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This Old Fashioned Tool Aids Productivity

clockThere’s a perception that, because office work doesn’t require physical labor, we who work at a desk with a computer don’t need a break. This perception exists even among many office workers. We’re guilty of it ourselves!

But the repetitive tasks you perform at your desk may be just as taxing on your body as physical labor. Your neck muscles start to tighten. Your eyes begin to strain. You feel a discomfort in your wrists. Fortunately, there’s an answer:

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Get away from your desk and your computer for five or ten minutes.

You don’t necessarily have to quit working. You can have a quick conversation with a co-worker about that project on which you’re both working. You could make a quick phone call.

But actually taking a little break from work may be just the ticket!

Try to do that at least every other hour. Take a short walk. Stretch. Breathe. Focus on something far away to give your eyes a break.

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georgeFor me, this really helps me get more done. Especially when I’m writing or trying to solve a complex problem, I often find the answer when I’m away from my desk.

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marylynnFor example, we often come up with the title for our show when we step away for a few minutes. I feel better when I just stand up and move. It feels good to get my circulation going. I feel refreshed quickly and it gets me ready to tackle my next bigg challenge.

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It’s a little bit counter-intuitive, but it really does work. Try it for yourself and see.

We needed a reminder

But if you’re like us, you get so involved in your work that it can be difficult to remember to take a break. Fortunately, there’s an old-fashioned tool that helps you remember to get away.

It’s an alarm!

Set an alarm every hour so you remember to change up your routine for a few minutes.

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georgeI won’t speak for you, Mary-Lynn, but I needed the alarm to develop the habit of getting away. Otherwise, I could just keep plugging away for hours. When I finally would get up, my body would say, “Whoa!”

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marylynnI’m the same way. I get in that zone and I just don’t think about getting up and stretching a little. The next thing you know, my neck is so tight that I can hardly stand it.

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A task to improve productivity

In case you aren’t convinced that a short break will improve your productivity, we’ll serve up a task that will definitely make a difference.

When your alarm goes off, stand up. Stretch a little. Move around.

Now compare your progress for the day against your To-Do List.

Are you on track? If you are, congratulate yourself. If not, double your efforts before the next alarm.

It may only take you a minute to do this. You may reward yourself with a longer break of five or ten minutes if you’re on track.

Find what works for you and then implement it for your bigg success!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read our post today.

You’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box.” Frankly, we’ve heard it so much we’re sick of it. Next time, we’ll discuss how to always think outside the box. Please join us.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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5 Reasons for Lack of Progress

dog_daysHere we are in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. So today we start a five-part Dog Days series.

Of course, the term “Dog Days” refers to this time of year when it is hot and humid in much of the developed world. It goes back to a time before we had air conditioning, when it was just plain hard to get motivated to get much done.

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But the term has also come to mean times when there isn’t much progress. That’s what we’ll focus on today – identifying five common reasons behind slowed progress. It’s a problem we all face from time to time.

Dogging it

One reason we may not accomplish more is simply that we’re dogging it. It could just be laziness. However, we doubt that’s a problem in our community of bigg goal-getters.

It’s more likely a result of one of two other things:

  • You set your goals high, but didn’t reach them. Now you’re discouraged. That’s understandable. But you have to get back in the race. Give yourself some time to lament. While you’re doing that, set a very short-term goal that stretches you just a little bit. Then chase it with all you have! It will get you back on track to bigg success.
  • The flip side is that you did reach your goal. You feel good and good for you! You should. Take a little bit of time to celebrate. Then set a new goal. We grow as humans by striving for more. So push yourself by setting a new goal that gets you excited again.

Dog toys

Lack of progress can also come from too many dog toys. We play with one toy for a while; then we play with another one. But we never really make any progress because our attention is directed in too many directions.

Focus is crucial for bigg success. You only have so much time to push yourself forward. So pick a toy that will take you to bigg success and keep playing with it!

Doggy paddle

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marylynnWe may be swimming in stuff; we’re disorganized. So all we can do is doggy paddle. Research has shown that the average American loses almost an hour a day due to disorganization. What could you accomplish with an extra hour every day?

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Dog eared

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george Sometimes my students turn in a paper that is dog eared instead of stapled. They’ve just folded the top pages over together. It shows that they waited until the last minute. It makes a bad impression. Preparation leads to bigg success.

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Dog tricks

The final reason we may feel stuck on a plateau is that we lack knowledge or know-how. We need to learn some new tricks. That’s the thing about bigg success: we put everything we have into reaching our goal. Then we need to learn new things to get to the next level of success. It’s a never ending journey that makes life exciting. And it’s that excitement that propels you to bigg success!

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Thanks for checking in today. You made our day!

We talked a little bit about new tricks today. But we’ve heard that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Please join us next time when, doggone it, we’ll take on this saying.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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