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9 Ways How To Improve Your Workload And Be More Effective In Business

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”

– Jim Stovall

Employees are the most valuable asset of any company. They have great value, and as such, deserve respect and an employer who helps them develop and learn new skills. Beneficial for the employees and the business.

So how do you accomplish this?

In my opinion, communication is the most important. Your interaction with your employees has to be clear and concise all the time. It is imperative that everyone understands the details and their responsibilities. What is the project, when is it to be completed, who are they working with, who is in charge and how they communicate with you and others involved in the project.

Work to develop an environment where your employees trust you. Have an open-door policy letting them understand that you are there to talk and listen to any concerns they may have. Have open two-way conversations that are productive. If they need extra help, do not understand the direction of the project, or what they are responsible for, you need to know. Without a clear understanding they will not be productive, the project may not be on time, or may need to be done over.

Assign tasks according to the abilities of your employees. Explain the project to everyone as a group and also take the time to break down everyone’s part. Make sure they understand and revisit each person’s progress often. Clarify any questions or concerns.

Praise your employees often when appropriate. Let them know they are a valuable part of the team. They will work harder, knowing they are appreciated.

It is crucial for everyone to prioritize the tasks each day. Show them how you organize and plan out your day. Ask and encourage them to do the same and explain the value of doing so. This provides a structure to each day, which will be productive for everyone.

As part of prioritizing the workday, you should also plan and schedule the work assignments. It is more effective if you and your employees are working on, and completing, the most difficult tasks early in the day.

Monitor each employee’s progress to be sure they are not falling behind. When that happens, they can become overwhelmed and unproductive. As part of the open door policy, make it very clear to everyone that they can come to you for help and that you will appreciate them when they do.

Never be harsh to your employees. Do not put them down, or talk to them in a demeaning way, or angry voice. It is none productive. Sometimes there is a reason to be disappointed and upset. Take a breath, step back for a moment, and then proceed. When handled appropriately, a bad situation can be a growth opportunity. All your employees will be appreciative that you handle issues in that way.

Encourage employees to work together, share ideas, and make suggestions to improve the project. Schedule a specific time for everyone to get together with you to talk and evaluate. Be open to their recommendations, even when it isn’t quite what you were envisioning. Encourage them to be creative. The result will be a better environment for the growth of your employees and your business. It is a win-win!

These are some of many ways you can develop and build a productive, cohesive, and confident team. Make your business more productive by developing a well-rounded team.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” 

– Andrew Carnegie

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Quote Of The Day

“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.” #Integrity #Character #Quote

Jim Rohn
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7 Habits To Help You Be Successful In Business

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everyone wants to be successful. It is the habits we consciously learn and maintain that will bring us success; whether it is in business or our personal life.

Developing those habits may require some effort on our part; some may be easy and others, not so much. Like everything else, the energy we put into learning new habits will determine our success.

So what do we need to do?

  • Start your day off in a positive, energized mode. There are a few things you can do such, as exercise. Exercise can clear your head, and it allows you to visualize your day. I have found it is a great time to solve problems or develop ideas. It does not matter what form of exercise. It can be yoga, running, or weight lifting; any activity that gets your blood flowing.
  • Have a focus list for the day. Make it the night before and come back to it first thing in the morning. The list should include everything you want to accomplish for the day. It could also include a run down of what projects you will be working on that week. Exercise should be on the list, so if you have already done that, you can check it off. You have already started your day on a positive note. Move on to the next thing on the list.
  • As part of your focus list, you should decide what the top three jobs are for the day and then prioritize them again. Which is the hardest? Do that first, then move on to the next hardest and then to number three— that way, you will have completed the essential items. Then you can spend the rest of the day checking off as many of the other jobs as your time allows.
  • Decide to change your attitude toward email, social media, and phone calls. You can get lost in the unnecessary. Check you email and phone messages at designated times. Perhaps first thing in the morning and once again later in the day. Respond only to what is necessary, then move back to your focus list so you can complete the more important aspects of your job. If necessary you can finish your day completing those tasks.
  • Practice mindfulness. Live in the moment. Yesterday is gone, so do not dwell there. Tomorrow is the future, so although it is nice to dream about the success you want to have, you need to do your best job today. You will be prepared for the future by being successful today.
  • Focus on self-improvement by continuing to learn and develop yourself. Always read, take classes, watch webinars. We are never too old to learn. Learning is fun and will make you more interesting. Being open to change and learning new things makes you more valuable at work.
  • Always develop the people that work for you. Treat them with respect, smile, and have meaningful conversations. Ask if you can help; be a mentor. Create a plan which gives them a road map of what they need to learn to move forward. Always give good, honest feedback.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

