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Happy Mother’s Day

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The roots of Mother's Day history can be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US.

Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ.

History of Mother's Day: Mothering Sunday Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers.

Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mother’s Day and declaration of official holiday on the day.

Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers.

Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mother’s Day from her own mother Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood.

A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mother’s word and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her mother’s desire of having a mother’s day.

By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mother’s Day.

It is unfortunate to note that Ms. Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mother’s Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialization of the day.

 

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Optimising Office (And Desk) Storage For A More Effective Work Space

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Optimising Office (And Desk) Storage For A More Effective Work Space

Whether you’re running a rented office or you’re working from home from your kitchen table, optimising your space makes sense. Yet few of us do it. In the rush to start being productive, we put things in place ‘just for now’, and it ends up being permanent.

There is a better way. Spending a little time getting organised will boost motivation, increase productivity, and ultimately create a more profitable and enjoyable work space.

Take Stock of the Working Environment

The first part of this exercise involves noticing working practices and processes. If you’re forever walking across the room to retrieve a document or item of stationery, you’re wasting time. Rearrange the furniture so needed items are closer to hand.

Likewise, if you spend too long answering emails to colleagues who need access to records or database information, you’re doing a job they could do themselves. Give them cloud access to the database they need so they can get the information themselves.

Storage, both physical and digital, should work with you, not against you. If you can’t access what you need because things you don’t need are in the way, it’s time for a little reorganisation.

Effective Use of Space

In home offices: A dedicated work area is vital. Having a space where you ‘go to work’ breaks the psychological barrier between work and leisure, something that many home workers battle with.

You don’t need a separate room (although this is the ideal), but you do need to earmark a section of a room that’s your office. There are a few ways to do this:

Create room dividers with bookcases or furniture such as the sofa in living rooms. It’s not so much to create privacy as to put up a dividing line. In front of the sofa, you relax. Behind the sofa, you work.

Install wall shelves for documents, reference books, or stationery items. Keeping all those items together prevents unnecessary wandering when you need to check a fact or look up a record. It also promotes a professional atmosphere and attitude when all the tools of your trade are around you.

Make rules for other household members so that’s what is in your work space, stays there. Items must not be ‘borrowed’ without permission.

In rented offices: Create separate zones for different activities. Have all the stationery near the printer or photocopier. Install desks with drawers rather than tables or workstations, as these allow employees to keep often-used small items to hand.

Maximising Profits With Storage

Creating productive, pleasant workspaces often means reducing the number of furniture items by removing those that are not strictly needed.

At home, you could create an office room by removing bedroom furniture to make way for a desk, for instance.

In rented offices, making greater use of cloud storage for digital records would mean fewer filing cabinets. Removing banks of filing cabinets could make room for an additional desk, which you could rent out. The trend for rented desk spaces is growing, and works well for both businesses and small enterprise owners who need dedicated working spaces. For those renting out desks, incoming rental revenue helps to pay overhead expenses.

Practical Storage Solutions

As needs evolve and change, so do storage needs. If you’re moving out filing cabinets or items of home furnishings, you may not wish to permanently dispose of them. Self storage is one flexible solution, offering short term contracts on a wide range of storage-space sizes.

For online retailers, it’s also an ideal solution to the stock storage dilemma. When stock levels fluctuate, during seasonal demands for instance, you need to up- or down-size your storage needs at short notice. With self storage it’s easy to add on a small room or move completely into a larger or smaller unit.

If you decide to investigate this option, ask about additional services for business owners, such as photocopying, courier services, or having your deliveries accepted and stored during those times you can’t be there.

Optimising your office and desk storage takes a little effort, but the rewards in terms of efficiency and productivity not only create more harmonious offices, they can enhance profit margins too.

Drew writes for Big Yellow Self Storage.

 

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Celebrating Mom: Mother’s Day Gift Trends

We want only the best for Mom on her special day.

Searches for the “best mothers day gift” in May 2014 were up nearly 40% from the previous year. And Mom would be so pleased: People actually started looking for gift ideas earlier (April searches were up 53% YoY).1 On mobile, searches for “best mothers day gift” were up 51% YoY.2

Flowers are no longer the go-to gift for Mother’s Day.

