Stefan is a PhD student of English Literature at the University of Novi Sad. He teaches English, dabbles in politics and likes to travel around his homeland of Serbia.
Have you ever considered how much knowledge of English you have acquired at school in proportion to the entire language? The answer is: very little. Namely, that thing your English teacher probably omitted to say in the very first class, before you learned a single new word or tense, is that you are going to learn the differences between your native tongue and English.
Starting your own business is scary at any age, let alone when you are young. The fear of failure is so strong that many give up even before getting in front of the sketch board. This is why it is important to develop not just a viable business strategy, but a healthy work philosophy as well, one that will carry you through all the troubles you are bound to encounter somewhere along the way.
There is no job without difficulties of its own, but especially demanding are those which involve interaction with people. For instance, if you sell hot-dogs on a street corner, the actual act of selling is far more complex than making the product. It should not come as a surprise that employees who work with people have shorter working hours, as is the case in my company in the power industry, where I handle the ownership of electricity meters. A fairly easy administrative job becomes a lot harder when you have to deal with people who come from various walks of life, and that is why my office is open to the public six out of the eight hours that we work each day. If you serve the public in every sense of that word, then stress seems almost inevitable, unless you formulate a clear set of rules to which you must strictly adhere. Based on my experience, here are some of the guidelines that can help you to achieve a stress-free working day.
Imagine, it is afternoon and you decide to stop by the supermarket on the way home. You don’t need to buy much. Half an hour later, you are at the cash register with the basket filled to the top, while calculating in your head whether you have brought enough money to pay. Sounds familiar? It takes a lot of effort to buy only the things you came for. We’ll try to share with you some basic tips that will save both the home budget and the time you spend shopping.