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Working from Home After Covid19

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Working from Home After Covid19

Working from Home

Yikes – Told you’re continuing to work from home after Covid19? Be careful what you wish for.

Now that you’ve gotten all the equipment and organizational tools down with what was needed to work from home – many are being told – “just stay there”.

It can be a real shock because not EVERYONE is best suited to be productive at home.  There are issues…so let’s discuss a few.

  1. Got kids? Pets? Partner?  I’ve watched many Zoom meetings with visible interruptions on screen.  I even heard one attendee yelling at her hubby and kids to “get outta here.” The reality is- people think because you are home – You’re not REALLY working.  That same feeling will come thru once the kids are back at school too.  You may get called to run errands never before asked, after the prefix… “while you’re home.”  Even local friends and relatives might call and ask you to take them to the doc, go to the grocery store, go hunting or to the beach, or to blatantly take the day off…because you aren’t at “the office.”
  2. Staying focused is also a real issue. Have you caught yourself going to the fridge to get a drink only to realize you are next doing dishes or unloading the dishwasher?  Did you drop a towel off at the washing machine only to think I might as well do a load of laundry while here?
  3. You need a mind break. At work you could break that work concentration overhearing in-house conversations, or getting a cup of coffee, or attending an office meeting, or the boss wants you. No such luck at home.  And yet research proves you need to take mental breaks to be at your most productive.

As a Get a Life…Balanced Podcaster and Professional Speaker, I have gathered strategies from my many years with audiences. It just makes sense to share some real-life ways to solve some of these issues.  So, for issue one.

  1. Of course, the very first thing you must do is hold a KTC (Kitchen Table Conference) and explain what is going on in the household and how you will be working now. Communication is key to preventing most issues so keep those lines open. Then, here are some tips. One of my stay-at-home workers told me she had two ballcaps painted with 4 letter words.  One with the word LIFE and one with the word WORK.  When she’s in the business mode, she wears the WORK hat and even if she goes into the kitchen to get a drink of water, everyone understands they are not to interrupt her thinking and business flow.  When she’s finished, she puts her LIFE hat on and then welcomes any requests for hugs and kisses. Many of my attendees report back that this really works for them.

Another took a hint from a hotel room and hangs on his door DO NOT DISTURB.  Everyone knows not to open that door or bother him.

One sailor made small flags, red, green, and yellow and hangs one of his door.  Green means he is available for personal interaction, yellow means “I’m busy but you can interrupt” and red means “No interruptions, I’m concentrating.”  Everyone abides by those rules and he has been able to stay focused and get more done than expected, which has given him more free time with the family.

  1. Ok for problem number 2. Staying focused on your work helps if you will list and schedule what needs to be done that day.  Knowing you need to get a project or task done will aid in you getting your drink BEFORE you start work so that you don’t have to stop and take the risk of getting distracted.  Have you ever felt like you worked all day but got “nothin” done?  When you make a list, that allows you to “tic off” your accomplishments, you will feel better about “staying in the now” to finish the job.  And with all the organization videos on YouTube (I love Marie Condo) you will have systems in place where you CAN get the laundry and housework done, as a team, so you aren’t tempted to do it INSTEAD of working on work.
  2. Staying focused on work is important and research has shown you WILL be more productive if you DO take mind breaks. You may have even worked in an environment that knows that a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. But a power nap is a purposeful time (usually 10-20 minutes) set aside to rejuvenate – not just that you got bored or want to crawl back into bed and watch the end of that series on Netflix you started.  And what if you are someone who feels worst after a nap?  Then you could…

Take a mental break outside.  Go listen to the birds, feel the sunshine, the wind rustle, and feel the grass between your toes.  I break every day for a few minutes to see which flower or vegetable plant has opened.  And if you’re not an outside person, set the timer and pick up some crayons and a coloring book.  I love all the adult coloring books that are now available and encouraged.  They certainly have calmed me in the past while sitting at an airport or on a plane waiting to be cleared to leave.  When I do this training inside corporations, we suggest everyone bring a catalog from home and trade.  It’s interesting to view different themed magazines you haven’t even heard of before.

So this is just a start.  There are more tips on the podcast and YouTube channel.  And you can certainly email at [email protected] with additional questions.

Every new challenge is an opportunity to grow because success is always in YOUR hands.

