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Make Your Productivity Soar

How improving your productivity can improve your work life.

 

We all want to be more productive. Our work day requires us to accomplish as much as possible. Want to know how some people seem to get more done each day?

 

Master these tips to make your productivity soar:

 

Figure out when you’re at your best – Whether you are a morning person, or are better later in day, do your most difficult tasks at your peak time.  You will have more success and get more done when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.

 

Stop multi-tasking – Our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop. There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.

 

 

 

Clean up – Get organized and start with your desk. Ridding yourself of clutter can help you focus, remind you of what needs to be done. Being unorganized can stop your progress. So clean up and declutter. 

 

Take a break – Most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your focus and concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in you being productive.

 

Work in blocks – People who work in blocks of 60 – 90 minutes tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done.

 

Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits can make a difference. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.

 

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New Year, Try These Tips

Start 2020 off the right way

The beginning of a new year is hopeful and we start it with excitement and a renewed sense of our ability and what we might be able to accomplish. It’s important to figure out the best way to start the year off right and give yourself the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.

 

Hopefully you worked on your 2020 goals (not resolutions) and have worked out your plan to achieve them.

 

What else can you do to make sure 2020 exceeds your expectations?

 

Review – Learn from the past by reviewing 2019 and even 2018 – what worked, what didn’t. What are you carrying over to get done in this new year?  How can you learn from your past mistakes and successes? Be honest and take a hard look.

 

Goals – Review your goals making sure they are specific and what you want to accomplish. Your goals should focus on what you truly want. Not what someone wants for you. And remember it’s important that your goals be: S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive).  If you haven’t created your goals for 2020, take time last weeks post on setting goals. Review our January 3rd post on goal setting.

 

Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retirement, etc.

So what things can you do to boost your financials? Do you have a budget including a plan to save? Review your personal debt situation and if it’s required – set up a payment plans to rid yourself of debt, school loan debt can be difficult but you should look into loan repayment locations to speed that along and some organizations have their own programs.  If you haven’t, make this the year that you start your retirement account and if you have one, consider increasing your contributions.

 

Health – it’s easy to ignore our health until something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for relieve stress, exercise 4-5 days week and eat 5+ fruits and veggies daily. Just these few things can help you be healthier.

 

 

Fun – all work and no play makes a very unhappy person. Take time for yourself this year. Plan a vacation or some long weekends and get away. Time away re-energizes you and makes you better.

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Top 10 Qualities All Advanced Practice Providers Need

What are the top qualities doctors and practice managers look for when they’re hiring a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant?

Despite this being a record time for growth for Advanced Practice Providers it’s still important to show potential employers why you’re the best choice for their team.

 

Top 10 Qualities:

It’s important to know what qualities physicians, practice managers and department managers focus on in the Advanced Practice Providers they want to hire. In addition to your education, certifications and work history employers look for these traits in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

  1. Communication – Having above average verbal and written skills is a must. You need to be able to speak effectively with your patients. Listening is one of those things we forget to do sometimes but it’s vital for advanced practice providers.
  2. Compassion and Caring – Patients want someone who genuinely cares about them and their loved ones. They want to see a provider who is empathetic to their needs.
  3. Integrity – Employers need Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with ethics and integrity. They require providers who can be trusted to do the right thing at all times.
  4. Hard Worker – Being a successful Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant isn’t easy. It takes physical and mental stamina to handle the long hours on your feet. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle so you can handle the rigors of the job.
  5. Organized and Detail Oriented – Your day involves seeing patients, writing orders, getting the dosage right and charting your findings. Being accurate is vital. A mistake, even a small one could have consequences for the patient. Good time management and making sure your time is scheduled effectively is important and helps you stay organized.
  6. Upbeat, Enthusiastic Team Player – Enthusiasm is something all Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants need to convey. You want to be the person, who comes to work with a positive, can do attitude. Patients respond to it and so do your coworkers.
  7. Excellent Problem Solver – Having good critical thinking skills and being creative will help you be a top notch problem solver. Medicine is complicated and every patient is different; you need to be a provider willing to find the solution.
  8. Flexible / Adaptable – Medicine has lots of moving parts and you have to be ready for it. Emergencies pop up, doctors change orders, as the Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, you have to be prepared for the unpredictable things that happen during the day and adapt and make the solid decisions.  You need to be able to work with all types of people and to be flexible with schedules too.
  9. Self-Confidence – Be confident in you – your skills, knowledge and abilities. Your confidence is paramount to giving quality patient care. In addition, your self- confidence makes it easy for you to work independently. Physicians trust confident providers. Though confidence doesn’t mean you know it all – so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  10. Resourceful and Knowledgeable – Doing what’s necessary to get the job done. That could mean finding additional resources and information for your patients. You want to be someone who can retain and use the information to help your patients and your practice.

