3 Ways to Stay Successful by Stepping Away From Your Desk

2Roads-blogs (1)When you stuck at work with an endless amount of tasks to complete, the phone is ringing off the hook, and your inbox is blowing up, the last thing you want to do is step away from your desk. Did you know that staying glued to your computer screen and not getting up can actually hurting your job performance?

Here are a few ways that’ll make you more successful, and they don’t include sitting at your desk.

Exercise
Keep up your productivity by exercising while at work, especially if you don’t have time to head to the gym. Going on a 20 minute walk during lunch or doing some desk stretches can leave you feeling rejuvenated. Get the blood circulating and take your lunch break to the next level!

Have Lunch With Your Colleagues
Make time to chat with your coworkers over lunch at a restaurant or even just at the table in the break room. This gives you the opportunity to bond with the people in your office and find out what role they play in your company’s success, which is beneficial for your career.

Friendly competition is always great to have around. Find someone in the office that you don’t know that well and ask that person to lunch. Get to know that person, and you never know what will come from it.

Take a Catnap
Take a quick nap at work during your lunch break, be it in the break room or in your car. Just 15 to 20 minutes of sleep will help your productivity for the rest of your workday.

Being stuck at your desk all day can hurt your job performance, so get up and exercise, head to a restaurant, or close your eyes for a few. Stay happy and refreshed!

Motivate Yourself to Work Hard, Always!

2Roads-blogsWe all have good days and bad days, and on those bad days it’s hard to stay motivated to work hard. We can get caught up in these funks that leave us uninspired and it may even seem impossible to get things done. Here are some ways to get you motivated during those times when you need it most:

Don’t Think About it as Hard Work
Instead of psyching yourself out with the words, “hard work,” think if your tasks as goals that will help you get to where you want to be in your career, or in life. Go in with a positive attitude, knowing that once your task is complete, you’ll feel so much better. You may even realize that it wasn’t as difficult as you thought it would be.

Set Small Goals
It’s important to be ambitious. You should never lose sight of your goals, so always look at the big picture. Of course, in order to reach that audacious goal, you must break it down into smaller tasks. This is an easy way to keep track of your progress while also feeling a sense of achievement. This will also make your big goals seem less daunting… One step at a time!

Celebrate The Small Victories
Acknowledge all of your achievements, both big and small. Don’t discount any of it! We are so quick to scorn ourselves for making mistakes, but how many times have we stopped to say, “Wow, I did great!”? Recognize your hard work with each step of the way. You’re brilliant!

Do it Now!

It’s easy to freeze in situations where you know a million things need to get done and you don’t know where to start. The most effective trick is to just do it. It really works! Instead of letting your mind wander, just take action. Trust that the focus will be what you need.

These motivational habits will help you jumpstart when you’re feeling uninspired or down. Always remind yourself of your worth, and when worst comes to worse, be a do-er!

Important Career Lessons

2Roads-blogs (3)If you’re ready for a career change or if you’re scared of being stuck with a career that you don’t love, it doesn’t mean that you’re being foolish or ungrateful. You’re being honest with yourself! Here are a few things to ensure you that considering a career change is OK:

You Want Something Different in Your Career

Career happiness and fulfillment comes from enjoying your work, and from feeling valued, engaged and excited. Remind yourself how great you are and how much you have to offer. There are so many people that can benefit from your skills. You can and will make an impact if you challenge yourself. You might be scared, but know that you may be onto something great.

The Sky’s The Limit

You work experience as an adult makes you more valuable than you think! You have an education and a few jobs under your belt, along with the ability to do anything. Change is scary, yes, but you’re never too invest to go through a change.

You have many years of work ahead of you. Know that you’re intelligent and can be trained to do anything. People will respect and listen to you as long as you’re willing to work hard like you’ve been doing your whole life. Make the most of your time!

Fear Means That You’re Onto Something Great

Fear is an indicator that you’re onto something new so don’t be afraid to explore. This may be a unique opportunity for you so do not be quick to dismiss the idea. Be resilient! Enjoy the journey.

So many thoughts will pour through your brain. Will I be able to pay rent? Will I fail? Use these thoughts as fuel to keep yourself motivated and on top of your decision making.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~Henry Ford

Be resilient, be yourself. You have so much to offer to the world, so stay challenged and embrace the journey!

Business Skills That Everyone Needs

2Roads-blogs (2)If you’re looking for a career boost, brush up on critical skills that can increase your career potential. These are skills that everyone needs to learn, and it never hurts to re-asses and find ways to improve them.

Great Communication Skills
Candidates with strong communication abilities are important when working with teams, clients and co-workers. It’s important to also talk to your team and discuss ways to communicate effectively. In doing so, you create public speaking sessions that will open the team up to each other to provide feedback and support. Always remember to be clear and concise when delivering messages.

The key to developing good communications skills is to stay challenged. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses and work hard to get better. Continue to network both casually and professionally. Change things up with small interactions, like using new conversation starters or talking to strangers more often. Improve one thing at a time to improve your professional communication.

Leadership Abilities
By developing great communication skills, you’ll further develop your skills as a leader.

