Daily Life Hacks to Make Your Commute Stress Free

Graham Zahoruiko Daily Commute

 

Commuting to work is a mundane task that most drivers dread. Your hour plus time on the road is your least favorite way to start the day, but is somehow unavoidable. You’re not the only employee that travels quite the distance to and from work on a daily basis. On top of your heavy workload, your commute only adds to your stress level. Follow these simple life hacks to make your commute more fun and stress free!

Eat Breakfast

It’s no cliche that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast will only cause harm to your body. By getting into the routine of eating breakfast daily, you will find yourself feeling more energized and generally happier on during your commute. Eating breakfast is a way to jumpstart your metabolism each day, and fill your body with vitamins and nutrients it needs to make it through the day. Your commute will be much more enjoyable with your stomach full and your mind not wandering about what you’ll be having for lunch.

Listen to a Podcast

Successful businesses leaders recently shared one of their hacks– many successful leaders will start their day by listening to a podcast. There are easy ways to listen to podcasts like downloading them from iTunes, listening to them on Spotify or subscribing through various apps. For those seeking daily motivation and learning, Ted Talks, The Upgrade, and The 5am Miracle are great places to start. Other podcast genres vary from discussing your favorite television shows to murder mysteries and more.

Carpool

Fun fact– you don’t have to make your commute alone! If you know a coworker or friend that live near by, reach out to see if they’re interested in combining commutes. Sometimes people who live near each other and work near each other will join together for the morning commute. Not only does this save time, but it also saves gas and reduces the carbon footprint too!

Create Your Daily To-Do List

Okay, so you won’t be able to have a pen and paper in hand while driving, but there are great apps for hands-free planning. Dragon Dictation is an app that types out what you speak into a recorded microphone. Evernote is another app that has the same kind of function. Using these apps while you drive is a great way to write out your thoughts and plans.

For example, you can plan out your meals for the week or jot down the tasks you need to complete for the day. Some use this time to journal and simply get their thoughts out. It’s also great if you need to leave yourself a quick note while remaining hands-free so your full attention is on the road.

No matter your choice in what you do with your commute, these easy hacks will make your commute noticeably less stressful and easier on your daily life!

Networking Tips Everyone Needs in Business

Graham Zahoruiko Business Networking Tips

If you ask the average person on the street, networking is a daunting term. They associate it with intimidation and often manipulation. A common view of networking isn’t a positive one– but networking is one of the most beneficial aspects of business. Here are ways to take your networking game to the next level for you and your business.

Get Ahead

Go into any networking scenario with an attitude of giving before your receive, and you will find it to be incredibly valuable. First, you are establishing your brand in the marketplace as someone who care. Additionally you are demonstrating your value in your ability to provide innovative solutions. Generally in the world of business, before someone else is willing to give you something they want to know what benefits you bring to the table. This perspective is just being one step ahead of the game.

Listen First

Instead of throwing your elevator pitch at everyone you shake hands with, wait to talk until the other person has expressed who they are as well as their values. If you become known as a great listener, everyone will love being in your presence. You’ll also give yourself the opportunity to pinpoint what potential can come from this connection.

Be an Attracting Force

If you are trying too hard to meet people and connect with them, it will show. Instead, imagine your ideal self image and how you can position yourself as an attracting force– show them you have something they didn’t know they needed until you came along. Try to fulfill this image every time you are in networking contexts. The results may surprise you. You might just find that more and more people are approaching you, instead of the other way around. The difference is that you are radiating a qualities they can benefit from.

Confidence Without

When networking, you are naturally drawn towards people who carry themselves in a more professional manner. Those mannerisms include confidence. Professionals that show they are confident in themselves as well as their abilities are more approachable and attractive to other networkers.

Although there are no perfect measures to proper networking, by following these simple tactics and principles you will find that you are meeting and greeting new people in the business world around you in a more efficient way.