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How To Master Procrastination And The Roaring Lion That Devours Your Good Intentions

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If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions”

~ Aaron Spelling

I am a procrastinator. Are you? It turns out, about one in five people procrastinate. Joseph Ferrari, a professor of Psychology at DePaul University and a leader in this field, found in his research that we are all guilty of procrastination, but 20 percent have a chronic issue.

Today I am wallowing in the depths of procrastination, and it feels similar to having my car stuck in the mud, and I can’t quite get it out. I’m almost there; maybe this last effort will do it.

Each day is different, and I know tomorrow will be better, I’ll get it done tomorrow. That is what we tell ourselves anyway, but it does not always work that way. Procrastinating can be a habit if we let it.

I have to be focused on a task to be successful. It is easy to do the things that do not challenge us, but when we are intimidated by a project, or even what should be a simple task, we put it off. We find excuses to wait until later in the day, or even until tomorrow, or next week.

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”

Dawson Trotman

When there is something you are avoiding – Do it first. We usually are the most productive first thing in the morning. We are rested, have more energy, and are more focused on getting work done. It makes sense to focus and do the hardest thing first.

Sometimes we cannot complete the whole task in one morning, so we want to put it off until tomorrow. Do a reset. Go to lunch, and then go back to work and begin your day again. Divide your day into two equal parts, and treat each half equally. Change your viewpoint about afternoons. We tend to treat the afternoon as the end of the day, and we slack off. We are wasting time. Don’t do that. You should be just as productive in the afternoons as you are in the mornings.

Stop doing the things that distract you; set an allotted time for them, do them, and then stop until another assigned time. Look at your email, and then forget about it until a specified time in the day. It is not necessary to continually check your email. The same goes for your cell phone; shut it off. check it on your own time, such as lunch and after work. Avoid the internet. It is easy to get sucked into the latest news, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you have to do research fine; do that and then shut it off. It is a time-waster.

Break the project down into separate tasks. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed, and we do not know where to start. It is easy to procrastinate when we may be frightened to move forward. By dividing the project into smaller sections, it will not look so intimidating. Start with the first step and complete that, then move on to the next. When you do this, you are making the task at hand much easier to do, and before you know it, the project will be complete.

When you are a perfectionist and want any project you are involved in, or responsible for, to reflect your values; they must be perfect. You believe your self worth will be at risk if the project does not meet your standards. Because of this, you may procrastinate and put it off as long as you can. Having high standards is good, but you also are responsible for seeing the projects finished. Just do it and move on to the next.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

– Abraham Lincoln

In the long run, procrastination is not a good thing. It will always be there if we do not address it, and it can overrun our lives, both professionally and personally.

If you procrastinate at work, it will affect your performance. Either you don’t complete projects on time, or if you rush to complete them to meet a deadline, your work will not be up to par. Both will affect you negatively at work.

Your personal life can also be affected. Procrastinating over life decisions can be detrimental to your relationships, your education, your financial success, and even your health.

You may spend days, months, and eventually, years staying in place and then realize that you are letting time slip through your fingers, and you have missed opportunities.

As with most everything in life, we can make an effort and take the necessary steps to stop procrastinating. It is an effort and one we have to continue to work on. Make a new habit and stop procrastination.