Over the past four years, search interest for flowers around Mother’s Day has decreased (down 19% since 2011).

On the other hand, arrangements of the edible variety are growing in popularity: Search interest in “fruit baskets” grew nearly 20% in May 2014 YoY.4

Moms are favoring an experience over flowers

Millennial moms just want some peace and quiet…

Millennial moms said they looked forward to Mother’s Day as a chance to rest.5

And what better way to help Mom relax than a day at the spa? That seems to be the general thinking, as the #1 day for “spa” searches is Mother’s Day.6

…while older moms favor food and family

Moms ages 35 and up say a “meal with family” would be their ideal gift.7

That special meal starts with a reservation: After Valentine’s Day, the most searches related to reservations happen most often on Mother’s Day.8

No gift? With less than a week to go, you’re not alone.

Weeks turn into days, and before you know it, Mom’s special day is just around the corner. Mother’s Day ranked third (behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day) for “last minute” searches related to gifts.

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Sources 1 Google Trends, January 2012–March 2015, United States. 2 Google Data, May 2013–May 2014, United States. 3 Google Trends, January 2011–March 2015, United States. 4 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 5 Google Consumer Survey, March 2015 (n=2,058). 6 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 7 Google Consumer Survey, March 2015 (n=2,058). 8 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 9 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States


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WANTREPRENEUR OR ENTREPRENEUR?

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WANTREPRENEUR? OR ENTREPRENEUR?

Article Coming Soon: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur vs The Wantrepreneur.

Stay Tuned.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Hashtags

Hashing Out The Almighty #Hashtag

  • Hashtags make it easier for people to find and follow discussions about brands, events, and promotions
  • They allow brands to track the performance of promotions across social media.
  • They started out on Twitter, but have spread to Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Google search, and other platforms.
  • Individuals can see a 100% increase in engagement by using hashtags while brands can see a 50% increase.

 

Using Hashtags On Twitter

  • Tweets with hastags get 2 times more engagement than tweets without.
  • Tweets with one or two hashtags have 21% higher engagement than those with three or more hashtags.
  • But when you use more than two hashtags, engagement drops by an average of 17%

 

Using Hashtags On Instagram

  • Instagram, the opposite of Twitter, shows posts with 11 or more hashtags have the highest interactions.
  • Use LOTS of hashtags on Instagram to build your community.

 

Using Hashtags On Facebook.

  • Facebook post without hashtags outperform those with hashtags.
  • Rarely use hashtags on Facebook to categorize (for business- oriented followers) or build a community (for community-oriented followers).
  • Too many hashtags on Facebook leads to fewer interactions.

 

Tips For Successful Hashtag Campaigns.

What is a good hashtag?

  • Memorable
  • Unique
  • Relevant to your campaign.

 

Find A Balance

  • Hashtags should be distinctive and simple for followers to remember
  • Don’t use generic hashtags, like food, people, or places they are too broad and too hard to track.

 

Create An Easy-To-Understand Message:

  • Craft a hashtag around one particular message.
  • Keep it short.
  • Make the call-to-action clear, consistent, and easy.
  • Avoid anything too abstract.
  • Capitalize multi-word hashtags

 

Create Your Own Momentum:

  • Identify your audience’s influencers.
  • Look to you fans to inspire new campaign hashtags.

 

Utilize Your Band:

  • Consider using your brand’s name in a hashtag.

 

Double Check:

  • Consider your hashtag means something else entirely
  • Steer clear of slang.
  • Before you finalize a list of hashtags, check if yours are being used elsewhere in an entirely different context.

 

Proofread Them Proofread Again:

  • If a hashtag can be misread, it will be.
  • Make sure when capitalization is removed, the words in a hashtag do no create other words or messages.

 

Have A Backup Plan:

  • Test a hashtag before heavily marketing it.
  • Have an alternative campaign prepared if your initial idea is co-opted

 

Incorporate Hashtags Into Traditional Media:

  • Consider using hashtags on billboards, television commercials, etc.

 

Monitor The Conversation:

  • Follow hashtags to keep track of trends in your industry.
  • See what your competition does, what influencers say, and how customers react.

 

Live Tweet During A Big Event:

  • Find a way to incorporate your hashtag into elections, sports championships, awards shows, and other major events.

