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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Marketing Mistakes

If you’re a professional who relies on marketing for business growth, then you’ll want to continue reading.  Below is a list of some marketing mistakes that occur often within businesses.  It’s important to learn from these errors and stop them from happening. Don’t be guilty of the following: – Forgetting about cell phones.  Don’t forget about mobile users.  If you have a website, it should be optimized for mobile devices.  If it’s not, you’re essentially turning away customers. Everybody has a cell phone these days.  Make sure you take advantage of that! – Not marketing using videos.  Engaging customers and capturing their attention is what video content marketing is perfect for.  Advertise your business through videos.  Your competition is probably doing it.  Don’t get left out. Create a business YouTube channel and start recording! – Spamming.  Are you sending out emails to those who haven’t given you permission?  Are your emails helpful, educational, and/ore relevant?  Consider segmenting your lists so each subscriber gets exactly what they want in their Inbox. – Not having a call to action.  Do you have a goal for your readers?  Do you expect your customers to do something specific when they land on your website, or get an email from you? If you don’t have a clear call-to-action, potential buyers will get distracted or feel misled.  And you’ll miss the sale.  Always clarify what you want them to do! rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Time-Management Skills in the Office

Are you easily distracted?  If you need to learn how to spend your time wisely, then continue reading to learn about the importance of time-management skills in the office. If you don’t manage your time wisely,  you might miss important deadlines, have poor work quality, accumulate unwanted stress, get a poor reputation, and have imbalance in your work (and your life). Proper time management can help you deliver work on time, produce better quality work, become more productive, have less stress, and grow in your career.
  • Put time aside for specific tasks.  This helps your brain structure your day, allowing you to accomplish more and manage your time better.
  • Prioritize your work, to help you focus on important tasks.  Give full attention to high priority projects.  This will improve your work quality.
  • Giving yourself a schedule and prioritizing your tasks will make you more productive.  A more productive professional leads to career growth.
  • Stress is not good for your productivity or your health.  Time management tasks can reduce stress, which will decrease your sick days at the office.
  • Time management skills at the office will give you more time outside of the office, improving your personal life as well.
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How to Effectively Lead a Team

If you are leading a growing company, you want to deliver desired results and be respected by your team. It is possible to lead a team and maintain a positive environment.  Ideally, you want to become more than just a boss.  You want to become an effective leader. Tips to become an effective leader: 1 – Don’t keep changing methods.  Find a specific strategy and stick to it.  Constantly changing directions can make a team feel frustrated, never knowing when the next time will come when you’re planning to change things up, again. 2 – Have clear goals.  Make individual and team goals, and make sure you track their progress.  This inspires and motivates your team members.  It also helps you improve your results for future projects. 3 – Educate your team members.  As your company grows, those within the company have to grow too.  Provide training for employees.  Team members often thrive on self-development.  Give them opportunities to consistently improve. 4 – Create a nurturing work environment.  From decorations, to furniture, to music, to break rooms, and more.  A comfortable, well-designed work space can improve team performance, which increases production within your company and makes for a content company culture. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Customer Service Excellence

When you think about customer service, do you usually remember the good experiences, or the bad experiences?  How often do you have really memorable customer service?  Unhappy customers tell their friends about their experiences more than happy customers do.  That’s a lot of lost potential customers!  Your goal should be delivering not just a good or great customer experience to your audience, but an excellent one! Here are a few things you can do to make every customer interaction excellent:
  1. Give your customers as few steps as possible to get the job done.  Don’t make them go through a ton of steps to get something accomplished.  Reduce their effort as much as possible, or do it for them.  Help them solve their problems.  Don’t make them chase their solutions.
  2. Spend time getting to know your customers.  This not only involves them, but it helps you to improve your products or services based on their likes, dislikes, goals, etc.  Creating a personal experience gives your business opportunities to grow.  It also makes your customers feel valued.
  3. Turn a bad customer service experience into a great customer service recovery.  Listen, ask questions, clarify what went wrong, and then start the process of gaining their trust back.  Don’t just walk away from an unsolved problem.
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Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Business

Spring cleaning is not just about cleaning and organizing your closets and cars.  It’s also a great opportunity to clean and organize your business.  Spring is on it’s way.  Are you ready to get started? Here are some ideas: 1 – Since taxes are on your to-do list, why not clean your books.  Get your accounting system organized.  It may be a long process right now, but it will streamline the process for next year, and years to come. 2 – Update and organize your website.  Now is a good time to update your services or products.  Make sure all your links are working.  Make sure all your contact info is correct.  Don’t miss business opportunities because your website is not clean and organized. 3 – If you have a desk-full of papers, or a box-full, get rid of them.  Take some time to scan documents and save them to your computer, or organize them in folders and put them away where you can’t see them.  The less you see, the less anxious you get, and the more productive you become. 4 – Actually clean your office.  Get rid of the clutter.  Purchase tools to organize office supplies.  Create a system that helps you keep track of papers so your desk stays clean.  Surround yourself with inspirational quotes and motivational phrases.  Organize your space so you feel accomplished every day! rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Wellness in the Workplace

Would you like to create a healthy culture at work?  Then it’s time to create a health and wellness program for your employees.  When incorporating the following ideas into an organized and structured wellness program, your employees’ health with improve and healthcare costs will go down.
  1.  Prepare a list of healthy dining options close to work.  This way your employees can plan a healthy lunch schedule and even walk to whichever dining option they choose.
  2.  Instead of having break rooms filled with bags of chips and cookies, have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered for employees to eat for free.  Or have a healthy food fund where each employee contributes a certain amount of money each month for healthy workplace snacks.
  3. Provide a bike rack so employees can bike to work.  Include some kind of incentive for those who bike to work more than others.  Have a contest to see who bikes the most to work, with a gift-card for the winner (to a healthy restaurant or for a gym membership).
  4. Challenge your employees to take the stairs (if applicable).  Encourage them to count their steps.  Maybe have a contest for the employee who walked the most steps in a month.  And again, give a tangible (healthy) gift to the winner.
  5. Negotiate corporate discounts for health club or gym memberships in the area.  Employees love discounts on products and services, and it encourages exercise.
  6. Start a smoke-free policy.  Go one step further by providing resources to help smokers quit.
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Common Leadership Styles

As leaders, we help our companies grow.  And the longer we lead, the more we change the way we choose to lead.  Leaders have a huge impact on the companies they work for, and the employees they work with. Here are a few common leadership styles used today: 1 – Democratic Leadership:  the leader makes the decisions based the input of every employee. It’s also known as shared leadership.  Each group member participates in the decision-making process. 2 – Autocratic Leadership:  the leader makes the decisions without the input of every employee.  They have control over all decisions.  Advice from others is rarely accepted. 3 – Strategic Leadership:  the leader has the ability to influence others to make decisions.  They motivate and persuade others to share the same vision.  It’s a strategy in managing the employees. 4 – Transformational Leadership:  the leader is always improving, pushing employees outside their comfort zone.  The goal is to develop followers into leaders. 5 – Transactional Leadership:  the leader rewards and punishes employees.  The goal is to keep their employees motivated for the short-term. 6 – Bureaucratic Leadership:  the leader listens to the employees but often rejects their input if it conflicts with company policy or previous practices.  They apply a system of rules for management and decision-making. 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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