WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 18 March 20195 Ultra-Effective Ways to Work Smarter, not Harder
Keep Your Old Memories (and make new ones!): benefits of documenting your life
There are times where we convince ourselves that we are so well-organized, when in fact the combination of work, school, family, daily responsibilities, hobbies, social life and events tend to take a toll on our bodies, and more specifically our minds. It is almost impossible to remember all of those important events and daily tasks we need to perform, and because of this, that is where taking notes comes to the rescue.
Here are 3 reasons to consider taking down some notes throughout the day:
Planning can greatly reduce your stress quotient. Proper planning gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you have formulated a feasible plan of action and that your goals are attainable.
Notetaking also helps you to be prepared for obstacles because part of the planning process is creating a contingency plan for unexpected problems.
Having a to-do list and marking them off throughout your daily and weekly activities will clearly illustrate whether or not you are staying on schedule.
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Nourish Yourself: Benefits of packing snacks
Science has proven that eating snacks throughout the day is a much better alternative to having a heavy mid-day meal. For optimum health and energy, make sure to keep healthy snacks at your desk that you can munch on when hunger strikes.
Forgo the vending machines in favor of fresh or dried fruits, energy bars, yogurt and nuts. Going several hours between meals can cause your blood sugar to drop and lead you to grab the nearest fast food or sugary treat available. Instead, opt to eat something every two to three hours to keep your blood sugar steady and energy levels up the entire day. Like you have heard before, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Check out these Nourish snacks (and win them here!)!
Dress to Impress: How to express yourself at work
Your own personal style says a great deal about the kind of person that you are, what you like, and your outlook on life in general. It also affects your mood and how you feel about yourself. If you are a student, try dressing up for class or before a big test. This can help your brain get in preparation mode and will also be good practice for the workforce. Skip the sweats and try a blazer to boost not only your professionalism but also your confidence!
You may want to express your own individuality, create an impression on someone special, or just make yourself feel more confident or professional. Whatever your reason, the clothing that you choose each day completes the package that you present to the world around you. If you are reading this thinking to yourself that your corporate office would never allow you to express yourself, then...keep on reading! Just because you wear a suit and tie doesn’t mean you can’t let yourself shine!
Try adding a pop of color, whether it is through a cool watch, colorful glasses, patterned ties or even some fun socks! You should try to achieve a good balance of your personality, your beliefs, and the expression of your thoughts in your clothing. This being said, even in the corporate world, you can find ways to express your true self. If expressing yourself through clothing is too difficult, try accessorizing your desk space, your tech or the walls around you. Check out and enter for your chance to win these phone cases (Cases By KAte) and Artifact Uprising’s awesome photo set with wood block! Tight on money for decorations? NO PROBLEM! Enter in our giveaway for some gear that can spice up your space whether that is in a dorm, office or at home.
Up Your Productivity: benefits of cutting off distractions
So, it’s 2017, and you know that this has to be your year for change. This is the best time to make changes and be motivated! This post will address the question of “How can I become more productive?” At one point in time or another, we have all procrastinated at work or school and it seems as if nothing is getting done. Well, this year, that has to change. Making the most of your time is critical (critical, not impossible!). There are a million different productivity tips out there, but here are 2 quick and easy ways to increase your productivity levels that have been proven to work wonders.
Peace and Quiet
It’s 2017...this year just like the last will be full of distractions. In this day and age, there are distractions everywhere. According to a study by LearnStuff.com, in the U.S. alone, over 12.2 billion collective hours are spent browsing social media on a daily basis. If you do your work from a computer, as most people nowadays in an office do, there are temptations to check social media, surf the Internet, check your email, go online shopping and even take selfies among many other things. When you are working or studying, know that social networking is not your biggest priority. Moreover, if coworkers are the source of distractions, consider isolating yourself, putting up signs or even directly asking to be left distraction free. Set boundaries and try your best to abide by them daily. A great tip is to pick a productive playlist and put in those headphones to let people know that you are in the zone and too busy to speak at the moment. Enter here for your chance to win a pair of Klipsch headphones!
Ready, set, GOAL!
The key to being productive is knowing what you are working towards at all times. As a paper person, I like to keep notebooks on me that keep track of my goals (it’s also really cathartic to check off completed tasks). If you aren’t one to carry around notebooks, that is no excuse. Nowadays, everyone has a phone or computer they can log their goals onto, basically, it’s important to keep all of your goals and priorities in a place that you can check up on throughout the day. When you see your goals organized and all in one place, you will be more motivated to get them done. And if you want to make your goals even easier to track (all the while sprucing up your desk aesthetics), then make sure to enter ProSky’s New Year New You #NYNY2017 giveaway here for your chance to win a hi-rise phone stand from Twelve South.