By now, most people have heard of the pay gap, the fact that people earn far less than they used to.
The reason is simple: the cost of living has gone up dramatically.
But even if you don’t want to make changes to your lifestyle, there are ways you can improve your pay.
The easiest way to earn more money is to work smarter, which is exactly what psychologist Dr. Christian Schefter, author of the new book, The Psychology of Success, teaches.
“The thing is, the people who are making the most money are people who do things like take time off to raise kids or work part-time,” Schefter told ABC News.
“And so, if you’re not making enough money to live comfortably, then it’s not a great idea to take a vacation, to work part time.”
While Schefter points out that you can’t do everything right, he says the simple steps can pay big dividends.
For example, if your job is making you too busy to work, then you can give yourself more time to focus on that.
Schefter also says it’s important to take time out to go to a spa.
“It’s important that you make time for yourself,” Scheforth said.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to work today.'”
For many of us, the stress of working full-time can make it hard to focus.
But Schefter says it doesn’t have to be this way.
“We can do things to make our lives more manageable,” he said.
The psychologist says that by focusing on what makes you happiest, you can be more successful and make better choices.
“The thing that’s most important to me is not that I’m making too much money,” Schefters said.
Instead, the biggest stressors are things like having to deal with family members or being a full-timer.
“So if you have that, then that’s a really bad thing.”
Schefter has a few suggestions for how you can make more money, like spending less time on your phone, taking time to socialize and taking time out of your day to go on vacation.
Here are some tips to help you make more progress:1.
Don’t be afraid to ask for helpSchefter says that if you can help yourself, that’s great, but that you don´t have to ask.
“People do that all the time,” he explained.
“But the reality is that when you ask for assistance, you’re kind of telling them, ‘You can help me.
You can help us, but you don,t have the time to help us,'” Schefter said.
The psychologist also recommends that if someone is having trouble with their work, talk to them and work through your problems.
“You’re not trying to take away their ability to do the work, but rather to help them see their way forward and learn how to do things better,” he suggested.
Schefter also suggests that if your boss or HR employee tells you that you need to stop working, it’s a good idea to explain to them why.
“If you’re in a situation where you’re doing well, then don’t let them tell you, ‘I’m not making you money,'” Schefters advised.
“But it’s really important that the person is supportive, because you’re really just doing a bad job of helping them understand that you’re a good person and you can actually help them,” Scheather added.2.
Focus on your career, not your salarySchefter points to research that suggests the key to improving your job performance is to focus more on your work.
“Research has shown that, over the long term, people are more likely to stick with their job when they feel that their pay is good, that they’re not being overlooked or devalued,” Scheath said.
Scheath says that’s because you can change the way you look at your job if you focus on what you enjoy and value.
“That’s when you can do really well, if it’s actually satisfying to you,” he added.3.
Make time for a vacation or a vacation-like activitySchefter has one of the most powerful tools you can use to make it easier to do both.
“A lot of people, if they’re working full time, have a lot of stress.
So if you think about your life, it would be nice if you had more time off.
That way, you wouldn’t be so stressed out,” Scheither said.
Scheither says that the best way to make time to take your vacation is to plan a trip that you want to take.
“I think it’s just really important to get out there and do something, if there’s anything you enjoy,” Scheith said.
If you don�t know what you’re looking for, Schefter suggests a few ideas: take a hike, go to an exotic place