Pinterest has been popular for quite some time and you may be wondering how you can use it to scale your own business and create income by using a source you already use on a daily if not weekly basis. Fear not, because this is definitely something you can (and should) do! Pinterest allows you to share photos or graphics that are attached to a website or business that allows you to at times buy items, learn how to make things, or learn more about a topic that interests you. Why not utilize these aspects in your own business?
For example, you can attach a photo of your latest soaps or candles, create a link to your business or store, and then customers who see the photo and want your products, will buy them straight through the link and bingo! You get visits and even purchases without a lot of extra work on your part. Better yet, these pins stay around forever, so you could end up seeing the benefits for longer than you'd expect. Even established bloggers use pins to bring traffic to their blog or to create referral revenue from affiliate marketing. Having a VA help you with your Pinterest reach could be a huge benefit to your business as well. Check back soon for tips on how to leverage Pinterest to build your business!
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Job burnout and how to spot it.
Does achieving the American Dream conflict with work-life balance: The WHO says yes, calling burnout an “occupational phenomenon” that may require professional attention.
Finding a suitable balance between work and daily living is a challenge that many workers in the United States face.
Excelling in the office, exceeding expectations, and climbing the corporate ladder are all a part of the American dream. But many Americans struggle to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life. And that struggle can lead to an all-too-familiar feeling: burnout.
In fact, occupational burnout is such a problem in the U.S. and around the world that the World Health Organization, the WHO said that “burnout” is an “occupational phenomenon” that could lead someone to seek care although they did not go as far as to call it an official medical condition. In our hustle-obsessed culture, burnout has become a widespread epidemic. The constant state of exhaustion and overwhelm is still somewhat normalized. You wear busy as a badge of honor, and often ignore the early indicators that you're careening straight toward burnout town.
So, how can you tell if you’re actually burnt out? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Let’s dig into what you need to know so that you can kick that feeling of dread to the curb and reignite some excitement about your work (and life).
What Is Burnout?
Burnout is way more than a bad day or a groan-worthy project. It’s a persistent feeling of disinterest, disdain, hopelessness, and fatigue in regards to your work life.
Here are 13 signs that you're heading for burnout:
Specific symptoms of burnout include:
1. Having a negative and critical attitude at work.
2. Dreading going into work, and wanting to leave once you're there.
3. Having low energy and little interest at work.
4. Having trouble sleeping.
5. Being absent from work a lot.
6. Having feelings of emptiness.
7. Experiencing physical complaints such as headaches, illness, or backache.
8. Being irritated easily by team members or clients.
9. Having thoughts that your work doesn't have meaning or make a difference.
10. Pulling away emotionally from your colleagues or clients.
11. Feeling that your work and contribution goes unrecognized.
12. Blaming others for your mistakes.
13. You're thinking of quitting work, or changing roles.
Here are some tips to help avoid burnout, stop and be:
Make time for doing nothing, and do it with purpose. Figure out when you’re most productive and creative, then notice when your mind starts to shut off or you start performing tasks just for the sake of doing them. That’s when you should go for a walk or take a break. The intention behind the decision is what counts.
Mr. Kets de Vries said. “I know that without breaks I cannot be effective.” Prioritize the things that are important to you and the things that bring you pleasure, and outsource everything else when possible. Focusing on the truly relevant parts of life can help you build free time in your schedule. And take advantage of convenient opportunities to practice idleness, like when you’re standing in line or waiting for the children to come home from school.
Reorganize your environment.
Your surroundings can have a major impact on how much nothingness you can embrace, so consider the physical space in your home and workplace. Keep your devices out of reach so that they’ll be more difficult to access, and turn your home into a niksen-friendly area. Add a soft couch, a comfy armchair, a few cushions or just a blanket. Orient furniture around a window or fireplace rather than a TV.
“If those spaces are present, people will use them,” Ms. Dodgen-Magee said.
Think outside of the box. If you can’t sit still in your home or workplace, go to the park or read a book.
