You Might Need A New Perspective – Not A New Job!

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Interviewer: “ So what do you do at work?”

Person 1: “I just take out the trash, wherever there is trash I take care of it”.

Interviewer: “So you’re a lab technician . . . a Scientist?”

Person 1: “No, I just take out the trash”.

Interviewer: “Well, excuse me for not having clarity in my reference to the lab technician and  Scientist – but truly you are when it comes to taking out the trash, especially nowadays. It’s not just throwing it in one spot and that’s it, it’s performing an analyst of the trash to see what you will drop off by the categorized piles of trash, you’re brain is thinking in a logistical and strategical pattern to where you will be bringing the trash all while you are using efficiency with your time and labor to get from one end of your workplace to another. So, you see you’re not just taking out the trash”.

Person 1: “I never looked at my job in that way before”.

Interviewer: “You’re Welcome!”

The above is from a conversation I had with an employee years ago at Mohegan Sun – the employee is still there, has moved on to being a manager all because he changes his mindset about his job.

I worked in a factory in Florida at the height when all these small electronic companies were popping up. I assembled and soldered PC Boards for various computer operators at my employments. There was a time when I was working in Tampa Florida at this mid-size factory – the PC work side had slowed down because of the delay in our Field Technician Training. When this happened you went to perform your side task jobs – these tedious jobs that needed to get done, but nobody liked doing them.

One of these jobs was to punch holes in the plastic covers that protected the PC boards out in the fields. It required a one 1” hole in the top center. This job was on my side task list when there was downtime. I hated this freakin’ job – I hated the sound of the machine (it got in the way of hearing the music) – I hated sitting there doing the same extra thing every minute of my shift – I hated picking up all the plastic discs and saving them (we used them in the field as spacers) this little factory was way ahead of the times.

After work on that Friday, we all meet at a local bar for Happy Hour to gather and bitch about our jobs, not me, I loved my job I just hated doing this side task. Someone yells to me from across the bar  “Hey Cheryl, we’re going to need 500 of those covers next week”, I said to him “oh my God, 500? it takes me 2 days to get 50 done. My friend sitting next to me says “you know sometimes it’s the way you look at a situation that makes you unhappy about it, change the way you look at it”. I thought, WOW she gets very psychological after a few glasses of wine! But, something to ponder. . . . . 

The following Monday, I went to work with a new perspective of that shitty job. I asked my manager if he knew what was the most covers done in an 8-hour shift, he gave me a number I wrote it on a piece of notebook paper taped it to my machine – asked my department lead if I could turn the music up a little louder, she said absolutely. I sat at the machine and expressed that I did not hate her today! I had all my amenities within reach and I began to punch holes. I surpassed 50 in that 8-hour shift. I was 20 years old at the time and have carried that lesson of Mindset with me throughout my career(s) and in my life. The number on the paper was 44!

Peace Harmony & Looking at it differently!

 

XO Cheryl

Worth-It Wednesday

busy-mom-timemanagementTime-Management Tips for Time-Crunched Working Moms

What to do when motherhood eats your minutes? Use these hacks to take the fine art of doing more with less time to the next level.

  1. Get enough sleep. If you do nothing else, prioritize your sleep needs so you can thrive. 
  2. Establish sane work hours. Before you commit to taking a new role, validate the alignment of expectations for your work hours with your employer.
  3. Embrace your power of “No.” You don’t have to attend every PTA meeting, chaperone every field trips or take on every work project. 
  4. Set reachable daily goals. A to-do list is useless if it’s too ambitious. What’s the point of writing down unachievable tasks? You’re not a superhero and shouldn’t try to be. 
  5. Don’t even try to multitask. People perform better when they give focused attention to one task at hand. 
  6. Let go of perfection. It doesn’t exist, therefore you can’t achieve it. 
  7. Unplug from the internet. Surfing the web is a huge time-waster for parents and children. 
  8. Have some fun along the way. Stressed-out people aren’t all that productive. You need relaxation to avoid burnout at home and at work. 
  9. Get PRESENT,  so you can be productive. Mindfulness allows you to tune into the task at hand. Practices like yoga or meditation can help you focus, and focus drives your productivity. 
  10. Stop owning other people’s stuff. How often do you hear yourself saying, “Never mind, I’ll do it myself”? Probably more than you’d like. Repeat after me – DELEGATE, yes commission the job to someone else to give you peace of mind.

