If you have an inkling that you’ve been working harder at your job these past six months, you’re not alone.
Of workers who participated in a September TIPP Poll, over 60% between 18 and 64 years of age confessed that the amount of work they’re expected to complete has increased over the past six months. 75% of those between 25 and 44 years of age noticed the greatest increase in their workload.
When it comes to gender, men and women come close in noting an increase in the work they’re expected to get done (men: 72% and women: 62%).
You might think you can relax a little more if you move to another part of the country. Forget that! Our findings show that the increase in work expected to be performed is spread almost evenly across the country.
Ignoring or dismissing your perception of increasing work demands probably isn’t possible; since it’s more than a perception. It’s a FACT. However, you can try a couple of tips that might help you handle this fact:
Tip #1: Give Yourself Permission To Turn Work Off
It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of what goes on in the workplace when you look at working as a competitive effort among those with whom you work. For instance, if others on your team are sending out emails at 10 PM, don’t let that pressure you to engage in the same activity.
Instead, take a broader view by recalling what’s really important to “being successful” in your role within your company. In many instances, it’s not the number of hours you work but, more likely, being efficient and delivering quality work – along with being a cooperative team player! Some might call that “working smart.”
Some of my clients find it helpful to set a limit for the number of hours they’ll work in any given week. Nevertheless, consider allowing yourself some flexibility with this self-rule from one week to the next. Taking this more flexible approach helps you avoid clock-watching for self-imposed deadlines and the anxiety that accompanies them. This is especially important if you really like what you do. The point of all this is that you want to stay in control of your work as opposed to letting your work control you!
Tip #2: Identify Your Top Three Deliverables For The Week.
Between Friday and Monday, identify three to five priorities to focus on that you absolutely wish to complete in the coming week.
Once you’ve written down your priorities, fast forward mentally to Friday of that week and imagine them all completed. Then ask yourself: “How closely do these tasks align with my overall goals and objectives?” Choose those that most closely align with your key goals and objectives; then work with the top three of the five priorities on that list. The objective here is to plan a rational limit on your time and energy and leave room for demands that may unexpectedly come your way. Make the necessary revisions before moving forward. By the way, it’s extremely important that you go to your calendar and block out specific times to work on your three top priorities.
Once your top priorities are identified, you’ll want to send a copy to your boss along with a summary of how the previous week went. Very importantly, note which tasks you put on hold or are unintentionally falling behind on. Providing your top deliverables or priorities to your boss will help to ensure alignment with your boss’s expectations. This approach is great for managing any workload. By the way, if you wish, let those other than your boss know of your week’s plan of action. This tip is especially useful when working remotely.
Make a point of checking in after 30 to 60 days to see if your boss or team members find these weekly updates helpful. Why ask? That’s because, typically, others who have put this tip into practice hear nothing from their boss…until they stop sending their updates. That’s when the boss chirps up and asks, “Where are your weekly updates?”
Deborah Bright is the founder and president of Bright Enterprises, Inc., an executive coaching and training organization, and the author of six books, including The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt: How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change (AMACOM, 2014).
China Replaces Aussie Beef
China's appetite for "well-marbled, grain-fed" beef is growing fueled by a thriving Chinese middle class, but Australian suppliers are feeling the heat of bilateral tensions.
Five years ago, Australia was China's largest supplier of grain-fed beef. Still, deteriorating relations between Beijing and Canberra have seen supplies plunge from 200,000 tons in the first eight months of 2020 to just 93,000 tons in the same period in 2021 -- a fall of 52 percent.
According to Chinese customs data, beef imports from the U.S. have grown to 83,000 tons in the first eight months of 2021, up from 9,200 tons in the same period a year ago.
Sino-Australian ties have been strained since 2018 but deteriorated last year when Canberra called for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. Beijing responded with trade reprisals, targeting Australian beef, barley, wine, lobsters, and coal exports.
A cargo plane delivered four helicopters, weapons, and ammunition from Russia to Mali late on Thursday, Malian interim defense minister Sadio Camara said.
The delivery comes at a moment of tense relations between Mali and its key military partner France over reports Bamako could recruit Russian mercenaries as Paris reshapes its 5,000-strong counter-terrorism mission in the region.
Meanwhile, Mali's prime minister accused Paris of abandoning Bamako in a speech at the United Nations.
Responding to this charge for the first time, President Emmanuel Macron questioned the legitimacy of the Malian authorities overseeing a transition to elections after two coups in just over a year.
"What the Malian prime minister said is unacceptable. It's a shame. And that dishonors what isn't even a government," he told Radio France International.
President Lukashenko claimed that hundreds of people had been arrested. Rights groups spoke of roughly 100 arrests.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday claimed that authorities had arrested hundreds of individuals in the capital and other cities across the country in the wake of a shootout on Tuesday. It claimed the lives of an opposition-supporting IT technician and a member of the state security service, called the KGB to this day.
The 31-year-old IT specialist was labeled a "terrorist" by authorities after posting content critical of the Lukashenko regime online.
The Belarus organization Viasna Human Rights Center says those arrested could face up to 12 years in jail on charges of "inciting social enmity." Social media comments after the shooting were deemed as insulting to members of the regime in Minsk.
Hong Kong and Tibetan advocates in Taiwan staged a rally against human rights abuses in China, as Beijing celebrated Chinese National Day.
A Tibetan human rights advocate said that Tibetans, Hong Kongers, and Uighurs must unite to overcome Beijing-directed campaigns against their communities.
The event outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei was live-streamed online. Rally organizers told a news conference earlier in the day that Taiwan must take the threat of China seriously and should amend immigration laws to allow Hong Kongers and Macanese a path to permanent residency.
Hong Kong exiles in Taiwan are in an uneasy legal situation, as they can obtain resident status, but the laws are ambiguous on seeking permanent residency.
The main issue lies in the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau, which does not specify the status of residents from the territories after two years.
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