If you're still uncomfortable with the idea of 'doing nothing’, try tricking your mind into thinking that you're busy by using toys and games like Kinetic Sand, Marble Run or Baoling Balls and such.
What steps are you taking to avoid burnout?
Putting the # to use for your business. If you've ever seen the number symbol (#) in front of a word in a Instagram or Twitter post, you've seen a hashtag. As a business owner, I'm hooked on them. In fact, I credit their use with helping to boost my website and services. I don't have a budget for TV or magazine ads so I rely on social media for marketing.
Think of hashtags as a way to connect social media content to a specific topic, event, theme or conversation. They also make it easier to discover posts around those specific topics, because hashtags aggregate all social media content with that same hashtag. They're not just for Twitter anymore, either. Hashtags are effective on other social media platforms too. Use hashtags to increase your engagement with your followers. Including hashtags in your posts means taking part in a conversation happening on that social media platform. And most importantly, it makes your posts visible in that conversation. This can lead to greater engagement, boosting your brand's social media engagement through likes, shares, comments and new followers. Creating a branded hashtag is an opportunity to build your brand and can be an effective way to promote your business and drive conversation. Using a hashtag that's connected to an issue beyond your brand is a way to show support for social issues. On Instagram, longer captions aren't always the most effective. Same with Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or any other platform - sometimes less is more. If you're not sure if the hashtags you're hashtags are ok to use, click here to check them and to avoid getting your accounts banned.
Do you use hashtags to increase the reach of your social media messages?
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How to get the necessary Clarity, Commitment, Focus and Confidence to Succeed.
Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
If not, don’t feel bad — you are not alone: Research shows that 92% of people don’t achieve their goals.
As a business manager, that statistic doesn’t surprise me at all.
You see, my job is to help people by freeing up their time so they can focus on achieving their goals. After our initial 1:1 call followed by answering a brief questionnaire is when I get the most inquiries about working together.
Here are 7 tips to help achieve your goals:
Let's face it, the ultimate goal is to find a greater sense of meaning, purpose and happiness in life, but truth is, life can be extremely challenging! As entrepreneurs we evaluate our past wins and re-evaluate our losses. We determine what worked and what didn’t work in previous years, who helped us and who didn’t, and we review budgets and schedules to help us make intelligent decisions moving forward. This juggling involves ALL aspects of our lives -both business and personal. You can’t effectively be happy in one area, if the other is out of balance. Many people try but most do not succeed to have a REAL work/life balance. It is hard to do. So, what can you do differently right now to help get that balance that most of us want and need? One simple solution would be to hire a virtual assistant to help you move towards that goal of a work/life balance. Need help to figure out what tasks to outsource?
Click here for a free list to give you some ideas of what tasks to outsource.
Chivalry is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood, but nowadays, it is commonly associated with men holding doors open for women, paying for their expenses on dates and protecting them, generally, from harm. Those who think chivalry is outdated say it is a benevolent form of sexism that does a disservice to women and men. Chivalry's supporters argue that it carries no disrespect or condescension to anyone; rather, it represents time-honored values such as service, compassion and courtesy.
What do you think?
What Great Brands Do - 7 Highly Successful Brand Habits
#5 Great Brands sweat the small stuff. Smart brands concern themselves with packaging, since that reflects what Procter & Gamble calls one of the first moments of truth with consumers. They also obsess about every point where the company connects with customers – touch points, as they are known – to ensure the brand is what they mean it to be.
6. Great brands commit and stay committed.
Top companies know what they are about and remain ruthlessly focused, not pursuing every possibility that might lead them astray.
7. Great brands never have to ‘give back’
Companies such as outdoor apparel company Patagonia carry out their operations with a sense of social responsibility, so they don’t need to develop “giving back” programs. “Giving back suggests that you’ve taken something that needs to be paid back to balance out your karma,” she says. Great brands are in balance with the world around them.
In the end, the premises she presents aren’t all that startling. But they do run counter to practice in many companies. By telling stories of successful organizations that apply the rules she offers, Ms. Yohn challenges readers to recalibrate their brand marketing.
Francine A. Author
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