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How To Ask For What You Want And Get It

July 7th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Asking for what you want always sounds like it should be simple. Sometimes it is. But when it comes to tough topics, whether it’s asking for a raise, or for what you really want in bed, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Or, better yet, how to ask the right way so you come out of a potentially awkward situation with what you want.

While getting what you desire isn’t always a piece of cake, there are ways of going about asking for it that could increase the possibility. And, as with everything, practice makes perfect. So don’t be afraid to get your foot in the door. Start speaking up for what you need now and soon you’ll be getting more of what you want later.

Not Enough Time In the Day? Easy Ways Free Up An Hour

June 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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What would you do with an extra hour a day? Does even the idea of “extra time” make you want to laugh out loud?

We all have goals that we want to get to when the work day is done. But even with 24 hours at our disposal, there never seems to be enough time. The busier we get, the more “free time” seems to be just something we had back before we started our 9 to 5’s.

But there are ways that you can free up a little time in even the busiest day. And it’s easier than you think. Often, simply changing the way you approach your day can make it a lot longer. So whether you need time to hit the gym, start your side project or simply relax, we’ve got several ways to free up some time for what you really want to do.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Ways You Can Appear Smarter Without Having To Open A Book

June 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you look at yourself in the mirror right now, on a scale of one to 10, just how intelligent do you appear? Everyone wants to put their best foot forward at business meetings and in interviews, and the smarter you appear, the better off you will be in those situations. With that in mind, we did the research to find out how to you can make that happen. As it turns out, it’s about more than reading the thickest novels and wearing the most interesting pair of glasses. These unexpectedly easy habits you can integrate into your daily routine go a long way to help you impress other people with your wisdom.

How To Keep Drama From Ruining Your Day

June 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Drama is the worst. You came to work, ready to sit down at your desk and mind your own business. Then suddenly, here it comes: a spectacle. Some days it’s your co-worker with all her chaos, and other days it’s your ex bombarding your phone with messages. Wherever it comes from, it threatens to ruin your good day. But why do other people get to be in control of your mood?

Unfortunately, you can’t control the drama that other people bring. But you can control how that drama affects your outlook. Try these guidelines for keeping your life drama free and you will find yourself unbothered when people try to come anything but correct. Bring on the shade. You will be able to shake off that load in no time.

Do you have your own personal tactics for dealing with drama when it gets to be too much? We’d love to add some pointers to our list, so feel free to share yours in the comment section.

Bad Day? 10 Tips For An Instant Mood Boost

June 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Need to turn your bad day around? These instant mood boosters may be just what you need.

When you sleep through your alarm and they get your Starbucks order wrong, it can feel like nothing else in your day is going to go right. You just want to turn back around and go home to sleep in your comfy bed, never to be bothered again. But if you’ve been the victim of a day that’s threatening to steal your shine,  there are ways to take your power back.

We’ve found tons of simple mood boosters that you can easily find at home or at the office. Try one or all of them to see if you can turn a terrible Tuesday into a great mood that lasts all the way until Friday.

Do you have any tips for turning the day around? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.

How To Stop Procrastinating And Accomplish Your Goals

June 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it’s a huge project, a hard one, or something you just don’t want to do, putting it off until later can feel like the best option. But you have goals to achieve and deadlines to meet. So what do you do when you just can’t seem to get in gear?

There are a lot of reasons to procrastinate. Luckily, there are also a lot of strategies to get you over the hump. To give yourself the motivation you need, try one or two of these techniques at a time. Then give them time to work. Old habits die hard, but focusing on these strategies will help you to be able tackle projects.

Do you have any techniques in your tool box that you use to combat procrastination? Whether it’s working out or taking a minute to bust a move to your favorite song, leave it in the comment section to help us all get back to work.

Are You In The Right Profession? Signs That You’re Actually The Creative Type

May 24th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We are all likely to fall into a rut when we feel that our 9-to-5 jobs aren’t particularly fulfilling. But for the creative types, the unhappiness that comes with having to report to an office every morning can be overwhelming. Some of us are well-suited for the everyday business-like atmosphere, the afternoon meetings, and being a contributing member of a team. However, climbing the corporate ladder just isn’t for everyone.

