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Finding More Hours in the Day

Finding More Hours in the Day 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

It’s daylight savings time again, which means we sprang forward and “lost” an hour.  The good news is that we get extra daylight at the end of the day, but mornings can be tough if you don’t like getting up when it’s still dark.

Like many people, I find myself wondering where the time “goes” every day.  But, whenever I think that I don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done, I remember a great quote I read in H. Jackson Brown’s “Life’s Little Instruction Book”:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

No pressure there. What it really comes down to is what we do with the time in our day – it’s about quality, not quantity. So, how do we make the best use of time?

Here are a few thoughts:

1.      Plan your work and work your plan.

2.      Make lists – and use them. It’s gratifying to “cross off” completed tasks.

3.      Break larger tasks into smaller pieces.

4.      Ask for help if you need it.

5.      Make technology your servant – not the other way around. In other words – unplug!!

Take breaks to enjoy time with family and friends – and to recharge your battery.  And, remember, come next fall, you’ll get an hour back!

Rest & Relaxation

Rest & Relaxation 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

The other day, as I hurried from one appointment to the next, I felt this strong throbbing in my head, it felt like a headache but it persisted when I stood up to walk around and then would subside when I sat. After a short session of self-diagnosing, I discovered that my headache may have been caused by something as simple as stress. With deadlines to meet and clients to please, our brains don’t realize that all this running around is doing a number on our bodies.  

Encountering stress on a day-to-day basis can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system and speed up the aging process. How does one combat all this stress? We owe it to ourselves to take some time each day and just relax.

Set aside some time every day, or for some, every week to dedicate to relaxing. It doesn’t need to be anything that takes up too much time or expense, just take a little time for yourself. Spend just 15-20 minutes outside in the fresh air. Try not to think about anything that’s going on. Some find it easier to imagine a calming place like the beach or some other favorite vacation spot. Leave the office and go for a drive around your part of town.

When you get home, leave your work and obligations at the office and spend time with those who mean the most to you.

Chances are, you’re already a superman or woman, give yourself a break, even heroes need to relax.

Service with a Smile

Service with a Smile 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

It’s a simple thing in customer service, but it is effective. It’s a smile.

Something so easily delivered and yet so meaningful can really go a long way when it comes to servicing your clients and customers. We encourage smile usage as many times a day as possible. It’s one of the things in business with which you really can’t go wrong. When you are speaking with clients, put on your smile – whether it’s on the phone or in person – you’d be surprised, but people can tell when you’re smiling, even over the phone!

A smile is contagious, and it is also a necessity. It’s a business enhancer. It is an emotional boost. It’s something you can give that the competition doesn’t always remember to give. Show those pearly whites. Regardless if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, that smile will make you and your customer feel better. Use your business sense, and ALWAYS provide service with a smile.