Office distractions are all around us. And they are getting increasingly more difficult to tune out. There are so many ways our boss, customers and teammates can reach us to break our focus, it makes it challenging to get things done. Related: 7 Ways To Stay Productive At Work Maybe this is why we are all so very busy each and every day. It makes it challenging to get anything done. You get emails, texts, phone calls all day long for so many different people. There are countless meetings on the schedule, so much so that when you are done with calls and meetings it seems you have two hours to get eight hours of work done and mathematically, that just isn’t going to work. Despite all of the demands and distractions, there are ways to tune them out when you have to get something done. They are not easy and some of them are not for the faint of heart (#1), but I can attest, that these do work. When emails and browsers and phones are on, I get less done. When I am not thoughtful about my plan for the week, I am less focused and productive and when I spend too much time chit-chatting with my boss, clients, or co-workers, I am sure to not meet my missions for the week. When I am on deadline with something, I am more rigid with this list. When I have more free time, I am less rigid. It’s not perfect, but I can tell you that it works. The first three usually make people shudder (especially the people on my team with two monitors!). But nonetheless, it is important to know what you can do to tune out some of those pesky office distractions. And by the way, it is not rude to have your door closed… Just sayin'.
Four million people. Four million people quit their jobs in August of 2021. The Great Resignation is real and it is at a tipping point.
But here's the problem: of those four million people (and plenty others), I can tell you that—sadly—millions of them are going to end up back in the hourly jobs or the type of work that they hate.
Before Quitting Your Job, Find Your Purpose To Unlock Your Career Potential!
The reason why millions of people will end up back in a job they hate is because of one simple thing: if you don't understand how to break down who you are as a professional, what kind of work you prefer to do, what kind of companies you're attracted to, and how to connect the dots around that, you will not find more satisfying work. You will not find your purpose.
Eventually, bills are going to pile up. People are going to be stuck returning to jobs that will make them more miserable than the jobs they quit. Unless you do something about it. Unless you manage to find your purpose and finally unlock your career potential.
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Here's what you'll learn:
- What kind of work you should be looking for based on your lifestyle and needs
- How to identify the kinds of companies you would be happiest working at
- Which of your skills you should focus on leveraging in a job so that you feel happier at work each day
- How your personality impacts what type of work you should be looking for
So, if you're one of those people who has been a part of the Great Resignation, and you're saying, "I don't know what to do next, but I know I don't want to do what I was doing," come join me. Let me show you what you need to do to find work that actually makes you happy.
This training is going to blow your mind. I'm going to show you things about yourself you never understood as a professional, and you're going to wonder, "Why didn't they teach us this in school? But the good news is, I'm teaching you now.
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am reminded how grateful I am, not only for the people around me but that I have the opportunity to run my own business. One of the benefits of running a small business is that it gives me the ability to donate to causes that matter to me, and find ways to help build community, and show others the benefits of charitable giving.
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Giving back. It's just a good thing to do. Seems simple enough, maybe too simple, but if your business is in a place where it can give back in a meaningful way, I highly suggest it. A study from the Cleveland Clinic on giving found some surprising health benefits that include lower blood pressure, less depression, lower stress, increased self-esteem, and overall greater happiness. Who wouldn't want all of that?
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Millennials make up the largest generation in the labor force and will grow to 73 million strong in the US by 2025. With that clout comes expectations and buying power, but we will get to that in a moment. If you want to attract (and keep) top talent, they need to feel that they are working for more than just a business. They want to know they are making a positive social impact. According to a recent study, six out of ten millennials say that a "sense of purpose is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employer." Employees respect companies that are trying to bring positive changes. It makes employees feel good and increases their emotional attachment to their employer. So, if you want to hire better talent that is happier, more productive, and stays with the company longer—you might need a giving strategy.
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Before you make a purchase, do you read the reviews? I know I do. So, having a good reputation in business works the same way. People want to do business with "good" companies. Your brand is only as good as people perceive it to be. Charitable giving is an easy way to let the world know what you care about and that you are willing to put skin in the game to make a change for the better. A 2018 study found 88% of Americans say they would buy products from a company leading with purpose. Add that to the fact that millennials now have disposable income and massive buying power. People, especially millennials, care about what they support with their money. Brand loyalty is harder to come by these days but, it can be won through impactful purchasing when you build a relationship with your customers. Champion a cause that people care about and there is a pretty good chance your giving efforts can generate both revenue and goodwill.
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This one is pretty straightforward. As a small business owner, I hear a collective "Yes please!" when it comes to tax deductions. Typically an LLC can deduct up to 50% of adjusted gross income, but be sure to consult your tax professional regarding your specific situation and the organization you choose to donate to.
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Most businesses get requests for donations to various charities pretty regularly. This kind of piecemeal giving is fine, but will probably never be more than one-directional. To truly maximize your efforts, you need to be strategic in how you give.
Finding a cause that will align with your company values or goals is a great place to start. Cisco is a good example of strategic giving on a large scale. Cisco created a free educational program to train high school students to be computer network administrators. This did two things: it gave job opportunities to high school graduates and helped the company alleviate a potential growth constraint.
For small businesses, and smaller budgets, it might require a bit more work to find strategic charitable alignment but it is worth taking the time to do. And the beauty of aligning your giving with your brand is that you can decide to do whatever you want—start your own foundation, simply give to a nonprofit, or even volunteer your time. The possibilities are practically endless.
