Hello! In this week’s round-up we take a look at how the way you speak can affect the way you are perceived, which may even cost you your next job, why some people are just so darn charming and alternative cleaning solution are a bit more natural that your usual household items.
Avoid “Uptalk” to Communicate With More Confidence – Lifehacker
“Uptalk” is the annoying habit of raising inflections at the end of every sentance. This is common in a lot of accents – Californian and Australian especially – it seems to be on the rise (see what I did there?) thanks to the globalisation of media – if you want more history on the subject check out “The unstoppable march of the upward inflection?” on the BBC News website, the article may be almost 3 years old but it stands true today.
This Is Why Some People’s Personality Is Just So Charming – Lifehack
Have you heard for the platinum rule? Me neither! But if you have one of those friends that people just seem to love then this will be one of the rules they follow which gets everyone to like them.
5 More Time Management Mistakes You May Be Making – Fast Company
Do you struggling with balancing your work and home life, or dwell on aspects of your job you think you spend too much time on? This article lists 5 of the mistakes that could be contributing to your feeling that you manage time badly.
7 Types of Meetings that Are a Waste of Time – The Order Expert
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a love-hate relationship with meetings! It seems Rashelle over at The Order Expert has a similar view and she’s come up with 7 different meeting types that you need to avoid in order to stop wasting your time.
A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit – Zen Habits
As we’re now into February, those of you who made New Year’s resolutions will be sticking with them or struggling. Whatever camp you’re in this article will give you some extra help to stick with your goals. Need more help? Check out my Getting Ready For Resolutions Series for advice on setting an maintaining goals.
Boost Office Productivity with 10 Tweaks Backed by Science – Make Use Of
I’m a home-worker in my “office” job, but having previously worked for both large and small organisation in a office setting, I understand the importance of a flexible and fun work setting. These 10 small changes you can make to any workplace environment will help not only employee productivity but will boost morale as well.
You Snooze, You Win: How a Lack of Sleep Can Hold Back Your Weight Loss – Lifehacker
I’ve been on a weight-loss mission for the last 5 months now. Since I quit smoking around 2 and a half years ago the weight as steadily piled on and while I was underweight before, I’m definitely overweight now. I’ve tried calorie-controlled diets, extra exercise and even cutting out alcohol but nothing seems to have worked. Now it would seem it would be cutting down on the amount of sleep that could be the culprit – and strangely the weight-gain started when I began my second job and the amount of sleep I was getting halved. Over February, I’m going to be managing my sleep schedule really tightly and ensuring I get a minimum of 7 hours a night (that may not seem a lot but I’m getting about 4 – 6 at the moment). I’ll update you on my progress at the end of the month.
Cleaning With Essential Oils – One Good Thing By Jillee
I’ve started to get in to more natural cleaning products recently. Whilst you can’t deny that every kitchen or bathroom will need a good deep clean every so often with bleach and/or antibacterial cleaners just to be on the safe side, but for regular every day use I’ve found that natural alternatives are just as good – if not better (and they tend to smell nicer too!). You can also check out Ella Andrew’s Guest Post on Homemade Cleaning solutions too
If You Want To Be Happy, Spend Money On Experiences, Not Things – InvestmentZen
If we budget carefully and watch our income we have a set amount we can spend on non-essentials. Quite often this money is frittered away on frivoulous things – I know I’m terrible for spending my money on DVDs on Amazon when I’m only supposed to be buying essentials. But how about I put that money to better use and instead of buying the latest film from the Asylum Production Company (I so need to get Zoombies btw) I use that money to buy something that will provide me with an experience that will last a life time? Check out this infographic from InvestmentZen that will give you some ideas on how to spend your money in a more meaningful way.
Have A Great Weekend
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