“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”
— George Carlin
Whether you feel like one of the people Carlin is referring to or whether you love your job and would never consider leaving, you can’t escape the fact that job hopping is becoming more common. Today’s workers stay at a job for around 4.4 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This may not sound too bad, however, it is projected that recent college grads could see that average drop even further.
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“The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they’re organized for.”
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
My daughter, Emma, kills what seems like an entire forest each year writing things down to try and keep herself organized for school. Her desk is littered with papers, notes, index cards, lists, and reminders that she is constantly misplacing.
Her problem is similar to that of many adults I know, who have trouble organizing themselves at work or at home.
Spending twenty minutes trying to find that note that you’re Pretty Sure Was Really Important by hand is frustrating to say the least. Fortunately, a host of technology options are available to stay organized and assist with all of the consolidating, categorizing, and arranging that we just do not have time to do.
One of the best and most user-friendly programs that I have found is Evernote.
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“Real urgency … is an emotion. It’s a gut-level determination to get up every day, every single day, and to do something, no matter how small, to push along your capacity to grab the big opportunities or to avoid the big hazards.” — John Kotter, Change Management Expert
This quote, from Kotter’s book A Sense of Urgency, helps to explain the importance of urgency in the workplace. Urgency is characterized by a tangible ambition, rather than a feeling about a task you may or may not accomplish someday.
Most consultants understand the meaning of urgency when they start a project because their compensation as well as their reputation depend on being able to deliver faster and more efficiently than in-house resources (in other words, the company’s own employees).
But just knowing the definition of urgency doesn’t explain how to achieve it.
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