If you currently manage your tasks by keeping them in your head or writing them on post-its which hopelessly hang from the bottom of your computer screen, waiting to be done, only to be forgotten as soon as they fall off and land behind your table, I would strongly suggest you switch to a digital version. I admit there is a certain magic in writing your tasks on a piece of paper and checking them off or striking them through. If you have a reliable system for organizing your work with a pen and paper, by all means, continue to […]
You know what they say: “Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one. But there is usually a couple of holes in it.” I’ve seen opinions compared to another part of the human anatomy, one which has only one hole, and I must say, that one sounds even more precise. Personal or professional, opinions can be dangerous, especially if we hold onto them as facts, which they are certainly not. Your Opinions Are Not As Objective As You Think If you’ve ever had the perseverance to read the entire Thinking, Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman, you must be familiar with […]
The fight-or-flight response (also called hyperarousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon. His theory states that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, preparing the animal for fighting or fleeing. More specifically, the adrenal medulla produces a hormonal cascade that results in the secretion of catecholamines, especially norepinephrine and epinephrine. The hormones estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, as well as the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, also affect how organisms react […]
Have you ever gone to the grocery store with a shopping list of 3 items in your mind thinking you don’t have to write those 3 things down because it’s simple enough to keep them in your head? Then, after checking a notification on your phone, found yourself wandering through the aisles, trying to remember that third thing you were supposed to buy? Then ended up buying a bunch of things you might need and finally remembering the third thing on the list… halfway home? That’s expected.
Coming home from a stressful day at the office got me thinking about how tough working relationships can be. All relationships are complex because humans are inherently complex, but professional ones are super tricky. We can’t always choose who we work with nor what we work on, but the work still needs to get done. Here is a short list of things that can make (or break) a professional relationship, based on my experience. (Yes, most of these mistakes were, or still are, mine.)