Although taking time off is very exciting, it’s not a great idea to let yourself mentally check out before you’ve left the office. If you don’t prepare correctly, you’ll find yourself with an abundance of phone calls, emails, missed meetings, and questions from colleagues upon your return. To avoid stress when you come back from vacation, we’ve provided a checklist to help you prepare for your departure.
While the standard “eight hours” of sleep rule has been debated by everyone from physicians to kids who don’t like their bedtimes, there is no question that a good night’s sleep positively impacts your life. When you are well rested, you are in a better mood, you are more likely to eat healthier and you are more productive.
Contributed by: Julianna Bevan
Employee time management skills have a direct impact on business outcomes and so good leaders should put more emphasis on helping employees improve at it. Some people learn time management skills early in life, which they can draw on at work to be productive. For others to manage their time effectively, they need external encouragement, maybe some training, a conducive environment, and the use of organizational tools. Good leadership can be the instrument of productivity for employees that lack internal motivation. With help, these employees can learn to manage their time more efficiently and start excelling at work.
These are some of my favorite quotes that inspire me every time I read them. In my effort to verify the source of the quotes, I linked to a few interesting pages that delve into the meaning of the quote or otherwise showcase the person quoted.
Contributed by Ashley Andrews
A colleague of mine at our office told me about a breakthrough he had made years ago when he worked from home.
He used to procrastinate a lot during the work day. He’d say, “I’ll just watch the cricket on TV today, and catch up tomorrow”. Then, the next day, there would be another excuse.
Eventually, after a warning from his boss, he reined this in, and stopped procrastinating. Not surprisingly, he saw a corresponding rise in his productivity. This got him thinking about his productivity. Now that he was changing habits, he decided to try to become even more productive. He realized that the less he procrastinated, the more time he gained back and so he started working on better utilizing that time he was gaining.
In offices around the country are bottles of hand sanitizer on employee’s desks and signs reminding employees to wash their hands. Managers tell employees to stay home if they’re feeling under the weather and employees cautiously stay away from anyone coughing or sneezing. Flu season is upon us and nobody wants to get sick. But does avoiding germs really work?
It seems like everyone is careful to avoid germs but everyone is still getting sick. So what gives?
I’ve liked running most of my life. I ran to clear my head, to get somewhere faster, or for the sake of getting exercise. All of those are great reasons to run, but running took on a totally different form when I started running as a sport – when I added a long term goal to my casual jog.
When I first picked out a race, payed for it, and told all my friends I was going to run it, I didn’t know how much time I was going to spend training. I definitely didn’t know how all that training was going to change me and, in particular, the way I do my work.
Long weekends are a bit of a double edged sword. It’s nice to have an extra day off but what most of us do with that extra day can be exhausting. We try to fit in as much time outside as possible, as many moments with friends as they’ll allow us, as much good food as we can hope to digest, and as much activity as our bodies can tolerate. The three day weekend arrives and it is go time.
Tuesday arrives and the words, “I need one more day to recover” echo all across the country. But with good planning and the right attitude, you can “recover” right at your desk.
Contributed by Gloria Martinez
A new year often brings with it hopes for renewal, growth, and opportunity. In many cases, women look to a new year as the time to make some changes in their careers. For some women, career growth means a complete career change; for others, it means advancing within their current company. Whatever the goal, our tips will help you get started.
Staying healthy is a challenge during the holidays. With so much good food around, it’s hard to eat well. With so much to do, it’s hard to make time for exercise. But we all know it’s important. Losing weight is a common ambition, albeit a difficult one to stick to. Avoiding medications is another reason many strive to eat healthier. There are lots of reasons to eat well and exercise, but have you ever heard of this one? Better health can make you better at your job.
Health affects more than just the way we look and feel but also how well we think and perform.
Running a small business and taking it to new heights can be challenging. Delegating tasks to employees and staying on top of expenses is overwhelming, especially while running an SMB. There is hope. Making use of business tools will get your business on the right track and give you enough boost to accelerate its growth in no time!