How to ask your boss for a promotion

How to ask your boss for a promotion

Own your own success.  Ask your boss for your promotion

Asking your boss for a promotion can be nerve wrecking. But, as we discussed in previous weeks’ blog, being self-aware and having strategies are critical to land yourself your deserved promotion! And, this includes presenting and discussing your case with your boss.

Similar to growing your plants, the engagement with your manager is likely to be a process requiring you to plant and nurture your seed before you finally reap what you sow.

Plant the Seed

In the initial discussion, it is recommended to frame the conversation around your commitment to excellence and development. For instance, you could go “I am really excited to be here and to make an impact [list the key impacts]….”. At this point, it will be helpful to elicit feedback response from your manager. Assuming the feedbacks are positive, start planting the thoughts of a promotion in your manager’s mind. You could let your manager know your aspirations and what it would take to get to the next level. Again, demonstrating your commitment to learn and grow is key, so do propose to have regular on-going discussion with your manager on your progress (either monthly or quarterly).

Nurture the Seed

Once you have planted the seed, start nurturing it. This takes time and effort! Make sure you are proactive to schedule the meetings to discuss the progress with your manager. Be prepared for each meeting with specific updates on your achievements as well as ideas to improve the existing processes / systems. You want to impress your boss that you are already ready for the demands of the next level. Lastly, remember to ask for feedback and any updates within the organization that may impact your promotion opportunity.

Patience…

You want to appear assertive but not impatient in front of your boss. In fact, it is likely your manager does not promote you on the spot. Do be realistic and patient. Continue to do good work, sincerely look for ways to enhance your impact, and elevate the level at which you operate in. That said, do be attentive to signs for things may not be going your way.  For instance, do you sense the same level of commitment from your manager? Or, do you notice that others are getting the promotion that you are not getting? These are red flags you need to be aware of and evaluate if you need to change your strategies.

While it may be really uncomfortable to ask for a promotion, especially the fears associated with potential “No”, remember that you are doing yourself justice by creating your own success.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others through their mindset to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

Strategies to get promoted at work

How to get promoted at work

Do you have the strategies to land yourself that promotion at work? How long will it will take you to get promoted? Do you have a mentor or coach to guide you through your strategies?

In last week’s article, I wrote about the need for self-awareness as the first step to getting your promotion at work. If you have not had the chance to read that, please read here before you proceed to this article.

As I said last week, while it is the organization’s decision to promote someone, you have a lot more control than you think you have to influence this process. Now that you have the self-awareness as to your performance, strengths and development areas, it is time to start working on your strategies!

3 Strategies to help you get your promotion

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Strategies to your promotion

1. Speak to your boss

If you think that you would get promoted by keeping your head down and working really hard, then you are wrong. In fact, by being pro-active to speak with your boss shows that you are a strategist and truly committed to your goals. It is hence important you have the conversation with your boss to let them know your aspirations, and what it will take for you to get there. The objective here is to get your boss to be your cheerleader instead of an obstacle!

2. Map and build the right network

This is not about knowing every person in the organization, or always hanging out in every social event. If you are an introvert like me, this would be an extremely taxing task to do. But, you do need to map out the key relationships that would help you build your career in the organization. And, of course invest time to build meaningful relationships. In fact, you want them to be able to go like “oh yes….” when your boss or someone asks them about you. And, trust me, grapevine is the strongest communication channel in any organization.

3. Start performing at the next level

In addition to doing your current job well, you want to prove that you are pushing yourself to perform at the next level now. For instance, do you adopt the team winning mindset and place team goals in your own agenda? Do you foresee and prevent problems ahead of the game? And, do you accept new opportunities and challenges readily?

I hope this article will be a good start to help you think of the strategies you need to work on to get promoted. Do speak to your mentor or coach to work through the details of these strategies and work out your priorities.

In next week’s article, I will expand on point 1 and talk about how to be tactical in speaking with your boss about getting promoted. Till next week then!

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

Why self-awareness is key to your next promotion

3 reasons why your selfawareness is key to your next promotion

Are you working your a** off but not getting the promotion you deserve?

Do you feel unclear of how your progression looks like in your organization?

