Work+Money

Living a complete beauty full lifestyle includes all aspects of your life, work included. In order to live the fullest and most well-rounded life, it’s important to remember that you should want to strive to be your healthiest, and personal best at work too!

Here I share my top four must-do’s for workplace success:

ONE…

Communicate Effectively

Effective communication can come in many forms, and it is important to ensure your communication in all aspects of your workplace are professional, clear, and precise. An effective communicator listens just as much as she does speak, and doesn’t always control the conversation.

 

TWO…

Make Work Count

No matter the size of the project, to-do, or assignment making your work count (BIG or small) is vital to your overall success. If “it’s good enough” is a phrase often part of your vocabulary, you may want to consider revamping your work-style. Always strive to send the best of every task you set to accomplish…hard work won’t go unnoticed.

If at the end of the work day you don’t love what you do…make a change. Whether you’re tired of the work you’re doing, not passionate about the field of work, or just aren’t a fan of your boss…make a lifestyle change for the better.

 

THREE…

Practice Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships are one of the main keys to workplace success. Sometimes we see the people we work with more than we do our family… so be sure workplace relationships are healthy ones.

Your Boss

It’s important to remember that your boss can help shape your career in your workplace, so be your personal best at all times. Don’t gossip, slack off, or do something unprofessional at work, EVER.

Your Co-Worker

You may become friends or even relationships with co-workers outside of work, but always be sure to keep your work and life friendships separate while at work. Don’t hook up on the clock, gossip about others, or play favorites while at work. Be responsible and dependable…and most importantly, avoid workplace drama.

 

FOUR…

Make Workplace Rules

Make yourself a list of rules to follow at your job. Here are a few of mine:

  • Always be on time. (15 minutes early!)
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take Notes.
  • Organize & Prioritize
  • Leave drama at the door.
  • Don’t slack off.

Applying these simple, but important rules will not only improve and make for healthy work habits, performance, and productivity, but it will also reduce your levels of stress!

Work_How To Trade 9-To-5 For Your Life’s Passion_Pevonia Blog

It’s no surprise those with safe, 9-to-5 jobs tend to be unsatisfied and less successful than they could be in their careers.

That’s because the first ingredient to success is to do what you’re passionate about, says serial entrepreneur Parviz Firouzgar, author of 20/20 Hindsight. “When you have the chance to do what you actually love, take it,” says Firouzgar, who did so and made a fortune.

“The surest way to work your life’s dream is to exercise entrepreneurship, which usually means creating your own niche business. Believe me—it’s possible when you have passion and your specialization fills a need. I’ve done it multiple times and it has been a great ride.”

Through trial and error—and after decades of experience—Firouzgar has uncovered reliable tips for creating a business so you can live your passion. He says…

Find a good mentor. Of course, your enterprise must be financially sustainable. Imagine having the ability to skip ahead to possessing that unique set of skills that comes with already having earned your first fortune. “Had I known what it would take to earn my first million before I’d earned that knowledge, it would have come much quicker and easier,” says Firouzgar. “A good mentor helps you fast-forward through time-consuming mistakes, and will help you learn from their mistakes so you don’t have to experience them.”

Formulate a quality business plan for the start-up phase. Getting excited over an idea is fun, but figuring out logistics is where the work begins. While investors seek confidence first and foremost in people—their passion, determination and past successes—a sound business plan is vital for raising capital. If multiple investors refuse your project, it may mean the plan didn’t demonstrate how and when the investment would generate an acceptable return.

To-do lists are non-negotiable; use them. Among the abundant academic and self-help literature intended to help aspirational people achieve goals, there is one proven and reliable tool that sets the gold standard like nothing else: a to-do list. To-do lists act as cheat sheets for keeping your busy mind focused on what needs to be addressed.
“An added tip in executing a to-do list: do first what you like doing least,” Firouzgar says.

In partnerships, you need more than good intentions. New businesses are often founded on shared dreams within a relationship. But before moving forward on a good intention with a family member, spouse or friend, give the concept and its logistics an honest and objective assessment.

