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Producing Productivity

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For some people it’s very hard to stay productive year-round. There are off seasons when you might just hit a wall for days or even weeks at a time. This post will serve as a reminder of the mannerisms that will aid you in staying more productive in the long run. Thanks to entrepreneur Susan Payton, who appeared in an article on Forbes Magazine, using these tips should lead to quite an improvement in your work life. The first tip is to schedule breaks and stick to them. You can walk around or sit down, but definitely switch to a different position than the one you’re working in. Try not to scroll your break away on social media, you may lose track of time. Give your eyes a rest or do some physical activity. Depending on how long your work day is, you may have multiple breaks, so you can switch it up every time. The next step is to write things down so you won’t forget them. A list is far more manageable than multiple ideas floating around in your head, and it will give you a visual of how much you have to get done. You can use…

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Consulting at its finest

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Beyond Philosophy, was recently named one of the Best Management Consultancy firms in the UK by the Financial Times. CEO and Founder Colin Shaw hosted a podcast, making his secret no secret at all. Shaw has been very open about what he calls the ten-step plan to create an award-wining consultancy. The link to the thirty-minute podcast is below, but I’ll be sure to summarize what was said in hopes of reproducing the pointers that will “take your idea and turn it into an award-winning consultancy too. The first step is to recognize that you are an expert in something and to then communicate that to everyone. He wrote a book called Building Great Customer Experiences and would speak at conferences and his influence began. Ensure that your idea is an original one because you want to add something to the community of business and not mimic it. Be courageous and don’t let fear be debilitating—let it motivate you. Know yourself enough to understand your skills and focus on it. You can then build on those skills and make them your brand. You want to stay within your area of expertise and hone in on it so you’re good at…

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Happier Work Days

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It’s well known by now, if you’ve been keeping up, that the workplace can heavily influence your overall well-being. From deadlines and due dates, to the trap of “hey, do you have minute?” it is easy for work to dictate more than just a third of our lives (which is still a fairly large chunk!). So, with that being said let’s talk about ways to have happier work days. First make sure to make your space your own without overcrowding or allowing to be too cluttered. Next you want to make sure you set small goals and can stay future oriented. If it helps, you can create a list of things you need to do, are in the process of doing, or have completed. Your professional development is your responsibility and you need to claim ownership of it. That means you can only blame a boss for so long! Make sure your interpersonal relationship are well monitored and healthy as those can often seep into your professional life. Develop good habits to cope with life’s many hurdles. Above all else know when you work best. You may be a night owl or an early bird and either is acceptable you…

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Age is more than a number!

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There’s no better teacher than experience and people are social creatures who learn by doing. As the job market approaches another grad season I encourage you to embrace the wisdom that has come with your age and remind you that a fresh perspective is not a trait reserved for young folks. Another form of diversity that is not talked about is age. Everywhere companies are looking to diversity via gender, race, ethnicity and other orientations when there is another one—generational diversity. The latest IPA Census reports the average age of an employee at a member agency is 33 years old. In the creative industry that number is even lower. A post on LinkedIn by Creative Director Louis Loizou said, “I’m not 54, I’m 22 with 32 years of experience” (full article below). Loizou argues that ageism is very prevalent in the creative industry and we should value experience as much as we do expertise. Interestingly enough the fetishism or glorification of the young is a Western societal trait that began with the Greeks and Romans. Ironically, 80% of the wealth in the UK is held by people over fifty yet 80% of marketing budgets are spent on those eighteen to…

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Safer than a safe

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Nowadays people trust banks enough to keep their money there regularly. The use of cash has gone down tremendously since the advent of the credit cards, Samsung and Apple Pay, and money sharing apps like Venmo, CashApp, etc. the current U.S. economic expansion, which started in 2009, is on it’s way to being the longest since the end of the second World War. That being said, what goes up must come down. According to an article by Bankrate, there will be a down turn by the end of the year. The conclusions were drawn using a survey as we are at the end of the first quarter.  The survey consisted of chief economists who were asked whether the risks to the outlook seemed balanced, on the upside or the downside. 76% said they tilted to the downside. The article also reported that, “Employers in February added the fewest amount of new positions to their payrolls since September 2017, signaling that hiring might have peaked, the Labor Department reported last week. Meanwhile, U.S. retail sales in December plunged by the most in nearly a decade and were revised down even more on Monday, questioning the confidence of the American consumer. Global…

