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5 Tips To Overcome Procrastination

Many of us instinctively find ways to avoid the boring, frustrating, and stressful tasks we are accosted with every day. According to Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation [*1], 95% of us have openly admitted to procrastinating at some point. With those sorts of numbers, you can only wonder about the integrity of the remaining 5 percent, who most likely haven’t been entirely honest with their answers.

If you examine the consequences of procrastination, the logic for putting off important tasks flies out the window. It just doesn’t make sense to disappoint bosses or clients by missing deadlines, failing a critical grade paper, or getting the power cut off because of late bill payments.

There are many documented reasons for procrastination. Anxiety and self-confidence feature heavily in many discussions, with fear of failure leading to avoidance issues and procrastinators often gravitating towards more stress-relieving activities.

Avoiding unpleasant and boring tasks is another popular reason that always leads to the inevitable Christmas rush, or late nights cramming for an exam. Now that you have a good idea about why humans spend so much time procrastinating here are a few tips on how to overcome this debilitating human condition.

1. Think Differently

Instead of thinking about how boring a task is, turn it into a challenge. If you’re dreading writing that sales report for your boss, create a more interesting challenge for yourself. See how many words you can churn out in a 15-minute increment. In the next 15-minute block, try to beat your previous record.

2. Break it Down

If you’ve got an important test coming up but dread the inevitable long hours of study, ask yourself what’s the maximum amount of time you think you could spend continuously hitting the books. You’ll resist starting if you think about how boring 3 hours of study is gong to be, but what about 30 minutes? Find the period of time you are most amenable to dedicating towards the task, and then do it.

3. Start

If you’ve been staring at a blank document for over an hour get a word down, any word. The page won’t be blank anymore, and the creative juices will start to flow.

4. Total up the Costs

If you’re afraid to get started, you should spend five minutes tallying up the cost of what it will cost you not to do what’s required. If it means annoying your boss, failing an exam, or never retiring because you failed to start on your savings program, then you may just scare yourself enough into getting started.

5. Turn off the Distractions

If you’re faced with yet another tedious spreadsheet analysis and find your attention wavering between Facebook, YouTube, and texting your friends then turn off the phone, or put it in another room.

If the allure of the web is your Kryptonite, then turn off the WiFi. If that’s not enough, use an app like Freedom [*2] to block all forms of access to social media. Freedom works on almost everything, from smartphones to PCs, so your technology no longer has the ability to distract you from what’s important.

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Tips Every Employer Should Follow This Halloween

This Halloween, don’t scare your employees away. Increase their job experience instead! The hiring process can be a real drain on resources. Not only does it take time, but there’s no guarantee your new employee won’t leave after you have gone to great expense training them. They’ve gained some excellent work experience, but have more than likely left your company in a very tight spot while they take their new-found skills to another employer.

The solution, then, is to ensure your employees never have a reason to leave, and every reason to stay. While life’s too complicated to expect every employee to stay with your company for the entire duration of their career, it’s not unreasonable to assume at least a few years of service before they move on.

Maintaining a high level of morale is not always about the size of the pay packet, as there are many other variables which go into producing an enjoyable and rewarding work environment.  It should be emphasized here that happy and content employees directly correlates to positive customer experiences.

We’ve gathered together a few tips you can use to ensure your employees look forward to clocking on every day and enjoy the time they spend as a valued employee of your business.

Get Regular Employee Feedback

Regularly surveying employees using one of the aptly named pulse survey tools, helps a company keep abreast of work-life balance issues and employee performance challenges. A pulse survey tool is a fast and frequent survey system which does away with complicated questions. This method allows the survey to be completed weekly, and provide a quick insight into the emotional health of the company.

In the past, the strategy for many companies was to take care of shareholders first, customers second, and put their employees’ needs on the backburner. It turns out that taking care of employees needs first results in a more positive customer experience. By taking care of employees and ensuring they maintain a high level of job satisfaction, the benefits cascade up the line to cover the needs of everybody associated with the business – customers, employees, and shareholders alike.

Provide Options for Optimal Work-Life Balance

Never forget that your employees have a life outside of work that is important to them. A steady work-life environment can help to keep everyone happy and stable. When life happens, the chances are high that an employee’s work will be affected, even if they have no intention of letting it do so. Loved ones pass, divorces happen, and kids can go through all manner of drama and often need their parents at odd hours.

It’s important to engage with employees at a personal level and cut them some slack when they are going through a difficult time in their personal life. If extended time off is not an option, try reworking their schedule, so they have at least some leeway to work through their challenges. Employers who work with their employees through challenging life events will be rewarded with loyalty and a worker who makes rational decisions about their career and choice of employer.

