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8 Tips for Winning Work & Life

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It’s easy to get caught up in your work life and neglect your home life.

“Just half an hour more,” is a regular saying for anyone pushing deadlines, but what is this doing to your health?

Work-related stress accounts for 40 percent of all workplace illness, so remembering to separate your work life and home life has never been so important.

Here are eight tips for staying happy and healthy within the workplace. Click Here to Read Article …

3 Steps to a Healthier Work-Life Balance

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Staying at the office late on a Friday for the third time this month? Spending more time on the weekend dealing with work issues than relaxing?

Frequently getting stuck doing the work of other people in the office? You may be suffering from the absence of clear and healthy boundaries at work.

One of the most important components of a healthy and fulfilling work environment is the presence of clear boundaries.

When you set boundaries with your coworkers and supervisors, you’re telling them how you expect to be treated and the behaviors you will and will not tolerate. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Ways to Do Your Best Work

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There is a great little book about life and living called The Four Agreements. It is a New York Times bestseller by the Toltec Indian teacher and spiritual guide by Don Miguel Ruiz.

It features four simple agreements that if you practice them regularly, will improve your life and living. One of them, the fourth actually, is Always Do Your Best.

This agreement, which you make with yourself, allows all the other positive things that you do in life to become more effective and to reach their full potential so that you can live a happy and contented life.

But you can also utilize this agreement to make the most of your time at work. And since you spend a third of your life there, the practices that you introduce at work will spill over to help you make the most of the rest of your life as well. Click Here to Read Article …

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6 Ways to Stay Fit in College

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While in college, you will have certain demands on your time: parties, dating, friends, and, of course, school work. However, just because you’re studying and partying every day doesn’t mean that you can neglect your body.

In fact during college, when you are likely to be consuming copious amounts of alcohol and unhealthy food, you need to make sure that you are remaining healthy.

Keeping fit while at college is extremely important, and so here are just a few tips for how you can make sure that you remain active without impeding your study time. Click Here to Read Article …

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5 Ways to Sleep Better

There is now a lot of scientific evidence that we are not getting enough sleep and not only is that making us grumpy in the morning, it is costing the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control has estimated that about 30 percent of the American population doesn’t get enough sleep.

Researchers at Harvard University said that in 2011 this cost the American economy over $60 billion a year!

On an individual basis we know that we just aren’t at our best when we don’t sleep well and while we can get by for a while on little sleep, it can have a disastrous impact on our health and our work in the long term.

So getting a better night’s sleep is a good thing, right? Here are five ways to get a better night’s sleep. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Steps to Be More Productive Working from Home

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Most people believe that a home work environment is the ultimate luxury — a cushy position where you’re the boss, where you can wear pajamas all day and do whatever you like, whenever you like.

But once the endless freedom gets stale, you’ll start to find that without structure your work days have no shape. It’s harder to get anything done when there’s no boss lurking around the corner, no steady 9 to 5. You can work any time, so it’s easy to put it off.

You can still be productive in a home work environment though, and it can still be more enjoyable than working at the office. It’s all about learning how to structure your day. Click Here to Read Article …

The Power of Positivity

These days, it seems stress is a normal part of life. Our daily lives can be crazy, and sometimes things pile on and you can’t help but feel downtrodden, but there is a way to handle it.

Our mood and perception of events plays a huge part in our day to day lives. It affects how we see ourselves, how we treat others, the amount of work we do, the quality of that work, and our positivity.

When you’re in a bad mood, for whatever reason, you’re more likely to get frustrated, feel bad about yourself, and be less productive as a result. Even worse, the feeling is cyclical, and as you get less done you feel worse and prolong that feeling.

Our mood can often feel like something we have no control over, and it’s true that we don’t really have control over what other people might do to upset us. But, we have an exceptional amount of control over the way we frame our thoughts and deal with things that upset us.

Learning to practice positivity throughout your day will encourage better work habits and a good mood. When you have a good mood, people will appreciate talking to you and working with you more, too. Take these few simple steps to improving your daily life. Click Here to Read Article …

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3 Lessons on Work-Life Balance

Sooner or later, we all have to find a way to find a good work-life balance.

If not, we find that work takes up so much of our life that there is little time left for anything else. Or, we pay a much greater price in terms of our physical, mental, or emotional well-being.

We don’t usually figure out we have a problem with an imbalance between our work and the rest of our lives until we are already in trouble.

Here are 3 lessons that we can learn and practice to prevent those troubles from developing, and to help us re-balance our work with the rest of our lives. Click Here to Read Article …

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5 Ways to Stay Productive When Working from Home

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As a freelance writer turned community manager, I’ve spent entire weeks working from my couch in my pajamas.

For many it sounds appealing — no commute time to wrestle with, no wardrobe requirements and no one standing over your shoulder requesting updates on your progress.

But I’ve also found that these are the same reasons why staying productive when working from home, sans a designated office, can be such a challenge. There’s not a pressing reason to leave the house or get dressed, and there is no one there keeping you from spending the afternoon eating junk food and watching trashy TV. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Overcome Feeling Burnt Out at Work

There are many ways to describe burnout but it usually refers to a situation when you find yourself exhausted, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. You may also feel a lack of motivation and overwhelmed by even the simplest of tasks.

Most of us have gone through some of these symptoms without going to the bottom of the burnout barrel, which usually means medical intervention or even hospitalization.

The first step in preventing burnout from taking over your life is to know the signs of burnout. The second is dealing with these symptoms before they develop into real medical problems.

The long list of burnout signs, according to Forbe’s magazine, are: exhaustion, lack of motivation, negative emotions, cognitive problems, poor job performance, interpersonal problems, lack of self-care, preoccupation with work, general dissatisfaction, and health problems. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Set Your Work Week Up for Success

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I used to think weekends were primarily for hanging out with friends and family or for relaxing on the couch, and if I accomplished these then the weekend was a success. I’d generally make time to do a few errands here and there, but they mostly played second fiddle to other activities.

Then came my stuffed pepper epiphany.

It was a Tuesday afternoon in my at-home office. I had plenty of work that I wanted to get to. I also had a fridge full of uncooked ingredients. In addition, I had the knowledge that if I didn’t make some sort of meal for myself before an evening meeting I would show up cranky and irritable due to hunger.

So I reluctantly pushed pause on my workday and spent two hours mid-afternoon making a batch of stuffed peppers in the kitchen. While my belly did get fed, my productivity suffered. I didn’t accomplish as many of my to-dos as I had hoped, in large part because of my mid-afternoon cooking break.
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5 Easy Tips to Help Those Who Think Too Much

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Have you ever been stuck on a problem and the more you thought about it, the harder it seemed to solve? You’re not alone.

Six years ago I was a single mom, working full time as a behavior therapist for families of children with serious behavior problems. As my job became more stressful, I became lost in a dense, dark forest of chaos.

Not wanting to spend my life lost in the woods, I learned a secret: sometimes the answers to your conundrums are below the surface of the conscious working brain and surprisingly the answer is to stop “trying” so hard to fix it. Click Here to Read Article …

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