If you’ve always had a feeling that you belong somewhere other than behind a desk, you could be working with more than just a feeling. Certain people are simply creative types. And for creative people, that novel, clothing line, photography or marketing idea isn’t just a pipe dream. The key to a happy professional life could be in embracing what your real interests are and going after them.

If you’re looking for a sign that it’s time to flex your artistic muscles full time, these might be just the hints you need.

Do You Cover Your True Self At Work?

May 22nd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Sometimes the image we project at work of ourselves aren’t always true. Literally, it’s like abandoning one part of yourself when you clock in and picking it back up after you’ve fulfilled your shift. And the crazy thing is that many of us are guilty of this without even noticing it.

In a recent Girl Chat segment on The Real, the ladies got serious and answered some questions regarding this topic. Apparently, a managing principal of Deloitte and a New York University law professor surveyed 3,100 employees and found that most people don’t feel comfortable being their authentic self at work.

Jeannie divulged that she’s probably the least professional at times and in certain situations. “I like to have fun, you know what I mean,” she said, reminiscing on their recent trip to the White House. “But I feel very grateful that I’m at a job where I can be my real self.” Lonnie, on the other hand, was pretty black and white with the fact that there’s a time and place for everything. She used language as an example, which we can all agree shouldn’t be taken lightly.

INC.com also wrote an article on “Why You Need to Be Your Real Self at Work,” where David A. McKnight, an image consultant and author of The Zen of Executive Presence, shared the importance of bringing your whole self in business situations. While most of his focus is clothing and visual style, there’s still a lesson to be learned. One of his points that caught my eye was that ” You’ll be more successful” and “happier.” True! 

“People who bring their authentic selves to work are not only happier, they’re much more productive. It’s easy to see why. I can tell you from experience that it’s very, very exhausting to pretend to be what you think others expect. That explains why he’s often seen careers take off when people become more authentic in the workplace. “People really shine when they are being themselves,” he says.

McKnight recalls working with an investment banker who was an artist in her off hours. She’d spent her career projecting a very buttoned-down image, in keeping with that traditional and male-dominated industry. McKnight worked with her to let a little of her artistic side show through. It was a huge boost to her sense of wellbeing in the workplace. “She felt so self-confident,” he says. “She told me she felt like a different person.”

Personally, I’ve gone through this same situation and many of my friends, too. Being recent graduates, there’s a lot of odd and random jobs you pick up just to make ends meet and keep a roof over your head. While they might have nothing to do with what you love or enjoy or even went to school for, it keeps the lights on and that seems to be all that matters. Sometimes That’s what you think until you’re going home mad everyday, which many times can lead to depression or constantly feeling down. So, at the end of the day, the cost is a lot bigger than the reward in the long run.

What do you think?

Alternatives To Coffee To Drink During The Workday For More Energy And Less Stress

May 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that most of us will spend over $1,000 on Starbucks before this year is over? Most of us are looking for a little pick-me-up when it comes to facing a long day at work. And while coffee is one of the most popular drinks in America when it comes to increasing energy, it isn’t the only beverage it pays to drink at work.

Coffee may give you a caffeine boost, but that’s not all most of us need to get through a day at our desks. Whether you need to stay calm while dealing with an influx of assignments at work, build up your energy (without compromising your sleep at night), or do what you can to keep from snapping at your co-workers, there are lots of drinks that are perfect for a long day at work. And no worries, they don’t require a coffee pot or coffee cup to make.

Hustle Hard: 10 Best Side Hustles For A Busy Mama

April 20th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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We all have those moments where we wish we could make a little extra funds without an added headache. We are no longer in the days where having a side retail job is a great go-to choice and would much rather make the extra funds while still being able to attend to a growing toddler or (disappearing) teen.

Many lists include offering tour guide services, renting your vehicle out, dog walking or personal shopping – all of these possibilities are great, but not necessarily for a busy mama. We researched tons of opportunities and judged them based on ease, commitment, growth ability… and fun. A few take more hustle and dedication than others, but we believe you’ll be happy while doing them (time to decorate?) and others are a breeze (clean out that closet!).

In today’s unstable economy, it is always a good idea to have more than one income and why just do it for the cash? Many options on this list may lead you to find your passions and a new career choice altogether. Gte out a pen and paper to brainstorm and figure out which of these side hustles for a busy mama work for you. Let’s get to the hustle!