Creating an Ideal Office at Home

Working from home has its own share of pros and cons. While it is a more feasible option for many, there are people who would choose to work in a proper professional setup without even a hint of homely feeling to it. The choice varies from person to person but recently there is a growing trend of home-office setups. People give their homes the touch of an office ambiance.

But people, who work from home, often complain about not loving their work or feeling distracted, hence not achieving their work goals due to lack of productivity.

There are some good news for exhausted home workers. You can actually create a space where you would not only be productive but also enjoy your work.

Fewer distractions, more work

Before you finally call one of your rooms your office, you should consider if the space fits your ideal home-office. Find a space in your house with the following characteristics:

  1. No distractions
  2. Room to accommodate your office essentials
  3. Enough storage space
  4. Enough room to easily move around

A cluttered space with distractions all around hinders productivity.

Design is secondary

Decorating your work space according to trends or fads is great; but, if it only disrupts your concentration and keeps you from your functions, then it does no good to your work environment.

It is very important to be practical and realistic. A home-office inspired by a design magazine is perfectly fine as long as it does not sidetrack your ultimate goals and work duties.

Ergonomic Office furniture

It is very important for your office furniture to be technically work-perfect. You would want your seat and desk to adapt to work style. Even if you are low on budget, don’t compromise on these two key office equipment. They are like the throne you will rule from.

The office desk and, even more important than that, your work chair have to be comfy enough so that you don’t get tired or exhausted easily. They should be adjustable according to your comfort needs. Your desk should be able to accommodate your monitor at the most convenient point.

Decorate without exaggeration

A plain, boring work space is never considered ideal for anyone. It is important to add accessories that would make your work station look attractive and pleasing to work at.

But don’t go overboard with the decor, adding everything you like. A few photographs, some paintings, and some real plants can add personality to your office.

Colors to stimulate productivity

If you have the budget and you really need something that infuses energizing vibes, change the color of the paint in your office. These are some of the colors and the emotions that they can induce:

  1. Yellow: Improve focus
  2. Red: for an energized quick start
  3. Green: for serenity
  4. Orange: to boost energy
  5. White: to declutter and induce harmony

With these workable tips you can make your home office a place where you would love to work. Make sure the room you chose gets enough light and air because these two elements can impact your mental and emotional state.

Creating a space you love to work at is not that hard, if you give it proper time and effort you can actually get the most ideal office in the comfort of your home.

Author Bio:

Sheerin Jafri is a passionate lifestyle and fashion blogger. She writes for Ostanding, a custom roller and roman shade dealer. Follow @shopostanding to get more updates.

12 Perspectives To Embrace This New Year

If you are like most productivity-aware people, chances are you already have penned down goals or “things” that you want to accomplish this year. Most have theirs when the last quarter kicked in last year.

You constructed these goals in a way that each one is geared towards you becoming a better person than last year – more or less. You probably have an execution plan on how to accomplish them in manner that WINNING is the only result expected.

You also made sure that your goals are S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Assignable/Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. If your goals are non-SMART compliant, forget all about it, right?

Goals should be concrete and attainable and within targeted parameters. These determine the attainability of your goals.

If you apply the SMART criteria in attaining your goals, in no time – when December of this year comes – you’re going to be the better person that you aspired to be – Better Version of You: Smarter, Stronger, and Bigger!

But, if you are like most mortals, there will be times when you feel that you’ve set the bar too high. That much positivism you feel as the new year unfolds may cause you to overdrive. That surge of energy may make you set your threshold to unintentional heights.

Don’t be surprised if, by the end of this year, you feel like you have become the exact opposite of what you expected to become: Naive, Inept, and Unimportant.

There are personal goals unique to us that are not necessarily subject to the SMART criteria. Each one of us is unique in our own way – and, the same is true when it comes to how we construct our goals.

Yes, making your goals SMART-compatible will make those goals highly attainable. But the SMART criteria are only effective to specific goals – Concrete Measurable Goals.