About the Author:

Sheryl Nicholson, holds the CSP designation given to the top Professional Speakers in the industry.  She has authored 7 of her own books and is published in major magazines.  She created Get a Life Balanced podcast and Youtube channel with 52 tips to help listeners move from survival to success to Significant Living.  For booking information view www.Sheryl.com

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DIY Maintenance on Your Pool

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DIY Maintenance on Your Pool

Having your own pool is no more a luxury, yet it is one of the best things that your home can have  .Even if you’re not an Olympic swimmer, you can still enjoy a swim any time of the day. Some do feel it more of a body workout session and shy away from it but wait till you see its benefits:

  1. Gets your heart rate going up and takes the stress away
  2. Builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness
  3. Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and lungs
  4. For muscle toning and building strength
  5. It provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

Now that I have provided you with the benefits of what you can do in your amazing pool, you would surely feel like taking a deep dive. In order to do that, your pool needs to go through the necessary maintenance services.

It doesn’t matter whether it has been a year or a month since you checked up the pool or cleaned its surface. Before diving in, there are many things you need to consider.

What comes under pool maintenance?

A pool has a list of things to make it safe for you and your family. Here are some of them and what must be done.

1.   Cleaning the surface of the pool

The pool is mostly under open skies, which means dirt and leaves surely cover the surface as soon as you stop cleaning it daily. The surface needs to be cleaned off as well as the sides of the pool. It’s no use cleaning the pool while leaving the area nearby dusty.

2.   Scrubbing debris from the water’s surface

After some time, your pool starts to become a habitat of algae similar to aquatic organisms living underwater. If they are not scrubbed off periodically, they can become dangerous, for you, also spoils the looks of the pool.

Various companies offer painting services on the inside walls of the pools, removes all the impurities and dirt. Different colored paint can give your pool a fresh look as well.

            Emptying and clearing the skimmer basket

There are times of the year when your pool gets more debris. Emptying the baskets is vital for the pool’s circulation. A skimmer basket traps the debris, but it reduces the amount of water that goes into the pump reducing the circulation when it’s already filled.

The baskets need to be taken out correctly and emptied to regulate the water, ruin the pool, and have a clean pool as a result.

            Checking the pools PH level

A scheduled water testing ensures the pool has the right ph level for you to swim in, it is also beneficial for the longevity of the pool. If a pool’s ph level is not maintained; it decorates the pool features, materials, and equipment.

It should be a permanent part of your pool’s maintenance services; there are many kits used by professionals and also in DIY project. 

There are many more tips and essential steps to ensure a safe and clean pool, however these were some of the major hurdles in achieving the safety.

Contractors and Pool’s Maintenance Services

There are numerous companies proudly boasting of exceptional pool services, Most of the contractors have expert professionals, and certified labor to do the jobs. They mostly work on larger pool sizes, which need a full-service package including all the services for restoration.

Most of the time, they have all the equipment to do their job, including testing kits, telescopic rope, leaf skimmer nets, vacuum cleaners, etc.

Disadvantages of Contractors

When you hire contractors for your pool’s maintenance, there are some things you might not enjoy so much. I will list some of them:

·         They take too much time

·         Leave out some important areas

·         Not having the liberty to direct instructions

·         Heavy on the Pockets

·         Inexperienced workmen

I will not be discussing the points in detail, but you get the point!

Maintaining your pool as a DIY project

You can easily prepare yourself and get the tools to manage your pool. It may sound like a big ask but trust me, it isn’t!

No one can cares about the pool as much as you do. It will not be the contractors using it in the future, but you and your family. Therefore, you need to take of it yourself.

Besides, the satisfaction you get when all is done is my friend, something you have to experience. I clean my pool every month just to enjoy the therapeutic experience I get while doing it.

You can call a painting company in Greenville SC for all painting related tasks and you take care of the rest independently.

Advantages of DIY

Lighter on the budget

Hiring a contractor is not for the ones who go about a budget. The contractors have a hefty price depending on the services you need, size, and material of the pool. It is way better for you to buy the equipment’s once and do it yourself every couple of months.

Satisfaction and fulfillment

Most of the people love the feeling of satisfaction after having worked hard and seeing the results for yourself. Cleaning and maintaining the pool gives you that satisfaction. After your done with the pool, the pleasure will relieve you from all your stress and anxiety for the entire month.

Following Proper Standards

Sometimes the contractors may not follow proper procedures and work on your pool in a haste. Only when they have completed their job, you see their inefficiencies or things not still needed servicing.

It is best to make your own SOPs according to your top requirements and then work on them one by one.  

Designing and Decorating

You’re not bound to follow how contractors operate but can also design different things and make your pool look prettier. You can add different colors, materials on the porch while adding chairs and tables will give you more opportunities to spend time on it.