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Working remotely

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It seems that working from home has always been the dream for many folks. Making your own hours and being productive at your leisure does sound tempting, but could there be a downfall to blurring the line between work and play? I came across an article recently that suggested that working from home might not be all it’s talked up to be. You have to be strict and try no to feel isolated. Keep yourself connected. The perks like limited distractions is evident, but lack of face to face interaction can wear on you as well. On the opposite side of the spectrum you have to know when to disconnect. It’s easy to work until the wee hours of the night, but you need to have a plan to disconnect as well. And while distractions at the work place are one thing, there can be distractions at home too. Kids, pets, chores etc. tell yourself it can wait until you officially clock out. According to an article by Ryan Hoover originally posted on LinkedIn, Remote working from home among the non-self-employed workforce has grown 140% from 2005 to 2018. Today, 63% of U.S. companies have remote workers”. That means the…

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Basic Economic Terms

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Here are a list of some common economic terms and meanings: Economics: The social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services Gross Domestic Product (GDP): The total value of all final goods and services produced in the economy during a give period, usually a year Inflation: A rise in the overall level of prices Deflation: A fall in the overall level of prices Business Cycle: The short-run alternation between economic downturns, known as recessions, and economic upturns, known as expansions Exports: Goods and services sold to other countries Imports: Goods and services purchased from other countries Price Controls: Legal restrictions on how high or low a market price may go Scarce: In short supply; a resource is scarce when there is not enough of the resource available to satisfy all the various ways a society wants to use it Tariff: A tax levied on imports Recession: A downturn in the economy when output and employment are falling; also referred to as a contraction Labor Force: The sum of employment and unemployment; this is, the number of people who are currently working plus the number of people who are currently looking for work Call today to…

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Importance of clean water

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The fortunate part about this post is that most people accessing it don’t have to worry about how and where to retrieve clean water. Although many Americans prefer not to drink their faucet water, that luxury of choice is not prevalent for much of the world; it’s estimated that about one billion people have serious limitations regarding the accessibility to clean water (the actual number according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization is 844 million). For some, the walk to a water can be miles long and still the source can be contaminated and lead to sickness. Fortunately more developed countries are working towards finding solutions and some have aid along the way. One example is P&G Purifier which separates the drinkable water from suspended matter and 99.99% of waterborne bacteria via flocculation and coagulation. From that P & G launched a non-profit called Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program which would propagate their interests by partnering with other organizations who focus on the wellness of kids in over ninety countries. Partnerships are effective also because they raise awareness. Walmart International reported on March 4th that they would be partnering with P&G in order to support the “1 purchase =…

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Cable Cutting

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It’s more common now to meet people who don’t have cable. It has become an overpriced commodity and Americans are tired of being weighed down by a monthly subscription to 300 channels and only watching a hand full. Cable companies have made a fortune in selling internet, phone, and cable services in bundles therefore limiting a customer’s option of picking and choosing what works for their home. With the onset of streaming devices like Firestick and Roku, cable consumers have switched over to these devices making use of applications that stream their favorite shows at a fraction of the price of cable services. As a user of a Firestick, I can’t imagine myself ever going back to cable. I am convinced like Blockbuster and such, cable will be obsolete in the next 10 years. In this age, it is important to remain innovative or the next “big” thing will come along and replace you. Cable has been part of the American home for decades without competition and now, finally, we have options. Even within the limitations that cable companies offered us, we were not given options to which provider to use as there are restrictions for what is available in…

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VIP

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Village Industrial Power is an organization run by two partners who have dedicated their life work to creating affordable and sustainable energy solutions to be applied to agricultural industries around the world. Partners Felicity Lodge and Carl Bielenberg founded VIP and are based out of Vermont. There are offices in both India and Kenya. Their website (link below) advertises an increase in crop value of up two ten percent. They are able to make this claim because the Village Industrial Power’s plant enables farm workers to get the most from their crops by using the biomass from agricultural waste (such as cobs from maize, pits from mangoes or coffee parchment) as fuel which produces electrical, mechanical and thermal energy. The VIP 10-10 offers the lowest cost for electricity in its class and is designed to be robust, meaning able to be applied a number of ways. The steam engine can be used to process or sort through maize, dry mango drying (it’s reported that mango production will exceed one million tons this year), fish drying, water purification, irrigation, sugar cane and dairy processing. All and all, their team is comprised of thirteen staff and three adviser board members. Combined Heat…

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