For everything else, these perspectives will surely make you see your goals in a different light…

1. Don’t Give Yourself A Deadline

A concrete goal must have a target date of accomplishment. That’s true specially with concrete things like finance and some personal development goals. “By the end of the third quarter this year, I should already have a saving of X amount of dollar in my savings account toward my planned out-of-the-country vacation by the end of this year. In order to save that amount, I will be saving X amount of money every day, and I will limit my visit to Starbucks.” That kind of goal needs a concrete deadline because the end of that goal is time-based.

We have goals that are immeasurable by all accounts. Goals like “I want to have a rock star career” are abstract and cannot be qualified using the SMART criteria. So, you need to define for yourself what a “rock star career” is. You should be able to breakdown what makes a rock star career and translate that into attainable, concrete steps (get training, active networking, etc.).

But do you have to put a deadline on yourself? No. Because becoming a rock star does not happen overnight. Sure, you can accumulate some amount of knowledge and gain friends within a definite amount of time but putting a deadline to that will limit the territory you can conquer.

Becoming something big, like a rock star in any form, is a continuous process, and thus requires patience. If things do not fall in the right places in the time frame that you wanted, don’t feel like you are running out of time. Don’t feel like you’re nearing the edge of the cliff. Deadlines are there to guide us through our plans. But if they start to make you miserable in relation to what you want to achieve in life, you know what, screw deadlines!

2. Life Is Not About Winning

In the olden days, the ultimate measure of greatness is the magnitude of your conquest. Who has the biggest empire? Who invaded who? Who controlled the most strategic points? Those symbols of conquest are translated nowadays in terms of material measures like the size of houses one is capable of buying, the type of cars one drives to work, the number of fancy vacation one books in his calendar, etc. Bigger goals render bigger trophies. Dream big, they say.

But who are you trying to impress? Move on. Life is not about winning. It’s not about winning at all. The true measure of success can be found in your heart. And no amount of material things can satisfy that thing.

3. Say “No” more often, Say “Yes” Even More

Running out of time? Nearing a deadline and you feel like you haven’t done anything toward a goal? So, you think that saying “No” to anything that doesn’t help you advance to a goal is the key to achieving your goals within certain amount of time. That might be true. Freeing yourself from commitments you don’t really care about can free up time that you can use for things you care about.

Life is not about winning. So reach out. Have a list of “What-or-Whom-Can-I-Say-Yes-to-Today?” Say No but say Yes more often!

4. Stop Out Winning Others

Who’s keeping a tally of high achievers? CNN Money. Forbes. Wall Street. Larry Ellison. Mark Cuban. Warren Buffett. Or, even Tim Ferriss. Are you in the same league? If you answered Yes, please proceed to out winning all you want to out win. Becoming better has nothing to do with out winning others.

5. Life Is Not A Competition

Don’t feel like you have to prove your worth to anybody. Don’t feel like the society – or your social circle – is pressuring you to becoming something. Finish first, finish strong.

That’s not the name of this game we call life. No, let me take that back. Life is not even a game we play. Life is something meant to be lived, not played. Live up to your potentials. But don’t compare that with what people ahead of you have achieved. For one thing, you didn’t know what kind of battle they fought.

6. The Only Competition Is You

The only thing that stand between you and greatness? You. Start from you and end with you. Then you see You. There is no competition. There is only You.

7. Not Winning Is OK

Do you feel like you’ve been losing left and right? You only feel so because you treat life as if it is a game that you play against everyone else and that you need to win every time to keep your sanity. Haven’t achieved anything significant the past year? What is “significant” to you?

We might not necessarily think about this now but small wins might end up to be our biggest wins down the road. Define winning and losing in your context. Don’t let big wins by others define your personal meaning of winning.

8. No One Cares If You Fail Or Succeed

Losing a big bet? Failing to achieve that quota that would have guaranteed promotion and fatter paycheck? But who cares? Who really cares? Get back to the track and try again. Remember, don’t put a deadline on yourself. Sure, “they” want you to win now. But win in your own terms.

