Procrastination is worsened by a fear of failure, uncertainty about how to begin or if a task lacks urgency, writes Ellen Hendriksen. Remind yourself of the benefits of taking action right away and that your value surpasses what you do or don't achieve, she writes.
Tesla CEO and Chairman Elon Musk says he is working 120 hours a week while trying to help the company meet production deadlines, even as he is potentially under investigation for his tweets about taking the company private. Musk says friends are worried about his health but that he plans to stay in both roles at Tesla.
There are ways to make yourself stand out at work, says Kaethe Schuster, national account manager at The Dow Chemical Company. "Never be a bystander, think ahead and always bring something original to the table. Providing industry insights, contacts, ideas and other relevant solutions will make you valuable," she says.
Meet with people at companies you admire and figure out a way to create a position within a company that aligns with your career ambitions, GE Ventures' Risa Stack says. "Try and think about what it is that you want to do, and then find the right environment to do it in," Stack adds.
Keep the tone of your email from appearing too desperate or demanding, and always give the recipient an out to avoid an uncomfortable situation for both of you, writes executive coach Rebecca Zucker. You may write in your email, "I'm sure you are very busy, so if this is not a good time for you (or if you don't feel like you know this person well enough to make an introduction), I completely understand," suggests Zucker.
Emphasize your specific role and contributions within a team at former positions rather than focusing on the team's successes as a whole, Amazon recruiter Celeste Joy Diaz recommends. Back your claims with numbers, such as revenue growth or monthly goals met, executive career coach Tina Nicolai says.
Research everything you can about a company and, if working with a recruiter, ask about the typical interviewing process at the company. Practice telling stories of past successes, as well as answers to behavioral-type interview questions, Ray Bixler writes.
A technologically advanced desk design from the researchers at MIT Media Lab is able to sense stress by collecting over 30 biological markers from the person using it. The workspace adapts to signs of stress by switching to calming colors or visuals, such as a serene nature scene, on its integrated video screen.