Playing Records While Working To Improve Productivity

When one discovers all the great things that take place in our brains while we listen to music, we find no surprise in the fact that music has an effect on productivity.  This is the reason why many people enjoy playing music on their earphones working or performing physical activity.  Music affects our mood and our emotions.  It affects how we approach stressful situations and how we handle ourselves at tough endeavors. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this rule but the general trend is that music can indeed increase creativity and work.

This applies to the workplace but not necessarily to all instances where high levels of concentration are required.  For those who make some of their work at home, playing music with the soothing quality of a record player can prove very invigorating.  Even if the music is sad, we find it enjoyable rather than depressing.

Music affects creativity

But just like the amount of light can affect the way we work, so is the volume of the music we are listening to.  Basically, when we listen to a moderately loud sound, we are forced to think abstractly as a result of not being able to process information easily.  We know that thinking more abstractly leads to a higher level of creativity.

Music increases productivity

When we listen to a good piece of sound, we are in a relaxed mode.  This helps release stress and being able to steam out some pressure.  The type of music that we are listening to will affect the way we process information and how we do it.

Music helps during exercise

It has been proven that a person who works out has a better attitude towards life, work included.  It creates a state of well-being that is translated into effective work. Essentially, music helps in replacing one´s brain signals of fatigue.  Whenever your head is telling you to stop doing whatever you are doing, a nice piece of music will help you overcome those feelings and keep up the great work.  How about that for increasing motivation and productivity?!

Music can help to visual attention

According to experiments, listening to music can increase our visual attention to details and the big picture.  These results were compared to those done in silence and there was a difference noted.

Music improves motor and reasoning skills

It is well-known how learning an instrument will help the development of sensitive areas of the brain to kids.  It is not that different when it comes to listening to music.

Listening to music has enormous amounts of benefits.  But sound quality has a special effect on us.  If you really want to listen to music the way it should be, a vintage record player is your best choice. You probably do not know that these beauties are being sold today.  If you can get your hands on one, put it to the test and observe the results yourself.…

Why The Golf Course Is The Perfect Place To Negotiate Business Deals

Have you ever thought that golf is a sport that has as a target making you walk the shortest distance.  Just think about it, the more effective you are at putting, the less you will walk.  So, let´s be honest here, you will probably not get super fit by practicing golf.  Now think about the fact that despite this, it is a pretty loved sport by people of all ages and conditions.  I don´t blame them as the adventure is a pretty cool one.  I am picturing a day out with the buds on the course while having the nicest conversation about any topic that might come to mind. Conversations go around the house, the wife, kids, church, trips, travel, the dog, the meaning of life, and why not, business.

The ambient that prevails on a golf course is usually one of relaxation.  This is not football or soccer, where the adrenaline is at its peak, the blood is boiling, and the muscles are under tremendous stress.  Not with golf.  You are wearing some nice khaki pants with a pristine Polo shirt.  You wear a nice pair of shoes or sneakers and your mind is on a state of relaxation.

Does it already sound like a golf course can be a perfect place for business deals negotiation or what?  You find everything needed for a successful termination of a deal.  Think about the following:

Business deals usually pose situations of tension and a major exploration of advantages and risks. Being at the green might help businessmen achieve a mental state of greater relaxation.  Studies have shown that a stressed brain will shut down itself, this without considering the risks it poses to your health. This is not the most desired status during a business deal. When the brain is relaxed and feels at ease, it will more effectively process information.  This is the kind of environment you get at a golf course.  You get the nicely trimmed grass, the trees, the wind and imagine if the course is near the beach.  Your body is on a state of greater happiness.

When your mind is clear and your spirit is cheerful (as in a golf course) there is a high probability that a business deal will end in a very good spirit and with shaking hands.  It is easy to find mutual benefits in a rather amicable transaction.  This is what you want your business deal to be like.

A little word of warning.  Even when a golf course provides an enticing environment for sitting down and discussing business deals, make sure it does not make you excessively mellow.  Keep in mind that your business deal should make you happy.