If you’re all for the Win, then Failure cease to matter.

9. Fail Often, Try Often

Winning motivates you. Failing determines your character. Have a definitive character. Fail often.

10. Stop Winning Others

In “How to Win Friends and Influence People“, Dale Carnegie said “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” That’s one of the many ways to win friends and influence people.

But guess what’s better way to attract more people? Be You. Setting your mind up to win others is a losing strategy.

11. Set Free Goals Instead Of Measurable Ones

SMART Goals bring you success and happiness. Failed SMART Goals? Unhappiness and feeling of worthlessness. Make a bucket list. Focus on your “Someday List”.

12. Or, Don’t Set Goals At All

When you begin to understand that life is not about winning and out winning others give you nothing but emptiness, you begin to realize that goals are not really necessary. Live life the way it is meant to be lived. Live life as is. Aspire to become Goal-Free.

Well, these perspectives sound like a list of “Things That Make One A Loser.” Take it with a grain of salt.

 

How Worker’s Productivity Determines Incentives

Workers productivity is both important to the firm and the employee himself. A worker’s productivity is determined by various aspects which influence the efficiency and quality of work. Companies are investing heavily on their workforce because they are well aware that without them, there would be no production.

Workers are the company’s assets and failure to maintain a good relationship with them may lead to low productivity thus leading to a drop in profits. However, when workers productivity is high, they largely benefit as the company’s revenues increase and with a good cash flow, workers hard work is paid off handsomely.

There are various ways in which workers benefit from their productivity. These include:

Salary Increments, bonus and incentive schemes

Workers performance is recognized by salary increment where the management shares some of their profits with the employees. This greatly motivates the worker and in return works more efficiently.

This is to ensure that the worker gets what he/she deserves and proves to the workers that the management cares about their needs. Bonuses are usually given after a certain period of time and is usually based on the level of productivity.

Insurance Benefits

When workers productivity is high, the company is able to insure each individual by registering them with the insurance company. This is beneficial as it covers medical care in case of sickness, accidents or death where all expenses are paid in full.

It also compensates workers in case of injuries and disabilities which occurs while working in the firm. To this regard, every worker in a firm should possess a Ni number. It is used to pay taxes, work, and access to social security and medical care.

Training

When productivity is high, the company is able to reap from the huge profits incurred. Since the workers are the most valuable assets in the firm, they are provided with training and education insurance.

The training is usually done to sharpen their skills and to help them familiarize themselves with the changing world of technology. Others are offered full education sponsorship in higher learning institutions and thus adding valuable knowledge which benefits them in future.

Investment options

A good company rewards the workers hard work by providing them with insurance for their businesses where they benefit from several coverage’s, offering them loans and also registering them with money lending institutions where they easily access loans which they use to start investments.

The company stand as their guarantors which makes it easier for them to invest without any fears.

Job Security

A company lays off its employees when there is a drop in productivity. Extreme measures are taken to ensure that all excess manpower is rid of. This greatly affects the workers as most of them solely depend on the job for survival.

High productivity ensures all workers are insured in case of lay-offs where they get compensated. Insurance provides them with income even when unemployed.

 

Author Bio
Flora, a passionate blogger who shares her thoughts on various topics she came across. As certified as a Masters in Finance, she frequently analyze the financial aspects which she come across and shares her knowledge in various blogs. Presently she is working for Ni number.

7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively.

 

Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment:

 

Smile To Everyone Policy

It may look like simple, but this policy is hard to implement since people are too shy to be kind and approachable. But you should set this rule to smile to everyone and you will see the amazing result to all the employees. Sending back a pleasant smile to your co-worker will you the chance to know them better. Smiling to everyone in your office can be a good start of the day, it can give positive energy to everyone and can help them to work hard.

