Category Archives: Workin’ 9 to 5
Let’s face it. We all daydream about the perfect job. The perfect job would be one that pays me to stay at home and enjoy my family, but reality doesn’t offer that choice.
We must work to pay the bills and eat.
So, how do we handle the day-to-day task of dealing with our co-workers? I’m sure you have one or more co-workers that get on your last nerve. I’ve had troubles with a few co-workers – past and present – and have managed the situation to the best of my ability.
Further below you’ll read about a book I just read that helps with this co-worker issue. The book taught me a few things, including:
- It’s not always the other person – I may need to adjust my own behavior.
- How to balance work life with life outside the job – While I don’t bring home job duties, I do bring home the problems and let them eat away my evenings and weekends.
- Controlled emotions bring better outcomes – Stepping away and giving myself some time to cool before responding is sometimes the best thing.
- Taking on everything threatens the ability to do well in any one area – Mistakes and low-quality work are the results of taking on too much.
About the Book
Making a Game Plan to Deal with that Difficult Coworker, Supervisor, Customer or Boss
Let’s face it. Some people just don’t listen, don’t care, and aren’t willing to compromise. And you probably work with some of them – the incomprehensible supervisor, the person in the next office who chats more than works or the customer who, by the way, isn’t always right. For all those you come across at work who drive you crazy, there’s a solution.
Working Successfully with Screwed-Up People offers healthy ways to have good working relationships with those around us. Author Elizabeth B. Brown covers everything from daily annoyances to serious workplace issues.
Brown, the bestselling author of Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People turns her insightful eye to the workplace, showing readers how they can get along with and work successfully beside the people who drive them up the wall. “It doesn’t take two people to change a relationship in the workplace,” says Brown. “It takes one—me!” Her expert advice will help workers in any profession learn how to be unflappable, imperturbable, and unflustered when dealing with the difficult people in their workplace.
The majority of our waking life is spent at work. Don’t let difficult people drive you crazy. With Brown’s help and encouragement, you can make the changes that will improve your work environment and enhance your life.
About the Author
Elizabeth B. Brown is a teacher, a speaker, and the author of the popular Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People and the helpful Surviving the Loss of a Child. She and her husband live in Tennessee.
Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.
Disclosure: I received a copy from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Are you a good wife? Is there room for improvement? Or do you have it all figured out? I know I fail big time, especially when my emotions get in the way. Fortunately I have a husband who loves me and puts up with my moods and character flaws. Still, that’s no reason to continue. I recently read a book by the Time Warp Wife and was blessed by her words of wisdom.
This Mom’s Review of The Good Wife’s Guide
This book is written for women — all women. Even working wives will want to read this. The author understands the need for some women to work outside the home. She encourages you to make sure your decisions, including the one to work outside the home, are grounded in faith.
Discipline and Self-Sacrifice is a section of the book that really grabbed my attention. I’ve been battling with discontentment over unmet goals and neglected priorities. As I listen to the author describe me, I realize the problem is me. No, she’s not pointing the finger directly at me or passing judgment in the pages of the book. God is using this woman’s wisdom to convict me regarding issues I’ve been battling for several years. It’s exactly what I need to hear!
Some things the Lord has laid on my heart as I read this book:
- My need to serve my family with joy, rather than begrudgingly
- The importance of prioritizing faith and family above other things.
- The best way to handle conflict in my marriage
I’ve read many books and articles on they Whys and Hows of setting goals based on priorities and proper time management. The author has really put it altogether in a way that moves the heart with conviction and hopefully the hands and feet with change.
Included in the book are some household helps, including house cleaning recipes and deep cleaning guides.
While this book is written from a work-at-home mom’s perspective, I found the book to be just as insightful for the mom who works outside her home.
Scripture translation used in this book: NIV, KJV
In The Good Wife’s Guide author Darlene Schacht encourages women to joyfully serve their families. In doing so she offers reasons for achieving a well-managed home backed by scripture and gleaned from experience. As well she provides readers with detailed cleaning and organizing schedules for practical application.
The Good Wife’s Guide encourages women to make faith and family their first priorities from a place of sacrificial love. It reminds women that they were created with a specific purpose in mind, which is that of being a help meet. In supporting our husbands and living in unity we reflect God’s blueprint for marriage.
About the Author:
Darlene Schacht is an ordinary mom, living an extraordinary life, because of who she is through Jesus Christ. As help-meet to her husband Michael, she guides and nurtures their four children, leading them toward a deeper walk of faith.
Her work has been published in anthologies by Thomas Nelson, Tyndale Publishing and Adams Media. As well she has co-authored a book with actress Candace Cameron Bure, the award-winning and New York TimesBest-Seller, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.
If you haven’t read the eBook, I encourage you to. Read more about the book or grab your copy of The Good’s Wife Guide.
Disclosure: Affiliate link included for an eBook I personally recommend.
I recently shared The “What’s for Dinner?” Solution by Kathi Lipp book tour with you. I am now sharing with you what I think of the book.
Dinner is such a time consuming nightly project that takes more minutes to prepare than it takes to eat. Kathi Lipp offers usable advice for the busy overworked mom (or dad) in the kitchen. Her solution is to have a plan. Not only does she show you how to create that plan, she offers instruction on getting prepared and organized for your cooking plan.
The book encourages the reader to find a friend to plan with you. My friend is my hubby. Why? Because I feel guilty because my husband cooks most nights, so that I can exercise or simply unwind after work. However, before he can cook, we must first go to the grocery store and decide on something for dinner — almost every night. That really takes a chunk out of our evening. I look forward to planning our meals together!
Along with the easy to follow advice, included are delicious and easy to prepare recipes. So enjoy!
Grab a copy of The What’s for Dinner? Solution for your kitchen.
This is my first time to read anything by Kathi Lipp. Looking over her list of books, I am interested in picking up her book The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man–on Purpose and with a Plan.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links included.