A simple, easy way to de-stress

Are you feeling stressed right now? Of course I’ve felt it too – plenty of times. Nobody gets to escape stress in our world! I learned about a very simple, and very effective method to calm my stress from a company called HeartMath. I’ll tell you how to use their method, and then I’ll tell you about them. Even though I meditate pretty regularly, and even though I’m pretty aware and mindful – sometimes stress piles up inside of me and my usual methods don’t work. So I turn to HeartMath. HOW TO EASILY CALM YOUR STRESS Here’s how you can use their method: Sit down somewhere comfortable and close your eyes. Start breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Now visualize your heart and the whole area around your heart – visualize the whole 360 degrees around your heart, including the back of your heart – all the way around. […]

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When it Really CAN Wait: How to Manage Your Time at Work

Since my job is in digital marketing, it’s probably no surprise to hear that I get about 100 emails each day. Granted, only about 40 percent of those are legitimate (non-spam), but it’s still a lot. Add that in with inter-office messaging, verbal conversation, meetings, and phone calls, and it’s hard to actually get work done some days!   But effective time management is possible, and I want to share some tricks I’ve learned for how to manage your time at work. Prioritize. Some things are more timely and important to do before others – you can’t possibly do everything right away, and you shouldn’t. Every morning, I look at my task list and organize each item based on priority: Critical items like submitting payroll and drafting an important holiday promotion email campaign for a client take precedence, followed by the daily/weekly tasks that I know require more of my […]

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How My Colleagues Make Life Easier

What small things can you do to make your life just a little easier? Sometimes my days seem so packed that the thought of trying to change any of my habits seems overwhelming. But I also know that small changes can add up to feeling a lot less frazzled and a lot more peaceful and grounded – even when I’m feeling way too busy. I also know that small changes are easier to incorporate into my routine and then, I’m a lot more likely to actually do them! To get ideas, I decided to take a poll of some of my colleagues to see what they do. Here you go – and I’d love to hear what little things you do to simplify your life. You can post your comments in the section at the very end of this post. “I do all of my cooking on Sunday, so that […]

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Fighting Distraction with Focus

Most days I get dozens and dozens of emails, and these are just the ones that are legitimate. They’re from clients, vendors and co-workers. I love that I can use email to communicate quickly, how email provides a paper trail for records, and how it supplements my organization of tasks. But I don’t love the way it complicates my life.  In some ways, it’s made my life fragmented and frustrated. I crave the moments when I can get off the grid and leave all technology behind.  Here’s an example: email is the bane of my existence when I’m trying to focus on a project or lengthy task. Unfortunately, I’m of the makeup that, when I see the little box slide in at the upper right of my screen I feel like I have to check the email. If it’s a request for something that only takes a minute or two to […]

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