Happy December! How crazy that the year flew by already and we are in the last month, and at the same time, how exciting that it is the last month of 2020 – if you know what I mean. I am super stoked about new beginnings and new opportunities, but also really looking forward to enjoying some quiet and festive time this month. Our Christmas tree is up, our Advent Calendars are ready for the countdown to Christmas and our hearts are full of joy and love. How are you entering this new month of this already old year? Excited, sad, delighted or feeling a bit bittersweet about how the year unfolded?
The Weekly Reads
The likeability dilemma. Or “my manager has high expectations of me and I feel really pressured. What should I do?” A peek into managing your own expectations and those of others at work.
“Women are notorious for trying to minimise their efforts and expertise in the workplace in favour of being liked. There’s a name for this – the likeability dilemma. It’s the notion that women are less liked the more successful they become. Ultimately, you must get clear on what your values are, what is important to you? Do you want to be an expert and a leader, or do you want to be likeable? How many women will you be giving permission to show up as their full selves in work if you do the same?
Productive things to do when you’re bored at work. I love these ideas on what to do when you’re bored at work. I don’t like I actually ever get to be bored at work and have nothing to do, but I do make sure to squeeze in a few minutes here and there to clean up my folders, my desk and so on. Really worth a read for new ideas, from cleaning up your email and workspace to writing down new career goals, coming up with an intimidation list and so much more.
People pleasing. I only recently discovered Kate from Wit & Delight but she has such thoughtful and enlightening posts. This Instagram post on her people-pleasing realisation is a must-read for anyone.
“I heard something amazing about getting over being a people pleaser.It’s this: You have to become someone who can face rejection without rejecting yourself.”
Christmas traditions. I don’t know about you but I love Christmas and I also love the idea of Christmas traditions. The great thing about traditions is that you can make up any new ones you want. If you are in need of ideas, here are some new traditions that you can start. I the last few years I have also starting to make my own traditions in my little household and I absolutely love it – come December we bake cookies, make sure to get Advent Calendars, decorate the house, go on a Christmas tree tour around Berlin, and this year I am also sending packages to my family with some small gifts and sweets.
Downloadable tech backgrounds. The Every Girl brought out the December downloadable tech backgrounds. I couldn’t wait to make my laptop more festive so I already changed my desktop background to this one.
+ What I am reading next. I’m a little bit stuck in terms of reading – I attribute this to my current read “The Flatshare” which I seem to be unable to ever finish – so I am looking for ways – or better said, books – to get me back on track. “A Promised Land” Barack Obama’s new book is definitely on my list and this edited excerpt from The Atlantic gives a good sneak peek into it.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a wonderful start into the work week!