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Start Your Week With Intention

By Kris Powers | June 20th 2018

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Are you the type of person who faces Monday morning with anticipation at what the week holds? Or are you the type who dreads Monday mornings and who is tired before the weekend is even partway over?

If you are in the latter group; there are some steps you can take to make Mondays, and the days that follow, a bit easier.

1.  Take time on Sunday to reflect on the week ahead. It may seem counter-intuitive to use a precious hour or two on the weekend to plan for the next week instead of relaxing; but the process of pre-planning can be calming. Check your email and calendar, map out your week, draw up a to-do list, and set concrete goals. Getting a clearer understanding of what’s coming will help to alleviate the stress of the “unknown”.  You’ll enter the upcoming week with a plan. Even if that plan needs to change (and it most likely will), you’ll be as prepared as possible!


Take a Break and Boost Productivity

By Kris Powers | June 13th 2018

Items to help with time management and productivity

If you’re anything like me, there are a hundred things vying for your attention online every day. From the moment my eyes open until the moment I log off and head to bed, I’m bombarded with messages, personal emails, work emails, and voice mails. Every day, I try to selectively choose what gets my attention and, particularly when work is crazy, I make sure to build in mini-breaks. During those breaks, I step away from work-think and seek out information that will make me think, laugh, and even cry. These breaks improve my productivity as I go back to the task at hand feeling refreshed.



Image of a desk with an alarm clock

I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my time-management skills and increase my productivity. In the past I’ve written about how to work smarter, not harder and explored the difference between busyness and productivity. In more than a few blog posts, I have stressed the importance of taking frequent breaks to allow your mind to recharge and improve motivation.


Remembering Our Fallen Servicemembers

By Kris Powers | May 28th 2018

American Flag

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, and military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations are often proud participants. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in various activities in their hometowns. Many people take weekend trips or host parties and cook-outs on the holiday, perhaps because the day unofficially marks the beginning of summer.



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How to Remain Teachable

By Kris Powers | May 16th 2018

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Remaining teachable should be at the top of your personal and professional development goals. What does it mean to remain “teachable”? It means fostering, maintaining and pursuing the desire to listen and learn. By listening and learning, you will grow. Being teachable is not something that you’re born with, it’s not a matter of competence, it is more a matter of attitude. It’s being open to learning, and relearning, throughout your life. It’s a willingness to really listen to other’s ideas, to accept when those ideas may be better than your own, and to admit when you are wrong and learn from it.

Being teachable has a multitude of benefits; by constantly learning, you are constantly working on growing yourself as a human being, which keeps you happy and successful. If we stop learning, we stop growing and moving. That’s why it’s so important to learn something new every day!

To determine if you are teachable, ask yourself:


How Technology has Changed the Face of Education

By Kris Powers | May 9th 2018

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As summer approaches, I find myself reflecting on how technology has changed the face of education. From kindergarten to college, students are presented with more opportunities to embrace technology, expand their learning potential, and reach further into the world than previously possible. While part of me longs for the good old times of device-free days, textbooks and recess, the more logical part of me recognizes the many benefits technology has brought to the educational scene.

For one, technology has greatly expanded access to information. From books to podcasts, white papers to videos – there are massive amounts of almost any type of information you may be looking for available on the internet today. Have a question? Google it and you will have an answer (or 10,000) within seconds.


Don't be Busy - be Productive!

By Kris Powers | May 2nd 2018

Don't be busy, be productive!

In our quest to get things done, we sometimes confuse busyness with productivity. What is the difference? It’s easier to be busy and more difficult to be productive; as productivity requires focus, strategic thinking and big-picture planning.

Many of us have had the opportunity to work with “busy” people. They constantly rush around, in a mild state of panic, stay late at work, and yet seem to accomplish very little in their week. Conversely, there are those who appear to effortlessly get things done, who always seem to be in control, to have the answer.

There’s a difference between being busy and getting things done and it influences your success directly. Simply put, busy people cram more to-do’s and work into their day while productive people cut their work load by up to 50%.


The Beauty in Brainstorming

By Kris Powers | April 25th 2018

Diagram of the Brainstorming Process

Are you looking for a solution to a specific problem? Do you need to kick your creative side into gear? Brainstorming is an effective tool for situations where creative thinking and problem solving are required. Brainstorming can be done by an individual, or in a group, and both options have their benefits. The point of brainstorming, whether in a group or alone, is to get as many ideas out of your head in as little time possible. In the initial stages of brainstorming, you are technically “brain dumping”. You needn’t worry about linking like thoughts or having concern about redundancy of ideas or whether they are legitimate solutions. You will take the time to sort through the ideas and select which ones might be worth pursuing later.

In order to brainstorm as successfully as possible, it’s important to:


Is it Time to Refresh or Reset your Career?

By Kris Powers | April 18th 2018

Bulletin board with sticky note that reads "Fresh start this way"

All of us experience moments where we find ourselves contemplating our life decisions. Sometimes it’s a big event, like a break-up or a health crisis, that pushes us to take a closer look at our life. Other times, it might be a small rumbling in the universe that feels suspiciously like discontent that leads us to wonder if we should be doing something differently.

Whatever leads you to the brink of change, taking the steps to refresh or reset your life can be daunting.


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