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  • feedwordpress 17:15:24 on 2019/01/15 Permalink
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    Tips to Get Rid of Stress 


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    Life is too short to let things get to you, but sometimes it happens. Sometimes things are going so fast and so much is happening we all of a sudden think, “Whoa, what just happened?”

     

    Then comes the stress and we quickly become one of the “office dragons” that we don’t like very much.

     

    There is no formula for completely taking the stress out of your life, no wax on or wax off, but there are some things you can do to de-stress or even prevent it from overwhelming you.

     

    So, as we begin this New Year and we are coming out of a very fun but stressful time of year I thought it would be nice to list a few techniques and methods that might prove to be helpful.

     

    Get Physical

     

    When stress starts to take over, the human body has an increased level of adrenaline and cortisol. This can send us into a “panic mode” and because our natural reaction is the “fight or flight” response, we need to rely on exercise and physical exertion to metabolize these levels of stress. So, take 5 minutes and go for a walk.

    • Go workout
    • Do some yoga
    • Whatever it is, get physical and get rid of that stress!

     

    Sleep

     

    One of the highest causes of stress is the lack of sleep but what makes this funny is stress can also prevent us from getting a good nights rest. There are several things you can do to help you overcome your restless nights.

     

    • Maximize your relaxation before going to sleep
    • Avoid caffeine at night
    • Avoid excessive alcohol which leads to disturbed sleep
    • Avoid mentally demanding activities before going to bed, allow your brain time to decompress
    • Avoid watching action packed or suspenseful movies or television shows before going to bed

     

    Talk to a Friend

     

    Sometimes all you need is a friendly ear. Talking to someone can help distract you from what is going on around you. Stress has a way of clouding our judgment and it prevents us from seeing the situation as we should see it. When we talk to someone we can also get another perspective that is clearer and not so close to the problem.

     

    Relaxing Techniques

     

    Try different things to bring your stress levels down. The Harvard Medical School published an article that lists six relaxation techniques to reduce stress.

     

     

    Just Say No

     

    We have said this time and time again. In fact, Joan Burge has even written a blog post dedicated to this topic. Do You Have A Problem Saying No?

     

    Some people have a real problem saying no to their work colleagues, family, and friends and that can cause some major problems when you get busier and more stressed.

     

    For more insight into this read, Do You Have A Problem Saying No? by Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International.

     

    Get Rid of it!

     

    Stress can come in many different forms and sometimes it is work-related, family or just everyday things like traffic. Whatever it is, get rid of it!

     

    Tell us about some ways you get rid of your stress, we’d love to hear!

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  • feedwordpress 21:13:24 on 2019/01/04 Permalink
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    Starve the Dragon 


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    There is a huge fiery dragon roaming the earth. Some days, the dragon is a little tamer and other days the dragon is on a rampage breathing fire.

    Do you know this dragon? You may not be directly affected by this dragon – the dragon can be creating pain for your industry, your employer, managers, executives, and customers. It is the financial and international economic dragon that is creating the stock market to crash 500+ plus points in a day, and then rise 420 points in a day, only to crash 600+ points the next day.

    Now, what do I mean by starve the dragon? I mean don’t get pulled down and sucked into negative talk, doomsday conversations and negative attitudes. When this type of thing happens, people (you and me—everyday folks) stop buying; put life on hold and then we actually create the worst-case scenarios.

    Instead….

    • Be positive. When others around are talking about how awful everything is, acknowledge their correctness and then say, “Yeah, but we are a strong country. We have pulled out of tough times before.” Or, “Yes, that is true but I’m focusing on what I can do to make things better.”
    • Stay hopeful. This will not last forever. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how bad it is. It may seem like it takes forever, such as the housing market. It is going to take years and years, especially here in Las Vegas but it will eventually end. Focus on what you can do today.
    • Think lean and streamline processes wherever you can. Save your company money wherever you can. Spend but spend wisely. Remember, if you have to do something over, you are costing your company money. Do the right thing right, the first time. This means slow down, proofread, pay attention and question anything that seems out of sorts to you.
    • Uplift others. As we uplift others, they inspire others and we create a possible ripple which then motivates people to do good.
    • Be strategic. When planning upcoming seminars, conferences and training – see how they line up and teach you strategies that you can bring back and implement in your workplace. Put together a presentation showing your executive the benefits of the training. Everyone needs to be a star in their job today. Mediocrity is not acceptable! Therefore, you need to invest in learning (even if your employer can’t support you). If you do your due diligence and promote the benefits of what you will learn and then use persuasion skills, you should be a winner!
    • Do not…. Do not…. Get pulled into the negative talk. That just feeds the ugly dragon.

