The New Stress of Self-determination at Work

Monday is the beginning of the week where the unknown is ahead, where the free days end and where work calls. Most people struggle with mondays as if this day is worse than any other week day. Remembering that one seventh of our lives consists of Monday's, I got curious what's the point, what stresses us about work? An often mentioned reason why we might struggle with Mondays is because there is an output that is exepected from us at the end of the week and we may fear not achieving this output. High expectations from others may make us feel as a "resource" instead of a human being. Another and maybe increasingly relevant reason may be that we see no purpose in what we do. We have high expectations to ourselves that we may not be able to deliver. In the search of a purpose of our work, we are being hunted by burnouts, depressions and stress. Understanding this new stress of self-determination, we have to go back 50 years ago, where nothing similar existed.

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Academic Writing: A Non-native Perspective

Each writer struggles with their writing very differently. While non-natives struggle with their limited use of the English language, native speaker struggle with their use of a (limited) English. Non-natives are often not living the language they are writing and publishing. They spent probably 20 or 30 years less using this language daily written and oral. It made me curious and I decided to write a note on this specific issue that most of us non-native speaker struggle with.

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