The Hidden Aspects of Burnout

Graham Zahoruiko Burnout Blog

 

Many people who enter the business world are hard driving go-getters. They want to succeed, and are willing to push themselves in order to gain this success. In the business world, this type of attitude is generally applauded. After all, who wouldn’t want to go into business with someone who is hardworking and proven their business hustle?

 

As with all efforts, however, there is a price to pay. Even if someone enjoys their work, constant work and stress definitely has consequences. The tricky part about these consequences, however, is that many times they are cumulative. In other words, it takes a while for their true effects to be seen, and their source may not even be obvious because they’ve slowly increased over time. What is the actual source, however? The answer: burnout.

 

So what is burnout, exactly? In her article in Psychology Today, Paula Davis-Laack defines burnout as being out of sync with one or more aspects of your life chronically. Many times in business, this means that your work is taking over your entire life, and other aspects of who you are could be threatened and neglected. The article cites research that showed how work over-load was one of the common ways that people reach burnout, among other reasons.

 

In many ways, what relates the different paths to burnout is similar: chronic stress. Stress can come from a variety of sources, be it relationships, careers or negative encounters with people. With the level on connectedness that technology offers today, many people are simply overwhelmed by thousands of small stresses that occur over the course of a day. When days add up into weeks, and then months, the level of stress can build to a burnout. Burnout can have negative impacts on relationships and motivation due to its affect on your body and mind.

 

Because of how long burnout takes to develop, it can remain hidden for quite a while. Soon enough, however, the negative consequences of constant stress on your health and state of mind, as well as relationships, will start to show. At that point, its best to take a pause, relax and evaluate your life. Do you really need to be working 75 hour weeks? Are there toxic relationships you need to cut out or drastically modify? These types of questions can help recenter you on what is important and what is not.

Entrepreneur Tips to Make Your Holidays Stress-Free

Graham Zahoruiko Entrepreneurs Tips for Holidays

It’s that time of year where stores are blasting Christmas music over their sound system, decorations of reds, greens, and golds are everywhere you look from streetlights to the exterior of homes in your neighborhood. Along with the holiday festivities comes the fun of food, family, and gatherings. While the holidays truly are a happy time of year, many tend to overlook the stress that builds up throughout this season.

For business owners, entrepreneurs, and even employees, work during the end of the year can cause anxiety, sleepless nights, and rising tension along with pressure. Don’t let the stress of the holiday season keep you from ending the year on a great note. This guide below will provide you with a grounded approach to handling the holidays in a stress-free manner.

 

Take a Break

During the end of the year, businesses have high pressure and a demanding time frame of deadlines. It’s not unusual to see people over-extending themselves during each workday. While getting in as much work as you can may seem necessary, you could be hindering your own productivity. To avoid burnout, make sure you give yourself a break.

Your brain and body will ease from stress if you take a break even just for a few moments. Rather than working endless, non-stop hours until the project is done, give yourself a 5-minute break when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. Taking frequent breaks is the key to productivity because it gives your mind a moment to refresh.

In addition to frequent breaks during your work day taking a moment to breath, use your PTO days if you have them. Not every company allows PTO to roll over to the following year, and you definitely shouldn’t let those days go to waste.

 

Keep Personal Life and Work Separate

You can easily become distracted during the work day when your personal life interferes. To avoid losing focus during your workweek, keep your personal life at home. Forget about the holiday parties you are invited to while working on a project. You can make time to schedule your personal parties and festivities after your work day. This may seem hard to do but here are a few solutions:

  • Don’t connect your personal calendar to your work calendar
  • Keep your personal phone off of your desk
  • Take a personal day if you need time to focus on life outside of work

While you gear up towards holiday festivities, don’t let the weight of stress drag you down. Be aware of your time, your effort, and your priorities and you will surely see that weight lifted for an enjoyable end of the year.

Maintaining Morale: A Great Reason To Change The Office Culture Around The Holidays

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It’s that time of year where office happy hours and parties begin to take place as employers and employees gear up for the holidays. Rather than complain about the time and effort parties take, think about it from a new perspective. Office culture changes throughout the holidays and if office parties are done right, they can be a huge boost to employee morale.

