3 Steps Women Can Take To Set Digital Boundaries in Their Lives

3 Steps Women Can Take To Set Digital Boundaries in Their Lives

How many times do you check your phone throughout the day? How often to you check your work email outside of office hours? According to a study revealed in a session on Social Media Week, the average adult checks their phones 30 times a day while the average millennial checks their phones more than 150 times a day! In fact, a survey showed that 39% of people check their work email outside of standard work hours several times a day. And 81% admitted to checking their emails on the weekend, and 59% checked their emails while they were on vacation. However, the urgency we feel to answer emails is exaggerated based on our own expectations. Only 12% of people expect their emails to be responded to within 15 minutes of being sent while the majority expect a response within a few hours or within the work day. So why do we stress ourselves with checking our emails constantly throughout the day and replying to emails as they come in? And many women, despite their positions of power don’t set digital boundaries for themselves or their employees out of fear of being accused of being not hard enough or focused on productivity. The reality is, the incessant need to check our phones or answer emails immediately is actually counter-productive. It disrupts the flow of the work day and leads us to do much less in the day. When you add up all the minutes it took to pause from work just to open our phones and check an email, you’ll discover how much time was misspent. Here are three steps...
9 Qualities That Display Good Character

9 Qualities That Display Good Character

When times are good, it’s easy to display the positive qualities that define you. Your true character however, always shows through when times aren’t so good. Good character takes years to develop and be recognized as genuine. But it can disappear in an instant. That’s why it’s so important to guard your exceptional character and nurture it always. Here are nine qualities that exhibit good character. 1. Living a life of integrity. There is no more important personality trait than integrity, especially for those who lead. It is being consistent in what you say and what you do. It’s doing the right thing, even when it may not be popular. 2. Telling the truth. Where integrity is doing the right thing, honesty is saying the right thing. When you routinely tell the truth you don’t have to concern yourself with remembering lies. The only negative reaction resulting from honesty is that it can sometimes hurt. 3. Being loyal. Loyalty to a cause is admirable, but being loyal to those close to you is essential to exhibiting good character. When someone has earned your loyalty, you will support them in whatever way you can. And loyalty is a character trait that is always returned. 4. Willing to sacrifice. There are many ways to sacrifice, so that you can relate better to others. Time, salary, rewards and perks are just some of the things that self-sacrificing people will relinquish, and come alongside those they surround themselves with. Sacrifice is an admirable quality of a great leader. 5. Being accountable. Accountability isn’t a sign of weakness; instead, it shows humility and character....
A Positive Mental Attitude Achieves Positive Results

A Positive Mental Attitude Achieves Positive Results

When someone tells you that you’ve got an attitude, it’s usually not a good thing. We’ve come to associate attitude with bad attitude. With being resentful or antagonistic. Or simply disagreeing with what we believe to be true. Whatever happened to good attitude? Why doesn’t anyone talk about it anymore? Has our society become so negative that we no longer see the good in people? That may sound a little far-fetched, but it’s not far from the truth. We don’t talk much about a positive mental attitude. It was Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone who coined the phrase Positive Mental Attitude. They said that, if you view every aspect of life in a positive manner, you will attract positive change and increase personal achievement. So your mindset, good or bad, will determine what you set your mind to. And a good attitude will invariably produce better results, both for you and for those you surround yourself with. Here are a few suggestions to help you achieve a positive mental attitude. 1. Recognize that you are in control. You have the power to regulate your thoughts, words and actions. You can choose how to respond to circumstances. It’s a weak but well-used argument that says your attitude depends on how others react to you. Not true. Your reactions are based on how you choose to manifest them. 2. Your attitude determines your world. When you maintain a positive attitude you are a happy and contented person. A negative attitude brings the exact opposite characteristics. You will always experience highs and lows. The attitude you carry each day will determine...
8 Characteristics of Triumphant Entrepreneurs

