New Year Resolutions?

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Hello there!

I hope that you are enjoying Christmas and are looking forward to what the New Year holds.

For many the New Year is a time for reflection and making new decisions. On a personal level, many join gyms only to find that the momentum for exercising has gone, along with a chunk of their disposable income. Others decide that they are going to change their habits, e.g quitting smoking or drinking less, yet after a few months end up back where they started!

I am not trying to be pessimistic, but I wonder why we make resolutions which don’t last?

Should we make decisions based on the time of year it is? Should business owners try to do the same in their business life? Can these changes actually work better for our businesses than our personal lives?

One thing that I have learnt and that may be an answer the question as to why resolutions don’t always work, and that is how realistic we are.

This does not mean that we should not challenge ourselves or step outside our comfort zones, we should try new ideas, new ways of working by all means, but do not be hard on ourselves if we find that we are more suited to one thing/idea/concept than another. We cannot be good at everything. As small business owners or sole traders we do everything and if we do not always get things right, then we think that we are failures, we are not! I have had to learn the hard way, and I now believe that being realistic about my strengths is the key to my future success.

While some may find social media and the internet overwhelming, to a certain degree we are fortunate to have access to all kinds of support.

Doing a quick search on the internet and you will find a few sites that want to advise you about improving your business in the New Year.

hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/…/small-business-tips.aspx– gives six tips on managing your business better through employee engagement. These tips are relevant for all types of businesses as they try to encourage you to look at how you currently work, and how to make improvements.

For tips on social media see, www.contentfac.com/new-years-resolutions-for-small-business-owners/.

Some good advice from the US Office supply company Office Depot, can be found at solutions.officedepot.com/…/7-new-years-resolutions-for-small-business. This is more in line with having a work life balance.

What these sites all have in common is that they are offering good advice, which can be applied all year round, not just for New Year.

To answer my own questions about resolutions and change – we should not wait for New Year to change anything which we are not comfortable with. Of course, if this works for you, then fine, if not then make a decision every day, to do what you are passionate about and do it well. Remember that you cannot please everyone all the time, but no one can knock for you doing your very best. I just hope that you feel encouraged to make changes. Remember to Love what you do!

Everything I write is in good faith, and I always advise that you  do some research yourself.

Take care, and I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!

 

Tricia

 

Keep Calm and Smile!

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Hi there.

With less than a week to go before Christmas, I thought I would throw a few one liners your way, to add some more Christmas cheer. Sorry Bah Humbug folk, next week I will be focussing on the coming year, with more serious stuff.

So now, let us begin.

Twitter is great for news and information, but if you want a little chuckle or a giggle, there are some real gems. I recently came across Steve Nielson’s tweet:

‘RT @NotoriousWomen

Instead of ‘lol’ (laughing out loud) I use ‘lqtm’ (laughing quietly to myself). It’s so much more dignified.’

This made me smile, along with a few other alternative definitions of everyday words from his site, musicalpearls.com/glossary/.

Some of the terms, may not be to everyone’s taste, but never the less they are very clever. With a whole dictionary to choose from, I could be here all day, so here are a few from the beginning that made me giggle:

Acne – A borough in North London

Adolescence – A time when you think you’ll never be as stupid as your parents

Agog – A half- finished Jewish place of worship

Archaeologist – Someone whose career lies in ruins

Burglarize – what a crook sees with

Cashew – the sound a nut makes when it sneezes

From Twitter,‘And there’s more’:

Real Marsha Wright ‏@marshawright,

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Oscar Wilde.

Rodney Dangerfield ‏@DangerfieldSez,

“I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.” Rodney Dangerfield.

A website that I refer to often is http://www.brainyquote.com. They have a really good mixture of quotes from all sorts of folks. Here are a few:

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know. W H Auden.

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening. Franklin P Jones.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twain.

Hope you enjoyed this quick jaunt, and please join me next week.

Now all  that remains for me to say is,

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Take care,

 

Tricia

Love What You Do!

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Hi there,

I hope that you have not been working too hard and have tried to have some sort of work- life -balance. This is of course easier said than done. These next few weeks will either see folks winding down, or being wound up! Stress levels can get seriously high!

Being in a job you dislike, or having a career which was not planned is for some the cause of the stress. Now I am no stress expert, but I just want to comment this week about why we should ‘love what we do.’ Some of what I have to say will be reiterated in a New Year blog in a couple of weeks’ time.

Now when I say ‘love what you do’ I am not trying to be patronising. I live in the real world where there are bills to pay and mouths to feed, so for the majority, they have a job that pays for those essential aspects of life, irrespective as to whether they enjoy it or not.

Why this blog, then? Well, because I have learnt the hard way that if you do not enjoy what you do, then you won’t necessarily do a very good job.

I am a hard worker and always endeavour to do my best, but if my heart isn’t in it, then I fall short of my own expectations.

I am not telling everyone to run out and set up companies based on what they love doing. Of course, if it is moral and legal, and you can why not? But if it is not realistic then, all I can say is try to find some aspect of the work you do enjoyable. Finding some positives about what you do will help you get through your day. If you hate your job, because it has too much responsibility or does not pay you enough, think about doing something completely different.

I can almost hear a cry of, ‘Well that’s easy for you to say!’ Actually, it isn’t. I have had to make decisions about how I want to make a living, which has meant earning less, in order to have a less stressful life.  I am not alone, there are many talented, hard- working people who are not doing the jobs that others (close to them) think they should be doing. They have made decisions based on convenience and of course taking on roles which have allowed for a better work-life-balance.

According to an article called 60 per cent of UK workers not happy in their jobs, by Investors in people:

‘Lack of job satisfaction is being cited as the number one reason for the desire to change roles, with almost half (48 per cent) believing they would be more satisfied elsewhere.’

Professor Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick and team found that:

“… human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity,”… “Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings, while negative emotions have the opposite effect.” The Guardian, see http://www.theguardian.com › Science › Psychology

Also in The Telegraph:

‘In simple terms, happy people were 12 per cent more productive than “normal” people.’ See http://www.telegraph.co.uk › News › Shopping and consumer news.

I started out wanting to make a brief point about finding a way to ‘love what you do’ and here I am ending with statistics. Well, statistics are not everything as they be used in all sorts of ways, but you will know whether what you are doing is right for you.

I hope that this has given you something to think about and that you find a way to Love What You Do!

Take care,

Tricia