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ProTip: It's the Holidays - How Long is Your To-Do List?

Michelle Nitchie | Nov 28, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Huge List.pngThe consistent, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy.

-Kerry Gleeson

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Topics: Business Skills, Goals, Managing Stress

ProTip: Uncover Happiness, Large and Small

Michelle Nitchie | May 23, 2017 9:04:00 AM

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Topics: Goals, Managing Stress, Job Satisfaction, Self Improvement, Growth

ProTip: Building a Fence Can Make You Less Stressed

Michelle Nitchie | Mar 21, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Clear Boundaries.pngThink about the last three times you became upset about something in your personal life.  It's almost a certainty that at least one of those situations was caused by the fact that your limits were crossed.  You probably didn't articulate those limits in advance.  For example, your neighbor comes over unannounced to chat.  You have only a few minutes to spare, but you fail to tell your visitor.  Out of kindness, you listen while your blood pressure rises as the neighbor talks for an hour.  

-Michael C. Donaldson, Negotiating for Dummies

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Topics: Managing Stress, Communication, Demonstrating Consideration, Difficult Situations, Self Improvement

ProTip: Bad Attitudes Are Contagious, but You Can Be Immune

Michelle Nitchie | Feb 7, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Angry Cat.jpgAgain, bad attitudes are contagious.  If the people closest to us, including family, friends, and coworkers, have negative attitudes, you may "catch" one as well.

Just remember, you don't have to get upset if someone is trying to make you upset.  You can choose to stay happy and upbeat.  I like to think of this as wearing a bulletproof vest.  People can fire negativity at me all they want.  But if you remember that it is their issue, not yours, it should bounce right off you.

- Tabatha Coffey, Own It!

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Topics: Managing Stress, Self Improvement, Customer Complaints

ProTip: Why Does it Feel Like the Work is Never Done?

Michelle Nitchie | Jan 17, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Checklist Never Finished.pngIn the old days, work was self-evident. Fields were to be plowed, machines tooled, boxes packed, cows milked, crates moved. You knew what work had to be done--you could see it. It was clear when the work was finished, or not finished. Increasing your productivity was all about making the work process more efficient, or simply working harder or longer.

Now, for many of us, there are no edges to most of our projects. Most people that I know have at least half a dozen things they're trying to achieve or situations they'd like to improve right now, and even if they had the rest of their lives to try, they wouldn't be able to finish them to perfection. You're probably faced with the same dilemma.

- David Allen, Getting Things Done

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Topics: Goals, Managing Stress, Self Improvement, Growth

ProTip: Your Home Office is Still an Office

Michelle Nitchie | Mar 1, 2016 9:04:00 AM

Home_Office.pngFor many home-based workers, the chief advantage of the home office is that it lets them achieve a more equitable balance between work and family.  The key word here is balance.  

Once of your most difficult tasks will be to convince loved ones that you really are working.  Even the most considerate family and friends may suffer from the common misconceptions about home-based work--you're available any time and you can drop whatever you are doing.  Make it clear that you are earning your livelihood, not indulging in a hobby.

- Emily Post's The Etiquette Advantage in Business

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Topics: Managing Stress, Culture, Job Satisfaction, Etiquette