The Signs At Work In The Office
  • <p><b>Aries:</b> Typing all day; no one realizes they're actually typing a love letter to their latest interest<p/><b>Taurus:</b> Checking FIFA scores online<p/><b>Gemini:</b> Gossiping in the break room with Leo and dishing all the latest office news<p/><b>Cancer:</b> Eating donuts, drinking coffee (with lots of sugar), and trying to sound peppy when answering calls<p/><b>Leo:</b> Listening to Gemini talk, meanwhile hoping they don't suspect their office affair with Pisces<p/><b>Virgo:</b> Trying to keep the office clean; keeps snapping at everyone for leaving their cubicles a mess; constantly asking for a raise for being de facto janitor on top of their regular job<p/><b>Libra:</b> Pretends to be on the phone with clients, but is actually talking to their hoes<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> Watching hentai on their computer<p/><b>Sagittarius:<b> Hungover and asleep on a stapler
  • <b>Capricorn:</b> Yelling at everyone to do their fucking jobs
  • <b>Aquarius:</b> Drawing penises on Sagittarius
  • <b>Pisces:</b> Staring at Leo out the corner of their eye and pointing to the supply closet
  • <b>*thanx to the two anons who suggested this :</b> ) send suggestions to @cancercornastrology*<p/></p>
7 Ways To Raise Your Visibility And Advance Your Career

Here are some ways to raise your visibility at work and expand your career:

1) Look carefully at what your department does—or in some cases, what the company does—and identify problems that others haven’t.

2) Tackle a problem no one else wants to tackle.


3) Ask to be assigned to high-visibility projects.

4) Choose an area to build your expertise.

5) Always be asking, “Can this be done better by changing something—even slightly?”

6) Finally, think strategically no matter what your job title.

Here’s one more way to raise your visibility.

Left for work a few minutes early… Foiled by the train but nice to watch the river flow. Let me be in my body and my work with intention and attention today. Please.

Edit: there’s a blue heron on the rock, watching for breakfast flowing past.
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3 Effective Ways I’m Dealing With Professional Burnout

I am suffering from burnout.

And it sucks.

Because being burnt out isn’t the same as having a tough day where you just need to crash in your bed — it can have serious effects on your personal life and your ability to function and perform everyday tasks.

Straight from Psychology Today, burnout is “a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, [and] feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”

It took me a while to realize that I was suffering from burnout, particularly because it can be hard to distinguish from other mental and psychological issues. But I was tired and anxious going into work every day, and the world seemed like it was moving in a haze of slow motion. It wasn’t until one day when I was walking to work, oblivious to my surroundings, and almost walked into oncoming traffic that I realized I had a problem. A woman grabbed my shoulder as a car blared its horn. It was terrifying, and I remained properly freaked out for the rest of the day.

I knew then — even if I’d been denying it or putting it off — that I needed to take action to improve my experience at work and my overall quality of life. After some trial and error, I’ve found effective ways to help myself and improve my mental state. Here are three ways I’m surviving office burnout:

Compartmentalization

The first rule of burnout is that when not at work, you do not talk about work. I didn’t realize how much I was obsessing myself over my job until I had this conversation with my therapist:

Therapist: “How much do you talk about work when you’re not at work?”

Me: *silence*

Therapist: *looks at me knowingly*

On my commute into work, I was thinking about how horrible the day was going to be. When I was commuting home, I was thinking about how horrible the day had been, even if nothing bad had really happened. When my boyfriend picked me up at the train station, I would cry and complain about how hard the day was. I would sit on the couch, anxious to get to sleep so I could forget about the day, while still totally dreading the next one. It was a circle of self-pity and sadness that I kept perpetuating. And to be honest, I was causing a lot of my own suffering, so I promised my therapist that I wouldn’t think about work when I wasn’t at work. I wouldn’t talk about it with my boyfriend, saving him stress as well as myself. So far, I can say that it has worked. Though technically nothing has changed, I’m better able to deal with my disappointment and anger because I have placed firm limitations on how much space they can take up in my mind and my emotions. Life is short, why cause so much of your own suffering if you don’t have to?

Exercise

Whenever someone tells me I should exercise more, irritation wraps around me and twists like a snake. Of course I should exercise more.

But do I do it?

Nope.

I used to go to the gym five days a week and yoga at least twice a week. But at that time, I was working 20 hours a week at Starbucks and living at home. It was easy to find disposable income for yoga classes and plenty of time for the gym. But now I work a 9-5 (or, in my case, a 7:30-3:30, but I’ll get to that) with a two and a half hour commute. I have to be out the door before 6 AM, so I can’t go to the gym in the morning without sacrificing precious sleep time. It was tough to go at night because I wasn’t getting home until almost 7 PM, when there was dinner to cook and any precious time to spend with my family/boyfriend that I could squeeze in, I took. My body began to get softer, my stamina withered. My power walk to work winded me.

