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Friday, March 29, 2013

Are you productive at work?

I love the Simple List in Real Simple Magazine. They always have such helpful reminders. Last year, I clipped this statistic and I wonder if it's really true:

New Technology, Work and Employment did a study that showed  that workers are 9% more productive if they take short internet breaks (say to check Facebook or read the news) than employees that just work work work through the day. The psychologist that did the study summarized that online breaks restore mental capacity which boosts effectiveness.

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2 ways to get yourself motivated

The feeling you get when you've completed something is like no other. The exhilaration of completion... when a project is done, checked off your list or maybe you organized something that was disorganized.

You might be wondering, why is this such an obstacle? Why is it so difficult to get organized? Well, in my opinion, the problem is not about it being hard. The problem is really about motivation. 

Think about weight loss. It's the same thing! We all know we need to loose 10 more pounds. We know we need to eat the right kinds of foods, get a certain amount of exercise, but yet we still order pizza on Friday night and miss our morning workout class because we are tired.

In my opinion, the problem always seems to lie in motivation. I don't have time, it's not important enough, I have other things to do etc., etc. We have these conversations in our heads and the bottom line is that we just aren't motivated  to make "it" important. Finding your motivation or your "sweet spot" might be a little easier than you think. Here are a couple ways I find my own motivation:

Small Bites: sometimes just doing a small action can make a bigger thing seem slightly easier. Breaking down tasks into smaller more manageable steps might give you those little 'bites' of success to keep your momentum moving forward!

Pair It Up: if there are things you know you need to do, but hate doing them. I find that pairing them up with something I enjoy makes the "UN-enjoyable" easier. Cleaning out my closet is one thing I hate to do, but I always like the feeling I get when all my cloths are clean and the laundry is done and put away. So I tackle an extra section of my closet when dealing with laundry. An extra 5 minutes can go a long way in my closet. (Yes, you heard me. My closet is always a mess)

As Michael Jordan has said, I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying! So be like Mike and give it a try!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Over the hump and through the woods

I almost have to laugh a little... If you follow my blog (thank you by the way), and are seeing this post you must be thinking... "where the heck has she been for the last year?

Well, I'm not going to tell you... it's too long of a story and quite frankly, not very exciting. I've been starring at this last post for the better part of 13 months saying to myself... I need get a new post up on my blog. It just hasn't happened. 

Do you find yourself feeling the same way... maybe about something else in your life? 

pro·cras·ti·na·tion will get the best of you. If you put things off too long, you start to feel this sense of failure for what you haven't done; or maybe you start feeling depressed because you just "should" be able to get at what you said you would do. I always say to my clients... "don't should on yourself!"

What I am going to tell you is that you can do it! Take the leap and make a step, even if its just a small step. Take it! 

By writing this post, I've gotten over the hump. Who knows, you might find it isn't so scary.

Here's to a new day!