PositivityChange Post : Issue 30 : Organized during Tax Time

Tax time has saved my tail this week. You’ve read this right! Tax time has saved me because it will give me a capital infusion to make my business cash flow positive. I admit that I am amazed that tax time is my saving grace (It always is when you don’t owe either the state or the federal governments). I am buoyed by this newfound good news because this entire second quarter I have been letting you know that I intend on being cash flow positive. Now I am in a position to realize this personally and professionally.

Also this is the first time that I have gone to a tax preparer to have my taxes done. I will start doing this because they’re more knowledgeable than I am about this area. I will use an accountant or tax preparer again next year because it is just more efficient to focus on my area of expertise.

Now I do wish to impart a nugget of wisdom to you: save your tax documents to the cloud. I have made it a practice to save my documents to Google Drive. Having them stored on the cloud, has saved me time. I would have been sent back home to retrieve these documents if I don’t have them available to me. Therefore, I recommend that you scan and save this year’s tax documents to the cloud for easy retrieval. Don’t take my word for it. PC Magazine has rated Google Drive as one of the best cloud storage products. Read the article for more options!

In the vein of time management, I have found another resource giving you 66 time management tips. These are great for you to use during tax season and beyond it!

Positive Change with Home Organizing

Since we are organizing your taxes, we can also organize your home. From Good Housekeeping, here are 100 of its best organizing tips

Here is another article from Women’s Day magazine giving you 30 more home organizational tips.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 29 : Staying Positive When the Novelty Wears Off

 

Happy Monday everyone!

I am here giving you a new shot of positivity to carry you throughout this week. I am doing so because the novelty of the second quarter has worn off and the real work begins. We here at PositivityChange.com are invested in doing the real work towards creating positive change in your personal and professional lives.  Positive change is tough! It is NOT for the meek or faint of heart!

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Harvard Business Review tackled what happened when the novelty wore. In its article, the Hard Side of Change Management, the publication discussed four ways to measure change. For more information, read here: 

Now that things are settling into routine and the mundane, you need to break through this by determining what’s urgent versus what’s important. Urgency demands immediate reaction. Importance can be prioritized. For more information about to how to know the difference: 

One more article from the archives: Keeping the Momentum Until You Win. We are in week two of the second quarter and all of the people who were so gung ho about posting their second quarter goals on Facebook and LinkedIn had returned back to the same routines. Here’s how to break out of the mundane. Yes, positive change is hard but you have to still keep the momentum until you win! 

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This Week in PCM : The Importance of Saying Thank You

I have done this video in response to an Instagram post. Someone asked when was the last time that you mailed a handwritten thank you card. I replied today because my banker scheduled a meeting with me and answered all of my questions. Moreover, I mailed thank you cards for all of my eBay purchases. Whenever someone took time out to meet you in person or patronized your store it was important to acknowledge that with a thank you. In this increasingly Internet of Things world, we cannot lost touch of face-to-face interaction and a handwritten thank you card. These cards went a long way.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 28: Spring Into Positivity

Happy April everyone! I am so grateful for April because things have started picking up since March. I want to keep this momentum going. I want to do the same with PositivityChange Post!

First we need to do some sprucing up. We spring clean our houses and cars but what about our digital devices? On April 1st, I transferred all of my videos and files that I wouldn’t use in this second quarter onto Google Drive. Use this second quarter to spring clean your data! Read here for more information!

Spring Into Positivity

We here at PositivityChange.com want to spring into more positivity this second quarter especially if your first quarter was in the dumps. We want you to experience more positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Gabrielle Bernstein wrote in Positively Positive about 3 ways to spring into positivity. 

Sometimes you are in a funk because it is April and your year (thus far) is going according to plan. It happens. Here is an article introducing a 9-step plan towards springing into happiness! 

PositivityChange’s Second Quarter

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Spring Clean Your Digital Devices

Happy April everyone! Welcome to the second quarter. We here at PositivityChange hope that you are experiencing more positive change in both your personal and professional lives. We are still focused on spring cleaning. Most people think spring cleaning is confined to your house or your car; but, we live in a digital world and need to spring clean our devices too. This morning, I have migrated all of my project management videos from my phone to Google Drive. I have already posted them on Instagram and YouTube plus they are taking up data. I have them stored on the cloud plus I can start off my second quarter right with a clean slate! So here’s my reminder to you to start April and the second quarter by spring cleaning your digital devices. A clean slate = a clean break!

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 27 : Staying Positive Past the First Quarter

Hey everyone! I know that I have been hiatus but for good reasons: a lot of positive things have been happening over here. I am very excited to return to PositivityChange because I know that you probably have been experiencing the same amount of positive change that I have. And, if you haven’t, well, that’s what this newsletter is for! Our mission is to help you manifest positive change in both your personal and professional lives. That’s also why I’ve named this newsletter ‘staying positive past the first quarter’.

Staying Positive Past the First Quarter

I know that for some, the New Year’s luster has worn off and 2017 is looking and feeling like 2016. That’s why I’ve included Positive Change Guru’s article about how 90-day goals will change your life. The editorial board wants you to have a better 2nd quarter than 1st quarter.

