In a Rut. Try These Simple Approaches to Re-Energize Yourself

In a Rut. Try These Simple Approaches to Re-Energize Yourself

In a Rut. Try These Simple Approaches to Re-Energize Yourself
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B1

Intermediate

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  • Is it important to do work that you enjoy?
  • How can recognition help us to enjoy our work more?
  • Is it a good idea to have a clear purpose for doing your job?
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In a Rut? Try These Simple Approaches to Re-Energize Yourself

We all fall into work 1. ruts at times. Rather than trying to 2. power through these moments, take a proactive approach to managing your energy. Here are some simple ways to give yourself a little 3. boost when you’re feeling down.

Write your purpose on a post-it. This might be your 4. overall career 5. purpose (why you’ve chosen the profession that you are in) or a micro purpose (what’s motivating you to do a great job on a particular project or task). Keep it at your desk as a constant visual reminder of why you do what you do, especially when things are exhausting or stressful.

Create “a wall of 6. encouragement.” Take any messages of encouragement, awards, positive feedback, or even memes that make you laugh and put them near your desk or store them in a digital folder. Look at them when you need to feel re-energized and 7. appreciated.

Write up a “to-don’t” list. What things are you currently doing that are 8. sucking up your energy? Identify which ones you can stop doing and put them on a list. These might be certain people that you decide not to see, habits that you want to break, or 9. tedious tasks that can be automated or delegated.

This tip is adapted from Stop Trying to Manage Your Time,” by Amantha Imber

koleiny, rutyna (w pracy)

ukończyć coś pomimo trudności

zastrzyk (energii), zachęta

ogólny, całkowity

cel, zamiar

zachęta

doceniony

wysysać coś (np. energię z kogoś)

nudny, powtarzalny, żmudny

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  • What do we all fall into at work at times?
  • What two kinds of purposes can we put on a post it?
  • What will it remind us of?
  • What can our “wall of encouragement” consist of?
  • Why is it a good idea to identify things/people that suck up our energy?
  • What should we do with this information?
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Which tip about hot re-energize yourself at work do you think is the most relevant for you?

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How do you re-energize yourself when you are feeling down at work? Would you like to give any of these ideas a try?

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Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

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Communicator

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CEFR B2

Upper
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  • Which question do you find most difficult during a job interview?
  • Do you think it is better to prepare your answers to typical interview questions or just go with the flow?
  • What can a candidate do to leave a good impression on the interviewers?
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Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

Sometimes the toughest job interview questions are also the simplest and most direct. One you should always expect to hear and definitely prepare for: “Why do you want to work here?” Here are three approaches to try when answering this common interview question:

• Express your passion for the employer’s product, service, or mission. Prepare a clear and honest explanation for why you personally connect with the organization’s purpose. You might say something like, “X is very important to me in both my professional and personal life because I strongly believe in Y.”

• Explain why you would enjoy the responsibilities of the role. Make the connection between job and joy clear. For example, you might say, “Analyzing data has always been fun for me — the challenge of using numbers to tell a story and 1. convey an idea — and I look forward to the data visualization work we’ll be doing on this team.

• Describe how you see yourself 2. succeeding in the role, given your skills and experience. The organization isn’t just looking to hire you; they’re looking to invest in you. Use phrases like, “Given my experience, I can see myself succeeding in X,” or “I look forward to using my skills to 3.accomplish Y.”

This tip is adapted from “How to Answer ‘Why Do You Want to Work Here?’,” by Joel Schwartzberg

przekazać, wyrazić

odnieść sukces, powieźć się

osiągnąć, zrealizować

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  • Which question should we always expect to hear during a job interview?
  • How can we express passion to the employer’s product, service, or mission?
  • Why do you think it is important to prepare an honest answer to this question?
  • How can we make a connection between the job and joy?
  • What can we say to persuade the interviewer to invest in us?
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Which of these three approaches carry the most weight in your opinion?

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How would you answer the question “Why do you want to work here?” for your current job? Would the answer be different today from the one you perhaps gave during the original interview?

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