3 questions to stay positive at work

By · Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

not teaching,
still THINKING …

If you find yourself dragging yourself to work, ask yourself these three short questions and see if they help to give you a sense of eagerness instead.

Was it fun? We tend to ask that question when we’re curious about some kind of event. But how about our work experience? Work can be serious and difficult. But it should not be drudgery.

Make time to make fun. If you’re bored, your audience is bored.

What’s the lesson learned? We make and mourn mistakes every day, and we learn from them. But we should not dwell on them.

Celebrate successes. Learn from them, too, and vow to repeat and build upon them every day.

How is working with colleagues? It’s all about collaboration with co-workers.

The rewards of collaboration are immense. Talk to one another. Brainstorm often.

Many factors affect our outlook, and each day is different. But each day does not have to be a drag.


(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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