3 Guidelines for the Office Party

What Kind of Office Costume Do You Have in Mind?

What Kind of Office Costume Do You Have in Mind?

This post is by Julee Russo, a dog lover who focuses on living life and savoring every moment
without messing up the next. :)

The office party might be the biggest double edged blade in American corporate culture. Even though reports from Careerbuilder.com indicate that employees who partake in happy hour are more likely to advance, mixing with co-workers during a happy hour offers the potential for disaster. Add in the pressure of coming up with a clever costume or outfit, and the anxiety of attending the office party can become outright frightful. But cheer up party-goers, the minefield of the office party can be cleared with some preparation.

Know your Limits, Don’t Test Them
Knowing one’s alcohol tolerance should be the first step prior to stepping up to the bar, but even experienced drinkers should remember that the office party is not the same as a weekend with friends. The ability to chug a pitcher faster than the starting left tackle might have been social gold in college, but the ability might raise questions about maturity in the eyes of your superiors. Just because the office paid for an open bar does not mean that the goal of the party should be to drain it of every drop. Indulge and mingle without forgetting that you’ll have to face these same co-workers again when the party stops.
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2 Ways to Improve Focus and Productivity

pure focus and productivity

pure focus and productivity

In the realm of freelancers and entrepreneurs, your productivity is a key element that separates you from success and failure. Yet, to most, our productivity is a big sticking point that keeps us from creating and producing the work we desire. Fortunately, learning and applying productivity boosting techniques will increase your output, leading to more income and more time for all areas of your life. By increasing your productivity, you’ll be able to produce higher quality work in less time and have more time for yourself, giving you the time to do what you truly want.

Understanding How Focus Affects Productivity

To improve our productivity, we first need to understand how focus is a major determinate in improving our productivity. By taking our focus and amplifying its quantity and quality, we are able to drastically boost our productivity beyond what we currently have. Focus comes in two forms: quantity and quality.

Focus Quantity: Focus quantity is easily measured by asking yourself “how long can you focus on a single task for?” By answering this question, you’ll be able to get a baseline on your focus quantity.  For example, if you were working on a project with multiple tasks, are you able to work on each task till the task is complete? Do you tend to jump around from task to task or get distracted by email or social media apps? How long can you focus on a single task for?

Focus Quality: Focus quality is measured by what you focus on. Are you focusing on high leverage work, or do you tend to be overwhelmed by minor tasks that do not make a huge impact to your work or business?
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Are YOU Ready to Become a Linchpin?

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Like most of you, I’ve gone through the public school system and learned English, Math, Social Studies, Science, P.E. and conformity. That in itself wasn’t a bad thing during the industrial age when industry required many workers that demonstrated conformity and careful following of instructions. The work was monotonous, but people were able to earn a comfortable living mass-producing widgets. Thus the educational system was tailored to produce pre-programmed ‘cogs’ ready to follow a set of instructions input by management.

“Sit down, shut up and conform with the rules.”

As is with most large systems burdened by bureaucracy, our educational system has been slow to evolve and has fallen behind in understanding what is currently in demand by society. Unfortunately, the idea of conformity and ‘going with the flow’ has become a de facto rule in making a living for oneself. Parents encourage us to stay in school, graduate and find a stable, well paying job. Peers calculate your success depending on the size your employer. Continue reading

Overcoming the Want of Praise

Do you crave praise from others?

Do you crave praise from others?

This post is part of the Guest Post Giveaway at the blog Unready and Willing. If you think articles about writing or personal development (or personal development for writers) sounds like a good fit for your blog, please take a look at the Guest Post Giveaway page and see if any of the articles spark your interest.

Why should you endeavor to overcome the want of praise? Isn’t it a good thing to be loved and celebrated for the things you do?

There’s nothing wrong with praise itself, but the want of praise is an entirely different matter. If you fall into the trap of constantly seeking approval, validation, and recognition from other people as the primary way to determine your self-value, you lose the ability to generate your own self-value, and you will continue to rely on other people to buoy your self-esteem. The reliance on external praise can grow to the point that whenever someone praises you, even in the smallest way, you feel a rush of elation, the feeling that “someone out there values my existence.”

Unfortunately, if this external praise is all you have, the high will always wear off. The people who applaud you can only clap their hands for so long and the awards and trophies you’ve received are destined to gather dust. No matter how great your achievements may be there will always be a time when the flood of praise will run to a trickle, and then be gone. Continue reading

How to Relieve Stress When Life Hands You Lemons

Relieve stress before it consumes you!

Relieve stress before it consumes you!

We’ve all had those days when everything seems to go wrong. Mismatching socks, hair that doesn’t want to stay down/up, spilling your morning coffee, forgetting a meeting that started 30 minutes ago, traffic lights that turn red at the first sight of you, and much more. Such days usually only last a day and after a good night’s rest, you wake up to a new day and in better spirits.

But what if things continue to go awry and the stress increases, putting you in a chronically stressed state? Continue reading

A Proven Way to Boost Brain Performance in 30 Minutes

Cognitive performance can be improved!

Cognitive performance can be improved!

You’ve heard the hype: ‘supplements’ that boost brain performance, games that improve your IQ, toys for toddlers that’ll make them the next Mozart.  Although some companies may claim an extreme brain boost at an extreme price, the verdict is still out on if the products offer a real boost to brain performance apart from the placebo effect. Much to the delight of such product peddlers, the lack of concrete research doesn’t detract the people who are driven to gain any advantage they can in the race to achieve more. Continue reading

What’s a Good Opening Pickup Line?

What's your pickup line?

What's your pickup line?

Happy 2010 & the start of a new decade! Since this post marks the start of a new year, I thought I’d do something a bit lighthearted and fun, yet still valuable. Have you ever wondered what to say to that attractive girl/guy (whom you’d like to meet) standing in line behind you? Would saying “Hi” be enough to start a conversation, or should you try a clever pickup line?
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How To Work The Room at a Networking Event

Are you networking?

Are you networking?

This is a guest post by Srinivas Rao, a personal development blogger at The Skool of Life where he writes about personal development and spirituality, and ties it all together through his love for surfing. He also runs a surfing blog called Stoked for Life.

One of the things that I’ve done a good amount of over the last 7 months is attend networking events. They always make for an interesting dynamic and are a fascinating study of human behavior and how people connect.  My main piece of advice on how to work the room, is don’t. I know that sounds ridiculous considering the title of the article, but I want to share some of my own thoughts on this.

Keith Ferrazi, in his book Never Eat Alone, describes a personality type called “the networking jerk.” This is a person who is concerned with working the room, collecting cards, meeting as many people as possible, not present at all and always looking for somebody more important to talk to. In other words this person is a COMPLETE DOUCHEBAG.   That’s a bit harsh, but let’s face it. Do you really want this kind of person in your network? This is often the kind of person who is all take and no give.  It’s best to the complete opposite. Continue reading

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