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Best practices for resource capacity planning

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Why is planning important for your brand? Make successful digitization that will help you make changes. Cloud-ready to use the software, but easy to use, is the key to the success of any growing company. From now on, it can provide you with the ability to plan changes, implement specific projects, and eliminate errors. With resource capacity planning software you can solve your performance problems once and for all.

Capacity resource planning is a result of workshops co-creating with clients and the hard work of several dozen programmers, trainers, coaches, implementation consultants, and product managers who know their work like no one else. Without an appropriate plan or schedule, it is very difficult to achieve the set goals and maintain order in the organization. With the capacity planning tool, we have a chance to keep up with current trends.

Planning that meets the changing needs of users
Changes in the company are necessary and there is no room for excuses. After all, it is well known that no choice, no concept, not even a strategy is completely perfect. The whole process is to be facilitated by dedicated tools, such as resource capacity planning software. You’ve certainly used different planning tools more than once, trying to optimize your organization’s resources.

Everything needs to be modified, changed, improved – unfortunately, not every tool (in theory adapted to this) works perfectly in this role. We need to open up to new, better, and much faster solutions that will allow for real development. The Capacity planning tool is used by many Fortune 500 brands, many of which are among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Cloud planning software can be intriguing if you look at it closely.

How do dedicated tools work?
Resource capacity planning software automatically generates work requirements based on a machine learning operating model that describes work patterns. This reduces the effort required to maintain the demand picture and additionally uses advanced algorithms to adjust demand and capacity accordingly. Binocs deals with the work of human resources, moreover, it is the only solution on the market that uses algorithms based on artificial intelligence that takes into account work rotation, employee preferences, and well-being. It’s an undoubted achievement.

The tool provides attractive performance control panels that allow contractors’ teams to focus on the business that matters. As if that were not enough, the software has features that allow it to find realistic solutions to resource capacity problems. In summary, best practices for resource capacity planning are those that will facilitate the entire resource planning process. The modern tools offered can easily solve your resource efficiency problem. Change means a transition from the current state to the future state and is something else, a certain difference which in this case may prove to be salvation for your company.

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How Companies Like NetBase Quid Can Assist with Market Intelligence

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Introduction: Market intelligence is the collection of data regarding a company’s competitors, target market, and consumers. This information is collected and reviewed to make informed business decisions. Knowing how to analyze market information is vital in getting an edge over the competition in a world where information is more readily available. The four market intelligence hallmarks are a competitive advantage, product intelligence, marketing understanding, and consumer understanding. This process can be conducted internally by a department devoted to collecting and analyzing market intelligence. However, many companies choose an external company, who are experts at collecting and analyzing complex market data.

Tools: For a growing company that is looking to expand its business, luckily, there are myriad of options when it comes to market intelligence. Below is a list of some of the most helpful tools currently in the market.

NetBase Quid: NetBase Quid is a marketing tool that allows users to analyze data related to social media posts and comments regarding a company or market. Companies can utilize this data to see how consumers feel about a market or product, and then decide whether to enter a product into the marketplace. NetBase Quid offers social media analytics solutions to businesses using Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology. The company can take information such as social media posts, blogs, business filings, consumer reviews, and provide the information to connect with consumers and build brands. NetBase Quid’s artificial intelligence (AI) tools help the business understand consumers and the industry and introduce new products and services. NetBase Quid is a trusted partner with such companies as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and American Airlines.

Pew Research Center: Another helpful online tool is, Pew Research Center. The site provides interactive tools that allow you to search across an aggregate of news stories and public opinion surveys.

Statista: Statista allows you to search among studies and reports, across more than 150 countries, regarding more than 200 markets and provides market and consumer outlooks.

Crunchbase: Crunchbase relies on information from its online community and has a tool that has an array of information regarding topics like company funding, leadership, investments.

Owler: Owler is a useful website that stores information on 13 million private and public businesses, utilizes crowdsourcing to collect competitor information. This site is especially useful when you are trying to gather information on competitors. The site allows you to create customized news alerts.

Google Think: Google Think can allow users to analyze how your website compares to the competition. Also, it can help a company find new customers based on data related to consumer spending habits.

Moody’s Analytics: Moody’s analytics utilizes Excel, making it easy for businesses to use their platform, which features cashflow and comparative analysis. Also, Moody’s differs from other sites because they focus on credit management.

Conclusion: Market intelligence can help companies find new customers, new markets, and new areas of opportunities. Market intelligence is vital for a company contemplating entering a new marketplace, looking for new customers, or for any company with an eye for growing.

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