Match Employee Goals with Corporate Purpose

In the early days of a start-up, when there are fewer employees, it’s more common for employees’ career goals to be in line with the corporate purpose. As more employees enter into the fold, however, matching their career vision with the company’s goals becomes more difficult. It’s essential for a company to have defined goals, and to also communicate those goals from the top down, to create a cohesive business culture which shares similar values, vision, and the expected behaviors of employees. This well-defined structure highlights the company culture and provides direction for employees to help them progress the company towards that vision and be proud that they are an essential part of it.

It’s not easy to keep all employees happy all of the time. By communicating with and connecting with employees at a personal level, helping with their work-life balance, and regularly communicating the company vision, you will be more successful at retaining your skilled workers for a longer duration.

5 EASY TIPS TO IMPROVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE

If you’re a working adult between the ages of 25 and 50, this might be the right article for you.

We live in a world where more and more people find themselves working in roles that could be considered “always on the job”. Studies have shown that a poor life-work balance can result in higher levels of stress, lower productivity in the workplace, and general unhappiness. Workers around the world have constant battles with the question “can I have it all?”; and leaders who care seem to struggle to provide practical solutions. How can we, then, achieve and maintain a balance between our personal lives and work?

To help entrepreneurs, managers, and employees strike the right stability, here are five tips to achieve and maintain life-work balance.

1. Recognise and share your goals and needs.

Developing good communication skills is essential for every social aspect of our lives. Identify what truly matters to you and communicate it to people around you. Don’t hide your feelings and expect other people to guess what you are looking for or what makes you happy. Let your employers know if you are going through family or personal issues; an understanding manager will always be open to listening and finding the most efficient solution for everyone. Always remember that by communicating effectively and having earnest discussions with your employer together you’ll be able to find the right balance.

2. Set boundaries.

After 5 pm, learn to leave work at work. Any task, whether it’s emails or messages pending after the closing hour, write them down, so you don’t forget then shut down your computer and leave it all for the next day. For instance, in France, a law has been passed that bans employees from checking work-related messages after 6 pm. This shows that they understand the need for people to achieve a work-life balance.

Set a time for yourself to be productive at work and don’t exceed the time set. When done, drop whatever you are doing and relax or find something that makes you happy, that way you can find closure and have balance.

3. Time Management

No matter how much time you spend at work, the real issue is how much you get done while you’re at work. Choosing to manage your time effectively is the starting point of overcoming mental blocks to time management. Monitor how you spend your work hours in a week and learn how to distribute your tasks more efficiently throughout the day. Maximise every second, minute and hour. Plan and structure your time so as to achieve a balanced life.

4. Get Social!

Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but feeling lonely for a long time can have a negative effect on your mental health. It’s important to have at least one fun activity to look forward to during the week. Get involved in the community by signing up for a cooking class, yoga events or a workshop; go for a walk in your local park, visit new places such as cafes or museums and arrange weekly dinner with friends or family. That way you can relax while doing something fun outside of the work environment.

5. Always pace yourself.

Don’t assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. In order to live a full and enjoyable life, it is important to understand how to pace yourself. Setting realistic goals can help, such as leaving the office earlier at least two nights per week. This requires self-awareness, and once you improve it, you are going to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Do your employee handbooks reflect recent labor laws?

Do your employee handbooks reflect recent labor laws?

A well-written employee handbook should detail not only the company’s expectations for their employees but also describe what they can expect from the company. It should also describe any legal obligations as an employer as well as and your employee’s rights.

For better or worse, these obligations and rights are constantly changing as defined by Federal and state law. Here is a rundown on just a few of the most recent changes:

Same-sex marriage ruling – According to a recent SCOTUS ruling, it is now mandatory to afford the same rights to homosexual couples as to heterosexual couples. Be especially careful as to how the company manual refers to spouses and significant others. Similarly, the manual should detail that it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on his or her sexual orientation or sexual presentation.

Family Leave Act – A plethora of unrelated issues involving this “older” government program informed the government bureaucracy that new rules should be instituted. The bottom line was that employers subject to the FMLA would need to make immediate changes to their handbook descriptions of employee rights. Was your company prepared?

Pay transparency rule – In the “good old days” employees were not only discouraged but actually prohibited from discussing their pay levels with other employees. No longer. A recent Supreme Court ruling outlawed this practice for contractors working for the Federal government. The intrusion into private companies is only a matter of time.

Cell phones and texting – Government guidance has not been particularly forthcoming on this issue in the workplace. Nevertheless, we can assume that they will eventually get around to it. While they can afford to be lax on the issue, private companies cannot. Have a policy in place but be ready to make a 180 degree turn if necessary.

Legal use of marijuana – Even more complicated is the issue of marijuana in the workplace – especially in states where the medical variety is legal. Err on the side of prudence – from a liability standpoint, it is best – but be prepared for the government to challenge every one of your company’s decisions if the final results are not politically correct.