 

Company Culture

A lot of companies like to talk about how they are different than other competitive businesses in their industry. One of their biggest bragging points often showcases their office culture and employee morale. If that is true, then they should have no problem incorporating a positive office culture for their employees– especially during the holidays. A holiday party is a great time to give everyone a taste of what makes their job great!

According to zip recruiter, holiday work parties are a great time to bring people together because it provides employees a time to take a break from their work and get to know their co-workers in a out-of-work-mode perspective. When employees have the opportunity to mingle in a more relaxed atmosphere, it can build their co-worker relationships and create stronger team bonding.

 

Meeting Others Who They Don’t Often Talk With

Holiday parties are a great time for people to speak with others who they do not necessarily come in contact with on a regular basis. The different departments within the company can all come together to celebrate the holidays with food, drinks, and non-work related conversations. After all of the hard work and time employees put into their jobs all year long, the holidays at the end of the year are the perfect time to take a break and celebrate.

 

A Chance To NOT Talk About Work

One of the best things about a holiday work party is that work is not the topic up for discussion. This brings fresh conversations allowing employees to get to know a different side to their co-workers. Employees shouldn’t spend this time worrying about their work. A break from work helps employees come back from burning out in their job. It’s great to see all of the different units of a company come together and just enjoy their time over food, drinks, and laughter.

Savvy Supply: Millennials Guide Industries Into the Future

Graham Zahoruiko Millennials in Industries

 

 

In the world of business, all eyes are on the supply chain as this is what drives global businesses to success. With more and more millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) are entering the workforce nowadays, they’re becoming the much-talked-about generation– of which many have reached or are about to reach the age where they can apply for and uphold major careers. With their young, fresh knowledge, millennials are laying a new foundation for countless industries.

Millennials’ slow occupation of the working world comes with a variety of benefits, including an up-to-date knowledge of new technology. This savviness has suited the supply chain industry especially well, as many supply chain managers are recognizing the need to implement and adjust traditional business models to embrace modern concepts.

Here is a closer look at tech-savvy millennials’ place in the today’s supply chain industry.

Mastering the difficult

Millennials have been found to reflect a general knack for problem-solving. In fact, some commentators have proposed that it may actually be hard to keep them challenged. It is this valuable trait that has pushed the generation into a crucial position in terms of technological mastery. Many millennials have been predisposed to modern technology by simply growing up with it– or with primitive versions of it that aged alongside them. They have brought this knack to the professional forefront. In the supply chain, an industry that has only grown in its own complexities over the past decade, technology aside, this skillset is more than compatible with an environment that begs it. Millennials can use their knowledge of the difficult to bring older co-workers up to speed while applying their skills directly through their own positions, making them invaluable assets in face of an ever-changing future.

A lack of fear

Millennials capitalize on their seemingly undying thirst for knowledge with a general open-mindedness towards new concepts– especially those pertaining to technology. As millennials begin to make up a large portion of the industry, the industry itself has, by default, adopted this type of progressive thinking towards new technological concepts such as autonomous machines, social media, and big data analytics. This scenario has allowed supply chain companies to avoid pigeonholing themselves in obsolete concepts and constantly step outside of their comfort zone, which has subsequently resulted in an industry that is all but perfectly fine-tuned.

Humanization

On top of being welcoming to otherwise intimidating new technology, millennials are adept at humanizing the sometimes mechanical supply chain industry. The millennial mindset essentially revolves around the advent of human-centered technologies, including AI-based technology that is able to interact with and learn from human interaction. This approach is progressive, yet uncomfortable when matched up with the technologies of the 1980s, 1990s, and even the early 2000s. Yet, millennials have been taking these notions in stride, refusing to shy away from their potential detriments and focusing instead on the ways they can be healthy, logical, and most importantly– comfortable implementing into a supply chain work scenario.

