putting a gym bag together, traveling to the gym, doing your workout, showering, and going home.

But our brains love the path of least resistance, so all those steps before and after the actual process of working out put a barrier between us and our goals.

We need to simplify the process. One of my favorite techniques is what Stanford professor and psychologist BJ Fogg calls (in a very funny tweet) “designing for laziness.” Basically, set yourself up so that the easiest task is the most important one. For example, if you’re working from home:

  • Turn off your phone and put it in a drawer
  • Unplug your TV and put it in the closet
  • Close all browser tabs except the one you need for the next morning

Related: An Extreme Method for Breaking Your Bad Habits

Have Rituals as Well as Routines

Some studies say it can take up to 25 minutes for us to regain our focus after a disruption. Which is why we need to respect the time to create and do great work. For Brainpicking’s founder Maria Popova, this means building rituals as well as routines:

While routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical.

A ritual is personal. It can be anything from the cup you use to drink your coffee from to the music you listen to. Hell, Beethoven had to count out precisely 60 beans for his morning coffee before starting to work.

What’s important is that it signals that this is time to focus on the important work. Once you know your ritual, you’ll be able to use it to push yourself into creation mode.

Automate Your Processes

Ironically, you can waste more time reading about time management than anything else. When it comes to doing your best work, there are only two important things to remember: automate and group tasks.

To overcome decision fatigue and be more productive in general, Tim Ferriss recommends putting systems and processes in place that automate as much thinking as possible.

The goal is basically to turn open-ended questions (“What am I going to eat for breakfast?”) into if/then statements (“If it’s a weekday, I’m going to have oatmeal for breakfast.”). This way, you save your willpower and decision making for the tasks that really matter.

Related: 5 Alternative Ways to Manage Your Time

Take Breaks (Seriously)

When the excitement is bubbling and you feel you’re about to make that big breakthrough, the last thing on your mind is to stop working. But taking regular breaks is one of the best ways to avoid burnout, boost your energy, and discover new ways to tackle the issue at hand.

You can try going for a walkreading a bookmeditating, or even just letting your mind wander—regardless of the act, each one should be deliberately set during a time you’d be working (otherwise it’s not a “real” break), and away from technology to recharge and refocus.

Give Up the Idea of “Perfection”

Great work comes from being okay with failing. But, we’ll never get there if we’re obsessed with the idea of perfection.

There are too many success stories without enough focus on the times of non-success. In psychology, they call this “survivorship bias”—a logical error where we focus on those who’ve “survived” some process and inadvertently overlook those who didn’t (probably because they’re not being paraded around front and center).

If you can reframe your thinking from perfection to completion, you’re sure to accomplish much more. Don’t worry about finishing a task in the perfect way—worry about finishing it. Right or wrong doesn’t matter, what matters is that you’re constantly moving yourself and your work forward.

Finally, the biggest myth about productivity is that it’s a measure of how much you get done.

We’re not machines, and the greatness of our work depends not on how much we do, or even the quality of what we do, but that we do the right things. Burnout comes when you drown yourself in tasks you don’t care about. So, to avoid this you need to constantly ask yourself:

Am I working on the right thing?

Set reminders throughout the day to check in and see if you’ve strayed from the path.

Creating great work ultimately means doing the work. It means giving up on the bad habits, creating rituals, and putting yourself in the best place, both mentally and physically, to create something with meaning.

 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-is-how-you-do-great-work-all-day-every-day

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

 

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7 New Manager Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making

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Making the move to manager isn’t just a step, for many it’s a giant leap. In the words of executive coach Marshall Goldsmith: “What got you here won’t get you there.”

It takes a whole different skill set.

Most new managers learn the basic do’s and don’ts quickly—like resisting the urge to brag about how experienced you are and encouraging your employees to suggest new ideas.

But some mistakes are subtle and hard to see, much less correct. These are the ones that can throw you off before you even get going because no one tells you about them.