    Let’s help move things forward in a positive way. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

     

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  • feedwordpress 21:00:38 on 2018/12/12 Permalink
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    Joan’s Naughty and Nice List for Assistants 


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    During a Facebook Live event Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International, had discussed her Naughty and Nice List for Assistants. This discussion highlighted many great things that can be practiced in the office as well as actions that should be avoided. In the middle of the live stream, Joan asked the viewers to give her some examples of naughty behavior practiced in the office as well as some nice behaviors.

    Be sure to watch the video for some great, funny, and “oh my gosh” kind of answers.  Special guest appearance by Melia!

     

    And here is Joan’s list!

    Naughty:

    • Not adequately preparing your executive for a trip
    • Gossip about your peers (or anyone else)
    • Take on too much work
    • Multi-task
    • Bring your bad attitude to work
    • Not be a team player
    • Withhold information from others
    • Be stagnant in your growth or education
    • Text or read messages while others are talking to you
    • Ignore signals that you are under too much stress
    • Intentionally not give your boss an important message
    • Spike your boss’s coffee

     

    Nice:

    • Give your best every day
    • Be patient with others
    • Care about your executive’s success
    • Take the initiative
    • Remind your executive of important meetings
    • Share your knowledge with your peers
    • Be a leader
    • Champion a cause
    • Make time for yourself
    • Make others look good
    • Listen to others when your opinions are different
    • Be organized and ready for your day
    • Gather a group of your peers for a mini training session
    • Let your executive know that you appreciate him or her
    • Give yourself a BIG pat on the back at the end of the day!

     

    ©Copyright Office Dynamics International 2018.

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  • feedwordpress 17:10:28 on 2018/12/11 Permalink
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    Bouncing Back from Failure 


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    Has it been another week of adventure? A lot can happen between Monday and Friday, can’t it?

    I’d like to focus today on Turning Failure into Success. Failure is a dirty word in the corporate world. And our success-oriented society often makes it difficult for those who fail to adjust. This negative attitude often forces people to take job-related failures personally, even if they had little to do with the actual events.

    When failure occurs, many people go through a mourning process similar to that for the death of a loved one: 1) denial, 2) bargaining, 3) anger, 4) depression, and 5) finally, acceptance. While no one embraces failure, some people take it harder than others, blaming themselves entirely for their lack of foresight. Embarrassed to face their colleagues, unable to confide in their friends or family, they are isolated in their own grief.

    Thought for the week: “I will turn any failure or setback into a success!” Or, “I will encourage someone else who might be experiencing the feeling of failing, whether it is my child, neighbor, or coworker.” Has it been a great week? If not, you can still make a great one!

    Bouncing Back

    1. Acknowledge the failure. When this first, vital step isn’t taken, an atmosphere of fear is created. Instead, face your failure and see that it is an opportunity to learn and grow.
    2.  Ask for help in preventing future failures. If the guilty party doesn’t request help, it may lead this person to say, “I’ll just be more careful next time. I won’t take such a big risk again.” And that sort of thinking leads to stagnation and a loss of creativity and growth for both individuals and organizations.

    Failure can be an opportunity to reflect, rethink values and interests, and then make positive changes. People are often better off after they’ve failed because if it hadn’t been for their missteps, they might still be in the same rut.

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  • feedwordpress 17:15:54 on 2018/11/15 Permalink
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    A Title Does Not Define You 


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    As one of my recent Star Achievement students wrote me. . . “Too many administrative assistants at our organization believe that their title defines who they are.”
    Executives have also brought this to my attention over the past few years. They say, “Just because your title is Executive Assistant, it does not mean you are portraying the qualities and competencies of what is required in that role.”
    Do not let your title go to your head and prevent you from learning and growing. Whether you are the Executive Assistant to the CEO or Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing, how you act will define who you are as a person and how others will view you. People notice your actions and your speech or even your lack of action. If there is a situation occurring that needs to be handled and you shy away from it or divert it when you should be involved, what does that say about you? Our values and work ethics also say something about us. Everything about you defines who you are which affects how people perceive you.
    Titles are great and they help us understand the “pecking” order in an organization. I believe you should fight for titles that define your level within the administrative profession and within your organization. I firmly believe, too, that no one should act like the queen bee.

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