 

Top-Down Communication

Always have a transparent communication to every employee of the company. Make their role in the company be cleared for them by explaining it properly and make sure that they understand what are expected from them. Misunderstanding that comes from vague communication can easily avoid by proper communication of every person involved in the business. You can achieve good communication by training your people to listen and understand  every word that other people will say. This practice will help people in your company to build relationships and respect.

 

Reward and Encourage Teamwork

Make opportunities for every member of the company to do their best at work by having rewards to encourage them. Also, do not forget to thank and acknowledge effort of all the members if there is a success in one project. Appreciating and praising all the team members create a healthy and productive workplace. Make every member of the team feel safe knowing that they can count on each other.

 

Positive Work Environment

Creating a positive environment for the workplace can improve not only productivity, but loyalty of employers to the company. You can establish a positive work environment by checking if it is hostile. By developing and implementing policies to prevent discrimination and harassment can also improve your workplace. You will feel more safer at work. And feeling secured is enough for the people to be more productive and creative at work.

 

Boost Energy

Effectiveness of every human force can be achieved when there are creativity and concentration. Give some free time for your employees to work out. Bring some easy and useful exercises that they can do at the office to boost their energy at work. Make sure that your staff members are moving throughout the day and not just genuinely committed to their desk-based work. Let them be active and energetic by giving them freedom to work in different areas of the office or set schedules for walking meetings.

 

Efficient Office Tools

Do not let your employees complain about the limitations of the tools they are using. Provide them with efficient office tools that they need like a desktop PC and other gadgets that they are most comfortable with. Working with the tools that works properly will let them be more productive.

 

Look Beyond Technology

Of course, it is very important for all business to have the best technology solutions to improve their productivity. But it is not the most important asset that they need, keeping their employees engaged and happy with their work is the key to create more productivity at work. That is why you should always boost your people’s morale. Remember that a happy workforce creates productivity.

 

Creating a more productive and engaging environment to work takes a few simple steps. Small changes can lead to big differences. Always create an environment that brings out the best in everyone. An environment where people will love to come and work hard.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

A girl who loves adventure! Dawn Atkins is a college student who always finds time to enjoy life by traveling, mountain climbing, and island hopping. She also works as a content contributor for edugeeksclub.com as her part-time work. It is Dawn’s dream to travel the world and climb Mt. Fuji.

7 Ways to Make Your Mornings a Productive Start

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Mornings aren’t that easy for most people. Morning means having to wake up early, do a routine, and deal with traffic on the way to work or someplace else.

These things can surely make people cranky and hate mornings, which affect their demeanor in doing important tasks for the day.

Your morning doesn’t have to be a bad start. Here are seven productive ways to start your morning right and make it a good one:

1. Prepare your needs the night before

If you’re in need of something to wear the next day, or prepare your things and food, you better do it the night before. This is a great time-saver, and your mind is still aware of what you want to do the next day.

It’s also helpful that you prepare a list of the major tasks you need to accomplish for the next day. This can save you time thinking about what was that important task you must do.

2. Wake up earlier than usual

If you wake up at around 5:30am, try waking up 15 minutes earlier. This can give you time to do more things in the morning. Waking up earlier than your usual call time is proven to jump-start your day right.

This psyches your mind that you have to wake up early and do things on time. Plus, you won’t feel so hurried in going to school or work because you made it a point to wake up really early.

3. Eat a hearty breakfast

A good breakfast can fuel you properly. Choose something that you can prepare the night before or right in the morning, like toast, butter, cheese, cereals, fruit, and coffee.

If you’re not used to eating breakfast, now’s the time to make this your morning habit. Studies have shown the benefits of eating a regular breakfast. Plus, preparing something sumptuous along with a hot cup of coffee can perk you up and get you out of bed sooner. Breakfast is something to look forward to in the mornings.

4. Take a good shower

A cold shower can be energizing. It wakes up your senses and makes you feel refreshed afterwards. Take a 5-10 minute shower to help you start the day. You cannot deny that fresh and clean feeling after a shower.

5. Focus on your first tasks for the day

This is when your to-do checklist comes in handy. Write down the three most important things you must do and focus on that. Take it one at a time and focus on that one task you’re doing.

