Your Career and Vacation Time: A Balancing Act

Your Career and Vacation Time: A Balancing Act

Summer time is just around the corner. And for many professionals across the continent, that means embarking on their next great escape —  a well-deserved vacation where they can just relax and really enjoy life.

At least that’s what it should mean!

Unfortunately, many people neglect to use their vacation days, working themselves to the bone and dangerously flirting with burnout. We understand. There’s just so much to do and taking time off just never seems practical, or even possible.

But studies have proven that vacations can have a dramatically positive effect on productivity and success in the workplace. So rather than postponing your getaway indefinitely, let’s discover a few practical tips and strategies to better balance work and play instead.

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How to Accelerate Your Career by Building Better Habits

How to Accelerate Your Career by Building Better HabitsIn 1993, Eugene Pauly, a southern California resident, was urgently rushed to the hospital. Suffering from violent stomach pains and a soaring 105 degree temperature, Mr. Pauly eventually slipped into a coma for 10 days.

After waking, the doctors informed him that the medial temporal lobe of his brain had been decimated by viral encephalitis, resulting in severe short-term memory loss. Due to the malady, Eugene would no longer able to retain new information for more than a minute, though his memory of 30 years prior would still be perfectly functional.

As Eugene and his wife, Beverly, started to settle into their new life, dealing with his short-term memory loss and the incredible hardships that result because of it, they began a new daily routine of walking around the neighborhood block each morning.

One day Beverly went to find and prepare Eugene for their morning walk, but he had disappeared. She was frantic and immediately set out to find him. Where could he have gone? This man who couldn’t recall the names of their grandchildren or even remember where the kitchen was in their own home…

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New Year’s Resolutions Revisited: How to achieve your goals in 2018

New Year's Resolutions Revisited

It’s the middle of March. Daylight savings has begun, warmer weather is on its way and the world around us is beginning to bloom and come back to life. Things are looking up!

Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when many a new year’s resolution begins to fall by the wayside. Those things we were so excited about starting in January become harder to sustain and our resolve to read more, go to bed earlier, exercise more often, etc. is easily broken. This is completely understandable. With so much going on, it’s easy to regress back into old habits — sometimes without even realizing it.

But old habits aren’t going to get us where we want to go in business or in life. That’s why we made the resolutions in the first place, right? Something needed to change so that we could move forward.

In this post, we’ll help you reevaluate your resolutions and outline a few practical tactics you can use to get back on track with your new year goals. Ready to get started?

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Visual Marketing Techniques For Your Business (Part 3)

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Ah, we made it to the final installment of our Visual Marketing series. If you missed part 1 and part 2, make sure to click through and read them as well.

In this series we’ve been discussing the importance of quality design and having an authentic visual representation of your business. Today we conclude by talking about simple videography tips you can use to create higher quality marketing videos, on your OWN, for your website, YouTube or other platform.

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Visual Marketing Techniques For Your Business (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of our Visual Marketing series where we’re discussing the need to visually represent your business in an authentic manner, and how to do it. If you missed part 1 on design, go ahead and start there, we’ll be here when you get back.

Today we’re talking about digital photography. More specifically, we’re talking about some basic tips and techniques you can use to quickly up your photo game and better promote your business.

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Visual Marketing Techniques For Your Business (Part 1)

Visual Marketing Techniques
Alice Achterhof

It’s become apparent over the last few years that quality design and an authentic visual representation of your business are essential to success. And it make sense… we live in a culture where what we see helps dictate what we think and feel.

Take Minnetonka, for example, a footwear brand specializing in handcrafted moccasins. Everything on their website, from the color scheme to the chosen fonts, screams comfort and make me feel like cozying up to a fire, hot cup of cocoa in hand, a pair of warm slippers hugging my feet.

The truth is, the “look” of your company is important. The design of your website, your product packaging and social media posts, even the uniforms worn by your employees all help tell your customers a “story” about what your business stands for, the quality of your products or services, and more.

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What You Don’t Know About Multitasking

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If you’ve read any kind of productivity advice over the last few years, you’re probably aware that, despite our propensity for it, multitasking limits the amount of work we can get done at any given time. In fact, recent studies have even shown that multitasking:

    • Can decrease productivity by up to 40%.
    • This loss of productivity costs businesses an estimated 450 million dollars annually.
    • Multitasking can temporarily reduce IQ levels by 15 points.

But that doesn’t stop us… In a here-today-gone-tomorrow world where everything should have been done yesterday, we can’t help but answer emails during conference calls, surf the internet while we watch TV, or listen to music while we’re cooking dinner.

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