Archives for 13 Nov,2017

You are browsing the site archives by date.

4 EASY STEPS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK

You’re at the office, clocked in and ready with your morning coffee. Before you know it, five o’clock has rolled around and you can’t help but wonder where the time went. What was supposed to be a productive day flew by with little to show for it. Often, the noise that surrounds us can derail our focus before we even realize it.

As a result, we lose track of our goals, projects take longer to complete, and it gets harder to move forward. The good news is that there are solutions! Check out the following tips to get rid of those distractions keeping you from progressing:

  1. Get rid of the clutter:

Physical Clutter

Are you really going to work on that budget analysis right now? If not, you’re probably not going to touch that stack of books anytime soon. Though we might think having these things out in the open will serve as a reminder to get them done, they may actually be hindering your productivity. There may be items on your desk that get you visually overwhelmed and though you might be focusing your eyesight on a specific area, something will still draw your attention. Visual distractions can be reduced by clearing your desk, your walls, and your home of unnecessary possessions. Cleaning up at the end of each day helps you remove clutter and improves your focus.

Digital Clutter

Alright, so you’ve gotten rid of your desk clutter so we’re all set, right? Not quite yet. Organizing your mind means organizing everything! Desktop icons, backgrounds, programs, apps, along with other digital distractions get in the way of getting your work done. Organize your files into the fewest possible folders and keep your computer desktop as clean as your actual desk.

  1. Be smart about your e-mail notifications

We’ve all wasted time focusing on that unimportant email that somehow ends up setting us back in our whole day . You figure you’ll stay on top of everything by enabling email notifications on your desktop and next thing you know, your whole day is spent dismissing notifications – or worse – shopping that “ONE DAY ONLY exclusive sale” that ends in 4 hours, hurry before you miss out! Don’t let email takeover your life. Minimize the distractions by:

  • Turning off automatic email notifications for everyone and allowing them  ONLY for important contacts that you can’t afford to miss
  • Checking your email at specific times throughout the day
  • Having less than two email accounts
  • Unsubscribing from advertisements and newsletters that are no longer of value to you
  1. Schedule phone calls

How many days have slipped out of your hands because you were bombarded with phone calls? Yes, you’re working but by constantly answering your phone, you’re taking time away from crossing out tasks on your to-do list. Avoid taking every call you receive as it comes and instead, establish a specific time each day to return calls and messages.

  1.  Organize your environment:

We mentioned clearing your desk of clutter but if you want to take it one step further after you’ve done this, organize your entire environment! You’re only leaving a few things on your desk at this point, so make the most of them. Organize everything in a way that will improve your productivity. For example:

  • Position important documents or supplies within your reach
  • Label your shelves
  • Use folders for different articles and files instead of having them loose in your drawers
  • Store any books or magazines in a box or a drawer
  • Sort your mail by topic or sender

Investing a little effort into organizing your workstation will save you time in the long run. The more organized your desk is, the less time you’ll spend shuffling through piles of paperwork and the more time you’ll have to actually progress in your career!

Read More

5 REASONS WHY HOBBIES ARE THE BEST WAY TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR LIFE

We all do it. We all like to build castles in the sky and imagine what the future will be like. We envision fame and fortune. We dream of limitless wealth or having the perfect body. We stand ready to sacrifice everything, and work tirelessly in the name of transforming into the best possible versions of ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. There’s nothing wrong either with having the gumption to turn our dreams into reality. However there’s one essential ingredient to this process that many of us take for granted, yet we shouldn’t. We forget the value of investing in ourselves through hobbies.

The Stats

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people spend an average number of five hours per day on leisure activities. This might sound impressive, however, out of all this time, roughly three hours is spent watching television while a microscopic fraction of the remaining period is dedicated to wholesome activities such as socializing, meditation, or physical fitness. Ignoring constructive hobbies is one of the biggest reasons why people get tangled in sedentary lifestyles. Even when we choose to rest, we do it glued to TVs and computer screens rather than rejuvenating ourselves through the right relaxation. Leisure time is meant to be food for your soul. It’s meant to reclaim your life from the demanding daily grind. In case you haven’t paid much attention to your hobbies recently, here are five important reasons why now is a good time to start.

  • Stress Relief:

Hobbies are in intrinsic way to release stress. Thinking about work, family, school and life in general subliminally burdens people with tension that causes fatigue. When we take the time to escape this cycle of preoccupation with lighthearted leisure, it allows our minds to reset and prepare to take on future challenges.

  • Creative Exercise:

Beyond making it possible to zone out, hobbies also allow people to engage their creative side and flex their imagination. People spend a majority of their lives conforming to rules, expectations and procedures. Hobbies offer a chance to forget all this structure and just let your thoughts run wild. Not only is this fun, it’s also healthy because it can spark inspiration that carries over into your daily routine.

  • Growth:

Choosing to engage in constructive hobbies isn’t just entertaining, it can also bring about growth and development in a person’s life. To illustrate, a physical hobby such as golf helps keep the body fit. Beyond this basic benefit, interacting with fellow golfers can end up establishing close friendships. It can even create networking opportunities that end up impacting one’s life beyond the golf course. The possibilities are limitless if you choose the right activity to engage in.

  • Intellectual Stimulation:

There’s nothing more enjoyable than having curiosity for a hobby that you are passionate about. A simple hobby can transform into an opportunity to learn new things that broaden your knowledge and provide a sense of intellectual satisfaction. For example, taking up photography can end up teaching you about graphic design, publication, studio design, and much more.

  • Confidence:

When you figure out how to engage in a hobby and do it well, this instills a sense of achievement that no other activity can produce. It makes you feel capable, it makes you feel special, and it makes know that you can excel at something outside of the confines of work. This might seem trivial, but for many who are stuck doing work they have no passion for, the simple opportunity to shine at something with enthusiasm can erase the drudgery of life’s hardships.

Few investments in life are as important as the investments we make in ourselves. If you find yourself overwhelmed by stress, it may surprise you to discover just how much something as painless as a hobby can make you feel on top of the world. Give it a try and you won’t regret it. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

Read More
MexicoUSA