Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
In our quest to get things done, we sometimes confuse busyness with productivity. What is the difference? It’s easier to be busy and more difficult to be productive; as productivity requires focus, strategic thinking and big-picture planning.
Many of us have had the opportunity to work with “busy” people. They constantly rush around, in a mild state of panic, stay late at work, and yet seem to accomplish very little in their week. Conversely, there are those who appear to effortlessly get things done, who always seem to be in control, to have the answer.
If you’re anything like me, there are a hundred things vying for your attention online every day. From the moment my eyes open until I log off and head to bed, I’m bombarded with messages, personal emails, work emails, etc. Every day, I try to selectively choose what gets my attention and, particularly when work is crazy, I make sure to build in mini-breaks. During those breaks, I step away from projects and seek out information that will make me think, laugh, and even cry. These breaks improve my productivity as I go back to the task at hand feeling refreshed.
All of us experience moments where we find ourselves contemplating our life decisions. Sometimes it’s a big event, like a break-up or a health crisis, that pushes us to take a closer look at our life. Other times, it might be a small rumbling in the universe that feels suspiciously like discontent that leads us to wonder if we should be doing something differently.
Whatever leads you to the brink of change, taking the steps to refresh or reset your life can be daunting.
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Today I found myself doing something annoying. I was pulling together an invoice and had questions about who had been paid this, and how much we’d paid for that. I knew we had the information somewhere in the office, most likely in a file marked “project expenses”. However, I found myself calling out to my assistant and asking her. I reasoned that she would know right where to look and be able to put her hands on the needed documents faster.
Are you looking for a solution to a specific problem? Do you need to kick your creative side into gear? Brainstorming is an effective tool for situations where creative thinking and problem solving are required. Brainstorming can be done by an individual, or in a group, and both options have their benefits. The point of brainstorming, whether in a group or alone, is to get as many ideas out of your head in as little time possible. In the initial stages of brainstorming, you are technically “brain dumping”.
A few events happened in my personal life recently that made me re-examine the sales process. The first event centered around my son leasing his first condominium. The saleswoman showed them the unit, got them to the point of signing, and then stopped communicating with them altogether as her part was done. A better sales approach would have been to take a moment and realize that these were young kids, nervous about their first official rental, and then walking them through the entire process right down to the key transfer.
No matter where you may be, anxiety has a funny way of sneaking up and surprising you. While you try to keep yourself together when your spouse is deployed, the last thing you want to do is get anxious about everyday tasks. There are numerous situations that could contribute to an unexpected anxiety flare-up, but the good news is that there are ways to quickly help relieve the stress of the situation.