Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?
It’s like Halloween was yesterday, fall started like maybe 3 weeks ago and now there’s holiday ads and Christmas albums being released? If you’re one to worry about the stress of the holidays, sorry to have to give you yet another warning of the planning, merriment and family fun ahead.
With all of the holiday hoopla incoming, there’s another big day coming our way the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 — Black Friday! We’re talking about dynamite deals, we’re talking about big TV’s, we’re talking… you get it. Thankfully, the trend is going toward more and more e-commerce deals rather than long lines and limited stock at brick and mortar locations. You can expect the best deals going on at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more.
If you are reading this, chances are you are either great or awful at maintaining your work-life balance.
If you are great, you want another acknowledgment of your talents, and if you feel awful at planning, you want to find a remedy to fix it (or as a side note, you are just a procrastinator killing time professionally by reading beautiful articles).
If you asked me what my favorite type of batch was, I’d have to say chocolate chip cookies — hands down.
But time batching comes in a close second.
What is time batching? It’s a time management strategy that has you accomplish similar tasks in tandem. The idea is to get things done all at once instead of repeating the same tasks throughout the day.
It’s just another day in the office, other than the ominous sense of dread encircling you and your coworkers.
You jaunt over to your breakroom, hoping for a pick-up to get you out of this ghastly haze. Yet it just doesn’t shake it. An email notification buzzes on your phone. It’s your manager reminding you of your team’s looming deadline. But then you hear it — a shriek in the hallway. What could it be?
It’s the Efficiency Vampire! (“Wahh, ah, ah, ah”) And he’s come to suck away your — office productivity…!? But he’s not biting anyone he’s… just passing around the latest astrology quiz? And sharing horoscopes with everyone? He’s sucking away all of your coworker’s time on deadline… *gasp*! What do you do?
An organization doesn’t have a chance of success without its employees. Diverse teams, with their individual skill sets and proficiencies, come together to create something truly amazing that’s greater than the sum of their parts. To get the best from each employee regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, or race, we must proactively include them so they feel comfortable enough to show their full potential.
According to a McKinsey report, diversity leads to a more successful business. The report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity were 35 percent more inclined to have above-average financial returns. Those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15 percent more likely to have above-average financial returns.
The items you keep on your desk affect your work performance. Experts say that clutter is extremely distracting and can ruin your focus.
Our brains appreciate order, and constant visual reminders from a disorganized space deplete our cognitive resources, decreasing our ability to focus. The visual disturbance of clutter heightens cognitive overload and can lower our working memory. A UCLA study found that when we’re around clutter, our cortisol levels rise, increasing our stress levels due to sensory overload.
We all know that feeling of being busy all the time. You know how it is—no matter whether we have 10 or 10,000 things to do—when your superior or coworker asks for a favor at work, it’s hard to say no (not impossible).
The truth is that most of us have found comfort in being busy. It’s tempting to be the “busiest person” in the office. It feels like success. But here’s the thing: You’ve misunderstood the meaning of SUCCESS. Being more successful at work is also a matter of being productive with your time rather than just being busy.