Hashtags can be a great way to engage with followers on the proper platform, to introduce new products or services, and gain traction for an event. #UseHashtags.

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Greatness Comes From Adversity

Greatness comes from adversity

 

What are your favorite motivation quotes?

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Earth Day 45th Anniversary

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Earth day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson. It started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the End angered Species Act and several other environmental laws.

Reflecting on the 10th anniversary of Earth Day, Nelson wrote in an article for EPA Journal, "It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources." In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day.

Modern Earth Day Earth Day continued to grow over the yearsEarth Day 2000 included 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries.
In 2010, for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 225,000 people gathered at the National Mall for a climate rallyThe impact of Earth Day Although Earth Day has become mainstream, surveys show that environmentalism may be stumbling.
Earth Day is still important because it reminds people to think about humanity's values, the threats the planet faces and ways to help protect the environment.

For more information on Earth Day check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

 

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Google Mobile-Friendly Update Is Finally Here! “Mobilegeddon.”

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If your website traffic plummets suddenly, you can blame it on "Mobilegeddon.".

A website ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in a search query could hypothetically fall to ninth or 10th place, causing a loss of thousands of dollars in potential business, says independent analyst Greg Sterling.

In 2012, Demand Media posted a $6.4 million loss in an earnings report, and blamed the loss on changes to Google's Panda update, which removed the firm from top spots.

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Overall, "as many as 40% of top websites are not currently mobile-friendly," says Sterling.

Today, Google is flipping the proverbial switch and is rolling out its mobile-friendly update – something that could potentially affect over 40 percent of Fortune 500 websites, according to recent tests.

And after running some tests this year, it appears that progress has been slow – as noted above, just over half (52 percent) of the Fortune 500 operated mobile-friendly websites ahead of Google’s update.

According to eMarketer, the number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass 2 billion in 2016, and will come close to hitting that mark this year.

In 2015, the firm said there will be over 1.91 billion smartphone users across the globe.

Google’s decision to force website owners to make their sites work better on mobile devices, then, isn’t just about making web searchers happier; it’s about making sure that Google can retain its position as a useful service in the age of mobile.

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The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It.

Motivation for the week.

"The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It." Abraham Lincoln

 

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What are your favorite motivation quotes?

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10 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Motivate Your Employees

In today’s fast-paced business world, companies want their employees to work hard and work fast. As an employer, you want to encourage your employees to be productive and take action as much as possible. Luckily for you, this doesn’t require any sort of expensive fees or complicated rituals. Motivating your employees can be simple, easy, cheap, and even fun. Plus, you will be grateful when you see the results. The best way to motivate your employees is to make them happy. Here are a few ideas:

10 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Motivate Your Employees

1. Set goals.

Employee autonomy is a great thing, but it can be overwhelming when one worker has too many duties or doesn’t quite know which duties to work on. They might be stuck deciding between several different tasks and be confused as to which one to complete first. Even worse, the employee might have to multi-task, something that is terrible for productivity.

Make sure each employee has a clear to-do list to follow each day. It should allow the worker to clearly prioritize the important tasks that must be completed first and recognize which tasks should be completed afterwards. It will also motivate your employee to get everything done by the end of the day so that there is less temptation to goof around.

2. Give recognition.

Everyone wants to feel recognized and nobody wants to be thought of as simply another cog in the machine. You should praise each employee’s efforts when he or she does a good job. Take note of who is working hard and who is producing results. Give your exceptional employees the recognition they deserve. This could be as simple as a pat on the back or as lofty as labeling them as the “Employee of the Month.”

3. Be happy.

Mood is infectious, especially when it is coming from a leader. If you show up to work every day with a scowl on your face and a bad attitude, your employees will eventually feel irritable and demotivated. If you show up to work every day with a smile on your face and an uplifting attitude, your employees will feel happier and be more productive.

Remember that a leader has the power to dramatically shape how his or her company operates. You should be a reflection of your ideal employee. Work hard and your employees will work hard as well. Have confidence and your employees will become more confident in your company and your leadership abilities. Be comfortable and your employees will be able to relax.