In this way, some items in your checklist can be ticked off come lunch time, and you can do other things in the afternoon that might need attention.

6. Take a break

Working for a long stretch in the morning doesn’t really amount to accomplishing anything. It doesn’t hurt to take breaks every so often, like for 15 minutes. Breaks can help you deal better with your workload, and doesn’t make you feel so harrowed.

This is especially beneficial for those of you who aren’t really morning persons. A simple break, like closing your eyes for a while, stretching, or even a nap, can help you regain your senses and prepare you for other tasks later on.

7. Reward yourself with a good lunch

You surely deserve a treat with a good lunch meal by yourself or with your friends. That can energize you for the late afternoon after all the hard work you did in the morning.

These small ways can ensure you of a productive start in the morning.

About the author:

Eliza Sullin is a college student and a freelance writer for bestessays.com.au. She learned to deal with her morning habits and she hopes this article can help others as well in starting their day right. During her free time, she likes reading books and spending time with friends.

Essential Ways To Be Productive When Working From Home

Productivity Tips When Working From Home

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How can you be productive when you are working from home? People often think of their home as a place where they take the time to relax and simply be themselves. It is a place where we let loose and have some downtime.

It is important for any worker to take the time to recharge his batteries and not to bring his work to his home but there are times when a worker wants to take a side project or try to become his own boss by becoming an entrepreneur.

Those things are not easy to do especially if you have a regular job that is both demanding and stressful.

Sometimes you simply spend your time during the weekends watching TV and some movies to relax. You do not want to think about the things that you really want to do because it is hard for you to be productive when you are working at home.

There are just too many things that can cause you to stop working and simply enjoying the company of your friends and family. To overcome those distractions here are some essential ways that anyone can do to be more productive when they are working from home:

 

1. Write A Good Plan

If you really want to be productive when you are working at home, it is important to have a plan in mind and then write it on a piece of paper or on your notebook so that you will not forget about it. When you are writing your plan, it is important to be realistic about it.

You also have to have a time frame for your plan; it cannot be open-ended so that you will really get to work on it. As a writer, I often think about writing my own best-selling book and I realized that planning for it makes sense in a way that it really helps me monitor my actions if it goes in the direction of my goals and so that I can make my dreams come true.

2. No Time, Make Time When Working At Home

A lot of us are not productive when we are at home or even if we are at work because we often make excuses. One of most common excuses that we make is that we do not have the time to reach our goals or to make our dreams come true.

If we really want to make those dreams come true, we have to make time to get it done especially of you are working at home. All of us are given the exact amount of time in a day, what separates those who are productive is their ability to make time and simply make things work. Make time for your goals and dreams.

3. Overcome Your Distractions

A lot of times our distractions get the better of us when we are writing our plans or our goals. Sometimes distractions keep us from reaching our goals and making the most of our day when we are working at home.

The key to overcoming distractions is to avoid them as much as possible. Another good way to overcome distractions is to think about your dreams and your goals. When you do that, you will have a sense of what you really want to achieve and what is more important. The TV and going out are one of the most common distractions out there; sometimes the easiest way to avoid them is to keep yourself busy with things that make you better and productive.

Those are some essential ways that you can be productive when you are working from home. It may not be easy and it will take some considerable amount of willpower but if you want to make your dreams come true you have to be willing to sacrifice and simply work hard at it.

About the Author:

Jemi Hewitt is an experienced online business consultant and writer who works at http://www.bestessays.com/ ; she cares about providing useful advice to people to help them improve their lives. When she is not busy writing articles, you can find her helping different charities in her community.

5 Tips On How To Be Productive By Working Smarter

A lot of people think that to get ahead in this world and be productive you have to work hard; and, to some degree, they are right but it is not the only way.

There is a better way to the whole work hard mentality and that is to work smarter.

What is the work smart mentality? Why is it better than working hard? Working smart is about finding creative ways to solve your problems or concerns.