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

– Charles Dickens

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Quote Of The Day

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

#Change #Life Lessons #Motivation #Quote

Carol Burnett
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

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Quote Of The Day

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” #Success #Motivation #Quote

– Dale Carnegie
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5 Tips To Follow to Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

― Roy T. Bennett

It is natural to reach a level of comfort in our workplace. There is a familiarity and a rhythm to what we do. Every day we know what to expect, who we will work with, and the personalities of our co-workers. Even when the work we do does not stimulate us, does not challenge us, we accept that and settle in.

Throughout life, there will be opportunities that become available to us, but we hesitate. We are not comfortable with change. We may be scared and feel we are not qualified. We want to take advantage of the option, but all we think about is the possibility of failing. Change can be stressful and cause anxiety.

What happens when life throws you a curve, either good or bad? Maybe your company downsizes or moves to another state, or out of the country. You might lose your job, or decide to quit because you don’t want to move.

All of those things will require change and will throw you out of your comfort zone. What would you do if you receive a promotion? There is also the possibility that you make the decision, consciously or unconsciously, to push yourself to improve and move forward, knowing that it may be a while until you find a comfort zone of your own making.

Change can be scary, and, yes, it can cause stress. However, having worked for many years working under a low level of self-induced stress by continually pushing myself to do better, I think it can be a good and productive way to work.

We each have a choice every day when we start our day. Will we settle in and do just what is required of us, or will we do more?

When there was a change in my life, I went back to work. I would be raising two young children on my own. I took an entry-level job in a field I had worked in before and never thought I would work in again. I did not have a college education, so I was starting at the bottom. It did not take me long to realize that I not only wanted but needed more. That was my choice, and I pushed myself forward every day.

There was no comfort zone. I worked most of the time with a certain level of stress; like a low hum. Sometimes it was more of a roar.

As a result, I was always pushing the boundaries, and that became normal to me. I was more productive, and I always looked for new things to learn. I guess you could say I was ambitious. Although, I never thought of it that way; that thought just popped into my head.

Change became more comfortable, and I was able to adapt more quickly. I became more creative in the way I did my work, and I learned to question and look for better, more efficient ways to complete my assignments.

Deciding to work outside of a comfort zone worked for me and I was successful as a result. Do I consider myself lucky or special? No, why would I? In my mind, it was all about pushing myself and going the extra mile.

So how can you leave your comfort zone, and what steps can you take?

First, of course, is deciding to go for it. There are all sorts of scenarios and reason, and everyone’s will be different in some way.

Think of it as a reset, or a reboot, Compare it to your computer system that requires a periodic update. In this case, you are doing an update on your comfort zone.

When you do an update on your computer, you find that some of your programs run differently. That is what you need to do too.

Start making changes. They do not have to be big, change your life in one day, changes. Start small, and keep adjusting, adding more changes. Don’t stop if something does not work or it feels uncomfortable. That is how you learn, and you will grow from all your experiences, both good and bad.

Take it slow. It does not have to happen overnight. Think about what you either have to change, or want to change, and determine what makes you uncomfortable. What makes you afraid? Analyze and determine if you can break it down into steps. Then take one step at a time.

Depending on the type of person you are, or what your work environment is like, there are two approaches you can take. Based on the situation you find yourself in, you can, of course, use both

If you work in a fast-paced environment, you may be used to making quick decisions, and that is what you are comfortable doing. What if you slow it down and take a step back. Look at what is happening, take a breath, a moment, and think. Instead of making a snap decision, you will be making an educated decision. It will feel uncomfortable because it is not what is usually done.

On the other hand, you may be comfortable taking your time making decisions. You may like to analyze and look at all the options. Sometimes we may hesitate and take an extra day to make a decision. Take a risk and make a snap decision. Trust your judgment. You may like it, and there may be a benefit because you will learn to trust yourself and be more confident as a result.

Trying new things can be stressful, but in the long run, it can be beneficial. When you learn new skills and have new experiences, you become more interesting and have a broader perspective, not only for your work but of yourself.

Continue pushing yourself in all aspects of your life, not just at work. There is so much to do and so much to learn. Life is short, but it is full of possibilities, no matter who you are, or how young or how old. Don’t live a life half full; do as much as you can and don’t get too comfortable.

“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world.” 

– Manoj Arora

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