In this week’s round-up we look at why a 4am start time could be seriously bad for your health, what the best reason for calling in sick is (according to your boss) and how you can deal with anxiety and negative thoughts and turn them into positives.
Getting up at 4am to start work? Madness! being a night owl I’m only just about going to bed then. I’d strongly argue that I do more work between Midnight and 4am than I ever would between 4am and 8am – no matter how much coffee you fed me! Fortunately, this article tends to side with me (not about the going to bed at 4, but getting up at 4!). I always fondly remember my Mum’s favourite mug when thinking about early rising – the quote on it said: “Early to bed, Early to rise – But think of the fun you miss!”.
Apparently getting up early opens you up to a whole host of issues you may not have thought about, most stemming from “Sleep Debt“ which can lead to mental sluggishness and health issues as your metabolism and immune system get messed about. Another case for a lie-in the – hoorah!
The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick, According to Your Boss – The Telegraph
As someone who’s suffered from chronic back pain for the last few years, I know the lack of sympathy that excuse can elicit from a manager when you’re unable to attend work (even being signed off officially by a doctor on several occasions is still “pulling a fast one“). Other excuses that don’t wash with managers include migraines and even hip replacements!
Worryingly though, people are quite likely to lie about stress and mental health issues even though these are viewed more favourably as a reason to call in sick. Don’t forget of you’re suffering from an illness such as depression, stress or anxiety it’s just a real issue as flu is so please try to see your GP or call a helpline to receive assistance – you’re not alone and don’t have to suffer in silence, there’s some great advice in this guest article by Jennifer McGregor.
How To Deal With Anxiety – And Use It To Your Advantage – Wall Street Oasis
If you suffer from anxiety it can be a debilitating and terrible disease, however, that are some changes you can make to enable you to cope with it slightly better – and perhaps even use it to your advantage in some situations. And, as mentioned previously, please try to seek professional help if you’re feeling anxious or depressed.
Hat Tip: Lifehacker
Stoicism on Wisdom: You Don’t Have Problems – Stoic Leaders
Following on from changing your viewpoint in order to turn a situation around, regular contributor Arda Cargin has an interesting post showing how Stoicism can help you ignore negative issues and see everything as a positive.
Check out his video on Negative Visualisation and learn to turn that frown upside down (Sorry about that but I couldn’t resist!)
26 Lists Everyone Should Make – Business Insider UK
If you’re a “bujoer” looking for some inspiration, or are one of those people (like me) who know you should be writing certain things down but can’t think what they should be – fear not! This list from Business Insider gives you 26 ideas for lists you need to start making right now.
And if you’re not sure what to write your lists down on, check out my “Free List Downloads“.
A good clean working environment is essential not only from a health and hygiene perspective but also an employee morale perspective too. This fun little video was sent to me by the Cleaning Services Group and shows the importance of getting rid of those icky pests in the office (now you have something to show to that guy who keeps a week’s worth of takeout containers on his desk!)
Linkedin Payscale: How Do Popular Tech Jobs Compare? – eCardShack
If you’re in the tech industry are you sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth? I know pay can be quite subjective and be highly dependent on a number of factors such as location, client base and more but this is an informative infographic that may be useful to all of you school leavers and university graduates wondering if you’re getting a fair deal.
Oh, and if someone can explain to be what a “Data Scientist” does I’d love to know – sounds like a posh Business Analyst to me!
Have A Great Weekend
Until next week, Stay Productive!