One last thing:  Golf is actually a pretty rewarding sport if done with certain skill.  This is why I will go ahead and suggest you take some golf lessons to help you hone the sport.  Here´s to successful business deals over the green!…

What does it take to be a Successful Business Owner?

success_11Leadership, goal oriented, dedication, discipline – words such as these not only describe a successful business owner but a person who wants something more from life. Having a successful business may be attributed to science or a tactical formula and sometimes to luck, but one thing is for sure, it definitely has something to do with the qualities of the owner. A triumphant business owner has the motivation and has developed the habit to do everything consistently right. If you want to be successful in your business endeavors then you should mimic the good qualities of successful businessmen. What are these?  Read on.

Desire

Desire is one of the most important qualities you should possess. You must have the passion for what you are doing, do what must be done no matter what or make sacrifices to make your business a success.

Common Sense

Common sense is not so common nowadays. But it is actually the foundation of any successful business. You must have the knowledge and experience to make sound judgments which you will encounter. Common sense allows you to have a wise problem solving skills  to comprehend complex issues into simpler forms and get into the core to identify the problem and come out with sane solutions. They have a great problem solving skills.

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Health

Successful business owners don’t only have the skills to run their companies but they also have the discipline to maintain their healthy body.  Some businessmen hire a personal trainer to help them with their health program. They give high value on their health. Without a healthy body, an owner can never be truly successful in their business tasks especially if they are sickly. Physical fitness is essential to a successful business.

Lifestyle
Design

Business owners not only have discipline to maintain a healthy body but also have the discipline to get things done. They have a morning routine and plan the whole day. Their itineraries are carefully planned and they see to it that these are well accomplished. It is a matter of designing a lifestyle to fit every endeavor in your schedule. In addition, having a good lifestyle design gives you more control to balance every aspects of your life – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Never Give Up

In business there will be times that owners have down times, or failure. These failures are ways that make them learn. Instead of giving up, they have the resilience to go on and learn from their adversities and mistakes. They understand that there are things that are out for their control, and still they move forward towards achieving their dream of having a successful business.

Self –Confidence

A person who doesn’t have self-confidence can easily get frustrated, demoralized and resentful, which leads to failure. So, if you want to be a successful business owner you should have the self confidence which triumphant entrepreneurs have. These people believe in their selves and are not scared to take on risk and explore un-chattered territories and make difficult situations.

It takes a great deal of work to be a successful businessman, but with perseverance and discipline, know that you will be able to achieve your dreams and goals of becoming a victorious entrepreneur.  Don’t be discouraged with failures and problems; look at them as lessons to make you not only to be a better businessman but to be a better person. Acquire the good qualities of well known business owners and continue with your venture.…

Don’t Let Nagging Injuries Keep You Out Of Work

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Suffering from injury is not only painful, it can be a huge financial blow. This is particularly true when the injury happened outside of the job. Workers who incurred injuries while in the performance of their duties have some protection but for those who are injured outside of the job, the options are limited. If this is your case, although your choices may be limited, there are steps that you can take to prevent nagging injuries keep out of work. Read on to find out.

When injury happens, there is no point in being complacent. You need to act fast in order to protect your interest and keep your job. The first thing that you should do is to see your doctor in order to understand the extent of the injury. If the injury is severe, you may be admitted to the hospital and in this case, you need to inform your employer regarding your situation and how long you will be out of work. If the injury is caused by somebody else, you might also need to inform your lawyer.

The next thing that you need to do is to figure out how many sick, vacation and other leaves you still have to cover for your absence. This way, you will still receive your pay check and at the same time keep your job. After you have exhausted your leaves, you don’t automatically have the right to remain employed. If you can’t perform your duties, your employer has the right to let you go. To avoid losing your job, you have to do whatever is necessary to keep it.

Although it depends on the size of the company, you might be able to get some special arrangements with your employer. This means getting special equipment, different work schedule and even more time to recover. If your work can be done online, you might want to consider working from home. With the advent of mobile devices, a lot of things that used to be done in the office can now be done at the comfort of your home.