In my last decade across various leadership roles, I have came across many staff and co-workers who often feel or think this way. And, when I asked them what they have done about it, they usually shrugged their shoulders and replied that it is not up to them to decide when their promotion will be.

Yes, there is truth to a certain extent that we will not be able to control when we will be given the next promotion or opportunity. But, there is a lot more to what you can do to influence this process. And, first, it begins with your self-awareness. Let me explain 3 reasons why your self-awareness is key to your next promotion.

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3 reasons why your self-awareness is key to your next promotion

1. Do you have a good self-awareness of whether you are a good to high performer in your team?

I cannot stress more that this is a basic principle we all need to be aware of. Yes, you may be a good performer either meeting or exceeding expectations. But, the truth is that if you are competing against many high performers vis a vis the opportunities available, then you need to be realistic about your expectations of getting a promotion.

Once you have set the awareness and form a more realistic expectation, then, you can think about your next step. I find often that people do not have the self-awareness of this, and get disappointed when they did not get a promotion at year end.

2. Do you have the self-awareness of what the new role entails?

“I am performing well and should deserve that promotion!”.

Unfortunately, this is a misconception. A promotion is not given solely as a reward for your past hard work. In fact, a promotion is given to individuals who are assessed to be able to perform at the next higher level. If so, then are you aware of what the expectations are of that higher level role?

Map out the role you want to achieve and understand the requirements of the role. Not sure of what role you are after? Speak to your performance manager, mentor or coach to discuss your strengths and options.

3. Do you have the self-awareness of your strengths, gaps and challenges to reach to the next level?

Now that you have an idea of the role you want to work towards to, do you have the self-awareness of where you stand vis a vis the role? If you do not, I recommend you to benchmark your strengths and development areas to the role. After which, arrange for a discussion with your performance manager to go through your self assessment and seek your manager’s feed backs and comments. Don’t forget to ask whether there will be opportunities in that role, and the priorities you should work on to be considered for the role.

I hope by now, you realize that your self-awareness is CRITICAL to your own success. Once you gain that self-awareness of yourself, your environment, your reality, you will be in so much more power to respond and plan your strategies to your well-deserved promotion.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

Do you know the ART of achieving your goal?

Do you know the ART of achieving your goal?

Most of us learn and know how to set a SMART goal. But, not many of us know the art of achieving the SMART goal. In fact, I have seen many people who have set the best SMART goal but fail to achieve it. And this is because they have not applied the art of achieving goals. Which is, get it D.O.N.E.!

I have personally found the D.O.N.E. method a wonderful tactical model to guide anyone to achieve any goal they have. The thing though, is that you need to be committed to change, otherwise no model will be a good model.

Art of Achieving Goal
Get it DONE

How to apply D.O.N.E.?

To illustrate, I shall share how I have successfully applied the DONE model to achieve my goal.

GOAL: I want to be able to put my son to bed at his bedtime routine at 8pm.

Challenge: I was 29 and grappling with the challenge of being a new mom and breastfeeding. In addition, I was working in on average 60 hour work week.

Following the D.O.N.E. art of achieving goals:

D: Define and decide the ONE thing

Being a new mother, I had to deal with many self struggles particularly as a not good enough mom. I want to be a good mom, but I also want to shine in my career. I focused on one thing that I really want to do for my baby. And, that is to be able to spend quality bed time routine with him at 8pm.

O: Organize my life

At that time, I used to work 15 hours in the office. But, there will be no way I could achieve my goal if I do not re-organize my life. Hence, I started to define the changes I need to make in order to leave the office at 6:15pm and be available for my baby until he goes to bed at 8pm.

N: Learn to say NO

With my new priority, I had to say no to several requests and demands from time to time. And, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. There were times where a meeting invite comes in at 6pm, or my boss coming to me with an “urgent” request as I was about to pack up. In fact, this happens so often, that if I did not say No to, I would not have been able to achieve my goal.

But, don’t get me wrong. It does not mean that I keep saying no. I evaluate the situation, and offer alternatives. For instance, I would tell my boss that I can see that it is urgent and I could start working on it later and complete by 9pm. I would ask him if my suggestion will work. Trust me, most of the time, it works (unless your boss is an a**).