“Few people understand why this dynamic so often fails,” he says. “But, more importantly, even fewer people have managed to avoid the pitfalls the first time they enter into a business partnership.”

Debunking Myths About Women And Finances-Pevonia Blog

Americans are increasingly glum about the odds they will enjoy a secure retirement, and those concerns flow across generational lines. New research by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies reveals that 45 percent of Baby Boomers expect to experience a reduced standard of living in retirement. Meanwhile, 83 percent of Generation X workers anticipate they will have a harder time achieving financial security than their parents did and just 18 percent of Millennials foresee a comfortable retirement, the research says.

“Sadly, those results aren’t surprising because we often hear from people who have real concerns about outliving their money,” says investment advisory representative Joshua Mellberg, founder of J.D. Mellberg Financial.

“A lot of this is because so many aspects related to a traditional retirement have changed. For one, people are living longer, which means they need either to save more money or find ways to make what they do save last.”

Other factors causing anguish are that pensions are a thing of the past for most Americans, and there are constant rumbles about whether Social Security faces a bleak future.

But instead of fretting, Mellberg says, those planning for retirement should concentrate on trying to control the things they can. He says successful retirees often display three habits that are worth imitating.

• They live with some urgency. Instead of sitting idly by, successful retirees seize each and every day to stay healthy and happy. Mellberg says this can apply to all aspects of life, from what you do during retirement to the way you save money throughout your working life. “A sense of urgency can call you to action, so you’re more likely to prepare for a great retirement,” he says.
• They retire based on their financial assets, not age. Traditionally, when people think about retirement, they pick a target age rather than a target amount in their portfolio. But that may not be the right approach. “While you might have a certain age in mind, it can be more worthwhile to create a retirement plan that’s based on your finances,” Mellberg says. “That will give you a much better chance of having enough money to last you the rest of your life.”
• They aren’t afraid to take risks. In many cases, it is best to minimize risks – and that’s especially true with finances for those approaching retirement, Mellberg says. “But you also don’t always want to live your life on the safe and boring side,” he says. One way some retirees minimize their financial risk is to use a portion of their savings to purchase an annuity, which provides them a set amount of income for life, much like a pension. “Once you know your retirement income is in order,” Mellberg says, “you can be free to take some risks in other areas of your life and pursue your lifestyle goals.”

“Retirement is supposed to be about enjoying yourself after a lifetime of work, not counting pennies as you try to survive,” Mellberg says. “People nearing retirement need to understand that there are steps they can take that will help put them in a more secure position financially so they can thrive and not just survive.”

How Female CEOs Can Lead with Impact-Pevonia Blog

Working long hours, working too hard or too fast, job insecurity, conflict and inadequate support from colleagues and managers all contribute to the stress employees feel on the job, according to new research. The study is from Australia but the factors are the same for workers everywhere—which is why we can all use help to grow more resilient, says internationally recognized speaker and author Anne Grady.

Grady’s new book titled Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience and Triumph just launched during her major TED talk on Oct. 27th.  I ask: How can people build courage, strength and resilience? “Especially now, so many young people are entering the work force, their managers have to understand them and they have to be more resilient than in the past,” she says. “There are a whole new slew of challenges people are up against.”

In her talk, described as one of the best TED talks of 2016, she captivates, charms and challenge us through her amazing personal story of overcoming adversity. Here are some of her tips on how to become more resilient:

Choose Expectations Wisely
Being unhappy, frustrated, sad, or just about any other feeling, happens because our expectations and reality are out of alignment. We can’t control what’s happening much of the time, but we can certainly change our expectations.

Make Healthy Choices
Exercise regularly, get lots of sleep and stay active. It’s said so often and so adamantly because it’s true and it works.

Ask “How Can I Grow Through This?”
Resilient people challenge themselves to use their experiences as learning opportunities because they know that’s when they really grow.