4. Foster teamwork.

Employees who have a lot of friends at work are much more productive (unless they spent all their time socializing instead of working). An infographic from Officevibe shows that employees who have friends at work have a 35% higher commitment to quality, are 1.3 times more likely to get positive feedback in the past six months, and benefit 137% more from personal development support.

On the other hand, employees who feel excluded are more likely to behave badly. A 2014 study from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business divided participants into groups of four and asked them to complete two tests that would be scored against other groups. The participants were all told that only three members of each group were allowed to take the second test. This would be determined by a vote. Researchers told some participants that they received three votes and told others that they only received one vote.

After the participants were told how many group members supposedly voted for them, they were asked to unscramble an anagram and record how many times they solved it. There was just one catch: the anagram was impossible to solve. Needless to say, the participants who were primed to feel excluded reported that they solved the impossible anagram more often than the ones who were primed to feel included.

5. Talk walks.

Sometimes employees just need a quick break to refresh their mind. Believe it or not, taking a quick walk can help improve productivity and creativity. Walking gets the body exercise and helps blood flow to the brain and throughout the body. It also helps employees take a break from the ill effects of prolonged sitting, typing, or staring at a computer screen.

Research from Stanford conducted three experiments to test how walking could affect someone’s “divergent thinking.” The researchers found that students who walked for a few minutes produced 60% more creative output compared to the students who sat down. In a fourth experiment, researchers asked students to come up with quality analogies for sudden phrases. Students who walked beforehand performed twice as good as students who sat down.

6. Allow feedback.

Every employee wants to feel valued in some way or another. Give everyone a chance to participate and allow everyone to have their own voice and opinions. You never know what sort of awesome ideas could come from your employees. They could have some wild out-of-the-box solutions that nobody else would have come up with. This will not only help the company develop new marketing strategies; it also helps employees feel more included.

7. Give them a sense of purpose.

One way to dramatically improve productivity is to make sure that employees have a sense of purpose when they are working for the company. Perhaps they want to use their job as an opportunity to brush up on their own skills or to help give back to the community.

Find out what your employee’s goals are and try to align the company’s needs with their own goals. For example, someone who wants to improve their communication skills would have a great opportunity interacting with customers. This will give employees something to look forward to every day.

8. Provide food.

Getting free lunch every day is an awesome benefit that most employees love to receive. Of course, you don’t need to be that elaborate, but you should at least offer some coffee, tea, and healthy snacks.

Hungry employees don’t have the energy to work their best or resist distractions. Employees who eat junk food might find themselves exhausted after a sugar crash. Provide some KIND bars or fruit so that your employees can snack on while they work. Food that is good for the brain is also good for productivity.

9. Pay attention to the time of day.

Everyone has their own chronotype that dictates when that individual works best. For example, “night owls” work better during evening shifts and “morning larks” work better earlier in the day. When owls are working in the morning and larks in the evening, their productivity and morality both drop.

A trio of researchers -- Christopher M. Barnes, Brian Gunia, and Sunita Sah -- found that certain people are more unethical during certain times of the day. The researchers conducted two experiments. In the first one, participants were asked to anonymously report how many matrices they solved in a given period of time. The higher amount of correct answers yielded a higher financial reward. The results found that night owls were more likely to cheat at the experiment was conducted in the morning.

A second experiment was conducted at night. Participants were asked to calculate the numbers they rolled on dice. Once again, higher results meant more pay. The average of all die rolls is 3.5, so it was easy to tell who may be over-reporting. Consistent with their research, morning larks were more likely to cheat at night.

This happens because people who work during times incompatible with their chronotype have less energy and therefore have a harder time resisting temptation. It also makes them far less productive because they are more tired.

10. Promote healthy competition.

What will make people want to work the hardest? Winning a competition, of course! Find ways to encourage employees to compete in a healthy way, not a way that encourages them to sabotage their opponents.

For example, your company can reward the employee who sells the most during a given time period. This will encourage competitive employees to work harder in order to get the best results. Just make sure that the competition is fun for everyone who participates.

About the Author: Patrick W. Dunne is currently a staff writer for SMBAdviser.com and writes about topics like business, leadership, productivity, finance, and marketing. He graduated from Chaminade University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. If you’d like to contact him for freelance or guest blogging opportunities, send an e-mail to wingkon@comcast.net or send a message to his LinkedIn profile.

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