Relaxing Techniques for Hectic Workdays

Consistent stress can take a toll on your emotional and physical health.  There is often daily stress in the workplace.  That’s why it’s important to have some techniques in place to help you activate your body’s natural relaxation response. Here are a few techniques to fit into your daily work schedule, to help reduce stress, increase energy levels, boost your mood, and possibly improve your overall health:
  1. Practice Deep Breathing – This exercise can be done in your office, in your car, or in the staff lounge.  All you need is a quiet, uninterrupted location to take some deep breaths.  It will help clear your mind for more focused energy.
  2. Listen to Music – If you have an office you can play music in, then do it.  Put on some of your favorite music while you work.  You’d be amazed at how relaxing it can make you, and productive too.  Maybe even wear earbuds if you have nearby co-workers.  Do whatever it takes to get you some well-deserved music time.
  3. Use Essential Oils – Plug in a diffuser, add your favorite scent(s), and work away.  You’ll find it very calming, and your office will smell amazing.  Just make sure others don’t come into your space to relax, too.
  4. Go for a Walk – Take some time (during a break or your lunch hour) and walk around the building, outside, or to a nearby park.  Maybe listen to music while you walk.  Don’t talk on the phone.  Don’t go with a co-worker and talk about work.  Just be with yourself and take in the surroundings.  It will calm you and your nerves!
  5. Use a Stress Ball – Yes, they actually do work.  Squeezing a stress ball works out the tension in your muscles, relaxing you enough to continue on with your long day. And it’s something small you can use multiple times a day (sitting, walking, in meetings, etc).
  6. Get Organized – Find time every day to free your desk from overwhelming, overcrowding clutter.  Organizing your surroundings can improve your mood, allowing you to be relaxed and more productive.
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Common Startup Challenges for Entrepreneurs

As startups are established, entrepreneurs often struggle for many reasons.  They either push through the challenges and succeed, or quit early on.  Every entrepreneur knows there will be obstacles.  Some of those are anticipated, some are not.  The best way to overcome them is to be prepared. Here are some challenges startups face:
  1.  Capital:  If entrepreneurs don’t have money to put into office space, products, or marketing, then they’re not going to get very far.
  2. Time:  If entrepreneurs don’t manage their time, everything will be put off and the company will stop growing (or not grow at all).
  3. Comfort Zone:  If entrepreneurs don’t put themselves beyond their comfort zone, they may miss opportunities that will make their startup thrive.
  4. Coach: If entrepreneurs don’t have a coach, they may not have the proper person to lean on when major decisions have to be made.
  5. Marketing:  If entrepreneurs ignore proper marketing channels, sales won’t grow and their startup will not survive.
  6. Plan: If entrepreneurs don’t have a plan in place, they may not be ready for the unexpected, which can cause their startup to go under, quickly.
Entrepreneurs need to be prepared for these challenges, and many others.  The key take-away from this is to plan ahead, have the right people by your side, and be ready for anything that may come your way. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Simple Organizational Tips for Your Workspace

Let’s face it.  We all lose things.  But when we’re disorganized, especially at work, it doesn’t look good.  Let’s appear to have it all together, instead of looking like a scatter brain.  Here are some organization tips to help you get through the average work day. 1 – Put items (papers/projects) into three different categories:  Toss It, File It, Do It Whether you keep individual boxes in your office, have separate drawers for these things, or just keep them in neat piles on your desk, make sure you organize them.  Everything must go in one of these three categories. 2 – Clear off your desk. You want to see your desk.  You don’t want to move something every time you need to work on a project.  Remember, as you go through papers, add them to one of the three categories we just discussed.  Keep pens, pencils, and scissors in a nice looking container/organizer on your desk (or in a drawer).  Keep writing pads handy for notes, but out of the way (again, in a drawer).  Clutter just disorganizes the mind and makes people anxious.  Keep it neat and tidy! 3 – Think Technology. Technology can be your friend, if you’re willing to let it.  Apps on your phone or on your computer/laptop will allow you to get rid of paper piles, note pads, calendars, calculators, etc.  All those items can be accessed digitally instead of cluttering up your desk space. An organized space helps keep an organized mind, which leads to greater efficiency and productivity. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Goal Setting is Important…and S.M.A.R.T.

Goal setting is very powerful, if done right.   If you are good at setting goals, and sticking to them, then you have a higher chance of achieving great results.  If you are failing to set goals, then you might have a trust issue with yourself.  Keeping commitments increases our confidence within ourselves, allowing us to achieve amazing results. Often not achieving our goals is because we set unrealistic ones.  So, how do we set realistic goals and achieve them?  We do this by setting S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals are:
  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
    • What do you want to accomplish?
    • Why is this goal important?
    • Who is involved?
    • Where is it located?
    • Which resources or limits are involved?
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
    • How much?
    • How many?
    • How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable)
    • How can I accomplish the goal?
    • How realistic is the goal?
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic, resources, results-based)
    • Does this seem worthwhile?
    • Is this the right time?
    • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Time-framed (time-based, time limited, time-sensitive)
    • When?
    • What can I do in six months from now?
    • What can I do in six weeks from now?
    • What can I do today?
By focusing on smaller, short-term goals, we have a higher ability to achieve success.  Set your goals based on the S.M.A.R.T principle so you have the best chance of achieving your goals. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How to Hold Yourself Accountable

