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Archive for February, 2016

The 2 Minute Rule

Hello fellow followers! Let’s talk about procrastination

As the late Sir Isaac Newton taught us a long time ago, objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. This is just as true for humans as it is for falling apples, and even though most of the tasks we procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do- we have the talent and skills to accomplish them. We find ourselves avoiding starting them for one reason or another.

What is the 2-minute rule?

The 2 minute rule comes from David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done. David recommends if it takes less than two minutes to complete the task-then do it now. ” The goal is to make it easier for you to get started on the things you should be doing. Now obviously every goal you have can’t be completed in 2minutes or less BUT every goal can be started in 2 minutes or less, and that’s the purpose behind this little rule.

  • Want to become a better writer? Just write one sentence (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll often find yourself writing for an hour.
  • Want to eat healthier? Just eat one piece of fruit (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll often find yourself inspired to make a healthy salad as well.
  • Want to make reading a habit? Just read the first page of a new book (2–Minute Rule), and before you know it, the first three chapters have flown by.
  • Want to run three times a week? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, just get your running shoes on and get out the door (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll end up putting mileage on your legs instead of popcorn in your stomach.

What’s something that you can do now that will only take 120 seconds of your time? Do it right NOW!

Show Me Those Pearly Whites

Hello fellow followers!

We have all dealt with negative emotions in our professional and personal lives, but did you know smiling has many benefits?

Check out the below cool facts about smiling from

 Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood: Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.

  • It boosts your immune system: Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.
  •  Smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
  •  Smiles Relieve Stress: Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
  • It’s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
  •  It’s a universal sign of happiness: While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
  •  Smiling helps you get promoted: Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.
  •  Smiles are more attractive than makeup: A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.



Tell them how good they did the first time!

Did you know positive reinforcement is a powerful way to influence high performance in your employees?

Now I know some of you may be thinking WHY-“why should I praise somebody for doing their job” or “why would I praise an employee who needs to improve in so many other areas”.




Hearing what we do well makes us want to be better, and believe we can be better, and henceforth we do become better. It also softens the blow of receiving constructive criticism.  Once an individual believes you want the best for them, it’s very often they will be reception to your suggestions for improvement and what better way to demonstrate you care for your employee than praising them for a “job well done”.


Quick tips on how to positively reinforce those around you…

  • First, identify the behaviors you’d like the person to demonstrate.


  • Build that employee up by verbalizing your appreciation for them ie. “Max thank you for everything you do daily to meet your goals” or give a small token of appreciation (thank you card, lunch, or maybe a $5 gift card to Eat’n Park restaurant…shameless plug J)
  • Share the behaviors you’d like that person to demonstrate, and positively reinforce them immediately when you see them demonstrated.

Remember, if you want someone to do something again, tell them how good they did it the first time!

  Don’t be selfish share some the ways you positively reinforce those around you.