|Fulfillment@Work: CREATING CALMNESS, Part II
April 3, 2000
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Creating Calmness, Part II
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Creating Calmness, Part II
Part 1 of Creating Calmness was in the March issue of DreamsWork
6. Delegate Tasks You don't have to do it all yourself.
Delegate various tasks throughout the day and not only will you feel more calmness from having less to do, you will feel better at having more time to focus on the activities that you enjoy the most and do the best. Assign chores to each family member, hire an assistant, find a cleaning service - there are many ways to take the load of total responsibility from your shoulders.
7. Create A Pleasant Environment
The environment in which you live and work contributes to your sense of calmness or lack thereof. Make sure that the place in which you're spending a majority of your time is soothing and calming. If you're in an office all day, make sure there are plants around, the lighting is good and you have personal mementos around you. Get an ergonomic keyboard and proper seating so that your body is not unnecessarily stressed or in pain. If you're at home most of the time, clear out clutter and make sure that your decorating reflects your personality and is calming. Soothing music or a noise machine can also help to contribute to environmental calmness.
8. Be Aware Of Your Environmental Habit Energy
An environmental habit energy is something you've done over and over again. It's difficult to change this energy force because it's something you've done that way for such an extended period of time. Examples of workplace environmental habit energies are over-promising and over- committing. Identify what environmental habit energies you have that are positive and negative. Work to use the positive energies and to eliminate the negative ones.
9. Fuel Your Body Food is fuel for our bodies.
Just like cars, if they aren't fueled properly, they won't work properly. Think of how you feel when you haven't eaten in a while. You become disoriented, short-tempered, dizzy, etc. Your focus is lost and you feel a great deal of stress. If you eat small, healthy meals throughout the day, your blood sugar level will remain steadier and your ability to focus and deal with your day in a calm manner will increase. Water is another important component. Your body and brain both need to be well hydrated in order to function at their top level. When you take care of the physical needs of your body, you can think better, make better decisions and not allow minor stresses to become major ones.
10. Count Your Blessings
Make a list - in your mind or on paper - of all the positive things that are a part of your life. Focusing on positives instead of negatives will make your mind calmer as you realize that the blessings greatly outnumber the negatives and your life is unfolding exactly as it should be. When you feel overwhelmed and out of control, stop, take a breath and make yourself list at least 5 blessings/ positives in your life. Take a moment to reflect on those things and to cherish them. Then return to your work refreshed & renewed.
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Quotes of the Week
If you plan for a year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate your children.
~ Chinese Proverb
Man imagines that it is death he fears; but what he fears is the unforeseen, the explosion. What man fears is himself.
~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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