Here are seven of those “invisible” new manager mistakes that you’ll want to be sure to correct ASAP:

1. You Listen, But Don’t Watch

People share their feelings with a lot more than just words. They also communicate unconsciously through body language.

New managers can be so focused on listening, they forget to observe what people say through their actions. Say you’ve given someone a challenging assignment and ask how it’s going. They respond quickly with, “fine,” but you also notice they’re wiping their forehead and rapidly tapping one foot up and down. You sense anxiousness.

Don’t blow-off your observation; follow up. Do they have any questions? Is it going how they expected? Can you provide any additional support?

Knowing what’s actually going on will make it easier for you to help them be successful.

2. You Fake it to Make It

You’re a new manager, not a seasoned veteran. No one is going to think badly of you if you need to ask for clarification. In fact, others are far more likely to judge you harshly if you pretend everything’s going perfectly and then botch a job because you didn’t ask for help.

Be confident when you know you’ve got it, but be real and tell your boss or team the truth if you’re doing something for the first time.

3. You Micromanage

There’s a big difference between assigning someone a task and then monitoring his progress, and micromanaging him every step of the way. A good boss shows people it’s OK to come to you if they need help and also gives them room to do the job the way they want to do it: They don’t hover.

People who feel micromanaged tend to do one of two things. They quit (or transfer) so they can work for a manager who gives them room to do their jobs—or they check their brains at the door because they know you’re going to over-control how they do things.

To break free of this bad habit, allot more time to assigning a project. Instead of simply handing it off, take the time to share your vision and goals, allow time for questions, and schedule regular check-ins. If you’ve provided a clear path forward with scheduled checkpoints, it’ll be less stressful for you to trust your employee.

4. You Lose Sight of the Big Picture

Yes, you want your team to function like a well-oiled machine, but don’t let tunnel vision stop you from seeing the big picture. Beyond meeting your goals, be sure you understand how your team’s function connects to the mission and strategy of the whole organization.

Then, share it with your employees. When your team knows how their work contributes and connects to everything else, they’ll make better decisions.

5. You Say “Yes” to Every Project

It’s not your job to scoop up every new assignment that comes down from above. If you get sucked into too many low-level tasks, you’ll neither be available nor capableof working on the big stuff that requires more of your skills.

Know the difference between working hard and working smart. Whenever you can pick the projects that are more complex and create more value for the organization.

If your boss asks you to do something that doesn’t seem like a good fit, ask questions. Does he specifically need your eyes on it? Would it make sense to delegate it so you’ll have more time for something of greater importance?

6. You Only Manage Down

Too many new managers are so focused on doing a good job building strong relationships with their team, they forget to spend any time communicating with their own boss.

Don’t assume that because she knows how to manage your role, she automatically knows how to manage you. Teach her about your strengths and weaknesses, what motivates and de-motivates you, and your preferred communication strategies. (Here’s how to do that the right way.)

7. You Treat Everyone the Same

There’s a difference between treating people fairly (which is essential) and treating people the same (which is a rookie mistake).

People are unique, and each of us likes to be seen for our special gifts or unique qualities. Strive to understand what matters to each of your employees. For example, some people come in on Monday morning hoping you’ll ask about how their kid’s soccer team over the weekend. Others see asking about their personal lives as an invasion of their privacy. Learn what matters to your people, even if it means misstepping by asking too much or not enough. (This is where you’ll want to apply those other skills, like watching their body language and asking for feedback.)

Even when you screw up, they’ll notice you trying to meet them on their terms and they’ll appreciate the effort.

As a new manager—and, in life in general—mistakes are inevitable. You’re going to make them, and that’s OK. When you do, dust yourself off and keep trying. In most organizations, it’s more important for you learn to rebound from your mistakes than it is to not make them.

And if you find that you’re struggling, take a deep breath and consider asking for help from your own boss, from HR, or even from a career coach who specializes in helping new managers excel.

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