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Five Steps to Stay Motivated at Work

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Create a Task List: Creating a task list at the beginning of your work week can help you keep track of what needs to be done, as well as the order of importance of each task. Task Lists also help you outline your goals for the week, which is a great motivation tool for you to use. Even though you might feel comfortable keeping this list in your head, it helps to write tasks down so you can keep track of how many tasks are completed and how many are left—it also feels great to scratch a task off your list once you finish it.

Work-Life Balance: We know you love your job and can’t wait to get into the office the next morning, but it is important to have a couple hobbies outside of the workplace as well. Not only will this help you relax after work hours, but it will give you something to look forward to after work, adding a much needed boost of motivation to make it through the day.

Keep Your Desk Organized: When your desk is clean and organized, it makes it much easier for you to stay motivated. Documents are easy to find, and a clean area will help you keep a clear head for any emergent tasks that may come up, making for a less stressful day.

Stay Positive: A positive attitude is very important in the workplace as it not only affects you and your performance personally, but it can affect co-workers around you as well. A toxic negative environment does not provide for a motivated individual, so even if something goes wrong think about how you can make it a better situation and move on—no need to dwell on the bad.

Take a Break: Sitting at your desk all day can be draining. Take a break every once in a while and step outside for some fresh air, or just walk away from your desk so you can reset and come back refreshed.

How do you stay motivated at work? Tell us in the comment section below!

New Year’s Resolution at Work: Be Organized!

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As 2013 comes to a close and 2014 nears, many are thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. Some might want to spend more time with family, or lose those stubborn pounds, but what is your “Work” Resolution?

First you need to know what a Work Resolution is. A Work Resolution is similar to a regular New Year’s Resolution, but it applies to work!

Why is this important? At Avalon Communications, we believe that setting goals is important to not only encourage hard work, but create a system that in the end gives you the satisfaction of a job well done! Being that New Year’s is just around the corner, what better way to do so than with a Resolution!

There are many, many different types of Work Resolutions out there. Some include: Improve productivity, be on time more often, use time more efficiently or even improve your email response time. All of these are great ideas! If you are stuck on deciding what your Work Resolution should be, there is one idea that all Resolutions boil down to. Get Organized.

Organization is key in every aspect of life, and at work it is a MUST.

There are many ways you can go about this, but the key is to take baby steps. Here are some ideas:

  1. De-Clutter your desk.
    1. If you constantly have miscellaneous items scattered on your desk, you WILL get distracted. Make a habit by clearing your workstation every time you leave the office, this way when you come in the morning your mind won’t be overwhelmed with clutter.
  2. Clean up your email.
    1. This task is a must whether your have 1,000 emails or 100. You will be amazed by how much your productivity increases with the simple organization of emails! Not only will your response time improve, but you will be able to find emails faster (Rather than scrolling through all of them).
  3. Have a planner.
    1. Whether this is on your computer, phone or in a physical book- a planner is necessary. In any business there are sure to be a million things going on at once, and if you don’t organize them in some way one is bound to slip your mind.
  4. Sort the Files on your Desktop.
    1. If you turn on your computer in the morning only to see 200 Folders, Documents, Spreadsheets, etc. on your Desktop- you might want to organize it. Sure, you may be used to seeing all of the icons there but once it is cleaned up your brain will give a big sigh of relief.

Hopefully these tips help you start down the path to an Organized Workspace and help you reach your New Year’s “Work” Resolution!


The Pursuit of Happiness (at Work)

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We all know that sometimes sitting at your desk day after day may get a little repetitive, therefore making work less fun- and who wants that?! Work should be a place where ideas come to life, where you feel relaxed and confident in your progress and ultimately a place that you actually want to wake up for in the morning.

The atmosphere at Avalon Communications is the perfect balance between work and play. We get things done, but have fun while doing so. Below are some fun ways to make the workplace a happy place.

Strategy Sessions

Sure, this sounds more like work than play- but they really work! Grab your co-workers, order in some lunch and simply have a conversation! Talk about your clients, their products, what you are working on now, or any questions you might have. Sitting at the same table and engaging in open conversation is a great way to brainstorm, and maybe even solve some problems! It is always nice to have a fresh perspective on ideas, and a strategy session solves just that (Plus it involves food).

Celebrate Holidays

The Holidays are always a fun time at home, so why not make them fun at work? Celebrate co-workers birthdays, have a Christmas party! This year at Avalon, we are having a Secret Santa! Having fun things like this in the office make the day a little less stressful and also show that your company really cares about you as an employee.

Make the Office Aesthetically Appealing

No one wants to work in an office that could double as a prison cell. Not only will employees be happier at an office that looks good, but they will get more work done as well! Some décor may be out of your hands- but even a simple tree at Christmas time can set a happy mood in the office.

These are just a few of the ways we like to keep it fun at Avalon, but at the end of the day it is about productivity and getting our jobs done. Keep in mind that the saying goes, “Work Hard, Play Hard” and not the other way around.

Hope you all have a FUN day at work!

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