May 11, 2017
Every day is a new and exciting opportunity to get things done, so why not make the most of it and do exactly that? Well, for some of us that’s easier said than done; but not to get discouraged… Below are 5 tips that you can utilize every day to ensure you reach your maximum daily potential and go to sleep feeling satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.
Tip #1: (BREAKFAST)
Everyone needs a good kick start to get their productive juices flowing in the morning; so make sure that when you’re waking up you’re getting the nutrients you need to fuel you for the rest of the day. It can be something simple, like yogurt and granola nuts, or a banana smoothie. Just make sure you don’t skip out on this one simple step because it truly makes all the difference in the world.
Tip #2: (EXERCISE)
Most of us don’t have the time to fit in a visit to the gym before work every morning; but then again, who said you have to go to the gym? Morning exercise can be as simple as getting out of bed and taking a few extra minutes to stretch out and do some aerobics before hopping in the shower. Come up with a simple 5-10 minute routine that you can hold yourself to and try to make as much a habit of it as brushing your teeth. You’ll thank yourself later when that early evening crunch time roles around and you notice you’re not as tired as you used to be.
Tip #3: (ORGANIZE)
Your bedroom, your kitchen, your car, and your office are all things that you should capitalize on when it comes to organizing. Take a few extra minutes before you go to bed each night to put things in their rightful place or to pick out an outfit that you intend to wear the next day. You don’t want to be scavenging through your closet in the morning when you should be eating the breakfast we talked about in tip #1. Try to keep things as neat and easy to find as possible. Not only will it make things easier on you, but it will also help your mind to relax and focus on your daily tasks.
Tip #4: (SMILE)
Cheesy, right? (No pun intended)… But seriously, studies show that people who smile more tend to have higher energy levels than people who have stern expressions on their faces throughout the day and are also more likely to have positive interactions with others. Don’t feel dumb or shame yourself for smiling, you’re doing yourself a favor! Plus people will notice it and you’re more than likely to notice a positive change in your daily interactions. So what’s there to loose? Give it a try!
Tip #5: (NAP)
Nap time is not something that is only confined to pre-schoolers. In fact, adults need nap time just as much if not more than kids do. If your schedule permits it, try to find 20 minutes a day to fit in a power nap. Studies show that the average adult increases their productivity by 5% when they take a 20 minute nap sometime during the course of their typical work day. This is crucial, and if you can manage it, do it! Even if it means using up some of your lunch break.
March 30, 2017
It’s so easy to get discouraged or feel like you’re lacking motivation. When you’re young and early in your career a lot of the time you aren’t doing exactly what you would like, and later on it can feel as though you’re stuck in a rut or tired of where you are. There are many reasons why, and sometimes it is very justified, but if you find purpose in what you’re doing you will find lost motivation.
When trying to find a purpose in the middle of what seem like a pointless task there are a couple things that you should consider. First of all, think about who else might be benefiting from the work you are doing. It is helpful to look at the overarching picture rather than what is right in front of you. Also consider how the things you are doing now can affect you, or others, in the future.
That being said, it’s not always easy. More often than not it will seem like you are working for someone else and not helping yourself as much along the way. You really have to dig deep to figure out exactly what is important to you and why you’re doing the things you are.
What do you do to find motivation?
March 16, 2017
Leading an organized life is important, but maybe not something people think about regularly. A lot of time goals are centered around moving forward or upward, with a lot less focus on the now. This can be a mistake because if you focus on yourself or business today rather than in three months from now, you will inherently get to where you want to be without the pressure and strain. This applies both mentally, as well as your physical environment.
To give a little perspective, here are a few benefits of leading an organized life:
- Increased productivity
- Maintaining a better balance (i.e. work, personal, social, family, etc.)
- Better ability to achieve personal goals
- It is more economical
- Provides the tools to get your job done right
While these benefits are pretty straight forward and desirable, the process of getting there is a little more difficult. In order to achieve these ideals there are a couple things that you should avoid doing:
- Don’t procrastinate
- Don’t try to do everything alone
- Don’t take on too much in a short period of time
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Don’t trust your memory – – write things down!
Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list and in order to succeed you have to find what works for you. Start here, see how you do and then adjust to your personal needs and goals. Empty out all that unneeded clutter this spring and get organized!
