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When Kathleen Bryars from Goodlife Institute feels compelled to grind and get it done, she steps away and takes her dog for a walk.

She also decided that work had to be fun for her employees, no matter what. If a meeting wasn't fun, they didn't do it. If they didn't enjoy their work, they shut down for the day. The result was an increased total revenue.

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Think lazy

Counterintuitive advice to solve a thorny problem is to think lazy.

Bryan Cowan of Acuity Surgical knew his employees would worry about job security through the pandemic, so he decided to have zero layoffs, furloughs, or pay decreases and instead focus on making a stronger company and team. It paid dividends.

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When lacking motivation, Milana Lewis from Stem, advises to work while watching reality TV.

It helps to push through on days when you don't feel you can do it.

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The mind often awakes in the early morning while the body is still asleep and process difficulties from the previous days.

You may frequently wake up with a good solution—advice from Cameron Clarke, Sunderstorm. 

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Conference calls and other phone calls can consume a lot of time. Mark Olson from Adwire Media says that he can answer 50 client emails in the time he can take one phone call.

It's less time consuming to answer 100 to 150 emails per day than to have 100 to 150 phone calls per day.

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Juan Palacio, BloomsyBox.com advises doing pull-ups whenever things are not 'flowing'.

It keeps team members energised and moving.

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Many motivational speakers have mentioned the three to four hour biological limit of creative work that can be accomplished in a day.

Great polymaths and thinkers highlight this short amount of working hours when the creative juices flow.

Manual labour, which is mostly assembly line work, or mindless administrative chores like creating reports can be done for far longer.

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Lack of training and skill development

Naturally, hiking wages is one incentive for retaining workers, but it's hardly the only incentive. Besides reasonable pay, some workers want to feel like they're growing within their jobs. That their current situation will turn into improved future career prospects.

Strong training and upskilling programs are a major draw for job applicants -- 90 percent of survey respondents consider them an important feature in prospective employers. That number jumps to 97 percent for employees in the tech industry.

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Action Beats Deliberation
  • Careers are long. There's no need for a mad rush to find the ideal job. The first part of your career is about testing multiple jobs and understanding what you like/dislike and are good and bad at.
  • Don't spend so much time planning and researching the perfect career path -- you don't know what 'work' is yet anyway. Aggressively explore all options that seem interesting, learn, iterate, and you'll arrive to the 'perfect path' much faster.
  • Simply start. Don't wait to 'know more', don't wait for the perfect job, don't wait to know what you want to do before you even start.

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