Physiotherapy Calgary

If you are from Calgary, specifically the SW of Calgary and a nagging injury keeps you out of work, you might want to consider physiotherapy as an option for a fast recovery. You can ask your doctor for recommendations for massage therapy to alleviate the pain and to correct your posture to prevent the injury from happening again. Massage therapy has been an integral part in treating injuries from athletes, workers, senior citizens and even children. This is part of an alternative approach to treatment that is steadily gaining popularity and Prairie Therapy is in the forefront of this development. Their approach is holistic and client centered and this means that all the factors that contribute to your injury will be checked the treatment that you will get are tailored to your specific needs. Remember, you need to do whatever it takes to keep your job.

 

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Morning Routine to Find Your Zen

Wake Up EarlyEarly in the morning, you will find the environment peacefully asleep. Noises are greatly reduced and it is easy to focus in doing something such as writing, workouts, meditation, etc. In addition, waking early in the morning allows you to feel something so unique and peaceful. Therefore, we can infer that waking up early in the morning is one of the best thing we can achieve. Why? Because if you wake up earlier, you can have plenty of time to prepare for your day ahead and you will easily accomplish everything with a peaceful and calm mind.

Benefits of Waking Up Early

You will be able to have more time to prepare yourself with the obstacles and work that you have to face throughout your day. By waking up, say, at 6 AM, you will be able to meditate effectively, reflect and focus in writing something. In addition to that, you’ll be able to finish things earlier and you’ll avoid rushing and doing things with adrenaline rush.

The Routine to Find Your Zen

Exercise

Exercising is a great way to tone your body for the harsh day that you’ll face. In addition to that, you’ll be able to awaken your body to prepare it for anything. You can easily execute anything with a fully awaken body.
I like to jump on my foam roller first thing in the morning. This gets the blood flow going and places me in a dynamic place! Once I’m done with the foam roller I’ll do some light exercises with resistance bands.

Waking Up Before 6 AM

Yes, or at least exactly 6 AM every morning. After that, just stay awake, just sit and reflect about yourself and what you want/need to do today and you’ll be able to execute them smoothly.

Meditation and/or Yoga

Meditation and/or Yoga is a great way calm yourself and it’s perfect to do early in the morning where there only a few distractions around you. Also, the calm atmosphere of early morning will help you calm down.

Be Grateful

Upon waking up, be grateful and have a peace of mind. If you start your day with a moody feeling, you’ll feel sluggish throughout the day and you’ll be having a hard time doing tasks, socializing and even enjoying.

Waking Up Earlier – How to Do it?

If you’re having difficulty waking up early, then all you need to do is to adjust your sleeping routines as well as some of your habits. The first thing that you can do is, of course, sleep earlier, but how can you do that? There are several simple ways to achieve it.

The first one is to make sure that you cut off any electronics away from you at least 2 hours before you sleep. That means if you want to sleep at 10:00 PM, make sure that at 8 PM, all of your electronic devices such as your PC, laptop, TV or iPhone are turned off or in sleep mode.

If you’re a coffee, tea or caffeine lover, the last drink should be at least four hours before you sleep. Caffeine is at peak after one hour and will stay in your blood stream for up to six hours and we know that caffeine is literally a way to stop us from falling asleep.

There you go, I hope you enjoy adopting your new lifestyle.…

Paddle Board Yoga to Relax

Relaxation is one of the best parts of being alive, isn’t it!?

Did you know the single most effective way to unlock creativity is to reduce stress? Reduce stress, improve creativity which improves your life & business.

Are you Paddleboarding? Then why not try paddle board yoga? Haven’t heard of it? That’s why you’re here, to learn what paddle board yoga is and why do it.

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What is Paddleboard Yoga?

