Another two weeks have passed so you know what that means: It’s time to review the best pieces of advice I’ve found in my daily search for awesome job-seeker content.
This time around, we’ll be focusing on how to make the most of your day. Not only does this mean being more productive or finding ways to let passion fuel your performance – it even means knowing when it’s time for a caffeine fix. Which reminds me…
1) Start taking your coffee breaks at exactly 2:16 PM – it’s when you’re most likely to need a little energy according to a recent survey of workers in the UK. Want to get the most out of that cup o’ Joe? Take a 15-minute nap after you’re done. It’s called a “caffeine nap” and it’s even better than it sounds.
What Is the Exactly Perfect Time to Drink Your Coffee? via Smithsonian Magazine
2) Success may be all about how passionately you do your job - that’s what Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings attributes his success to. It’s not how linear your career path is, suggests Hastings, but how you find ways to be passionate about your work. “Mine was a path of serendipity, but it was a path of just being passionate about whatever I was doing at that time.”
Portrait of the Netflix founder as a young man via Fortune Magazine
3) Start spending more time with people and less time with your laptop. It’s something we’ve all been guilty of, especially my fellow millennials out there. “Students are plugged in and don’t under that the strongest relationships are formed in person, not online,” says Dan Schawbel, founder of the research and management consulting firm Millennial Branding. Soft skills will never stop being valuable so it’s important to drop your devices and communicate with people face-to-face. After all, “People hire you, not technology and you have to remember that,” says Schawbel.
My 10 Best Pieces of Career Advice for Millennials via Forbes
4) Don’t beat yourself for making mistakes – too much negativity can hurt your productivity. Instead, work on your weaknesses by finding someone whose opinion you trust and approaching potential issues with honest, constructive feedback. If you’re not getting enough feedback, ask for it.
How to Work on Your Weaknesses… via The Daily Muse
5) Sleep more. I know. I’m beginning to sound like my mother, but according to a 2011 Harvard Medical School Study, an entire third of American workers aren’t sleeping enough to be their most effective. And this hurts the economy. If you need another reason, here’s a big one: the act of sleeping can “reactivate and reorganize recently learned material, which would help improve memory and boost performance.”
…These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive via The Huffington Post
6) Appearances can be deceiving but they’re still valuable. We’re not talking about looks either. People who appear to be the smartest or most valuable players tend to be promoted before their co-workers. As hard as it is to believe, “those at the top of the hierarchies may not always represent the best and brightest.”
Apperances Really Count When Rising to the Top via the Association for Psychological Science
What did we learn this week?
- Take your coffee breaks even if you don’t drink coffee. Building short breaks into your day will improve your productivity.
- Even if your career path is unconventional or a bit scattered, find ways to do your work with passion.
- There’s no replacement for good, old-fashioned face-to-face communication.
- A pity party is still a party by default… but throwing them isn’t doing anyone any good.
- Start getting a little more sleep. Just think of it as your way of improving the economy!
- Confidence is key before and after you get a job. It’s something both hiring managers and supervisors will notice.