Take the time to evaluate yourself and see your strengths and if any areas need a little work. Being the best provider you can is great for you and your patients.

 

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The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude

John Quincy Adams said:

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

Anytime is a great time to remember about being grateful. When you have a hard day at work with everything seeming to go wrong or when things are not going exactly like you want, being grateful is a good idea.

Why? It can lead you to a different outlook and that can make you happier. The feelings say something about your connection to the people around you. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants help people daily by offering guidance, information and care.

 

How Gratitude helps:

Reminds you – Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life – it’s easy to forget them but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – focusing on the positive, changes your thinking and your outlook – that’s a good thing. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference in your personal and professional life.

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How to Make Your Productivity Soar

Finding ways to make your productivity soar is something we are all looking for. Getting more done in the same twenty-four hours is the goal.

Follow these productivity tips and achieve more:

Figure out your best time of the day – You need to figure out what time of the day you are at your best. For me it’s the morning, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you work better later in the day, save your tougher tasks for that time. You will have more success and see your productivity increase by doing the hard stuff when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.

 

Stop multi-tasking – Our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop.

There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.

 

Work in blocks – People who work in time blocks tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done. Choose a time frame of 30 or 50 minutes and do one task and see the difference.

 

Take a break – Most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in the level and quality of your work.

 

Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits are all important to helping with our productivity. If you’re well rested and eating healthy brain food you’re in better shape to meet your challenges. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.

 

 

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Set Goals Not Resolutions!

2019 is only a few weeks away and the tradition of making resolutions will begin. Don’t fall into the trap.

The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. You know the – I’m going to lose weight results in a couple of weeks at the gym and then not much else. We’ve all done it.

 

Set goals instead.

 

Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

 

 

Setting goals require a result, something you can achieve realistically. It’s specific, measured and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.

 

 

Here are some easy steps to guide you to set goals and achieving them.

 

Focus on just a few

Instead of creating a list of 10 or more goals, choose 2 or 3 goals that are the most important to you and that you want to accomplish. Focus on those 2-3 goals only. By focusing on a smaller number, you will be more successful because you’re giving it your all and not letting yourself get distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or maybe buying a house.

 

Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that you need to meet in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out what steps need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.

 

Write it all down.

This is a very important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes or contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.

 

Stick with it.

If you are training for a marathon, you don’t just run for a month and you’re ready. No, you train for months while you keep increasing your running time and stamina. You continue to work at it.  More often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum. The little steps and goals along the way are vital to keep you engaged.

 

Visualize it

There is research that says visualizing works that seeing the possibility can help you achieve it. Athletes use the technique of visualization and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing that goal accomplished. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? Having a picture on your phone to check can help keep the goal fresh for you.

 

Do something daily.

Do your best to try and do something that is aimed at your goal, and keep track. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and stop you from giving up.

 

Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself or your goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem, you could very well be the person who changes the world!

 

 

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How To Be More Productive During the Holidays

Holidays are busy times and we’re all looking for ways to get more done and be more productive. Shopping, parties, family dinners and of course – work. How to get it all done?