Many business owners, or managers, support their teams, helping them hold each other accountable and to ultimately be a success.  But, what about holding ourselves accountable? When you hold yourself accountable, you have greater success in reaching, or exceeding, your goals. 1 – Write everything down.  This is especially helpful if you’re a visual person.  Make a to-do list, a list for short-term goals, a list for long-term goals, etc.  Look at them consistently and focus on one at a time.  Use sticky notes and put them in places where you’ll see them often throughout your workday. 2 – Reward your own accomplishments.  After completing a certain number of goals, or after reaching a specific milestone, reward yourself with a vacation, or just take some time off. 3 – Review your own performance.  It’s important to be honest with yourself.  You are responsible for your own success and/or failure.  Tell yourself when your performance is not up to par.  Own up to your lack of performance, and commit to making a change. 4 – Ask your team how you’re doing.  If your business has a strong company culture, employees will be honest with you when giving you feedback on your performance.  Your team should provide complete unbiased feedback. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Benefits of Business Coaching

Business owners often wonder if working with a business coach is beneficial to their business.  Is investing in a business coach really worth the cost? Here are a few reasons to hire a business coach: – Business coaches support their clients, helping them work out challenges and giving them more confidence.  Confidence is invaluable in business. – Business coaches include exercises and activities around personality, culture, and leadership styles.  They empower workers to better understand themselves and the people they work with. – Business coaches give an objective point of view and can quickly identify problem areas that perhaps their clients can’t see.  They push owners out of their comfort zones so they can take their business to the next level. – Business coaches provides another set of eyes that can draw on experiences with other clients, to reveal blind spots within the business. – Business coaches ask their clients questions that challenge them to think critically about their business. – Business coaches help their clients decide which issues are worth fighting today and which ones are not worth worrying about until later. – Business coaches are available to all employees, making them feel progress towards a goal and helps them grow within the company.  Employee retention then goes up. – Business coaches help their clients plan their finances in a smart and beneficial manner, helping them make the best financial decisions for their company. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Leadership Styles in Entrepreneurs

With the start of the New Year, many entrepreneurs want to work on themselves and their businesses even more than the previous year.  One way they do this is by learning their value to ensure future success in their company.  Some business owners define themselves as a certain type of leader.  But, when they take a leadership assessment, they often realize they are a different type of leader altogether.  Knowing your leadership style can make a huge different in your company’s success. Here are a few leadership styles for your review:
  1. Directive – an approach that relies on “orders” rather than providing direction. This is not the best approach when managing people.
  2. Visionary – an approach that relies on context to convey a bigger picture to project the future.  This is great if the leader can clearly explain the vision of the company and demonstrate actions to align with that vision.
  3. Affiliative – an approach that focuses on people and relationships, creating trust and harmony within the business.  This style gives attention to individual needs, not making their results a priority.
  4. Participative – an approach that generates new ideas and solutions from a team. This style believes that teams make better decisions than individuals do.
  5. Pacesetting – an approach of leading by example.  This style has high performance standards and are reluctant to delegate due to possible unsatisfactory results from others.
  6. Coaching – an approach that identifies strengths and weaknesses, with the end goal of helping individuals meet their professional goals.  This is usually the more effective leadership style in the long term.
Remember, leadership is a process.  It requires feedback from all involved, which helps the leader learn more about themselves and move forward toward success. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Consider Hiring a Business Coach

Having your own business is great, but working your business alone can be a big mistake.  It’s very beneficial to you and your company if you have an expert there to help with the big decision making.  Consider hiring a business coach! Even if you are self-motivating, there will be times you get stuck and feel as though you just can’t keep up.  It’s often hard to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.  A business coach will give you that extra push you need. Owning a business can be overwhelming, frustrating, and lonely.  But a business coach will help guide you through the tough times and may lead you in a direction of success you never thought possible. A coach will not only help you build confidence from your own ideas, but you’ll be encouraged to work your business your way, with support from your coach.  You will also learn to prioritize your business without sacrificing other parts of your life. A business coach is more than a coach, they are a friend who is there for you to help you and your business succeed. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Do You Have a Business Coach?

Every business owner wants their business to be successful.  So the first step is having a business coach to support you.  A business coach will help you focus, plan, prepare, execute, and regroup.  A coach guides your commitment to your business.   You’ll want to:
  • Pick a coach with a lot of experience and knowledge.
  • Pick a coach that can explain things to you step-by-step.
  • Meet with your coach at least twice a month for about 15 minutes a meeting.
  • Be honest on how your business is growing.
  • Not sugar coat anything…your business coach is there to help you grow and succeed.
  • Show your coach that you’re totally accountable for your business.
  • Always accept insights and any help your coach can offer.
Through their experience, expense, trial and error, they are in your corner to help your business grow. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Accountability in the Workplace

Experts indicate that accountability has a clear link to:
  1. Higher Work Performance
  2. Improved Competency
  3. Commitment to Work
  4. Increased Employee Morale
  5. Work Satisfaction
  6. Improved Creativity and Innovation
  7. Investment in the future of the Company
So, what is accountability and why is it important? When leaders/teams empower employees to take ownership, they are then held accountable, and they have a higher level of trust and commitment to the company.  They take initiative and work harder at making the right decisions in the best interest of the business.  It’s about owning the responsibility and not blaming others for the results.  Ownership is about taking the initiative and accountability is about following through and getting it done.  It’s also about recognizing that other team members are dependent on the results of your work. Lack of accountability can impact other team members, resulting in missed deadlines and unfinished work.  Working as a team should be part of everyday operation.  Talk about it, share ideas, come to a common consensus about what accountability means, and use it as a foundation for everyone to work from. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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