8 Characteristics of Triumphant Entrepreneurs

The 21st century has brought us an abundance of entrepreneurs. New ideas, new products and new companies are created by them every day. These business-savvy moguls have the ability to turn a dream into reality, but not all do it successfully. Many will crash and burn, despite what might have been a grand success. Oftentimes, they’re lacking in just one or two of these key character traits that define a true entrepreneur. 1. They have a vision. They are somehow able to see where they are heading, and then take the necessary action to get there. The passion they have for their idea is so strong that it pulls them forward. 2. They have perspective. They have the ability to look at a situation from different angles. Their own personal view is always subjective, but when they put themselves in the place of the manufacturer or buyer or someone else in the chain they will recognize problems or opportunities not visible before. 3. They diversify. Entrepreneurs understand that they need to focus sharply on their latest project, but that they also have to develop other revenue streams if they hope to survive. They constantly surround themselves with risk, so multiple sources of income can soften the blow of an unfortunate failure. 4. They take risks. Any new endeavor always includes some level of risk, which entrepreneurs seem to relish. They’re not afraid of failure, and will tell you that the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. This is what gets their adrenaline pumping. 5. They have courage. Overcoming fear and boldly pressing forward are both necessary qualities in...
6 Ways You Can Overcome Self-Doubt

6 Ways You Can Overcome Self-Doubt

“When in doubt … don’t.” Maybe it was easy for Ben Franklin to share these winsome words, but did he actually believe them? Self-doubt is a deep, heartfelt, very real emotion we all struggle with. It brings uncertainty, and then a lack of confidence. It brings into question what you believe to be true. It can literally hold you hostage and keep you from accomplishing even the simplest of tasks. It births procrastination. We all face self-doubt at one time or another, and we can’t always overcome it simply by saying don’t. It’s not quite as easy as Ben suggests, but there are a few ways you can conquer doubt in your life. 1. Be accountable. Take responsibility, then take charge. Set short-term goals and tasks that will take you to the end result you want. Give them deadlines, to keep you on track. Tell your friends what you’re doing, so they can keep you accountable as well. 2. Get moving. Push yourself to begin. You know what that first step is, and it’s always the hardest one to take. Break down your goal into manageable strides as you move forward. Taking small steps leaves less room for doubt and procrastination. 3. Imagine the worst. What? This seems rather counter-productive, but it can be helpful when you’re facing doubts.  By turning those doubts into fears and then imagining a horrible outcome, you will increase your anxiety, which you can then turn into motivation. The fear of failure becomes stronger than any doubts you may carry. 4. Embrace positive self-talk. Stop dwelling on your negative character traits and focus on...
13 Prerequisites to Living the Good Life

13 Prerequisites to Living the Good Life

What does living the good life mean to you? For most, it means happiness. Which usually includes material things, like money and stuff. These however, do not always last and can often lead to wanting more money and more stuff. Soon you’re riding a hamster wheel of more, more, more. The good life should include larger portions of possessions that you can’t hold in your hands. Things you hold precious, but at a deeper, subconscious level. These are the things that lead to thriving in a life of value. Here are just a few. 1. Working Hard. Not necessarily the daily grind of a nine-to-five job that you might not even like. It’s simply pouring your heart and soul into whatever it is you love to do. Work hard at making it a success. 2. Slowing Down. There’s also a time to rest. Your body needs time to rejuvenate itself. Your mind needs to clear itself of some of the information you accumulate every day. Your soul needs to reflect on the good and the bad each day brings. 3. Keeping Traditions. Memories and past experiences remind us of who we are and where we’ve been. Develop traditions in your family or circle of friends that will create legacies to last beyond your lifetime. 4. Living Spiritually. Your spiritual side is every bit as important as your mental, physical or emotional components. Nurture this sacred side of who you are, through prayer, mediation or the writings of great thinkers. 5. Keeping Current. Don’t miss out on anything. Attend the theatre, sporting events or concerts. Be involved in the activities...

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