It is about finding a better way to do things that will make you more productive. It is better to working hard because in essence you do not have to exert too much effort to get things done.

How can you be productive by working smart? Here are some useful tips that you can do to be productive in your workplace by working smart:

1. Learn To Innovate

It is important for any worker to be not afraid to innovate especially in one’s workplace.

It is tough to introduce new ideas to your colleagues or even to your boss but if it is really good or it can help solve a problem in your workplace, why not give it a try.

Being innovative is about being observant and finding solutions to the problems in your everyday lives.

2. Write Realistic Goals

Part of being productive is setting up goals. When you write down your goals, it is important to be realistic.

What I mean by realistic, is that it should be measurable and it should have a time frame. It should also be achievable.

Some people like to shoot for the stars but it is important to think about what you can do that is within your reach in that way you can have a higher chance of achieving it.

3. Have A Good Plan For Your Work   

Some workers do not plan for the work, they just let things be. It is important to learn how to write a good game plan on how your can make your work easier and better.

You need to think ahead so that you are better prepared for things that may caught you off guard.

A good plan can help you fight stress in your workplace because you are not surprised by unexpected happenings at your work.

4. Learn To Fail Forward

We all make mistakes and sometimes we fail at things. Some people would take things too seriously when they fail or make a mistake that they fail to realize that the one of the best ways to be productive and be successful is to learn from your mistakes.

The key is to learn from your mistakes. As a writer, I have made a lot of mistakes in my career but it made me better. It made me realize that I should learn to fail forward.

5. Ask The Right Questions 

A lot of people fail to ask good questions from their colleagues or even from their boss and that is why they work hard at something instead of working smart at their task by simply asking the right questions. By asking the right questions, it can help you avoid mistakes and can save you lot of time in your work.

Those are some amazing tips on how to be productive by working smart. We need to work smart instead of exhausting ourselves. Working smart can help you save more time to enjoy life better.

 

About the Author:

Elizabeth Terry is one of the experienced essay writers in her company; she likes to provide helpful advice to people out there. When she is not writing articles, she participates in different charitable causes.

How Freelancing Can Help Start Your Business

Yes, freelancers do get to set their own hours. And, you’re right, they can take a Doritos break any time they want. And, sure, they do get to do all of this while ensconced in their favorite flannel pajamas.

FreelancersBut there’s more to freelancing than meets the eye. Despite the casual dress code and extremely flexible schedule, freelancing can actually help you succeed as an entrepreneur–building your own business empire.

If you’re wondering how working from your living room in your bunny slippers can possibly lead to success as an entrepreneur, don’t worry.

Freelancing is not as uncommon or laid back as it sounds.

According to a recent Forbes article, freelancers will make up nearly half of the workforce by 2020.

In fact, a clever business person can use their freelancing experience as a way to hone their skills, strut their stuff, and gain valuable contacts.

Honing your skills

As a freelancer, you will need to develop some important skills in order to survive. Here are just a few.

1. Marketing. The only way to survive as a freelancer is to constantly generate new business. And this involves marketing and selling both yourself and your services.

2. Negotiating. Outside of the business realm, most people have very little experience wheeling and dealing–unless, of course, you count the time you offered a low price for a house or wangled free window-tinting on your new Buick.

Freelancers, however, must negotiate price, deadlines, and other details of their jobs all the time.

3. Relevance. In order to compete, freelancers must keep up-to-date on the latest industry trends, constantly acquire new skills and knowledge, and continually challenge themselves.

As a result, freelancers are masters of professional development–eager to learn and willing to abandon outdated ways.

4. Versatility. As a freelancer, you will be exposed to a variety of software and other technologies, business models, and internal processes.

As a result, you will not only possess a wealth of knowledge, but you will also become extremely adaptable–willing and able to tackle new challenges and ways of doing business without trepidation.

Freelancers also need a certain degree of money management skills to survive during the lean times. In What’s Your Financial Back-Up Plan? the author states that although the majority of adults feel a financial back up plan is necessary, few actually have a Plan B in place. Don’t be the minority.

