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5 Ways to a calmer, saner end of the season

This week marks the end of this year’s  holiday sales stampede for many retail businesses and services providers. Until business returns to a more normal pace, here a few things to do to reduce stress and end the year without being trampled.

  1. Make time for yourself even now. You’ve heard this before, but really, you’ll feel calmer, think clearer after being alone for even a half hour. Take a walk or get some exercise. Use physical activity to alleviate stress and the sunlight to lift your mood. [Read More]


Time is on everyone’s mind during the holidays. Last minute shopping stops and last minute scrambles to top-off seasonal sales increase awareness of our ticking time bombs. Here are five ways to save time–if you have time to read them.

  1. Control the flood of email. It’s hard to remember doing business before email. I wouldn’t like to depend on snail mail today, still email can decrease productivity. Combined with a good spam filter, we took control of our email by setting hours of the day to check email. First, turn off all notices that urge you to check incoming messages. Next set aside three or four times a day to spend a specific amount of time reading, responding and sending emails. First thing in the morning, at lunch, just before quitting and possibly a few minutes at home to answer personal email. Yes, you have already thought of times when this won’t work for you. Me too, but holding to the general concept will get you through the pile of messages with more time to spare for Oh, sipping a cup of tea maybe. [Read More]

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