Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Shop Early. Don’t get caught shopping on Thanksgiving day. The earlier you shop, the better, so that you can avoid stress and long lines. Make a list so you can check off what you have and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to make an emergency trip on Thursday.

Avoid Traffic. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans expected to travel this Thanksgiving, be sure you hit the road at the right time. Use a travel app like Waze to keep an eye on traffic and plan accordingly.

Team Effort. No one person should shoulder the burden of preparing everything for Thanksgiving. Divide up the cooking, cleaning, and table setting duties so that everyone has a hand in helping and that everyone can take more pride in the meal they helped create.

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5 Productivity Tips for a Better Work Day

Are you getting the most out of your work day? Some days it might seem like there is more on your to-do list than could possibly be done in one day. Before you start working longer hours, make sure that you are making the most out of your time. Follow these simple strategies for a more productive work day.

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1. Don’t Multitask. Having the ability to multitask is a highly sought after skill in most workplaces. While there may be times when you will have to multitask, avoid doing it when you can. Studies have shown that attempting to focus on 2 or more tasks at a time actually wastes more time. Focus on one task and give it all your energy before moving on to the next, and you will find that you can get much more done.

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2. Don’t Try to be Perfect. Let’s face it, we all want to be perfect at everything we do. However, that is an unattainable goal. We are only human and can’t work at 100% all the time. Holding yourself to unreasonable standards will only increase your anxiety and decrease your productivity. Set your sights to doing each task as well as you possibly can in that moment, and come back to it later if needed.

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10 Ways to Feel More Energized at Work

Have you ever fallen victim to the mid afternoon slump? Even the most driven and motivated people can get hit with fatigue at work, causing a loss in productivity and motivation. But fear not, there are ways to combat this.

1. Get Enough Sleep. It may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Your ability to work productively and efficiently goes down exponentially when you don’t sleep enough, no matter how much coffee you drink the next day. So stick to a solid sleep schedule, allowing you the 8+ hours of sleep per night that your body needs to power through your work day.

2. Eat Breakfast. When you’re rushed in the morning, it’s easy to skip breakfast, but you may regret it later in the day. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate meal. Just aim for something light with protein and fiber to get you through the hours until lunch time. Oatmeal, yogurt, whole wheat toast, and cereal are great quick options to keep you fueled.

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3. Turn Your Lunch Break Into a Fitness Break. A mid-day workout might be just what you need to get through the afternoon. A quick 30 minute workout will help boost your energy and burn some calories, and maybe even help you burn off some of the stress from your work day. If you don’t have a gym membership, a lunchtime walk is a great substitute. Continue reading

Managing Stress At Work

Are you feeling stressed at work? Stress can cause a tangled mess of physical and mental symptoms that will take a toll on your wellbeing. Headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, and difficulty concentrating are just some of the many symptoms of untreated stress. These symptoms can affect you both at the office and at home. If stress is interfering with your job and everyday life, take these steps to eliminate stress in your workplace.

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Find the Source of Your Stress. The first step in addressing any issue is finding its cause. Stress is no different. When do you find yourself the most stressed at work? Is it during a deadline? On specific days? In the mornings or afternoons? Create a diary to track your day to day activities and when you’re feeling the most stressed so you can identify what is causing you stress.

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Modify Your Behavior. Often it’s not necessarily the situation we are in, but how we respond to situations that determine our levels of stress. Your first instinct after a day of dealing with a particularly difficult client might be to treat yourself to a comfort meal or wine after work. But poor dietary choices can actually make stress worse in the long run. Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeine when you feel the tensions rise and resort to healthier coping methods, like a long meditative walk after work, or some well-deserved “me time”.

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How to Have the Best Valentine’s Day Ever

Did you know that Valentine’s Day has its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia? Valentine’s Day started as a pagan festival, then a feast day commemorating St. Valentine, and has since then grown into a global celebration of love.

However, sometimes we get wrapped up in the expectations and pressures of the holiday, and it becomes easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Picking out the right card, gift, and making dinner reservations can be awfully taxing. It is important to remember that true love isn’t about flowers, chocolates, or candle lit dinners. Of course you want it to be special, but make sure your Valentine’s Day plans revolve around you and your loved one, and what makes the two of you happy.

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5 Ways to Help Your Business Grow This Spring

Spring is a time of growth, and that growth shouldn’t be limited to just plants. Take this time of awakening and renewal as a perfect opportunity to grow and expand your business! Here are some ways in which you can expand and move forward.

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Open Another Location. If you’re looking to reach more customers and provide more services to your community, and your current location just can’t keep up, it may be time to plan on opening another location. If you don’t have the means to start up another brick and mortar location, perhaps consider opening an online store? You’ll get the benefit of a second location without all the extra overhead and time required to do so.

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Up Your Advertising. Have you exhausted all your advertising opportunities? Chances are there’s something you may have missed. Advertising isn’t just a one time thing, it should be a constant effort on the part of your business. Advertising is more successful when utilized with multiple channels and avenues. The advertising medium you choose is up to you, and the needs of your business. If you need print, classified, or online advertising, look no further than The Guide. Click here for more information.

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Simplify. Sometimes, in order to grow, you must cut away the weeds that are holding you back. Do an audit of your company and how operations are running. Are there any areas that are stunting the growth of your business? If something is no longer selling or profiting your business, then it’s time to let it go and make way for another opportunity to take its place.

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Hire More People. If you’re stretched too thin at your business, it could be time to hire new members for your team. Each individual you hire will bring a unique approach and perspective to your business. Having more employees also lightens the workload for existing employees and allows your business to explore more opportunities.

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Special Offers. To drive sales and get new leads, offer specials and promotions. You can gain new customers, as well as reward and motivate your current customers to buy. Your offers can be as big or as small as you want them to be. Anything from coupons and sales to giveaways and referral programs can make a big difference to your success this spring. Try using upcoming holidays and events in your area to tie into your promotions. Whatever you offer, just be sure that it ties into your business and what unique service you offer.

Has your business recently expanded? Offer any advice you have in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

10 Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and many people are pondering how best to show mom how much they care this year. Check out these ideas below.

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Brunch or Dinner. If you’re planning to make dinner reservations for Mother’s Day, now would be a good time to do so. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Alternatively, consider skipping the crowds and reservations, and make meal for mom instead. Invite mom over for brunch or dinner in her honor.

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Flowers. Giving flowers has become a staple of Mother’s Day. Popular options are roses, lilies, carnations, daffodils, and tulips. Make your gift of flowers even more meaningful by purchasing from a local florist or vendor. Click here to view flower vendors right here on Delmarva.

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