E: Execute

I have seen people who has their goals set and plans all thought of, but failed to execute. And there would be 1001 reasons why we fail to execute. I could be thinking to myself that I am not senior enough in my company to have that flexibility. Or, I would be worried about how my boss and co-workers would view me if I were the first to walk out the office. But, the truth is that there will never be the best time to execute. So, do not procrastinate and do it NOW.

So…

Do you know why people fail to achieve their goal? The key point here is no matter what your goal is, you need to be committed to it. The D.O.N.E. art of achieving goals will guarantee results, if you stay committed to change.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

Is Accomplishment at Work about getting that promotion?

Is accomplishment at work about getting that promotion?

Accomplishment at Work

Is accomplishment at work about getting that promotion? Absolutely NOT.

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

Accomplishment is the last element of the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement. Interestingly, achievement is not just about winning. It is also about how much we challenge ourselves in positive and progressive ways that enable us to further develop our strengths and skills.

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

What is Accomplishment at Work?

If it is not all about getting a promotion at work, then what is it? The PROCESS.

It is about the process of setting realistic goals and planning the milestones and baby steps. It is also about learning and developing skills and experiences along the way. And, it is about overcoming challenges and failures. Surely, it is about winning. As you can see, winning is one of the many aspects of accomplishment.

How to achieve accomplishment at work….

If you are still trying to figure out, these are some tips for you.

  1. Celebrate the knowledge and skills you have gained from the process of learning
  2. Recognize the growth you have gained from the process of failing
  3. Take pride of the contributions and impacts you have made
  4. Be grateful for the relationships you have formed during the journey
  5. Be proud of the milestones and goals you have achieved

If you can focus on the process rather than only the outcome, you will find yourself feeling a lot more accomplished.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

Is it Really Possible to find Meaning at Work?

Is it Really Possible to Find Meaning at Work?

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Finding the Meaning

Absolutely! Or rather, it is possible to build meaning and purpose in the work you do. Over the last 18 years, I have been consciously seeking for the true meaning of my work. What I did not realize is that I have also been unconsciously building the purpose in my work and that is POWERFUL.

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

Meaning is the fourth element of the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement. To summarize, this element is about a sense of meaning and purpose derived from belonging to and serving something bigger than the self.

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

3 ways to create meaning and purpose at work

Over the years, I have observed friends and colleagues who worked with and without purpose working day in and day out, and who is really thriving at work. My advice is to re-look at this in a different perspective. Yes, it may not be the work you are most passionate about, but it does not mean that you cannot find the meaning. In fact, you can create the meaning and purpose in your work through the will to be thoughtful and practice. Here’s my 3 tactical ways to create meaning and purpose at work.

1. Remember why you work

Some of us may be lucky enough to work for fun. But many of us work to pay bills. Whether it is to pay bills to support our partners, children or parents, we work as an act of service to serve others. This in itself is a meaning and serve a big purpose in our lives. If we can shift our mindset to think of our work in that way, the work we do would become more important in itself. So, who are you working for?

2. Connect your work as contributions to an eco-system

Many of us may feel that our work is unimportant. True, not everyone works to save lives or educate a child. But, all our jobs have a purpose if we look beyond to know where our work is in the value chain and who we ultimately serve. For years, I struggled to find a sense of purpose in my work as an accountant. But, when I finally appreciated how my work contribute to accuracy and reliability of my organization’s financial status, and how investors then decide to invest their money in my organization, the meaning and purpose of my work suddenly shoot up! Suddenly, my work seemed to be a lot more purposeful!

3. Make your work a craft

Since you are in the job, why not make the best out of it? Make your work a craft – ask yourself what skills are needed and how you can dedicate yourself to master those skills. Then, invest the time to achieve mastery….like a skilled craftman! The journey towards mastery itself is usually fascinating and also creates the “flow” that you may lose track of time.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

5 Steps to Positive Relationships at Work

5 Steps to Positive Relationships at Work

How to foster positive relationships at work

Why are positive relationships at work important?

As highly social animals, we are hard-wired to bond, care for and depend on others. That means we all need healthy relationships, including at work!  At the best, positive work relationships help us to grow, thrive and flourish in our lives and work. Conversely, negative work relationships have the potential to be a source of psychological distress, depletion, and dysfunction.