An Era of Empowered Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

Graham Zahoruiko Era of Freelance

On the other hand, entrepreneurs are also thriving in a desirable career. Entrepreneurs collect investors and other money in order to make and maintain a business. Entrepreneurs do more than just running a business. They know how to leverage finances, implement strategic business plans and specialize in leadership and management skills.

With the digital world becoming widely more accessible and easily used, freelancers and entrepreneurs have an advantage. In the 21rst Century, we have an era of empowered freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Utilizing Social Media

Freelancers are all about social media, as most of their job revolves around it. Popular freelance jobs can be done remotely on a laptop virtually anywhere with an internet connection. Without social media, some freelancers wouldn’t have a job. Social media management, graphic design, digital web managers are just a few of the many freelance jobs that can utilize social media. Hiring jobs along those lines are booming lately as people recognize the importance of their online presence.

Businesses can utilize social media. Social media allows any business to grow their audience globally through various profiles. Not only can their grow their audience, but the can gain larger customer support and even increase their revenue through social media. With links to their websites and products, any consumer can find a business through social media and shop. 

The Economy

Entrepreneurs have a mutual goal of making a profit. They organize an idea, launch a startup or manage a business all to reach the goal of increasing revenue and earning a profit. Reaching out to investors is a large portion of what entrepreneurs do. Entrepreneurs are driving the economy and fueling its growth. As their business grows, so does the opportunity for jobs, including the hiring of freelancers. In today’s society, entrepreneurship nurtures the environment to drive business to success.

Today’s economy offers an empowerment to both entrepreneurs and freelancers. Working remotely, starting your own business and partnering with investors is easier now than it ever has been. If you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur, you’re in a great position in the world today.

5 Evergreen Skills Employers Want and Why

Graham Zahoruiko Evergreen Skills

Searching for a job is quite the task. Many consider job searches to be nothing but a hassle. As you search for the right position, the best company, killer employee benefit and overall the best job possible, there are a few things you should keep in mind. While you go through the interview process, make sure you touch on all of the skills employers are looking for. Here are 5 evergreen skills employers want.

 

5. Time Management

 

Don’t be late. It’s that simple. Time management is a skill that employers love to see in their employees. Your self-awareness will give you the best understanding of how you use your time. Employers want to hire employees that will not only manage their time wisely but utilize every minute they have.

No employer wants to pay for someone who wastes time on the clock. Attending meetings, clocking in and maintaining to meet deadlines is essential in any job. A major part aspect of time management can also relate to one’s motivation. Staying motivated in your position will also determine how productive you are. Without productivity, no one can possibly have good time management skills.


4. Team Work

 

One of the first questions an employer is bound to ask you in your interview would be about your ability to work with others. Teamwork is essential for offices, especially in an open-office environment. Often, employees have to work together to get a task done. Employers are looking for someone who can manage their amount of work without falling behind or taking over others.

 

Before an interview, practice strategy for answering the teamwork interview question. Make sure you can give an example of a time where you utilized your teamwork skills prior to the job.

 

3. Problem Solving

 

A career without problems that arise is virtually non-existent. Any considerable employee must show they have a skill set when it comes to problem-solving. During an interview, employers want to hear answers that prove you know how to solve a problem effectively and efficiently. Often, employees without problem-solving skills end up causing more problems as they try to resolve them.

 

2. Values

 

Your work values, what you want out of a job and what you expect of your job are also an important factor employer will consider in an interview. Although large companies and other businesses have a poor reputation for not caring about their employees, let the company know what you value most. This will show your interviewer not only if you’re a good fit for the company, but if the company is a good fit for you.

 

1. Communication

 

The number one sought after skill in employees is communication. Communication is how you work. It’s what you say, how you work with others, how you work with clients and customers and more. Communication is how you listen, how you talk and how you handle others that your position requires you to work with. Employers will always favor an interviewee with better communication skills than one who is lacking that skill set.

