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How To Know If You Should Quit The Job Or Work Harder

How To Know If You Should Quit The Job Or Work Harder

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Many of us choose work simply to earn a paycheck, and rightly so. We must work to pay bills and buy the necessities, and sometimes the extras, of life. Most employers would agree that they want employees who want to do their job, not simply get by with barely completing the daily tasks. How does one know when to stay on a job and work harder, versus leaving for greener pastures?

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You should quit a job when it’s too stressful

There are times when a job will most certainly be stressful but what about when the stress turns to anxiety and sleepless nights? If you are working a job that has become anxiety provoking for an extended period of time, this can lead to certain health risks. When a person doesn’t sleep well due to worry and anxiety, this can lead to irritability, poor eating habits, and most certainly decreased bodily health. Long term stress has been know to lead to weight gain and increased risk of heart attack. If you notice any of the warning signs of stress, it may be time to leave your job in order to protect your health and mental stability.

You should quit a job when the passion is gone

When you no longer feel that your job is bringing you any joy and the desire to do your work is gone, maybe it is time to look for other work. Sometimes the waning passion for a job can be due to factors that can be improved with some minor adjustments, but what about when the desire for your job has left you completely. When you can no longer perform your job to its fullest and you see that your work is falling on other people. Or you are making a lot of costly mistakes, it could be due to a loss of desire for the work. Your employer needs people who have a desire for and want to do the job to its fullest, otherwise your work will become shoddy and the end result is like a domino effect within an organization. An article in USA Today, quoted a study by VitalSmarts says: “slacking colleagues cause a quarter of workers to put in more time each week, and 4 of 5 employees report their work quality declines when they have to cover for a co-worker.” If you find that you have become an idler at work, maybe it’s time to rethink the job and look for work elsewhere.

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You should work harder when you make mistakes

Now, I am not advocating feeling as though every mistake is your fault; let’s face it, often people are not always trained well for their positions. What I am advocating is, not assuming that you have all the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to doing your job. If you find that you are making mistakes quite frequently, maybe it’s time to put in some extra work and sit down with your supervisor and ask some questions. Making a list of things you need to do a better job on and presenting them to your boss in a coherent manner may just impress them enough to make sure you have the tools needed to perform better at the tasks your given. This is what I term working smart, which in turn will make working harder seem less tedious.

You need to work harder when your team needs you

I am not advocating doing all of the work for your team, but when it is clear that your team is working hard and you are a key piece to the puzzle, then it may be time for you to work harder. Each team member should contribute his or her talent to seeing a project to its completion, and you are no exception. I have worked on teams where it was clear that one person was not contributing and their talent was sorely needed. This will not only help with completing assignments on time but also to the extent that an assignment can be presented with the utmost professionalism.

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If you find that you are struggling with knowing when to leave a job or when to work harder at it, I hope you will find these tips something on which to ponder. Remember, you will work your best at a job that is most suitable to your personality and passion in life. Whatever you decide, I wish you much success at your life’s work!

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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