March 2, 2017
Business skills come down to the basic skill of communication. And what makes someone good at communication? Being a good listener. If you can show someone, whether it be your boss, employee, coworker or client, that you care about what they are saying, it will get you a long way. Here a five tips on how to become a better listener:
- Show your engagement. This includes nonverbal communication. It’s not only about what you say, but your body language as well.
- Ask questions. This will not only show the other person that you are listening and paying attention, but that you really do want to know what’s going. If you didn’t hear something, ask them to repeat.
- Acknowledge feelings. This is important, especially when you don’t necessarily agree with what they have to say.
- Keep eye contact. It shows that you are listening and engaged in what they are saying instead of being distracted by things around you.
- Just listen. By this I mean don’t interrupt, don’t rush them and don’t try to offer up a bunch of solutions. Be present in the conversation and just listen.
February 16, 2017
With the new year over a month away already, we are all starting to feel the lag. Procrastination is something that effects everyone, some worse than others, but it’s always there. Here are a few helpful tips on how to avoid procrastination in your daily tasks, until you make it to your much needed break!
- The first thing is always make a plan. Set a goal for yourself, both short term and long term, and then work backward. Figure out what needs to be done first, and then get working! It always feels good to check something off a list so there is a little motivation to start with.
- Then, make sure to switch things up. If you have hit a road block, aren’t sure where to go or can tell nothing productive is happening just move onto another task for a little bit. Just be sure to circle back around!
- It’s important not to stress yourself. When making your plan or as things come up during the week move things around. You need to be realistic in your goals because when there are too many things on your plate you become less productive.
- Don’t forget to make some time for you. If it’s constantly work and no play you will always be procrastinating and stressed out. It’s vital that everyone has a little down time. When you’re at work that means take a break. Get out of the office for lunch. It also means when you leave work for the day or the weekend try to separate yourself mentally.
- The last point, and maybe most important, is be nice to yourself. Everyone procrastinates. Everyone gets stressed out. But be kind to yourself because it’s okay! The hardest part of a project or task (or going to the gym for that matter), is just getting started.
What are your best tips for avoiding procrastination?
February 2, 2017
You all have heard the first impressions are everything, and you only have one shot at it. As soon as you meet someone new they are instantly sizing you up. It really doesn’t matter what the context is in which you are meeting, the people around you will instantly begin to judge you based on your outward appearance and behaviors. It takes about 4 seconds for someone to make their first judgement or assumption.
Your clothing, whether we like it or not, is a big factor in how people look at you. A well tailored suit or dress compared to one that is slightly ill fitting instantly gives the impression of being wealthier and more successful. This are assumptions that we as humans make subconsciously, but happen nonetheless. This doesn’t just apply to clothing either. People look at your hairstyle, bags, accessories, etc. Moral of the story is you appearance does matter, so take a little time to think about the image that you would like to portray to the world.
A strong handshake is also important, especially in the context of business meetings or interviews. The main consensus on handshakes are to keep them short and sweet. No one wants to shake hands with a clinger. And always maintain eye contact! This applies to personal and professional meetings and conversations.
The last piece of advice I have to offer is to get comfortable with small talk. It’s always awkward and sometimes uncomfortable, but it’s important. If you aren’t confident in your ability to hold a conversation based off of small talk, just ask questions. This will always be in your benefit. If at a later date you would like to reconnect with the person you can bring up a good talking point from your conversation so they have an easier time remembering you.
January 5, 2017
What will 2017 bring?
This upcoming year brings a lot of change. A new year. A new presidency. Some of you are nervous, some of you are excited, some of you are a little of both. We have many unanswered questions … and I certainly don’t have the answers.
However, I know one thing for certain: I will continue to be concerned about my family, my friends, my business. I know that I will continue to serve my clients and help support their marketing efforts.
Even if we have no idea what the near year will bring, we know we can do our best to prepare and plan for it.
What marketing strategies are you going to implement in 2017? What new ways are you going to reach out to attract new clients? How are you planning on retaining the clients you have?
We need to be resilient in our ideas and follow through with our commitments. New year new me is an unrealistic assumption, but this is the year to know your voice, be creative, and focus on you in order to better your business and client satisfaction.
2017 is the year to return to the basics of human connection. Be present in all that you do, stick to your word, be creative and courageous, hone your strategy and focus on what matters to you.
Don’t let this be the year of resolutions not held.