SUP Yoga is a form of yoga but on the beautiful water. You can practice on the shoreline sand or in a swimming pool to obtain the strength and flexibility needed to keep up the balance and postures on fluid water, for example, the sea or a lake. Professionals and those with strong cores can start by traveling through a sequence of yoga postures, while remaining on a typical length surfboard or a specially designed stand up paddle board.

How to do Paddleboard Yoga?

As we have learned earlier, this is almost similar to regular yoga, but with an added twist, you do it on a stand up paddleboard. Before you start, make sure that you’re comfortable handing the board. Don’t be afraid though as it’s really easy and intuitive. Once you’re comfortable, you can begin doing paddleboard yoga.

Select a ySUP

Okay, maybe you’ve tried stand up yoga a few times and now you’re ready to make the investment. How do you choose a board? What types of things do you look for?

First we need to size the board. Too big and it’s going to be a boat to carry around. Too small and you’re going to end up in the water more often then not. That said generally speaking we’re going to want to err on the side of larger. The larger a board, the more volume the more stability. You want stability while practicing your downward dogs in the middle of the ocean. Trust me on this one :).

Okay, so what else? Well at the very least we want a pad or a mat to work on. Solid construction paddle boards are generally very firm on top. That doesn’t bode well. That said you can get pads that are made out of the same material as yoga mats. Pretty good right?

You wouldn’t do yoga on the bare class floor (hence why people have become millionaires selling yoga mats). Pretend it’s a classroom floor, bring your “mat”.

Better yet, buy an inflatable paddleboard. Paddlers Retreat offers some pretty in depth reviews on the subject. Onto the poses!

The Poses for your SUP Yoga

There are several poses but we’ll discuss the easiest to learn and best for beginners. The two most popular are downward facing dog and knee lunges. Let’s dive in!

Downward Facing Dog – Stretch That Back Out!

 

Begin on all fours. Spread your fingers wide apart and reach towards the edges of the board. Really spread them out. Place your index finger and thumb to the board. Twist your toes under and lift your rump in the air (and shake it like you just don’t care – kidding!) while snaking your neck around. Chip away at pushing through your hands, and lift your forearms way up into the clouds from the board, always reaching further with each breathe. Drive your sternum to your spine and activate the core, driving your heels to the ground to establish a strong pose. If your lower back is tight, use a slight bend at the knees. Hold for at least seven breaths or no less than 30 seconds. Repeat three times.

Don’t forget to enjoy your settings!

Knee Lunges

Begin in downward dog (the previous pose) and step your right foot forward towards the middle of your hands while setting the left knee down on your mat (oops I mean board). Keep your front toes pointed. Curl your back toes under your body for added stability. Your feet ought to be hips distance apart despite the fact that they are in two different places.

Make sure to drive through your heel and ball of your front foot – this is where you draw your stability from, and push through your toes and ball of your back foot – this is where you draw your power from.. Place your hands on your thighs for strength if needed. If you’re feeling strong in the pose, send your hands to the sky, palms up. Return to downward dog and reset your left foot forward. Hold each one side for five breaths or 30 seconds each.
Those are just two of the many poses you can do on a paddle board. It really is a great sport!…

Branding Your Small Business: Critical Steps to Success

BrandingYour small business is underway – you have a great service or product, a solid and unique concept. How do you brand yourself to ensure success? A great name and logo are a good place to start, but there’s much more to a successful brand.

 

Critical Step 1: Choose a name a logo that expresses your small business’ voice, and display it.

 

Depending on your products or services, and your ideal customer, you’ll need to think about the overall tone and voice of your business’ name, logo, and storefront. A boutique jewelry shop and a used sports equipment store will have very different branding voices. Once you’ve determined what kind of expression you want your store to make, you’ll need to design elements of your storefront to convey that message. Signage, inside and outside the storefront, is the first thing your new customers will see when interacting with your brand. Make sure you spend the time and money to display the same level of quality as your own product has.

 

Critical Step 2: Get your brand out in public with business cards, flyers, and other inexpensive print methods.

