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•    Do you sometimes forget files, appointments, dates, keys or even deadlines and then have to apologise?
•    Do you wish there were more than 24 hours in one day?
•    Do you wish you had gone to bed earlier last night?

You may already use paper or electronic organisers to plan your day but even with these, you still don’t seem to get everything done. Sound familiar? Well, you are not alone.

It is very important to manage one’s time but particularly if you are someone who has to multi-task and juggle many jobs during the course of a day.

Let us look at some strategies to help you become more organised / productive.

•    Find out how you allocate your time. Start a log of everything that you do during the day, to see exactly how much time you spend on activities such as emailing, social networking,
phoning, eating, drinking or travelling.
•    Prioritise your ‘to do’ list in categories. MUST DO, SHOULD DO, LIKE TO DO
•    Every evening, plan the next day and keep strictly to your ‘to do’ list!
•    Try NOT to answer the phone every time it rings!
•    Email is addictive so turn it off when you are concentrating.
•    Make a concerted effort to manage your daily interruptions.
•    Learn to say ‘No!’ when asked to carry out a task which is unrealistic.
•    Don’t procrastinate. Once you have started a project – see it through to the end. Although it may seem obvious, the more productive time you spend on it, the sooner it will be
completed.

We all have the same 24 hours in each day, yet some seem to utilise their time better than others because the chances are they are organised and self-disciplined.
What about you?

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STRESS TIP OF THE DAY:

Know how many hours sleep you need per night and ensure you get it. If you have to get up early in the morning then get an early night. You can’t store up all your sleep at the weekend and think that it will keep you going during the week – you have to sleep properly on a daily basis.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss!. She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.

Book Carole for a high impact motivational presentation at your next Seminar or conference. See her live at www.carolespiers.com

 
Park your Email!

Turn off your email alerts as they interrupt what you are doing. Set time aside daily to do your correspondence. Interruptions break your concentration and make you less effective.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss! She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly business newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.

Book Carole for a high impact motivational presentation at your next Seminar or conference. See her live at www.carolespiers.com

 

 

People often say “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and that’s actually quite true—which is why it’s so important to be aware of the image that you portray to those you meet.

So, knowing that, how do you make the best first impression possible? Everyone’s different, and while you don’t want to be too structured in your manner, there are definitely some elements you’ll want to keep in mind to help you show yourself in the best possible light.

It is said that we take less than five seconds to evaluate someone new that we meet.  And in that time, the other person formulates an opinion about you, your dress, your body language, your warmth, your posture, your smile and your speech.  Making a good first impression is really very important, because very often that image is the one that is retained.

So here are a few ways in which you can ensure that people’s first impression of you is a good one. Continue reading »

 

Laughter has many health benefits that we’re apparently failing to take advantage of.  Laughter is, for example, a healthy form of exercise for our heart, and as an aerobic exercise is good for our lungs as well. It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream; helps to reduce tension and lower blood pressure; and reduces the levels of certain stress hormones that tend to weaken our immune system. And numerous medical studies have proven its links with both pain reduction and the acceleration of the healing process. Continue reading »

 

We all know that we work harder when we feel involved in a particular role or task and when we feel appreciated for our efforts, so you can imagine I wasn’t surprised to read the following statistics about employee engagement.

  • Disengaged workers are costing the UK £44 billion in lost productivity every year [Institute of Employment Studies]
  • Engaged employees take only 2.7 sick days per year compared to the 6.2 days taken by disengaged staff [Gallup]

Good communication, in particular the ability to listen carefully to employees, is undoubtedly the essence of successful employee engagement.  Employees want, and need, to feel part of the organisation if they are to make a 100% commitment to it. Understanding company goals and aspirations and contributing to the culture of the organisation gives a new meaning to employee engagement. Continue reading »

 

Top 10 Business Tips from Stress Expert Carole  Spiers

1. Keep your business running – the roads and public transport will be busy. As an employer, the Games may impact on your business logistics, so plan routes in advance for orders, employees, deliveries, customers and visitors.

2. Forward planning – as an employee, get ahead of the Games and plan how you can vary your commuting routes in advance of the events – find out where the travel hot-spots are.

3. Work overload – if individual workloads are increased owing to traffic disruption or absenteeism, plan for this proactively, in advance.

4. Working remotely – it may be a good idea for some employees to work remotely from home during the actual Games. Continue reading »

 

In an era where our personal workspace is coming under increasing threat from new developments such as ‘hot-desking’, it can be more and more difficult to ensure that your workstation is set up correctly, and meets your particular needs. Even if you have your own workspace that has been unchanged for months or even years, you may still be the unwitting victim of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or problems such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) – which could themselves be adding to your stress levels.

 To avoid these, it’s vital that your personal workstation meets your needs as closely as possible, and a key contributor to this is ensuring that you’re able to sit correctly. Wherever you’re sitting and working, the following checklist will help to ensure you’re not doing harm to your body:

  • Your seat should be fully adjustable, with controls that are easy to reach from your sitting position. The back and depth of the seat should be suitable for a person of your stature, and the chair should also provide appropriate lumbar and pelvic support – ideally with adjustable lumbar support for a ‘perfect fit’.
  • Sit well back into your chair to ensure proper support for your spine and pelvis – don’t ‘perch’ on the front of your seat. Tilt your seat forwards to ensure the proper ‘S’ shape for your spine, and adjust the height of the chair so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees.
  • Sit in the chair in a balanced upright posture (don’t slouch), and move the chair close enough to your desk to avoid stretching or leaning.
  • If you’re using a PC, the middle row of your keyboard should be level with your elbow, with your forearms parallel to the floor. Your mouse should be easy to reach, and your screen should be at eye level. You should also position it at 90° to any light sources – in order to avoid reflections – and if you’re inputting data, use a copy holder that’s within your field of view.
  • If you’re writing, your elbow should be just below the top of your desk, and if you’re doing a lot of writing, use a rest that slopes the page towards you. This will lessen eye strain, and reduce the need to lean forwards.
  • If you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, try to ensure that you move as often as possible, particularly rocking backward and forward, changing the position of your legs etc. Also, try to take breaks away from your desk as regularly as you can.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss!

She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.  Book Carole for a high impact motivational presentation at your next Seminar or conference. See her live at www.carolespiers.com

 

 

 

 

No it certainly is not.  It is often mistakenly thought that stress and anxiety is good for people, when in fact, long-term stress is invariably physically and mentally harmful.  A certain amount of pressure can indeed motivate and can therefore be useful, but stress is never so.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss!.  She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.

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