How to Prepare for Your Next Speech

 

Graham Zahoruiko Motivational Speeches

Getting a crowd of people to listen to what you’re saying is difficult enough, but inspiring a group of people into action is even harder, especially as an entrepreneur. Motivational speaking can be a challenge and with the right tools and mindset, you will succeed in creating interest in your speech and inciting the action you want to leave the listeners with. Whether this is your first speech in front of a large group or you are a seasoned speaker, these tips will help you prepare to deliver an effective speech.

Start Early

Unless you’re exceptional at coming up with material or you’ve already delivered this kind of speech before, chances are you’ll need to set aside a good bit of time. Start with a brainstorming session and have goals in mind of what you’d like to achieve. Try to keep a small notebook with you at all times, just in case an idea pops into your head that you can use for the speech.

Make Sure You’re Committed to the Subject

One thing that is going to set you back is choosing a subject and working on the speech, only to change it because you’ve lost interest in the subject matter or don’t have enough material to work with. This is another reason why having a productive brainstorming session is crucial; it will eliminate the need for you to redo the speech after working on it for a time.

Listen to Other Motivational Speakers

Tune into a motivational TED Talk or try to attend an event that features a motivational speaker. This is not to get ideas from that you can use as much as it is to pick up on nonverbal cues and see how the crowd reacts to what the person is saying. Hone in on how they stand, what gestures they use, how they deliver anecdotes, and how they build their speech from beginning to end. Much like comedic stand-up, motivational speeches should be relatable and get the audience thinking.

Make it Memorable

After you leave the stage, the people in the audience should still be thinking about the words that you said. Keep them engaged by making the speech memorable. One way to do this is by injecting comedic elements to the speech. These anecdotes and observations should flow naturally and be related to the subject matter, and they are typically effective in both engaging the audience and allowing the speech to stay on their minds long after the speech.

How You Can Become an Approachable Leader

Graham Zahoruiko Leadership

In every company or organization there are key elements to the leadership that directs each team. Strong leadership skills are required for a good leader, but also to create a good team. One extremely important key to strong leadership is approachability. This takes leadership beyond standing in front of a team by allowing anyone on the team to openly approach with ideas, concerns and enough comfortability to talk to their leader. Leadership is more than telling a team what to do. Here’s how you can become an approachable leader.

Manage Your Emotions

In the workplace, it’s very easy for stress levels and tension to rise. This quick action can cause unnecessary conflict, and often makes employees feel uncomfortable. Unmanaged emotions are a sign of a weak leader. One of the most important rules in leadership is to keep your emotions under control. When frustration brews, it’s easy for leaders to show their emotions on their sleeves. However, in terms of approachability, any member on the team will avoid an easily frustrated leader.

If you want to be approachable, learn to get your emotions under control. This is a sign of strength, and will make employees more willing to come to you with their questions, needs and other work-related matters.

Build Trust

As you build trust in the workplace, you’ll notice your employees are more motivated and confident in their ability to do their jobs. Establish trust by encouraging other employees. One of the best ways you can keep your employees encouraged is through remaining actionable to the words you say. If you make promises, ensure that you keep them. If you come across failure, admit it instead of hiding it. Transparency is key to getting employees to trust you and believe in you as their leader.

Always Say Thank You

Notice the hard work and effort employees do on a daily basis. This expression of gratitude is comforting and mood boosting, not only to your employees but also to yourself. Try to pay more attention to the details. Always thank your employees for their hard work and point out a job well done. When you build a sense of confidence, your team will feel more motivated and that will reflect upon your approachability.

Remove the Pedestal

Leadership is an important role, with mounds of pressure on anyone in a high position. It’s all too easy for leaders to get a big head, making employees often resentful of a leader as their respect diminishes. Approachable leaders know when to step down and place themselves on the same level as their employees. This builds respect and trust between leaders and employees on a team.

If you’re looking to be a more approachable leader, know when you need to step up and when you need to lower yourself. Approachable leaders encourage their employees to openly come to them to talk, encourage employees by noticing their hard work and most importantly keep the success of not only the company but also the employees in priority.