 

Get your brand recognized in your community. Approach other local shops and ask to display your business cards or flyers with your business information. Offer to do the same for them, and build up a small business network or supportive owners. In today’s electronic media-driven age, business cards may seem outdated, but they are still crucial to interacting with other businesses. It never hurts to send a customer home with a business card or two, as well. Having a physical, solid piece of your brand to hold on to makes a much larger impact than a simple post on Facebook.

 

Critical Step 3: Develop your Social Media presence.

 

That’s not to say that social media isn’t an extremely critical component of small business branding. The instant access for you and your customers to communicate is priceless, and virtually cost-free. Having a well-designed Facebook page, website, Instagram, and Twitter account are increasingly necessary for any small business trying to make it in the local scene. Targeted promotions, limitless availability to your customers, and instant updates of your business-hosted events are just a few of the ways you can use social media to increase your small business’ development and reach.

 

Critical Step 4: Promote more than your product – promote your brand.

 

Getting your customers to recognize and value your brand isn’t just about a quality product. You must invest the time and effort into having a recognizable and memorable brand, unique to you and your business, if you want to succeed at competing for your customers’ attention. Contributing the effort on the front end isn’t enough – continued maintenance and upkeep ensures your brand stays relevant as times change.…

From Reading To Creative Writing

 

It may have been Ponyboy’s introspective, thoughtful nature or Johnny’s desperate desire to hold onto a smidgen of optimism despite constant turmoil, or maybe it was Dallas’s loyal heart that was well hidden behind the tough exterior accentuated by a leather jacket and cheap steel toe boots, but somehow my young son related to the emotions attributed to the Greasers in the book The Outsiders.

Childhood Loves

My mother was an elementary school librarian, and to me, that was the best job she could have held. Every day, she had unrestricted access to books, and that meant I had unrestricted access to books. All I had to do was ask for a title, and if a student didn’t check it out, she brought the book home to me. Who could ask for a better scenario?

This unfettered access to books developed in me a true love and appreciation for creative storytelling. As soon as I could read on my own, I focused on the pages that told of love, mystery, and teenage angst. Authors like Judy Blume, V.C. Andrews and Stephen King received my undivided attention. Oftentimes I would reread…and reread…and reread…the same story, such as The Outsiders, one of my all-time favorites. Once I learned S.E. Hinton was only 15 years old when she started writing the story about the classic battle between the haves and have-nots, somewhere in my subconscious I knew I would be a writer some day, too.

Passed On Through the Generations

Although my love for reading creative stories never waned, my desire to cultivate my own novel or short story never bloomed. Rather, I found myself drawn to the world of non-fiction, reporting on market trends, healthcare happenings, and interviewing newsmakers. I still get to write, just not original plots borne out of my imagination

Then I became a mother of a voracious reader. Since he was a toddler, my son loved stories of all kinds, from picture books to classic science fiction adventures told by the inventive Jules Verne to making up his own tales that entertained us at the dinner table. As my son grew older and broadened his reading library, I introduced some of the books my mother would bring home for me, including The Outsiders.

I was interested to see his reaction. Would it be different because he wasn’t a preteen girl? Would he connect to the story that was written nearly 40 years ago?

To my great joy, my son was captivated by Ponyboy and his relationship with his brothers and their friends as well as the complicated existence between societal groups and the individuals who wanted to break free from the “acceptable” expectations thrust upon them.

Inspiring Words

The thing that really struck me, however, is the fact that my son has pursued that creative area I didn’t. He has used his love of the written word and great storytelling to create his own fictional short stories and manuscripts. My son has taken his passion for reading and turned it into a creative outlet through his own writing endeavors.

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Getting Creative – Redecorating Your Home

It’s is truly amazing how you can change the look and feel of an entire space simply by making small changes. For example, when you move furniture around it can give the room an entirely different look and feel. It is pretty remarkable. Whenever I host friends or family (which is a lot, I love entertaining) I usually mix up the room.  It’s amazing how many times I’ve been asked by friends if the couch is new, or if we got a new TV stand just because we simply made some small but powerful changes.

