De-Stress During your Workday

It’s completely normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed at times in the office. Workdays can be chaotic, challenging, stimulating, and busy. However, it’s important to step back, relax, and take some time to ease your mind in order to be productive to the fullest potential. Here are a few simple tips to help you calm your nerves and chill out. 

1.     Turn on mood-boosting music. Music has a natural way of boosting positivity, inspiration and calming anxiety. If your office is quiet, bring headphones with you everyday. Music can stimulate productivity too, so it might even help you complete your tasks quicker.

2.     Buy a small essential oil diffuser for your desk. Natural essential oils like lavender, rose, ylang ylang, bergamont, and chamomile are able to provide relief as a natural remedy for anxiety. Put a couple drops of oils in your diffuser and take a few slow, deep breaths. You can even close your eyes, picture yourself at your favorite place stress-free, and try to mediate for a couple of minutes.

3.     Socialize. Social interaction will help give your mind a break from work and help you step away from the screen for a bit. Try to avoid strictly talking about work and change the topic to something fun and tension-free.

4.     Write it down. If your mind feels overwhelmed with a million thoughts at once, write them down in a bulleted list. By writing them in a list format, you’ll be able to focus on tackling one task at a time.

5.     Remember you can accomplish anything. Take a few minutes to remind yourself that you’re capable of anything you set your mind to. Have confidence in yourself and know that you can and will accomplish your goals.

Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and relax. Stress and anxiety in the office is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to feel that way. Always remember to take care of yourself and take control.

 

Love & light,

Alex 

 

Increase Your Productivity

On their own, they are not as efficient; when practiced together they will change the way you work. It can be hard to constantly be productive throughout the day. These four tips give high-quality insight on a few ways to help keep you moving efficiently.

 

Remove Distractions

Distractions are circling around us daily. Doing what we can to remove distractions can be beneficial, specifically when it comes to technology. With constant social media updates, it is easy to get sidetracked when unneeded technology is in eyesight. Place the phone out of view and set a goal to only visit social media for 10 minutes out of your day. If lacking self-control, try using an app like Onward, which allows you to selectively disable apps and limit phone use for a specific amount of time.

Plan Ahead

Stay organized by creating a daily and weekly to-do list to help stay on track with the important tasks that need to be done. This will help prioritize your time effectively. To-do lists not only provide you with focus but also reward you with satisfaction when you complete items on the list. Know the three most important tasks and focus on those each day before working on the others.

One Task At A Time

Dedicate yourself to one task at a time to help you accomplish more while bringing more attention to your work individually. It is more time consuming to start, stop, and switch tasks leading to less productivity. Focus on one thing at a time to best accomplish more in less time. With single tasking, your focus isn’t distributed so you are working more efficiently with less distraction.

 

“Productivity is like any skill. The more you practice it, the better you get.”     

–Michael Hyatt

 

All the best!

Rebecca

 

Stop and Smell the Sunflowers

When’s the last time you said thank you?

Each day, we wake up and experience some degree of a routine. We somehow end up going through the motions and not stopping to look around and be thankful for what we have. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s commotion, but don’t forget to take a moment to stop and smell the sunflowers.

If you’ve found yourself complaining about having to wake up and go to school or work, remember that you were once hoping to get that opportunity. Maybe it’s time to say thank you to your boss for everything he or she does for you or thank a co-worker who helps you through those Mondays – you know the ones.

Maybe you have some family members who are there for you no matter what, and they deserve to hear a thank you.

It can be as simple as a text message or as extravagant as a random delivery of flowers and other goodies.

Not only will thanking people in your life make others feel better, but it will also have a positive effect on you. This creates an opportunity to think about all of the good things in your life and allows you to value people and experiences more.

It doesn’t have to take much time or any money. Saying thank you to those who help make your life a little easier creates a world of a difference!

Cheers!
Ashleigh

3 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude In Your Life

Going out of your way to show you’re grateful for others leaves a positive, lasting impression. Whether it’s your co-workers or friends, it’s important to find little ways to let people know you appreciate their help. Here are a few ways that take little effort but make a big impact.

  1. Thank you cards
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it again: thank you notes are extremely valuable and underrated in the business world. This is a secret weapon when it comes to professional networking or just making someone’s day in general. When someone does something kind or helpful, it’s important to always reach out and take the extra step to show your appreciation -  bonus points if it’s handwritten.
  2. Random acts of kindness
    At A. Victoria MAE, we’re all about sunflowers. Any chance you get to make someone’s day – make it happen. Spread positive vibes in little ways like words of affirmation, holding the door open for someone, giving compliments, and just asking yourself, “how can I make this person’s day better?”
  3. Don’t complain for 24 hours
    This may seem difficult once you first start, but you will really be surprised when you realize the difference it makes. Not only do negative thoughts have an impact on your attitude, but when you share them aloud it brings others down, too. Avoid negativity for 24 hours and instead vocalize what you’re grateful for!

It’s not always easy or going to be the first thing that comes to mind, but showing gratitude spreads more positivity than you think. Even if it seems like no one else is doing it, be the person to make someone else’s day! If there’s one positive attribute to be remembered by, let it be the one who is grateful.

Cheers!
Ashleigh

Why College Students & Young Pros Need More Than Just a Resume

Each new internship and job-hunting season is a learning experience for both sides of the table. The potential employer is learning what the current trends for resumes and cover letters are, as well as what is being taught to students. The students are learning to first dip their toes into the world of being a professional.

I’ve seen a fair share of resumes, portfolio pieces, cover letters – you name it! Each lands on various parts of the spectrum. If there’s one thing that sticks out to me when looking for a potential new hire, it’s a student with a business card!

Most students may not think they need a business card until later in their careers, but this is an important tool when looking to network and show off your professional side. It helps establish your brand as well as credibility.

"Once you’re in the professional world, you sort of make the assumption that people have a card--if you want to play in that world, you have to have the tools,” says Lindsey Pollak, career expert and author From College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World.

You may be asking yourself, “But what should my business card look like?”

Here are a few tips:
1. Keep it simple.
Include your basic contact information such as name, phone number, and email (recommended to use a personal email address not school-related one). Don’t go over-the-top by trying to squeeze your whole resume and qualifications on here.

2. Stand out.
This is an opportunity to show your creative side – if you want. Business cards range from plain to flashy. Find what works best for you and make it unique!

3. Make it count.
Take the time to create something you’re proud to distribute.

“Experts agree there is nothing more undesirable than a flimsy business card with ink that smears. There are many deals that offer business cards for free or at a highly-discounted price, but cheap cards make students look unprofessional,” according to Fox Business.

When you’ve created a business card to match your professional personality, use it confidently, and get ready to “wow” the next potential employer (or client) you encounter!

Cheers!