Follow these tips to make your productivity soar:

Figure out when you’re at your best – I’m a morning person, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you’re better later in the day, save your tough work for that time. You will have more success and get more done doing the hard stuff when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.

 

Stop multi-tasking – our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop. There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.

 

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Take a break – most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your focus and concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in you being productive.

 

Work in blocks – People who work in blocks of 60 – 90 minutes tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done.

 

Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits can make a difference. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.

 

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5 Steps to Finish Your Year Strong

It’s September and we have about 100 days left in 2018. We’ve written goals and resolutions. Some of us are farther along than others this year. But the year isn’t over yet and 100 days can be plenty of time to finish your year strong.

Here are some tips to help you finish 2018 strong:

Review – take the time and review what you wanted to accomplish in 2018. Log your successes first and then write down what you still want to get done. Look at what’s worked and what hasn’t.

 

Plan – decide which are the things you are most likely to be able to complete in the next 3 1/2 months. Don’t forget down time for holidays and vacations as you plan. Write down the steps required to get it done. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something different. Finishing strong will take a plan and maybe changing your habits and how you’ve been doing things.

 

Action – hard part – the actual work required to complete the goal. What steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating, action is required. Do something every day! Be proactive.

 

Schedule  – create the time required to meet the goals. Set aside the resources (time, money, etc.) so that you can complete your plan of action. Use your phone calendars to help.

 

Be Accountable – if you take the time to create a 3 month plan, set up the actions required – be accountable – plain and simple.

 

And finally – take care of yourself. It’s hard to finish strong if your body is weak. Eat well, get enough sleep and exercise. And have fun.

 

 

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5 Ways to Be More Productive

We’re all looking for ways to get more done and be more productive.

Follow these tips to make your productivity soar.

 

Figure out when you’re at your best – I’m a morning person, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you’re better later in the day, save your tough work for that time. You will have more success and get more done doing the hard stuff when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.

 

Stop multi-tasking – our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop. There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.

 

 

 

Take a break – most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your focus and concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in you being productive.

 

Work in blocks – People who work in blocks of 60 – 90 minutes tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done.

 

Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits can make a difference. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.

 

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Vacations Equal Better Health

Summer is fast approaching. Have you booked your vacation yet?

 

Taking time off has been linked to better health. It’s time to ignore that inner voice telling you that you have too much work to do and start planning that much needed vacation. Your health depends on it.

 

Research over the past few years has been quite clear – vacations help people be more productive and are good for your health!

 

The long hours, endless meetings and paperwork, constantly staring at your computer screen, eating lunch at your desk is overwhelming and can lead to burnout. It’s easy to overdo it. Everyone does. Consider taking a few days off to benefit from the stress reducing effects a vacation gives you. It helps you refuel – physically and mentally.

 

 

There have been studies showing that even taking a micro break can make a difference. Can you imagine what five full days out of the office would do for you? Recent surveys conducted by Forbes and Glassdoor showed that only 25% of Americans take all their vacation time and another survey showed over 40% don’t take vacations at all! And be honest when you do take time off, you bring work along to do or find yourself checking your email constantly. That is not a vacation.

 

Several studies including the Framingham Heart Study showed not taking vacations can actually be bad for your heart health. Not taking a vacation for one year might increase the risk of a heart attack or fatal heart condition.

 

A vacation can be what you need to recharge and get back on track. They are vital for continued success.

 

Being dedicated and giving your all is great, but when you work all the time – you suffer and so does your health. Put yourself first and take care of your physical and mental health. Vacations reduce stress, improve productivity, increase our happiness and improve how we deal with each other. Sounds like a win-win!

 

Imagine being at work feeling rested and happier. Days off replenish job performance and your brain responds quicker. You are better able to conquer any challenges.

 

With summer fast approaching, instead of thinking of reasons why you can’t go, remember why you need to go. Visit your favorite travel site, talk to your family or friends and find someplace fun to go.

 

Everyone needs a break. Go ahead and reap the benefits a vacation offers.

Enjoy!