Ed4Career Blog | Category: Productivity

You Know What’s Missing? Watercooler Talk

By Kris Powers | July 23rd 2021

The pandemic forever altered the world of work. Companies who successfully made the transition to remote work are re-evaluating the need to bring employees back into the workplace. Whether for health concerns, to meet the demands of employees, or to reduce costs, remote work is here to stay.

A survey of 278 executives by McKinsey & Company in August 2020 found that on average, companies planned to reduce office space by 30 percent. Shifting to flexible workspaces and bringing fewer workers into the offices each day will allow companies to reduce overhead costs. But at what expense?



The words "what motivates you" written on a chalkboard

“Motivation is the incentive or reward behind why a person is compelled to act a certain way.”  Evan Tarver 

We often look at motivation through the lens of whether we have it or not. But have you ever considered what truly drives you? Or, more specifically, looked at the motivation behind motivation?

In this blog we will cover the two main types of motivation – Extrinsic and Intrinsic – which represent the external and internal rewards that fuel us. We also include tips and tricks to increase your motivation by helping you to identify and tap into what drives you. 

 

Extrinsic Motivation


17 Ways to Find Motivation When You Need it Most

By Kris Powers | January 7th 2021

Motivational message "Yes you can!" written on a chalkboard

I’ll be honest; there are days when I lack motivation to do the things that need doing - whether it be self care, work, or things around the house. To jump-start my motivation on those days, I’ve come up with some life hacks to help me “fake it ‘til I make it”.

Creating your own personal life hacks toolkit will help you build the resilience to move forward and find motivation when you need it most.

Here are 17 tips I use to tap into my motivation when I’m feeling less than inspired:


Rethink Your To-Do List

By Kris Powers | December 12th 2020

Sticky notes on a "To do" list

Many of us are feeling fragmented right about now. Regular holiday season stress on top of pandemic anxiety has created a cocktail for disaster. Are you having trouble focusing? Seeing an uptick in mistakes or feeling as if you are doing sub-stellar work? Do you end each day wondering where the time went, or feel that you are simply going through the motions?

If you are anything like me, your mind is a racing screenplay of the dozens of things we feel we need to accomplish. At the start of the pandemic, I had big plans for tackling long overdue projects at home while working remotely (I’ve not been overly successful on that front). The holidays have brought their own set of challenges while I try to figure out how to celebrate without our out-of-town family joining us this year.


Embracing the "Good Enough"

By Kris Powers | September 29th 2020

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good John Steinbeck

My father was a perfectionist and was frequently heard saying, “if you are going to do it, do it right”.

As a teenager and young adult, while I may not have always given 100% to everything I did, I did try to do things as right as I could. While raising my children, I often counseled them that a job well done felt a whole lot better than a half-hearted attempt at something.

But you know what? As someone who suffers from OCD, this can take on a whole new meaning. Doing it “right” can mean striving for an unreachable level of perfectionism and subsequent feelings of disappointment when things aren’t “perfect”. So many lists, always wondering if I had really done my best, left me feeling frustrated and tired.


Confetti & Chaos

By Kris Powers | June 12th 2020

Strong professional woman with confetti floating around her

Like many, there has been a lot of change in my life lately. Prior to Covid-19, there were big changes in my household, changes in a loved one’s health, changes within my place of employment. Covid-19 and sheltering in place added their own unique stressors. For someone who thrives on structure, all these changes, happening at the same time, have been incredibly exhausting.

I live a very structured, organized life. It is how I hold onto my sanity amid the chaos around me. I’m a list maker, and I keep things tidy so that I (almost) always know where things are. In the midst of all of this change, things have slid a bit. My organization has gotten choppy, as I simply cannot keep up with all the things that need to be done. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still make my lists. Lots of lists. My yearly planner and desktop are full of sticky notes and scraps of paper serving as visual reminders of the confetti of my current life.



Improve Productivity

Who doesn’t want to learn how to improve themselves with tips on motivation, self-control, and productivity? Learning how to better manage yourself and your time is key to living a fulfilling life.



Attractive man with arms raised in success in front of laptop

Online education, when done right, is no easier than education provided in a brick and mortar building. However, to be a successful online learner requires a certain skill set. For some, these skills are innate. For others, they may need to be learned and practiced.


The Power of Positive Affirmations

By Kris Powers | June 27th 2018

Two hands making a heart in the sand

Negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies and can affect our personal lives, relationships, careers and much more. It is much better, instead, to think and give voice to positive thoughts, to build ourselves up instead of tear ourselves down.


Start Your Week With Intention

By Kris Powers | June 20th 2018

A "To Do" Board full of Post-Its

Here are some steps you can take to make Mondays, and the days that follow, a bit easier.