Are you looking to gain more time in your life? Comment me @ cchomeconcierge@gmail.com. We can talk about what the next step will be if you already made the first step. I’m so proud of you.

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Peace Harmony & Live life!

XO Cheryl

 

 

 

#WellnessWednesday

Wellness at workA Shift in the Focus of Wellness Programs

For many of us, a quarter to a third of our lives will be spent in the workplace.

On a daily basis, we will spend more waking hours in our workplace than at home, and experience more exchanges with team members than family members. 

When corporate wellness programs first took off, the focus was primarily on smoking cessation or weight loss goals. Current wellness programs have come a long way since then – now, program offerings have expanded to focus on more than just the physical aspect of health. Employers are now using corporate wellness programs to increase employee engagement and to become more mindful of mental health at work. Companies are doing this by combining more traditional well-being efforts with career coaching development programs.

Keeping Wellness Simple

This year, more workplace wellness programs will be switching to a “less is more” approach. One possible reason for employers not seeing the participation levels they want in their wellness programs is because the program is too confusing. Employees desire simple, uncomplicated wellness tasks and objectives – most likely because they already have enough on their plates. The last thing employers want to do is stress out employees even more by asking them to complete complicated tasks.

Workplace wellness programs can be simplified by focusing on five key factors that contribute to a successful wellness program: 

  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • health assessments
  • Screenings
  • Health education

By keeping employee wellness simple, employers can expect higher participation rates and less confusion surrounding wellness initiatives.

 

Peace Harmony & Wellbeing!

XO Cheryl

What Do You Think is the Most Asked Question I Get?

clearing out the clutter

The most asked question I get is

                                           “So, how long will it take to get rid of this stuff?”

 

The answer is so different for everyone. Clutter-Clearing is a calling-you-back-process it’s a process that happens when you clear the clutter in your life. As you free the objects you no longer love or use – you call-back to yourself the parts of your spirit and soul that have been loving and using this object in the past, calling-back the attachment to the emotional need and memories of this object – identifying what it is and then Letting Go of the object. It’s an amazing feeling . . . Being center in your life, making productive decisions from this place of power that you have created from Letting Go & Pressing On!

 

You must make a decision . . . what will you do with this object that you no longer love or use. That’s what life is right? Making decisions, when working with me – we work side-by-side with hands-on coaching to come up with decisions. In doing so, you bring yourself powerfully into the present time. When you have made a decision about this object – your energy no longer is scattered in a thousand different directions, unproductive directions, you become more centered and more focused. You feel spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself – all because you’re getting rid of stuff!

 

This happened with me – I resigned my position in 2014 as a Teacher. In my home office closet, there was a tote that I put together right after I resigned – with all my lesson plans, work samples, projects, etc. When I resigned my position as a Teacher – I felt as though I failed! Having that tote in the corner of the closet, I was always looking at it, making up stories in my head that I was a failure as a Teacher and I believe that’s why I kept the tote of stuff – validation right?

 

After coming home one day from an Organizing Session with a client, I said to myself – I need to practice what I preach. So, I took the tote out of the closet when through the stuff, and kept important things like transcripts, letters, certifications, and my ECE Award, anything that had a positive feel to it. I Took the rest of the books and dropped them off at Goodwill. Now, the only objects in my office closet is being used and loved. I have changed my mindset and the verbage I say to myself about my Teaching career. Now, I have a home office and closet with everything positive and useful that gives me that feeling of  . . . Peace of Mind!

 

All this Peace of Mind! feeling comes from simply clearing clutter – it’s life changing! It amazes me every time when I first met a client that won’t even get rid of a piece of paper that the father had on his desk in 1950s, that stuff that keeps them where they don’t grow anymore – kind of a prisoner in their own past. Then while we’re working and coaching together – I start seeing this blossom of a person that isn’t afraid of letting go, isn’t afraid of the new anymore, ready for anything, finding peace within themself and the place they live in. This can happen for you too, after you become comfortable with Letting go, you find that you bring in less and less of objects that have no use or purpose in your life.

Affirmation For The Day: All my needs are taken care of as I follow my Higher Path

Would you like help to clear clutter in your life? If you’d like to schedule a 30+ minute consultation with me to learn how a Home Concierge / Professional Organizer can help you get that Peace of Mind! feeling – Call me: (860)961.6824 or Email me: cchomeconcierge@gmail.com