We’re sitting an average of 9.3 hours or more a day, and this lack of activity has been linked to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Staying motivated at work can be hard at times. However, there are ways that you can be fit and keep your job.
Adjustable desks are great. By using a desk that adjusts between standing and sitting, you can eliminate some of those deadly sitting hours, but still relax when you need it. A standing desk can also help you with your concentration, keep you more focused.
Sometimes we can become consumed by our computer screens. Leave a note in your workspace or set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to get up at least once every hour, even if it’s just to take a stroll to a co-worker’s cubicle to say hello. Spend about 5 minutes stretching your back, neck, arms and legs. This will give you an extra boost and can help increase productivity once you return to your desk. A great excuse to get up and moving is to fill up your water bottle several times a day. Increasing your daily water consumption gives you more energy and helps you feel less sluggish.
Consider a one on one walking meeting rather than sitting behind a desk or in a conference room. Take phone calls while standing. Schedule walks during your breaks. If you drive to work, park farther away, take stairs rather than escalators and elevators.
Don’t skip the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will start your day off right and keep you on track. Eating shortly after you wake up will help boost your metabolism. If you’re short on time with limited breaks, be sure to keep some healthy snacks and fresh fruit at your desk so you are not tempted to hit the vending machine. A food journal is a great idea to help keep you accountable.
Exercising can be more fun when done with a friend or two. Find someone who also is trying to make fitness part of their lifestyle. The key is to check in with this person and hold them accountable for their fitness goals and in turn they will do the same for you. A friendly competition with coworkers is always a fun way to get everyone motivated.
There is no reason not to prioritize your health, no matter how busy you are. Being healthy is a win-win; it gives you more energy, so that you can be more productive, feel great, and have more of everything in life.
Brenda Sheaffer May 21st, 2017
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We over commit because we want to please people; we want to be liked. But spreading yourself too thin ensures that some things on your list gets overlooked which does nothing to bolster your likeability. Do you want to be counted on to always says ‘yes’? Or to always do a good job?
Here’s a few strategies to help you overcome the “yes” syndrome and find that happy balance.
Bad habits are hard to break. Be careful not to build up a habit of over-commitment, since the more you say yes, the more people will ask. You’ll be asked to donate your time, your brain, and your resources. If you say yes to everything, you’ll over-commit yourself. In addition, your work will take a back seat. You’re attempt to meet other people’s needs will be at the expense of your own business.
Take time to consider the request. Never say yes first! Give yourself time to reflect and allow you time to examine your schedule before committing. Be sure to ask questions and get all the details so you’re all on the same page. Otherwise you may find yourself at a charity event you thought would take 2 hours is now 4 hours.
If you decide to say “no”, then stick to it. Don’t say “maybe” or “I could if…”, because these things usually turn into a “yes” in the end. There’s no reason for you to feel obligated to explain your decision either.
If the person needs an answer right away, your first inclination should be to say “no”. Any request for help should be able to come with a grace period for you to take all into consideration before making that commitment. If it doesn’t feel right, never say “yes”. Saying NO more often allows you to say “yes” to what matters to me. I still serve, help, contribute but it’s out of generosity, not a self-imposed obligation. It’s actually selfish to say “yes’ when you want to say NO, so no need to act or feel guilty, because you are doing what is best for everyone involved.
People-pleasing can have serious risks. Not only does it put a lot of pressure and stress on you, essentially you can make yourself sick from doing too much. If you’re over committed, you probably get less sleep and get more anxious and upset. You’re also depleting your energy resources. In the worst case scenario, you’ll wake up and find yourself depressed, because you’re on such overload because you possibly can’t do it all.
The first no to anyone is always the hardest. But once you get over that first bump, you will be well on your way to getting off the “yes” treadmill. Also, remember that you’re saying no for good reasons. You get time for yourself and for the people you really want to help.
Brenda Sheaffer April 25th, 2017
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Before you start your office rental search, spend some time thinking about how you will use your office and what you will use it for. Consider some of the following questions as you consider your office rental needs:
Where are my customers or clients?
Who will visit our office and what do we want them to see?
Leading into, is there a reception area, waiting area and kitchen?
Where are my employees?
