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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COMPREHENSION

  • 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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Break your procrastination habit

Break your procrastination habit

Break your procrastination habit
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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  • Do you have a problem with procrastination?
  • Why is it hard to complete some tasks on time sometimes?
  • Do you organize your work tasks according to priority or difficulty?
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Break Your 1. Procrastination Habit

Do you keep 2. postponing work you need to do? Most of us procrastinate from time to time. Rather than feeling guilty about it, or 3. beating yourself up, try these strategies to break the habit.

Schedule your deep work. It’s easier to put off work that requires concentration. So build time in your daily calendar to focus on your most important long-term project. Having a regular pattern each day will make it less challenging and help make progress feel automatic, rather than 4. cumbersome.

Learn to accept demanding work. Don’t make the mistake of 5. equating easy work with productivity. The more tolerant you become of demanding tasks, the less you’ll procrastinate. This takes practice; commit to 6.tackling 90 minutes of at least one demanding task each day — not just busy work.

Create a system for starting new tasks. You’ll be less likely to delay 7. novel tasks if you have a system for approaching them. Have consistent steps you take when you 8. encounter something new to reduce decision 9. fatigue about how to start.

Use self-compassion. We tend to avoid tasks that stir up negative emotions. Try to identify what you’re feeling exactly, so you can address the emotion 10.head on. Sometimes the negative feelings about a task are driven by a prior experience. You can heal these wounds with compassionate self-talk. Tell yourself, “It’s normal to be disappointed in my past performance. I’m learning through experience.”

This tip is adapted from How to Stop Procrastinating,” by Alice Boyes

odkładać zadania na ostatnią chwilę

zwlekać, odkładać, przekładać (na później)

obwiniać się

nieporęczny (np. styl), nieudolny (np. o przeprosinach)

stawiać znak równości pomiędzy

uporać się (z czymś), stawiać czoło (problemom)

nowy, nieznany 

napotkać, natknąć się (na coś)

zmęczenie

bezpośrednio, z determinacją

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COMPREHENSION

  • How common is the habit of procrastinating?
  • What do some people do when they procrastinate?
  • Why should we schedule time for deep work?
  • How does it help to have a regular pattern for deep work?
  • What mistake do some people make as regards productivity?
  • What do we have to learn to tolerate?
  • What can we do to approach difficult tasks easier?
  • What tasks do we tend to avoid more often?
  • How can compassionate self-talk help us?
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Which piece of advice about breaking the procrastination habit do you find most practical?

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What is your method of dealing with procrastination? How do you make yourself do difficult tasks?

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How to Get Along with Difficult Colleagues

How to Get Along with Difficult Colleagues

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Better
Communicator

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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  • Who do you like/dislike the most at work?
  • What traits should a good colleague have?
  • What annoys you the most about the behaviour of your workmates?
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How to Get Along with Difficult Colleagues

It’s easy to 1. get caught up in interpersonal conflict at work. But these negative dynamics can lead to mistakes, reduced creativity, and worse decision-making. Here are four ways to work more effectively with difficult colleagues.

Understand that your perspective is limited. It’s not realistic to expect everyone to agree with you all the time. When differences arise, ask yourself questions like: What if I’m wrong? How would I change my behavior? What 2. assumptions have I made?

View the conflict as a problem to be solved together. Understand what 3. outcome you’re aiming for. Do you want to get a project over the finish line? Build a healthy working relationship that will last into the future? Feel less angry or frustrated after your interactions? Decide on your goals before interacting with your colleague, and keep your eyes on the prize.

Avoid 4. venting and 5. gossip. Choose whom you talk to (and what you share) carefully. Look for people who are constructive, have your best interests at heart, will challenge your perspective when they disagree, and can be 6. discreet.

Experiment to find what works. Start by coming up with two or three methods you want to test out. For example, if you want to improve communications with a 7. grumpy colleague, decide that for two weeks you’re going to ignore their tone and focus on the 8. substance of their messages. Often small actions can have a big impact.

This tip is adapted from How to Navigate Conflict with a Coworker,” by Amy Gallo

dać się złapać, wrobić

założenia

rezultat, wynik

dawać upust (emocjom)

plotki, pogłoski

dyskretny, rozważny

gderliwy, marudzący, zrzędliwy

merytoryczna wartość

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COMPREHENSION

  • How can arguments at work affect our performance?
  • How does it help to understand that our perspective is limited?
  • What questions can we ask ourselves at this point?
  • How can we view the conflict as a problem to be solved together?
  • What should we remember about when we decide to approach a difficult colleague?
  • Who can we talk to about this issue? Why?
  • What’s the forth tip about? Can you think of any other ‘experiments’?
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Which piece of advice from this lesson sounds the most practical for you?

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How would you deal with a difficult colleague at work? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share with us?