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12 Tips for a Happier Workplace, Adapted from Pre-School

12 Tips for a Happier Workplace, Adapted from Pre-School One of my resolutions is to Treat myself like a toddler. I 've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.

One of my resolutions is to Treat myself like a toddler. I 've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.For example, I am reading Nicole Malenfant's Routines and Transitions : A guide for early Childhood Professions.  She lays out several strategies for teachers to use in establishing routines for children. Here is a few to consider :

  • Turn routines into games.  Organizing my desk, not really a game but can be fun and relaxing.
  • Control the level of noise. I am much calmer when there's less background noise.
  • Organize space so it's attractive and well organized. Outer order  contributes to inner calm.
  • Plan times each day for relaxing activities.
  • Encourage a feeling of belonging, e.g., by displaying children's work and pictures.
  • Consider children's reactions when making an unavoidable change. I do better with routines and predictability.
  • Balance indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Make sure there's plenty of time to get things done without rushing.
  • Provide opportunities for curiosity and creativity.
  • Speak in a calm voice.
  • Explain the behavior you'd like to see in a clear, respectful way.
  • Meet peoples basic needs. Children and adults need to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, rest and spend time outside.

Its such a cliche to say that " I learned everything I need to know in Kindergarten, but I find that sometimes the most basic ideas are quite effective.

What would you add to this list ?

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