THREE WAYS TO MAKE 2012 YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE WORK YEAR

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3 Ways to Make 2012 Your Most Productive Work Year

By Ms SmartyPants

Is your professional life working out as you’d once imagined? Here are 3 work questions you need to ask yourself to make the new year most productive.

  • 1. Am I in the right field?

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What’s worse that being stuck in a job that’s so not cut out for you? Continuing to work in a field that’s chalk to your cheese. Holding on to the same job (and therefore obviously, same industry) was something our families did. The times have changed now. It’s easier to switch fields if you’re footloose and responsibility-free (that is, you don’t have a family to support or a humungous loan to pay off). If you’re not and you really need to taker the plunge into fresh waters, that’s something you need to discuss with those who will be affected by your decision.

  •  Do I have enough me-time?

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Do you spend most of your waking hours at the workplace? Do you end up fantasising about work when you’re at home, or out having a banal conversation with your close ones? If the answer is yes, you need to seriously examine your work addiction. What need are you trying to fulfill so desperately that your professional life has (almost) become synonymous with your personal life?

 Do I like my co-workers? 

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Genuinely, that is. Do you care about them (some of them, at least), look out for them and miss them when they’re not around? This applies all the more to your immediate boss — the one you report to. The human tendency is to like places (and therefore performing well too) where likeable people are aplenty. So, if you have serious issues with your colleagues, understand that you’re not doing a favour on yourself by sticking on.

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