In group settings, work on unifying the group and placing trust and responsibility in your co-workers. Not everyone in the group will agree on the same thing, so it’s your job to make sure everyone is heard while also making compromises to come up with a cohesive plan.

Teamwork

Working on a team is a skill that you will constantly have to learn and improve for the rest of your career. There are so many benefits from working collectively, especially in a challenging and engaging environment.

Working with a team teaches you how to become a better listener and how to keep an open mind. Understand everyone’s strengths and weaknesses so you can balance out the areas that need improvement. Teamwork also involves individuals with certain strengths to step up and embrace certain skills that others on the team don’t have. By staying engaged and excited about projects, you will boost the team morale.

While there are plenty of ways to learn in your day-to-day job, if you’re really ready to invest in your personal growth, look into a program like UVA’s McIntire Business Institute, which can give you the focus you need to develop these skills.
There will always be many ways to learn in your career. Invest in personal growth, build relationships, think strategically about your company as a whole, and be seen as a leader among your co-workers. Always challenge yourself!

LinkedIn And Your Job Search

2Roads-blogs (1)LinkedIn is one of the most professionally rewarding platforms out there right now with it’s successful hunting ground for talent utilized by businesses and even job hunters. With a tool like this, it’s important for you to make the most out of this professional social network. Below, are some tips on how to make the most of your profile.

Make Yourself Known

Being found by a recruiter can give you a big advantage over other applicants. Here’s how you make sure recruiters find you:

  • Make sure your profile is 100 percent complete, with a nice profile picture and a thorough branding statement.
    Explain your skills and how you utilized them.
  • Include all your employers and educational background, with dates.
  • Join LinkedIn’s limit of 50 groups so you can have immediate access to anyone with whom you share a group. You can join different kinds of groups, such as alumni groups, interest groups and many many more. Contribute to these groups by participating in discussions and asking questions.

Job Opportunities

Employers and recruiters advertise specific jobs in multiple ways on LinkedIn.

  • Each LinkedIn Group now has its own “Jobs” tab. You can find jobs that are specifically advertised to that particular group.
  • LinkedIn Signal, found in the News tab, is a running, searchable compendium of all the status updates posted by members of your network. You can simply do a search like “hiring (insert your job skill/title)” in the LinkedIn Signal tab, and easily find out who in your network is looking to hire. You’ll be able to see all the different status updates posted by the members in your network.

Database
LinkedIn is a valuable resource when you want to stay updated with just about any company or network.

  • With LinkedIn being a publishing company, it provides many articles and postings from different leaders in different fields, all under the News tab.
  • Learn about the latest buzz from companies that interest you. Learn about products, services and how your skills might apply to the different fields.

LinkedIn will always have updates and ways of improving your online presence. Make use of the information it provides and be open to learning!

Adopt New Marketing Trends

2Roads-blogsKeeping up with marketing trends is important if you want your company or personal brand to stay ahead of the game. Here are some ways to keep things fresh:

Social Media

As technology is advancing, social media has become such a powerful tool in today’s marketing world. Companies are constantly figure out ways to benefit their business by using the various social media platforms.
Check your platforms and update content. Most of all, increase the engagement with customers, employees, and get everyone involved. Set up a social media plan that dictates when to post to Facebook or how many tweets to post to Twitter. These plans will increase the amount of foot traffic on your platforms, then to your website.

Video

Advertising and social media marketing videos are the rage these days. Branded videos contain content that connect with the intended community. A video may even help the audience see your brand or company’s vision more clearly. Videos that portray the company’s employees in a fun, professional office setting will make strong and personalized connections.

Start researching videos on websites and your social media platforms. Brainstorm how your company or brand’s mission statement can be put into video form.

Newsletters

If the number of followers of your business is growing, try launching a newsletter. This is a good way to build your subscriber list while keeping everyone updated on upcoming events, recent accomplishment, and industry news. Push the newsletters onto your business’s website and social media platforms.

Having a sound marketing strategy is important for your business’s future. It’s important to keep up with marketing plans and it’s fun to be create and develop new ways to better market your business.

Say Yes To New Challenges

2Roads-blogs (25)Saying no to new things feels comfortable to a lot of people and it’s usually the easy way out, especially in a work situation. Saying yes will yield you much better results, help build your self-confidence, and will force you to step out of your comfort zone.

Here are a few benefits of saying, “Yes” when the going gets rough.

More Opportunities

Saying yes to an opportunity that challenges any of your career comforts is your best way to go. It’s easy to turn to a skill you’re already good at, but taking a risk at something you’re not good at but willing to learn about is rewarding.

You’ll Learn New Things

Learning new tricks are hard when you’re stuck in your ways, but the only way to learn them is to teach yourself. Accept challenges at work that you’re not completely knowledgeable about, and do your research. Discipline yourself to step out of your comfort zone. You’ll realize that you can do anything you want to learn how to do.

Growth
It takes a lot of work to reach your career and life goals, so failure is inevitable. You will fail and succeed but each is a learning experience. You will learn from your mistakes through resiliency so continue to push yourself past your limits. Behind each failure is a great success.

Saying yes when things get difficult is a risk we should be willing to take. Saying yes can lead you down the path of self-discovery and create opportunities you never thought you’d cross.