Most of us spend more time at work than on any other daily activity. Hence, it is natural that we seek to feel connected and supported by our peers, subordinates, and leaders. In fact, research has shown that people who experience positive relationships at work are likely to experience higher positive emotions and work satisfaction.

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

Relationships is the third element of the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement. To summarize, this element is about forming and bonding strong authentic connections with others. These connections can give our life purpose and meaning and is often one of the best antidotes to “the downs” of life!

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

5 Steps to Positive Relationships at Work

The fundamentals to a positive work relationships is no different from that of our own personal relationships. They are built on trust, respect, honesty and authenticity. But, before you start thinking this is about just having social events with the same group of co-workers every day, then you are wrong! These are my 5 steps to building positive relationships at work.

1. Map out the key relationships

If you have not already done your relationship mapping within the organization, please do so now! This should be done as soon as you join the organization and as and when your role / job title changes. Relationship mapping is about identifying the key relationships that will make you thrive at work! This includes your direct managers, team members, key stakeholders from other teams / departments and other leaders in the organization that may directly or indirectly have an influence over your progression in the organization.

2. Understand each key contact’s needs

After your relationship mapping is completed, it is about getting a basic understanding of what the person does in the organization and his or her needs and interactions with you or your team. At this point, you should have a rough idea of the gaps in your understanding, so it is time to schedule that chat!

3. Schedule coffee or lunch

This sounds like an obvious, but I have seen so many people especially at the more junior to mid levels who fail to do this! Remember, this is not about hanging out with the same group of people every day! Reach out to the key relationships you have mapped out, even if they are in more senior levels than you. Trust me, they will appreciate your pro-activeness in building relationships!

4. Offer Help!

When the time comes, be proactive to offer help or collaborate! This helps to build trust and respect and you know what, you will need help one day too.

5. Repeat

Yes, repeat the above steps again. All relationships require TLC, isn’t it?

Final wisdom…

Remember my point earlier about trust, respect, honesty and authenticity? Don’t forget these important foundations to building positive relationships in each of the steps. When you find yourself being accepted, trusted and supported by the people you work with, you will find yourself more empowered and thriving in the work you do.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

How to be more Engaged at Work?

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How to be more Engaged at Work

Being in the flow

Do you wish you are more engaged at work?

Many of us may not find our work to be something we enjoy. But, truth is that we spend significant portion of our time awake at work. Hence, wouldn’t it make sense for us to be proactive in being engaged in the work we do?

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

According to the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement, engagement is the second building block to achieving well-being. When we experience engagement, or “flow”, we become fully engaged and immersed in the activity. 

When we feel engaged, time just flies by and we forget about everything else. Floods of positive neurotransmitters and hormones boost your feelings of well-being and help us stay in the present and enjoy the activities that make us feel focused and involved. When you are able to experience this flow on a regular basis at work, you will feel far more satisfied.

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

Why leveraging on your strengths is the best way to be more Engaged at Work

Rather than seeing work as “work” and not feeling fulfilled, it is possible to change that! My secret for how to be more engaged at work is to LEVERAGE ON YOUR STRENGTHS. This is exactly how you can do so.

Identify your strengths

I can’t stress more about the importance of leveraging your strengths at work! People who use their strengths at work are more likely to be satisfied, energized, perform better and experience happiness at work! Hence, it is important you are aware of your strengths and re-craft your job to utilize or develop your strengths. Unsure of what your top strengths are? If so, check out the free strengths test from VIA.

Re-craft your role based on your strengths

Re-crafting your work to leverage on your strengths will help you to be engaged and get that “flow”! An experience I had was many years ago when I was in a financial controller role, where my role was primarily book keeping, month end closing and reporting. Yes, many of you would agree it is not the most sexy job.

One of my strengths is seeing big picture and generating ideas and solutions. When there was an opportunity for a system implementation project, I immediately raised my hands for it. Yes, I did worked my a** off for a few months, but I also got the recognition and convinced my boss that my role should be tweaked so I can leverage more of my top strengths.

