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3 Things You Can Do To Live A Better Life

3 Things You Can Do To Live A Better Life

Do you want to live a better life? Do you want to add value to others? So what are you doing every day to become that person? And don’t give me that sad explanation that you are too busy to do the work.

Bill Gates, Tony Robins and Oprah Winfrey have the same 168 hours in a week you have and they not only created better lives for themselves but other people. What if you borrowed three hours out of your busy 168 to design a better life?

Get started with these three suggestions:

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1. Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep – it might improve your sex life.

Do you get seven to eight hours of sleep every night? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., 40 million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. Poor sleep can result in serious performance issues, such as:

  • Lack of interest in sex.
  • Symptoms of depression.
  • Poor memory.

Ariana Huffington, the author of The Sleep Revolution, explains that “We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis.” Are you struggling to find sleep? To address poor sleep, you can try some of these hacks:

  • Take a warm bath before sleep.
  • Make your bedroom as dark as a cave.
  • Avoid the blue light of your smartphone.

You should make a 21-day commitment to getting seven to eight ours of sleep. The benefits are enormous and at the very least you might improve your sex life.

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2. Reading a book a week – it just might increase your salary.

On average how many books have you read? According to Pew Internet Research, 27% of American adults admitted that they did not read a single book in 2015.

Jarry Lee of BuzzFeed states you need to read, “Because books tell the stories of people we don’t know, places we haven’t been, and worlds we can only imagine.” Yes, reading a book per week might seem like an impossible task, and I get it – you don’t have enough hours in the day. But let me ask you this, how much time do you spend watching TV?

The average American watches nearly 5 hours of TV per day, according to Nielsen. There you go, I found 5 hours in your busy day that you can spend reading a book. And what benefits will you gain from reading a book a week?:

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  • The more you read, the more words you will know.
  • Everything you read fills your head with more information.
  • It might increase your salary.

Try it. Read a book a week for four weeks and start with “The Motivation Manifesto,” by Brendon Burchard. Brendon will leave you inspired to not only read more, but wanting to improve your life.

3. Learn a language fluently – you never know when you might need it.

Do you know a second language? If you don’t, then you are at a disadvantage.

In a Toastmasters article, the organization explains that member Alejandro Saiz speaks both English and Spanish. Saiz explains, “I work at Airbus in Madrid, and the official way of communication with other countries is English, but at the Spanish site [of the company], we hold most meetings in Spanish.”

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While English is the “official” business language being fluent in another language can be beneficial. What might those benefits look like?:

  • Bilingualism can improve your competitiveness in the job market.
  • A second language can open up new career opportunities.
  • Bilingualism opens up social and cultural opportunities.

Today, if you want to learn a second language, it can be as simple as creating an account on Duolingo, choosing a language and start learning. I am biased, so I would want to learn Spanish.

In the end, it does not matter if you study Spanish or Mandarin. The facts are rather clear that if you learn a second language, you will benefit socially and professionally.

So these are the 3 things you can do to live a better life. I challenge you to schedule that time on your calendar to read, learn a language and, yes, schedule eight hours of sleep. The future you will thank you for it.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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