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Friday, July 30, 2010

Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination is a common problem for many people both at work and at home. Putting things off is easy to do but it's a hard habit to kick. Understanding procrastination can help you overcome the habit and get your work done faster and more efficiently.

What is Procrastination?
Procrastination occurs when one postpones a project or assignment. Many people rationalize these postponements, telling themselves they'll get the job done later, tomorrow, next week, etc. To procrastinate, someone has to put off a task, and instead of getting their work done, they fill their time with useless, nonconstructive tasks instead. Many students procrastinate with the rationalization, "I'll just check my Facebook account before writing this report", and employees may go through old emails or spend unnecessary time completing another task instead of starting on new projects.

Why Do We Procrastinate?
Many people procrastinate without ever thinking about why they are doing it. Some employees may be bored with their assigned tasks or uninterested in their current position. Some psychologists believe that people procrastinate because they are anxious about the task at hand, or they are feeling stress in general. Other theories on procrastination deal with self-esteem and confidence, depression and other mental health issues. Still other theories delve into perfectionism and some people's avoidance of tasks when they feel they won't measure up. Whether you procrastinate out of boredom or because there is something else going on it is not a productive solution.

What's Wrong with Procrastination?
There is nothing wrong with taking a quick break to check your email or take a short walk during the work day. Procrastination goes beyond those daily breaks, and can result in increased stress, a sense of guilt, and even panic when work is put off too long. Your productivity is hurt and your coworkers may get angry when you don't have your tasks completed on time. When you put off your work until the last minute, the quality of your work suffers. Rushing to get things done last minute because you've postponed the job is never a good idea. Though most people procrastinate from time to time, it is important to understand at what level you are procrastinating. When your procrastination affects your work or your personal life, it is important to figure out why.

How Do You Stop Procrastinating?
There are many strategies to help you stop procrastinating. Managing your time and understanding your procrastination tendencies will allow you to become more efficient and productive both at work and at home. Here are a few tips to help you stop procrastinating:

  • Look at the big picture - Figure out how this project is related to your bigger goals.

  • Set a goal - Decide when you're going to stop working. Is this a huge project? Only spend an hour right now. Is this a smaller task? Tell yourself you'll get it done in 15 minutes. Give yourself a time, and work towards that goal.

  • Reward yourself - Pick out something you enjoy, and allow yourself to have it after you complete something, whether that is a section of a report or the final nail in a house. Whatever your goals are, reward yourself when you reach them.

  • Disconnect from Distractions - Silence your cell, turn off your email notifications, logout of Facebook. Do what you have to do to get rid of the distractions that are preventing you from work. You will get more done when there are fewer distractions.

  • Make a List - Create a To-Do list and prioritize the tasks. Break big projects down into smaller tasks. Don't take on everything at once. Cross things off as you go along, and you'll be through the list before you know it!

  • Mix up the Music - Do you usually work in silence? Play some tunes to get you focused on the task at hand. Or turn them off if you listen to them all day. Change the station or try a new genre. Music can change your mood, use it to help you focus.

  • Take a Break - When you start to procrastinate, get up and walk away. Take a break away from your work station. Go for a walk, grab a snack, have a quick chat with your neighbor. Walk away from the project for a minute and let yourself disconnect. Even a quick break can help you recharge and get focused.

  • Say it Out Loud - When you recognize that you are procrastinating, say it out loud. Just by admitting it, and hearing the words, you can jumpstart your motivation and get on the right track.
How do you overcome procrastination?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Computer Financing and Leasing

The high cost of computers and software and other technology can take up a huge part of a business' budget. Updates are necessary, and often expensive. There are alternatives to purchasing your technology needs. Computer leasing programs are available for your technology and software needs.

Technology is only profitable when it is used effectively, not simply because you own it. Why spend the money on buying new computer equipment when you can lease it? Through leasing you will be able to use the equipment as effectively as if you owned it, but you won't be stuck with it when it becomes dated or obsolete. Inventive computer finance programs allow businesses to get the technology and software they need, at a price they can afford.

Computer financing agreements give companies of any size the technology needed to compete and stay progressive in their industry. At Tiger Leasing, our computer finance agreements provide 100% financing on equipment and software. We can also include maintenance and training into the finance package, to help companies learn all about their new computer equipment. You can include "soft" costs such as shipping, software, training, and installation. Unlike a bank loan, there is no down payment or compensating balances required. Your cash is not tied up in equipment. Instead, money is available for opportunities such as marketing, working capital, or seasonal cash flow needs.

Remember, purchasing computer equipment can be expensive. Technology can become dated in a matter of months. Instead of purchasing the computer equipment you need, lease it! Look into computer financing programs and discover what doors equipment leasing can open for your company.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Many professionals feel the stress of creating a balance between work and their personal lives, especially during the summer months. This month, summer is in full swing for most people, and the crunch of taking care of work and having a fulfilling personal life can begin to take its toll. Between baseball games and cook outs, reports and ongoing projects, new clients and camping trips, achieving a balance can seem overwhelming. Tiger Leasing understands the push and pull of such a balance, and has come up with some tips to help you and your employees or co-workers make the most of these summer months, without neglecting your professional duties.

Tips for Achieving a Work-Life Balance:


  • Keep Track of Your Time - For one week, track everything you do, both in your professional life and your personal activities. Getting a better understanding of how you're truly utilizing your time will help you prioritize what is necessary, and what you can delegate to others.

  • Just Say No - When you're looking to achieve a work-life balance, you need to learn when to say no. When a co-worker asks you to take on an additional campaign, or your neighbor asks you to coach another softball team, remember that it's OK to say no. Prioritize your time and your commitments, so that you have time for the activities you want to do, rather than just those you feel obligated to take on.

  • Let Go - It's impossible to get everything done. When you're trying to manage so many activities and commitments, you need to prioritize, get the important things done, and let go of the rest. Manage your time by prioritizing what you need and want to get done, and let go of everything else.

  • Understand Your Options - Does your company allow any scheduling flexibility? Look into flex hours, compressed work weeks, job sharing, telecommuting and more. Understanding your options and taking control of your schedule will help in achieving a work-life balance.

  • Establish Boundaries - Whether that means leaving work at work or only taking emergency calls at the office, it's important to set up boundaries. Today's technology makes it too easy to be accessible at all times. You need to be mindful of unraveling your professional and personal lives. Quit checking emails when you're having family time. Stop taking personal phone calls while you're in the office.

  • Build a Strong Support System - Let your friends, family and coworkers know you're working on creating a better balance between work and life, and let them know you're going to need their support. At work, create a network of employees that can cover for each other when a family emergency or event comes up. Ask your family members and friends to help out around the house when you need to work some long hours or take a business trip. Having a support system makes it a lot easier to balance your time and take care of your responsibilities.

  • Take Care of You - Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep. Take the time to look after yourself every day. The better you feel, the more productive you'll be. When you're healthy, you have more energy to spend time with your loved ones, and are more productive at work. Don't let the stressors of everyday life weigh on you until you get sick. Take care of yourself so you can make the most of everyday.

Creating a healthy work-life balance isn't an easy task. It will take time and determination. Though not always easy to obtain, a work-life balance is an important part of a healthy and happy life. Take the time to evaluate your current situation, and do what you can to create a stable, satisfying balance between your work and home lives.

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