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Setting Intentions Instead of Resolutions

Have New Year’s resolutions ever stressed you out?

If so, you are not alone!

So many of us worry we won’t be able to follow through with them or that we won’t set “the right ones.”

Here’s the deal. Typically, we set resolutions based on things we’d like to change in the future.

But why do we have to wait? Why can’t we start now?

Intentions are all about who we want to be in the present moment.

Think about it this way. What matters today may not necessarily matter in a year from now or even six months from now.

We live in a world that is constantly changing, and change can often impact our goals and values.

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Okay, I’d love to start setting some intentions, but have no idea where to start.”

We’ve got you covered. Keep on reading to learn more. 

Start First Thing In The Morning

Of course, there will always be little things that pop up last minute, but it’s always a good idea to go into every day with some sort of a plan.

Starting out each day with a plan can help you prioritize tasks and know when it’s a good idea to say no. 

Check-in With Yourself Throughout The Day

Have you ever had one of those days that flew by in the blink of an eye? 

Even though those days can be fun, they can throw us off course. 

Every couple of hours throughout the day take a few minutes to think about how you’re feeling. 

Are you feeling rushed, excited, happy, nervous?

Whatever you may be feeling in that present moment, notice it!

Share Your Intentions With a Friend

It’s interesting. Simply sharing our intentions with friends can help them feel more real.

It can also make us feel more accountable to get things done. 

It never hurts to have someone on your side cheering you on! 

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What Happens When You Stop Procrastinating

Even when you love what you do, there will always be those tasks you just don’t feel like doing. 

Wanting to stop procrastinating is one thing. Actually, going through with it is something else. 

Today we will be chatting all about what happens when you stop procrastinating.

You Are Less Likely to Forget Important Tasks:

How many times have you told yourself you’ll respond to that email tomorrow or follow up with that lead tomorrow?

The thing is, when you keep pushing off tasks until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes.

We’re all human, and we forget things all the time. However, the more tasks we put off, the more likely we are to forget about them – until it’s too late.

Generally speaking, if something takes less than 5 minutes to complete, you should do it right away. Every task completed will give you one less thing to worry about. 

You Won’t Miss Deadlines:

So many of us can fall into the habit of putting off non-time-sensitive tasks.

The thing is, when you put off a non-time-sensitive task long enough, it’s only a matter of time until it becomes time-sensitive.

Time really does fly, and deadlines have a funny way of sneaking up on us.

Just because that paper isn’t due until the 10th, doesn’t mean you should put it off until the 8th. There will always be last-minute tasks that throw us off guard. Exactly why it never hurts to get things done early. 

There’s Nothing Better Than a Completed To-Do-List:

There is nothing better than crossing every single item off your to-do list at the end of a long day.

It gives you such a strong feeling of accomplishment. If you finish your day-to-day tasks earlier than you expected, you can even get a head start on the following day’s list. Learn More

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You Can Still Network During COVID-19 – Here’s How

Networking events are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, grow your network and hand out business cards. 

As you know, in-person networking events and conferences have been put on hold for almost nine months now.

Just because we can’t actually get together with people face-to-face does not mean networking is off the table. 

We just have to go about it in a slightly different way. 

Keep on reading to learn how you can safely network during COVID-19.

Log Into Zoom Events Early:

Several speakers have been organizing virtual events via Zoom during the pandemic.

However, having solid one on one conversations via Zoom events isn’t always an option.

That is if you join the event on time…

A great way to sneak in some one on one time with the speaker is by attending the event 5 – 10 minutes early.

Chances are, the speaker will already be logged in to ensure everything is set up correctly.

You can take that opportunity to introduce yourself and even ask them a question if they have time. 

Follow Up:

Forming solid relationships takes time, energy and effort.

The simple act of following up only takes a few minutes but delivers results! 

Keep in mind, your follow up techniques don’t have to be fancy. 

A couple of days after the first meeting, you can send them a short and sweet email thanking them for their time and advice.

And about 2 – 4 weeks later, you can email them again to touch-base.

Be Active On Social Media:

Posting on social media is amazing, but it’s not always enough to form solid relationships with like-minded people.

Networking online does take some time and energy, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

Taking even 10 minutes out of your day to like and comment on popular content can help get your name out there. 

Don’t be afraid to start conversations with people who don’t know. Every friendship and business relationship has to start somewhere!

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Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help At Work

Have you ever been afraid to ask for help at work? Almost all of us have at least once or twice. 

Maybe you thought you could figure out the problem on your own…

Or maybe you thought no one would know the answer…

On one note, it’s important to be independent and try your best to figure things out. 

But at the same time, you need to know when something is above your skill-set and/or is a two-person job. 