Speak to your manager to discuss how the role fits into your strengths

If I still have not been clear enough in the earlier example, yes, speak to your manager if you feel that your work scope is not leveraging on your top strengths! As the manager, I lost count of the times I had re-craft a staff’s work scope to maximize the use of the person’s strengths. It benefits both the employee and organization, so is a win-win situation! Don’t be afraid to bring this up this to your manager (or their manager)! =)

Create the space for flow and non-flow

So, the reality is that your role may still encompass tasks that are not your favorites. The key is not to shaft those tasks to the back end and failing to deliver them on time or at optimal quality. I have seen numerous instances where my staff would submit a spectacular piece of work that they are passionate about, but fail to deliver the “less desired” work on time! This is not acceptable!

The trick is to be intentional in scheduling the space for flow and non-flow! This means prioritizing and scheduling the tasks that you enjoy and get the flow in AND the urgent tasks that need to get done but do not give you the flow. This way, you will less likely to miss a deadline or deliver a sub-par product. Remember, NO SCHEDULE means NO ACTION.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

5 Tips for How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

Positive Emotions at Work

Positive Emotions = Happy ?

Many people mistake positive emotions for happy feelings. In reality, positive emotions are beyond happy feelings and include excitement, joy, confidence, hope, gratitude, optimism, satisfaction and inspiration and more.

Why do we need to experience Positive Emotions?

Many research has shown that positive emotions are essential for anyone who wants to lead a happy and healthy life. Additionally, studies have shown numerous benefits that positive emotions can bring to one’s life. This includes but not limited to:

  • Reduction in stress and boost to general well-being
  • Promotes more effective coping mechanism
  • Foster resilience
  • Improve memory
  • Positive impact on relationships

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

Positive Emotions is the first element of the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement. To summarize, this element is about identifying and recognizing positive emotions that are present in our lives. Additionally, it is also being optimistic and constructive in looking at your life, whether it’s the present, past and future. 

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

5 Tips for How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

So, given how much time we spend at work, how can we empower ourselves to enhance positive emotions at work? It is not just only about being humerous and laughing but can extend to many aspects of our work habits. Below are my personal 5 simple-to-implement tips to increase positive emotions at work that work regardless if you are an extrovert or introvert!

1. One Task at a Time

Research has shown that multi-tasking often results in lack of focus and distraction, leading to frustration and stress. In fact, some researchers suggest that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40%.

Accordingly, we can prioritize our to-do list, focus on more important tasks and increase our sense of focus, satisfaction and control. Therefore, check out applications like Wunderlist, Evernote or Microsoft OneNote to help you accomplish this.

2. Help a colleague

Helper’s Higha euphoria that happens when we do charitable deeds. This is the psychological theory being that giving, acts of kindness, produce a natural mild version of a morphine high, increasing our positive emotions.

Hence, try simple acts of kindness, express gratitude or offer support to colleagues in times of need! Not only will it make us feel good about ourselves, helping others also give us a sense of worth, purpose and happiness!

3. Regular breaks and walks

Regular breaks during the day is not only important for letting our pre-frontal cortex rest and recharge, but also critical for our emotional and physical well-being. In fact, research has shown that even 5 minutes of walking exercise during our breaks at work has lasting impact to our health and enough to help reduce the chances of heart disease, depression, obesity, and more.

4. Coffee or Lunch with Co-workers

Whether extrovert or introvert, we all desire social connectedness, including during working hours! This can increase your sense of belonging and connection to a team or organization. For the introverts like myself, it just means more 1 on 1 appointments than large group outings! So, go schedule that coffee or lunch session with a co-worker now!

5. One minute Anchor Breathing or Quick Body Scan

I found it really helpful to do a one minute anchor breathing or quick body scan during my work day, particularly after an intense meeting or before I go into an important discussion. Highly recommend Insight Timer, a free app with good quality guided meditations.

Ever since I started this simple activity, I have noticed a dramatic shift in my ability to remain calm in situations of conflicts, to take a pause and respond, rather than react. In addition, I find it easier to be present in the meeting or conversation and practice non-judgment and compassion.

Contrary to many beliefs, meditation is secular even though it has roots associated with Buddhism. In recent years, there has been growing research on benefits of meditations. One significant research findings includes neurological benefits such as increase in grey matter volume and enhanced connectivity between brain regions. In summary, meditation leads to increase of our well-being and quality of life.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.