Strutting Your Stuff

Freelancers do not have the backing of a large company–and said large company’s advertising campaign. Subsequently, freelancers become skilled at self-promotion.

And one great way of showing what you can do is to showcase what you have done.

If you are new to the world of writing, graphic design, web design, interior decorating, or any other creative business, freelancing will help you accumulate an impressive body of work.

Freelancing will help you develop a healthy collection of referrals and–the key to future income–an extraordinary portfolio that truly enables you to strut your know-how.

Gaining valuable contacts

Succeeding in the world of business requires networking–and freelancing is the perfect opportunity to meet new contacts and gain exposure for your brand.

1. No borders. Freelancing provides individuals with the chance to gain national–and, sometimes, global–exposure.

These global opportunities will involve networking with industry movers and shakers–contacts that will prove valuable in developing your business empire.

2. Credit. Freelancers have complete control over the quality of their work. You don’t have to worry about sharing credit for your final product with co-workers or the company that you work for.

When you create a masterpiece, it is fully attributed to you.

Granted, some people think that being self-employed sucks. While working at your kitchen table might not be the most dignified career choice, it may be a wise one.

So shed that suit jacket and fling off that tie. Grab your jammies and get to work. You’ve got an empire to run.

How has freelancing contributed to the success of your business empire?

Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, illustrator, and avid blogger. She does confess that she loves to work in her pyjamas and schedules her break during Dr. Phil. You can follow her neurotic and OCD ramblings at The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss.

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How to Overcome Stress in the Workplace

Dealing With Stress At WorkplaceWe encounter stress on a daily basis especially in our workplace. Sometimes it is part of our daily lives but it does not have to be. It is important to learn how to deal with stress and how to overcome it.

If we just let stress rule our lives, it can cause serious damage to our health and to our overall well-being. We must learn ways to overcome it before it overcomes us.
Some people deal with stress in different ways. Some people prefer to go to the park and be one with nature. Some people prefer to exercise and go to the gym to let go off some steam.

Some people would do some yoga while some people would simply sing about it. One of the simplest ways that I have learned on how to deal with stress and its effects is through writing.
With regards to writing, here are some useful tips that can help anyone overcome stress:

1. Write about your Feelings

People sometimes have forgotten how important it is to express your feelings and emotions. One of the best ways to do it is to write about those feelings and emotions that burdens you.

It give us some relief when we write down the feelings that we are have locked up inside. We must learn to express them in a good way. Writing about it, is the start to letting go of any negative feelings that you may have inside.

2. Share What You Wrote to Others

I know that this may seem crazy to others but it is important to share to other people what you have written for as long as you are comfortable with it. When you discuss what you have written to another person, they can help you identify why you felt that way and that person can give you some new perspective and advice on how to deal with it.

It is also a relief to have someone to talk to about what you are feeling especially in your workplace. Sometimes all you need is to have someone to talk to.

3. Blog about It

One way to unburden yourself and deal with stress is to blog about the experiences that you have encountered that brought you some stress. Blogging is like having a diary that you can use to write about your daily experiences whether that may be good or bad. You can use an alias to protect your name and to remain anonymous; this can give you the freedom to write about what you feel without the fear that people may judge you differently.

Blogging your feelings especially about your workplace can also help someone in need or who is in the same situation as you are. You may not know it but you may be helping someone in need when you blog about your experiences.
Those are some useful tips that anyone can use to overcome stress especially through writing. I have found out how relaxing it is to be able to write about your feelings and be able to share it to the world.

Sometimes when you know that other people have the same problems as you do, it helps you feel better and it can even provide a way for you to find some solutions to your problems. It is important to remember that we should not let stress overwhelmed us, we must overcome it.
About the Author:

Jean Sykes is one of the uk essay writers that tries to help ordinary people live better lives. She also takes part in charitable causes that provides relief and support to those who are struck by calamities.