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused at work, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Asking For Help Saves Time:

The more experience you have in something, the faster you tend to get it done.

No matter how skilled you are in any given topic, there will always be people out there who know more than you, and that’s okay. Take advantage of your network and pick their brain when you need to. Two heads often work better than one. 

Asking For Help Can Open Your Eyes:

One of the best ways to learn something new or improve upon existing skill-sets is by studying other successful people in your field. 

Of course, just because one technique worked for someone else does not guarantee it will work for you. But it can’t hurt to try. 

Asking For Help Can Help You Set Goals:

Before you start working towards your goals, you have to figure out exactly what you want and know how you’ll get there.

Try and do at least one thing every day that will you get you closer to where you want to be. 

These tasks can be as small as sending an email or asking a co-worker for guidance. Taking small steps in the right direction is far better than not taking any steps at all. 

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Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress

Accept Your Feelings:

Even though anxiety can be scary, you have to remember that anxiety is just a feeling. 

Accepting anxiety is one of the first things you have to do if you want to overcome it. 

Not Everything is as it Seems:

Anxiety or panic can be scary and take a toll on the body. It can bring on stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, the list goes on.

Just breathe and remind yourself that your panic will pass. 

Question Your Thoughts:

When you’re anxious, your mind can play tricks on you and make things feel way worse than they actually are.

Just because your presentation didn’t go as planned does not mean your team thinks any less of you. Even professional speakers get nervous from time to time. 

The next time your feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts, ask yourself these questions…

  1. What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  2. If this does happen, how can I deal with it?
  3. Has this happened before? If so, how did I deal with it?

Focus on The Here and The Now:

Those who experience anxiety tend to worry about things that may or may not happen in the future. 

Nothing in life is guaranteed. We never know what tomorrow has in store.

Focusing on the here and the now can help prevent anxiety and keep you grounded. 

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It’s Time To Stop Putting So Much Pressure On Ourselves

The truth is, life can be stressful. Everything from school to work to friends can be a lot to juggle.

Some stressful situations are out of our hands, and there isn’t much we can do about them. 

However, some of your habits may be contributing to some of your stress. 

Are you wondering what we mean by that? Keep on reading to learn more.

Perfectionism and High Achievinemnt Are Not The Same:

Wanting to do well and wanting to be perfect are two completely different things.

In life, you never fail. You either win or you learn. 

Live a Balanced Life:

Even if you absolutely love your job, too much of anything is not healthy.

We get it. Sometimes when you’re in the zone, it’s easier to work late and get the job done. But that should not become a habit.

There is so much more to life than work. Even if you feel fine right now, it’s only a matter of time until you experience burnout or anxiety.

Getting enough sleep, spending time with loved ones and having fun are all very important things.

Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do to prevent stress and keep it at bay.

Be Optimistic: 

We can’t control what other people do or think.

But we can control our actions and thoughts. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, a few positive affirmations can go a long way. The secret is to talk to yourself the same way you’d talk to a best friend. 

It’s Okay To Feel Overwhelmed:

So many of us are guilty of pushing our feelings aside, hoping they will fade on our own. 

The longer you hold emotions in, the more they intensify.

If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, that is completely okay. You are allowed to feel whatever you want to feel.

You just have to learn how to deal with those feelings in healthy ways. The sooner you start, the better. 

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Practices to Prevent Holiday Stress

Time certainly does fly, and the holiday season will be here before we know it.

You know what they say. The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. 

But they can also be quite stressful. Everything from sending holiday cards to finding the ‘perfect’ gift can bring on anxiety. 

The good news is, there are several tips and tricks that can help make the holiday season less stressful.

Keep on reading to learn more.

Set Priorities: 

Even though this year our holiday events will be smaller and/or take place virtually, we still need to set priorities. 

We only have so many hours in a day and can only attend so many virtual events without feeling burned out. 

Don’t be afraid to politely decline events if you ever feel like you have too much on your plate. 

Set a Schedule: 

When life gets busy, we can often forget to take breaks or differentiate between high priority and low priority tasks.

Some tasks should be completed before others. And some tasks don’t even need to be completed at all.

As we stated earlier, everything from sending cards to buying gifts to preparing meals can be exhausting. 

We all have our own focus style. Some people prefer doing difficult tasks all in one sitting. 

While others prefer breaking up difficult tasks and slowly working on them throughout the day.

It all comes down to what works best for you. 

Take Shortcuts If You Can:

Holiday traditions are not an all or nothing thing.

Never feel guilty about putting yourself first. If you’re ever at a virtual event and too exhausted to stay until the end, you can always leave a little bit early. 

Self-care is important all year round. If you have a feeling the holidays may be a bit stressful this year, there is no need to worry.

Simply listen to your body and carve out some extra me-time. 

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