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When you hate your job, there's usually one main reason why. I've been a career coach for 20 years and I can tell you that every time I work with someone, the reason is the same.
You all might think you have different reasons, but there is one singular reason why you hate your job. And that's because it is not leveraging your workplace persona.
What's Your Workplace Persona?
Your workplace persona is the way that you like to contribute. It's how you do tasks. It tells you what type of work makes you feel satisfied. When we feel satisfied with work, we feel like we're creating value the way we want to create value. When you hate a job, it is because the work that you're doing does not feel effective, does not feel valuable. It feels like it's wasting your talents.
If you currently feel like this about your job, that's okay. This is something school never taught us. They told us to just get a job and climb the ladder, and you'll eventually figure it out—which was a bunch of B.S. I have worked with over a hundred thousand people on a tool called the "Career Decoder." That's right. Over a hundred thousand people have taken our free 20-question quiz since 2015.
This Career Decoder Quiz tells you what your preferred workplace personas are. There are eight workplace personas. After you take the quiz, you'll see what percentage of each persona you are. Your top personas will tell you how you like to create value and which jobs/careers would be the best fit for you. A huge lightbulb will go off because you're going to finally understand the type of work you would like to do and why you might like one job, but your best friend, sister, or significant other would hate it.
We're all different human beings. We all create value in different ways. But they never taught us this in school, and I think they didn't teach us because it's too powerful. Once you understand this about yourself, you never have to go back. You can then really dial in and develop a plan to find a job and build a career that makes you feel satisfied.
Take My Career Decoder Quiz To Find Out Your Workplace Persona!
We have a crisis of purpose going on right now in this pandemic. Millions of people are leaving their jobs because they are sick and tired of doing work that doesn't play to their workplace personas. This is at the heart of the "Great Resignation." So, if you want to learn about the eight workplace personas, if you want to find out how you like to create value, take my FREE Career Decoder Quiz today!
It's going to blow your mind when you start to understand this stuff about yourself. A two-minute quiz is going to change your life. I guarantee it.
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Well, don't. There's no need to be intimidated or frustrated when deciding what to wear even though it seems overwhelming. Skinny jeans or straight leg? Front tuck or no tuck? Sweater vest or cardigan? What do you choose?
I will make it simple.
How To Choose What To Wear This Fall
First, think about what attracts your eye; maybe purple is your favorite color or you like dresses because it's one piece versus two. Regardless, you should start by picking things that you like because if you don't it will sit in your closet.
Once you've found clothes that you like, you can start looking at trends that you can incorporate into your current wardrobe. All trends are not created equal. Sports bras were a big trend this year which is fine for a 15-year-old girl but not for anyone older than that (yours truly). I use the phrase "just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Remember that designers create style for everyone, so your job is to look at trends and decide what's for you. You should consider your body type, skin tone, age, and lifestyle. That is a whole other article.
The good news is that many trends carry forward from one season to the next. Yeah! So, there are probably pieces you already own that are still fashionable. So, how do you start? Like anything else nowadays, search online. If you're a new mom and getting back into your regular size clothes that you haven't worn in a year, search "new mom style" or "fall trends for new moms." I guarantee you'll have a lot of posts to choose from. I suggest finding websites, stylists, magazines, and professionals in the industry that you resonate with and follow them on social media. I am taking this opportunity to plug myself. Find me on Facebook at Cbstyle and Instagram at Carla Hammack. You'll start seeing patterns in what they suggest, and then you'll get a feel for what you should try.
Have fun! Head to the stores with a full stomach (don't shop on an empty stomach—DISASTER!) and a hydrating drink and take your time. Look around for things that interest you and then take a few pieces into the dressing room. And please let a styling associate help you. That's what we're here to do. They are not asking for your first born, just what type of jeans you want. And if you don't know, tell them that. They can then pull the right items for you and give you proper feedback. We also give tips and tricks to make clothes look better and more comfortable. You can then establish a relationship with helpful associates and they become part of your glam squad! They'll find things for you, call you about pieces you need, and let you know when an item goes on sale. Once you work with your glam squad, you'll start figuring things out on your own. As a personal stylist, I like to suggest trends that are easy to wear, flattering on most body types, versatile, and sensible (no sports bras for 53-year-old ladies).
3 Fashion Trends For Fall 2021
For fall 2021, I like three trends for women: blush pink, faux leather, and dark florals. Blush pink is soft, feminine, and looks great with neutrals like black, brown and navy. If it's a color that doesn't look good against your skin, use it in accessories like a belt or handbag.
As an animal lover, I will suggest faux leather. I've been buying vegan leather which I love. It has all the same qualities as animal leather, but I sleep much better at night. Wear leather as a jacket or paneled on
leggings or a tunic. It looks rich and luxurious. You can make it look edgy by wearing it as a moto jacket or a bomber.
Dark florals are so whimsical and romantic. They can soften a suit or professional look or wear with jeans or on a dress for a formal event. If you have a small frame and don't want a floral pattern to overwhelm you, wear a small print paired with a solid color. Florals offer a hint of boho (short for bohemian) style, which is soft and simple.
These fall trends are easy to find, update your wardrobe quickly, and can be quite affordable. Now that you've mastered clothes, visit my video on YouTube for fall accessory trends. Stay stylish!
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