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Where is your calm place?

business career mindset Aug 19, 2019
 

Here in the UK August is traditionally holiday season and holidays are a great way to switch off from work and recharge our batteries.

But what about the rest of the time! It’s just as important to be able to stay calm and manage any stresses right through the year. If you’ve read the last couple of Monday Munch’s you’ll already have some strategies that will help.

This week I’m going to share a couple more.

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Where is your calm place?

Think about a time when you felt really relaxed and calm and happy. Make it a specific time. Take a moment to go back there in your mind and re-live the moment, remember it clearly. What could you see, what could you hear, taste, smell, feel?  As you recall that memory and all the details of it, you’ll start to feel that lovely relaxed, calm and happy feeling that you had back then; and the great thing is that now you’ve got it right here and right now.

Mine is on a hillside above Ullswater in the...

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Border control for your career

business career mindset Aug 12, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’ve got so much on, and there are still people asking you for more things, whether it be bits of work or meetings or problems to solve?

It’s not something you have to put up with. You can choose to do something about it.

Setting Your Boundaries

When I talk about setting your boundaries, I’m talking in terms both of your time and the things that you do. It’s very easy to get into a situation where you feel like you just haven’t got time to do everything. 

 So, take a few minutes to step back and take a new look.

  • What are you doing that you don’t have to do?
  • What are you doing that someone else could (or perhaps should) be doing?
  • Are you taking work home at night, or answering emails at all hours?
  • Are you working way more hours that you’re contracted for?
  • Do you have so much work that you can’t possibly do it in the hours available?

 If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, isn’t...

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Taking control of your emotions

business career mindset Aug 05, 2019

As we move into August, many people are on holiday, the rush hour roads and trains are quieter and it’s perhaps a chance to reflect and get some strategies in place to reduce stress and increase your levels of calm and peace.

August is a 4 Monday month this year, so look out here and in my Monday Munch email, for some top tips to help you move into the autumn in a positive and stress-free state.

Emotions: reflex or choice?

Have you ever had any of these reactions (either yourself or you’ve heard someone else say it), or something similar:

  • You make me so mad!
  • He really knows how to push my buttons!
  • She makes me feel stupid

The common factor in these examples is that “you”, “he”, or “she” (i.e. someone else) is doing something, and you are reporting an emotional response. That response (reaction) is probably in the way that you always react, and you probably do it almost instantly.

It has become an almost instinctive response and you...

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Why you should keep your CV up to date – even if you own the company!

business career May 20, 2019

The answer to this isn’t necessarily as obvious as you think!

OK, well I guess there’s one really obvious answer:

So that you’re always ready to go to the job market, especially when the unexpected happens like your role is made redundant.

BUT, there are other reasons that you will benefit by updating your CV regularly (I always suggest to my clients that they do a mini career review every 2-3 months, and this is part of it.)

Here are some of the ways an up-to-date CV will help you in your career (even if your career is as owner of the business!).

  1. An up-to-date CV means that when you get to your performance appraisal you’ve got a log of the evidence that shows the benefits you’ve brought to the company, which gives you the opportunity to get the best outcome from that event.
  2. When you’re talking with customers, you’ll know which stories to tell them to demonstrate how you’ve helped people like them, increasing your credibility and the...
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