So I started exercising on my lunch break. Before, I would sneak away to a quiet room in my office and putter around on my work laptop, but now I make sure to get a half hour of vigorous exercise. It helps reinvigorate my body and mind for the rest of the day. I just feel better. Exercising, for me, helps clear my mind. I like feeling healthy and strong, and it’s one less thing to feel bad about when you’re already struggling.

If there’s any way to squeeze some physical activity into the day, even just a five minute walk in the sun, it will help improve your mood and, hopefully, convince you to keep going.

Talk to your manager

One night I was so fed up with being miserable that I decided to talk to my boss. I approached him in the morning and asked for a few minutes of his time so we could speak in private. We went into a conference room where I told him I was having a medical issue (which was depression, but “medical issue” was sufficient enough) and that I was also worried about burnout. I told him I needed to see a professional once a week and if it was possible to work out a flex schedule to help with the symptoms of burnout. He told me I didn’t have to say anything else, and I was given one day a week to work from home to go to therapy sessions and that I would work 7:30-3:30 so I could get home at a reasonable hour.

Burnout can cause anxiety and is a risk to trigger depression. It’s hard to function on a personal and professional level. If you’ve been struggling at work, your boss probably doesn’t know why your performance has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. Confessing burnout to your boss can trigger positive change that will make working easier to manage. He or she might give you projects that you would enjoy more, or take some projects off your plate. For me, it was a schedule change, and that has made a huge improvement.

This piece of advice I give with a warning. I knew I was working for a very kind person who would defend his employees tooth and nail if it came down to it. A lot of people are not that lucky. If you do not feel like your boss is someone that you could confess burnout to, or maybe he/she is even a cause of it, I wouldn’t advise saying anything. Instead, I would talk to HR, who can point you to an on-site specialist (if available, check your employee benefit package), or a therapist. Therapy can be a great tool for victims of burnout. You don’t have to be “diagnosed” with something to see a therapist.

If you’re beginning to experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to keep on top of them before they get out of hand. Burnout is a serious problem and should be treated as such, especially if you don’t have the option of leaving your job. Your health is important — more so even than your career. Your professional life should never come at the expense of your emotional one.

Jackie is a recovering worrier and dreams of being a freelance writer. She is on Twitter and Instagram.

▸ sparkling nights

{ this night is sparkling, don’t you let it go }

Theme: Kuroko no Basket ✕ Taylor Swift
Song: “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift (Speak Now)
Pairing: Nijimura Shuuzou ✕ Reader
Words: 374 words
Requested by: latenightglowflies

As much as he loved his mother, Nijimura found all her social and business events incredibly boring. All he had to do was plaster on a charming smile, greet the guests, and introduce himself to all his mother’s associates. Some of them found him a bit too appealing and got too touchy. He forced himself not to flinch as he detached her fingers from his arm. “Excuse me, I have to find my mother now.” The older woman gave him a dreamy smile before wiggling her fingers suggestively as he walked away.

My God. He stood in a corner and sipped on the champagne in his hand. On the bright side, he did get drinks that could ease off the tension. Though, drinks could only work so well for so long.  His clear eyes scanned the crowd as he wondered how long he’d have to stay here. That was when his eyes landed on you, looking lost and adorable in amidst the crowd.

You seemed to be pulling away from a man who looked a little more than tipsy as he pulled you closer, trying to whisper in your ear. Your face expressed your disgust but he didn’t seem to take a hint. What an asshole. Nijimura was about to intervene when you suddenly slipped and fell.

People whispered all around you and the guy discreetly escaped, obviously saving himself the embarrassment. You looked flustered as you attempted to get back on your feet. Nijimura swooped in and offered a hand. “Need some help?”

You blushed and took his hand as he steadied you on your own two feet. “Thank you,” you murmured. “I’m a bit… clumsy.”

“It’s alright. That old man someone you know?” He nudged his head to the direction the guy had disappeared to.

Shaking your head, you shuddered. “No, and I hope I never meet him again.”

Nijimura’s lips twitched again in amusement. “I see. Well then, will you allow me to escort you around for the night? Just to make sure that you’re safe.”

“And what if you’re the dangerous one? What would I do then?”

He couldn’t resist and ducked his head to whisper in your ear, “I promise you that I’m the kind of dangerous you’d enjoy.”

Bernie Sanders Has Defended LGBT Equality His Entire Career

“Now my ears may have played a trick on me, I thought I heard the gentleman saying something about ‘homos in the military’, was the gentleman referring to the many thousands and thousands of gay people who put their lives on the line in countless wars defending our country. Were those the people you were referring to? You used the words “homos in the military” and you have offended thousands and thousands of people”.