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Small Changes, Big Impact

One thing did recently, which has gotten rave reviews is change the door. I found an antique door and a really cool door knocker. Sometimes you can find really cool knockers on Etsy. This really helps set the stage, an impressive door makes everything else feel widely more impressive. If you don’t have the budget to do this I would suggest re-painting your front door. I had professional Vancouver Painters, re-paint the exterior of my home this summer and I had them repaint the door that I had just purchased. A new door, fresh paint and a knocker really goes a long ways. You could even repaint your existing door, just make sure you prep it correctly.  If you’re not going to hire someone to do make sure you get the right tools. You’ll need  a high quality foam roller and a good paint. I recommend an oil based paint for doors, it’s harder to work with but leaves a better finish.

Speaking of Painting – How About Changing The Color On the Walls?

One thing I do every spring is repaint at least one room. Now that might be a bit crazy, but it doesn’t take that long. I enjoy doing one or two rooms but if you’re planning on re-painting your entire house consider going with professionals. Remember that company that re-painted the exterior? I hired those same Painters in Vancouver to re-do the interior of my entire house. Let me tell you, if you’ve never re painted an entire house I would suggest you keep it that way. It starts out fun and after about the third room it becomes a massive chore. Hence why I stick to a feature wall or one room at a time.  Splash a bold red or burnt orange on a feature wall, you’d be amazed by how effective this can be.

Change the Furniture

I’m not talking about buying an entire living room worth of new furniture. I’m simply suggesting that you mix it up, swap the love seat and the sofa. This will give the room an entire new feel, you’ll be amazed. Best of all, it’s free!…

Creative Cosmetics & Cosmetics for Creatives: Adding Your Own Style to Makeup

 

eye shadowWith so many different makeup products, it can be hard to figure out just how exactly to use these cosmetics, and while most of us aren’t professional makeup artist, we look for the Internet for help. To learn technique is one thing, but if we only stick to the techniques taught through YouTube tutorials or style blogs, we’re all going to end up looking exactly the same!

What’s the fun in that? Makeup in some ways is a like a paint, and we are the canvases. We should use the makeup to express ourselves creatively; all while achieving that desired look to is unique to our personalities.

First, let me say that extremely creative or out there makeup is usually not what’s in trend. The girl who is wearing a natural look is going to get fewer stares than the girl who isn’t afraid of an eyeliner or eye shadow pigments. While there is a time that “out-there” makeup is desired, however, sometimes you’re done with the typical application process and want to add your own touch to every day makeup styles.

Color choices and application styles and techniques tell whether the look belongs to someone bold, shy, natural, sophisticated, modern or old-fashioned. Makeup allows us to have self-expression and individuality. Yet, often, makeup wearers get caught in a rut even though they may want to change it up. Breaking out of this rut can easily be accomplished by getting creative with makeup.

An easy way to first change up your look is take a look at your color choices. Choose colors that will make your eyes pop, or just choose a color that is your favorite for the day! Break away from neutral, beige tones that will seem washed up or overlooked. Eyeshadows with more pigments will offer color that will hold true all day.

If you’re lost for what colors to use, think of themes instead. Feeling tropical? Use tropical colors like pink or teal for eyeshadows, and a pink/ orange hued blush to create a warm effect.  Colors aren’t the only way to change up a look. Application of the color can give a creative feel as well! Usually, eye shadow colors are applied in a horizontal pattern, from inner to outer corner of the eyelid; a more creative choice may be to apply the shadow in a vertical pattern, from top to bottom of the lid.

And for the days you want to truly stand out from the rest, don’t be afraid to play with your eyeliner. Create longer wing tips and extend lines to create butterfly wings, cat eyes, or more definition. Adding eyeshadows and face concealers with glitter can add an extra shimmer.

Really the possibilities of creative makeup go as far as the imagination of the applicator! Don’t be afraid to explore and allow your makeup be as unique and different as you are!…