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7 Hacks to Write Faster

Note: This is a guest post from Nicole.

If you want to make money as a writer, it pays to not only write well, but fast. This is especially true if you are just starting out and working your way up from low paying, flat rate gigs.

To make these gigs worthwhile, you need to be able to write efficiently — otherwise you’ll be living the stereotypical writer’s life, subsisting on a dismal hourly rate.

You can learn to write faster with daily practice, and by taking advantage of these 7 hacks I’ve learned along the way.

And hey, you’ll benefit from writing quickly even when you start raking in the big bucks, having paid your dues and transformed yourself into a true wordsmith.

Ready? Let’s get hacking!

Hack #1: Pre-write

You’ll save time by simply having a plan. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a rough outline, some point form notes, and a general direction for the thrust of your piece.

If you’re right-brained, you may prefer a mind map drawn with paper or pencil – or download a free template online.

Hack #2: Limit Your Research

In modern times we have a glorious, free tool we can use to investigate, learn and fact check. It’s called the internet and it’s there to help writers write faster (as well as other things).

A key point: get familiar with reliable sources of information you can go to when it’s crunch time. Then spend no longer than ten minutes grabbing pithy quotes, interesting stats and a fact or two you didn’t know before from a credible online publication. Then go to town.

Hack #3: Just Do It

Remember when you had to write a paper on deadline for a high school/college/university class – and that looming deadline was mental agony? You couldn’t enjoy your weekend knowing it was unavoidable, but you procrastinated anyway.

Then it was ten times harder to start once you couldn’t put it off a second longer. Don’t do that. It makes the writing process slow and arduous when you create so much angst around just starting.

Set a time to begin your project and dive in. Believe what the pros tell you: first drafts are frequently crap. Accept that, and keep your fingers typing or your pen moving across the paper.

Hack #4: Write Like You Speak

Gone are the days when you had to be formal and stuffy to be a trusted authority on a topic. Here are the days when people want their information fast, easily digestible and delivered in a friendly, conversational manner.

Try to imitate a text book from the last century and you’ll slow down your mental process and lose your audience. Think friendly and approachable and you’ll avoid blocking your word flow with needless posing – in other words, just be yourself.

Hack #5: Use Plain Language

Every business out there has its special jargon for those in the know (and governments may be the worst at this kind of incomprehensible phrasing – ever get a letter from a federal agency and have no idea what you’re supposed to do with it? Then you know what I mean).

Cut to the point and you’ll not only write faster, your message will be clearer. Remove extra words, cliches, and industry-specific mumbo jumbo.

Believe me, your audience will thank you for it. And you’ll cut down your writing and revising time substantially.

Hack #6: Don’t Stop ‘Til You’re Done

Once you’re in the flow, no getting up from your writing until you’ve polished off your conclusion (unless, of course, you’re writing a 500 page thesis – then you’re allowed to call your Mom on Sunday).

Seriously, once you get writing, persist and enjoy the flow. Think of it like running a race. You don’t shave seconds off your time by meandering down a side street.

You put all your effort and energy in just crossing the finish line. In other words, don’t fret about spelling, grammar and all that jazz right now. Just finish.

Hack #7: Revise Later — Waayyyyy Later

OK, you’ve done it. You’ve finished your piece and you’ve completed it in record time. Hurray! Congratulate yourself on your efficiency and for earning a not-too-bad wage for your trouble.

Now save your work and do something fun. Eat a sandwich, have a beer, call your spouse, walk the dog, take a nap, mind the baby — whatever non-writing stuff you also want to fill your day with.

Tomorrow is a new day, and unless you’re down to the wire on a deadline, you’ll do a better job of revising your work – and do it more quickly — if you take a day or two away from it.

Come back to it later with fresh eyes and … giddy up! You’ll enjoy the clarity distance offers. You’ll get your proofreading done quickly, and can send that piece off to its boss lickety-split.

Nicole Breit is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She blogs about marketing, online reputation management and small business issues.