In NGOs we are overworking. We are so much in the habit of working long hours that we don’t stop to examine whether the work we are doing is actually necessary or impactful.
Do you ever feel caught up in the urgency and stress of work? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your inbox and to-do list? Do you ever feel that your colleague’s priorities are distracting you from doing your most important work? If so, then this article is for you
I have been reflecting on how we use the word ‘should’ recently. And I am realising that so much of our lives is dictated by the little voice in our head that says ‘You should do this…’ or ‘You should do that…’. Or not even coming from a voice in our head but from our family or friends or society. When we stop and question and push back on ‘should’, we realise that we are living too much of our lives according to ‘shoulds’.
Recent research at Harvard Business School has shown that negative feedback rarely leads to improvement. In fact, negative feedback manifests itself as a psychological threat and can have behavioural and physical consequences such as lethargy, anxiety, and depression. But, of course, negative feedback or constructive feedback is how we learn our blind spots and improve. So we’ve put together some key tips from this research as well as other sources on giving feedback
We love John Lennon’s song Watching The Wheels. “I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round”. John Lennon took himself off the merry-go-round and gave himself time and space and he produced some of this best music. Are we in nature conservation on a merry-go-round? Keeping it turning just for the sake of it? Should we instead step off and look around us? Step off and see the bigger picture? Step off so that we can more clearly see the solutions?
I’ve just watched an inspiring TED talk by Atul Gawande about how people get better at what they do. “It’s not how good you are now; it’s how good you are going to be that really matters,” Gawande says.
The space for reflection. The space for nurturing. The space for insight. The space for clarity. The space for healing. The space for connecting. The space for sensing. The space for living. The space for loving. The space for discovering. The space for wonderment. The space for epiphanies. The space for beauty.
Give yourself the gift of space and time. Let love, truth, and joy unfold. They are waiting for you. Waiting for you to stop and receive.
I think everybody has somebody in their life that is hard work and who is difficult to deal with. Often this person is domineering and actually bad for your health but it is difficult for us to clearly see this. It is also difficult to know what to do about them.
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