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.
September 15, 2016
Working somewhere with a largely diverse staff is a positive thing. New ideas are brought to the table and different perspectives are offered. Unfortunately, while many positives are associated with diversity, it can also make workplace tensions run high. Diversity is a sensitive topic to many so it can be hard to reach a good balance or sometimes even to have productive conversations.
It’s important to keep in mind that diversity encompasses more than just race or ethnicity. It is religion, socioeconomic statues, gender, sexual orientation, etc. As a manager it’s important to keep this in mind. The definition of diversity is constantly evolving so consider all possible factors.
It’s important to celebrate the diversity of your workplace in order to create an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere. Make all employees aware that it is important to be celebrated, not ridiculed. Oftentimes jokes or possibly unintended prejudiced comments can make people more uncomfortable than an outright insult. Make it clear what language is and is not accepted.
Most importantly, know your staff. Understand their background, their sense of humor, what gets them excited. Ultimately, if you know your employees well everyone will feel more comfortable, thus creating an inclusive environment. As employees it is your responsibility to get to know your peers. Make friends and learn from one another to better improve both yourself and the company.
In what ways do you promote diversity in your workplace?
November 12, 2015
We all get stressed out. We lead busy lives and sometimes we need to take a break or slow down to be the most productive person we can be. Stress can be positive or negative, but too much can have negative effects on your body. It can also cause your work or personal life to suffer. So we put together a list of 7 tips to manage stress.
- Make a list. Write down where you think your stress is coming from and decide if the pros outweigh the cons. You can also make a list of tasks to help you organize your thoughts and stay calm.
- Exercise. According to the American Psychological Association, exercising can help alleviate stress on the mind and body. If you’re like me and think exercising is pretty stressful on it’s own, don’t fret, a 20-minute walk counts.
- Think positive. This may seem like a silly way to reduce stress, but having a good attitude helps you deal with problems in a positive way. Remember you can’t control everything, but you can control how you think and react.
- Take a break. Watch an episode of your favorite show or read a chapter that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Take a power nap. Sometimes you need to step away from the situation for a while to get some perspective.
- Triage. Decide what you absolutely need to get done today, and do the rest tomorrow. Organize your tasks by most important and time sensitive to least. Most of the time you can spread out your responsibilities in a reasonable manner.
- Sleep. This may seem like an obvious one, but sleep is extremely important for your body. Sleep is how you recover from the day. It may seem like you can’t sleep to be productive, but it’s actually the opposite.
- Ask for help. Talk to your boss to see if you can take on a little less work or get another coworker to help out. Odds are they will respect your awareness of the situation and lend a hand. It can also be beneficial to talk to friends or family about your stressors. They can help put things in prospective.
If you’re ever stressed (and we hope you’re not) try out some of these tips and you’ll feel better in no time!
How do you manage your stress?
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