What extra amenities will I need?
Are there small and large conference rooms?
Can my business grow here?
By utilizing shared office space for your office rental this will cut down on the time needed to find space, set up internet, hook up phone lines, and maintain these services. Everything is included in an office package. You have access to a receptionist, conference rooms, kitchens, and everything you need to just set up your computer and get started.
There is no one solution for office space needs and getting creative when thinking about office space can be exciting. Saddling a start-up business with a huge liability like a 3-5 year lease can be tough when resources are limited. Especially when there are so many alternative solutions available. The Office Quarters will simplify your business with flexible office rental options and support services in a professional environment.
admin April 18th, 2017
We are often overwhelmed by how much there is to do and often think that we can push through and get it all done by working more hours. Working smarter will get you your time back and you will be more productive.
Working long hours isn’t always effective and can be hazardous to your health. In fact, studies show that productivity drops sharply after 55 hours, and, by the time you reach over 70 hours, productivity is so low that the output is the same as having worked 55 hours in a week.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to be more productive is to slow down. Having self-awareness allows an individual to prioritize his or her own needs, ask for help, cut losses, and build upon strengths in an intentional manner. In other words, working smart essentially means figuring out what your strengths are and building a network around you to build upon those in order to reach goals in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
The 80/20 rule basically suggests that a small amount of inputs contributes to a much larger amount of outputs. The purpose of 80/20 is to force you to be more ruthless in cutting time in areas that contribute little. Stop Multitasking, give yourself strict deadlines to finish projects. Set a timer for 90 minutes to finish a small project. Focus on the work for the duration of the time and stop once the time goes off. If it’s a larger project, divide it into smaller achievable goals.
Don’t overcommit, we constantly overestimate what we can achieve in one day, and underestimate what we can achieve in one year. Set big goals for yourself in life, but set small achievable goals for your day to day activities.
Sometimes when we’re working, our mind strays on other things we may need to get done, like household chores, kids’ schedules, groceries. When these stray thoughts come, quickly transfer them onto a notepad or to do list. This way, you’re sending a strong message to your brain that you’re taking care of business, and to keep sending these important reminders, but not to worry because you’ll get them handled.
Lastly, it’s important for us not to overwork ourselves and get enough sleep to maintain a high level of productivity. Next time you’re wondering why you may not be working productively, the reason may be simple as you being one of 70% of people who doesn’t get enough sleep.
Brenda Sheaffer March 20th, 2017
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The more employees you have, the greater the risk that someone will carry a cold or the flu into your facility. Once one person is sick, germs spread like wildfire through the office until practically everyone is either home in bed or sitting at their desks, spreading the germs to coworkers. Depending on your business, germs may even be spread to your vendors and customers. If employees take colds or the flu home, it may mean more time off work to care for sick children or family members.
Practicing proper office hygiene helps to combat colds and flu at work, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teaching your employees proper hygiene etiquette will not only keep everyone healthy and at work, it will help reduce the spread of infectious diseases throughout your community. Although many diseases are spread by dirty hands, hand washing is only one component of keeping germs in check, but the effort must not stop there. Here are some tips for helping your office keep good hygiene so you can be prepared and hopefully avoid that cold or flu.
Eating at your desk is a hard habit to break, especially if you’re a workaholic. While this shows your dedication to your job, it also directly increases the level of bacterial contamination at your desk. If you can’t help but eat at your desk, be sure to clean it regularly.
If you have never disinfected your desk, it may be harboring all sorts of germs you came into contact with by touching things in and out of the office. Daily cleaning of computer keyboards, touch screens on copy machines, scanners and vending machines too and telephones, handsets and keypads with a disinfectant will prevent re-infection. Light switches, stair railings, doorknobs and elevator buttons are also teaming with germs, as are buttons and handles on microwaves and refrigerators in common spaces like the office kitchen, break rooms and meeting areas. A great idea would be to install hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the facility and provide each employee with disinfecting wipes for cleaning desks and workstation areas. Most importantly, no matter how valuable an employee is, working in the office while sick and possibly contagious is counterproductive to workplace health so it would be best if you or coworker is sick, take a sick day.
Brenda Sheaffer February 16th, 2017
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