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Archive for November, 2016


Have a Stress-free Holiday

The holiday season brings additional stressors into your already stressed life. Between juggling work schedules to cover absent employees and additional demands on your personal time, it’s no wonder you’re stressed almost to the breaking point.

This year take charge of your time and beat holiday stress with these

  • Exercise. Regular exercise is a great de-stressor. It releases a cocktail of healthy chemicals into your bloodstream and relieves the pressure you’re under.
  • Evaluate your priorities. Not everything has to be done or done by you. Focus on what you can reasonably accomplish without beating yourself up, and delegate or delete anything you don’t have to do.
  • Party in moderation. There’s a temptation to over-indulge at this time, but it’s important to limit your intake of rich food and drink. Decide where you want to spend your calories and balance those laden platters and glasses with healthy ones.
  • Stay present.You feel stress when you are preoccupied with everything you have to do in the future rather than focusing on what you’re doing in the present. When you’re with family and friends, be present with them and avoid thinking and worrying about all you have to do.
  • Take time for yourself. Sit back, breathe deeply, and just let everything go. Meditate for 5, 10, or 15 minutes a day or just take a relaxing walk around the block. The key is to give yourself time to do nothing—and especially not thinking about all you have to do!

The holiday season is the time to deepen your personal and professional relationships, so don’t invite stress to the celebrations.



Take Back Your Time!

How often do you leave work wondering where the time went and feeling as if you accomplished nothing? If you’re like many people, too often! Here are some tips to help you focus on what you need to accomplish and find the time to get it done.Angry Boss Lady Pointing to Alarm Clock

  • Take time on Friday afternoon to set your priorities for the coming week. See my blog post Jumpstart Your Priorities.
  • Block out time on your calendar for your highest priority tasks as if they were an appointment with an important client. Don’t let anyone book meetings with you during these times and don’t allow yourself to be interrupted.
  • Be assertive about your time. If someone drops by to chat or ask a questions, briefly explain that you’re on a deadline and will call them back later. Then make sure you do! Make others accountable. Unless it’s your job to answer questions, start referring people to other online or print resources.
  • See my blog posts Down with Distractions and Taking Charge of Interruptions for more information.
  • Don’t overbook your day! No one can work nonstop for eight or more hours. In fact, your productivity and creativity fall after 60 to 90 minutes of concentrated effort. If you push through without stopping, you will be less productive. Take regular breaks to recharge and refocus.

Taking charge of what happens to your time is an important step to keep you positively productive each day.



Remember to Thank Your Employees!

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, how are you planning to thank your employees for their contributions? Even if you regularly recognize and reward your team, a special thank you is called for at this time. Here are some ideas:Great job

  • Give your employees some time off. Giving them an extra hour or two on the day before Thanksgiving goes a long way for morale.
  • Offer half-days off that are staggered between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so coverage is maintained. Let your employees choose which holiday they want to take the time off.
  • Throw a party. Bring in lunch, pizza or a lavish dessert spread. Let calls go to voice mail for an hour or two and kick back with your team.
  • Give each employee a handwritten thank-you note and, if possible, include a gift card for an online or local business.
  • Turn casual Friday into Casual Thanksgiving Week and let employees dress down for those days.