Freebie Alert : Positive Self-Talk Worksheet

If you need a more immediate pick me up, here’s a self-talk worksheet from my second favorite social media platform, Pinterest! This worksheet will help you navigate through all of the negative self-talk replacing it with positive self-talk. 

Be on the look out for more positive change articles on the blog site this week and April. We have a lot of articles, resources and podcasts coming this second-quarter!

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This Week in PCM : 5 Ways to Stay Positive

When Negativity Rears Its Ugly Head, here are the five ways to stay positive!

We all have our ups and downs. No matter how positive we try to live our lives. We here at PositivityChange truly understand this which is why we provide resources to guide you through a rough patch. Here are my 5 ways to stay positive:

  1. Have a positive support group

Being superman is the worst thing to do right now. That’s what friends are for. And if your friends are responsible for the negativity, that’s what meet-ups and support groups are for! Find a positive support group that will help you through the storm. We have a Facebook group that will help you accomplish this.  

 

  1. Express gratitude

Be grateful for something, anything. Expressing gratitude stops the continuous negative thoughts. You don’t want to stay down. Expressing gratitude is the way to start climbing out of the pit of negativity.

 

  1. Find ONE thing that’s positive

I know that being a negative slump can be nasty at times. To halt the slide, find ONE thing that’s positive about yourself and your situation. Finding this one thing is your way of regaining control of the situation.

 

  1. Get some exercise.

Exercise is a way to shifting your energy. I walk every morning and it releases yesterday’s energy. In addition, I shift and re-center myself before work and the day gets started. Exercise has very good health and mental benefits. Moreover, exercise helps you focus on something different.

 

  1. Be pro-active and start planning your exit

You cannot stay negative because that’s regressive. You need to be progressive. Sometimes you have to leave your current situation when things don’t change. I know that it’s hard when it is a workplace. That’s why this step is planning your exit from negativity. Even if it is a lateral move to another department, get away from people, places and situations weighing you down.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-tips-stay-positive-negative-situations.html

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Spring Clean Your Career!

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  • Does your career and personal brand need spring cleaning?

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  • Are you searching high and low for an affordable solution to polish your professional brand?

 

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PositivityChange.com Post: Issue 26 : Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are having a positively spectacular week! Spring is nearly upon us and it’s this time of year where we start going through our stuff discarding what we won’t be using once the weather improves. We spring clean our houses every year. Why not spring clean our career? Think about it. We are in the third month. By the end of March, we will have 90 days’ worth of career information. We will have performance metrics. 90 days into 2017, we know what’s working and what is not working. Therefore, if some things are not working well, then it is time for a career pivot.

The PositivityChange.com editorial board has dedicated all of March towards writing down 20 reasons why you should consider a career pivot. There will be 4 articles containing 5 reasons per each article. Read the first installment here.

Spring Cleaning Podcast

If you are on the go (manifesting MORE positive change of course!), I have a Positive Change with Carla spring cleaning mobile apps episode. Hey, most people are on their cell phones. Chances are you are reading this email on your phone. Listen to my podcast episode to learn the latest spring cleaning mobile apps to get your life and career in tip top shape!

More spring cleaning resources!

Payscale has a great article listing 5 ways to spring clean your career. It is a great read which will give you insight on how to spruce up your career prospects. 

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Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot

 

Springtime is often a time when people start reevaluating their careers. We are already a couple months into the New Year and you can see (or not see) progress. Here at PositivityChange.com, we aim to supply you, the reader, with all of your needs to help you manifest positive change in your personal and professional lives. Let’s start with a definition. A pivot is a change in direction. After a couple of months, some people are feeling stuck in their job. This year is starting to look like last year. You want change; however, in order to change, you must do something different. So viola! This March we are starting a spring cleaning career pivot series. This series will cover the top 20 things related to why you are considering a career pivot. This series will be 4 parts. This first article covers first five career pivoting reasons.

  1. The passion is gone
  2. Sunday nights fill you with dread
  3. You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement
  4. You’re going nowhere
  5. Everyone else is doing it

The average person does not know what career pivoting is. Yes, you are making money but your paycheck probably hasn’t kept pace with inflation. You admit that things aren’t the way they used to be at work. A couple of years ago, your salary would be sufficient to live and have some money left for play. Now it appears that inflation is taking all of your free money away.

Furthermore, your work environment has changed and not for the better. You are not alone in having a shrinking paycheck. This has hurt morale. People are dreading going to work. You cannot believe that there is a disconnect between what you read about your company in the papers versus what is actually happening in the workplace. Furthermore, you don’t understand why you and your colleagues’ paychecks are shrinking but upper management’s seem to be expanding. These are signs that you need a change.

I have included Inc magazine 20 ways to tell is you need a career pivot. These are 20 red flags for pivoting. This is an exhaustive list because career pivoting is not a minor undertaking. Your career impacts your life and deciding to move must be done carefully. Your personal life is funded by your job. These five things tell you that it is time to move on to someplace else where you can thrive personally and professionally.

The passion is gone

When you first started, this was your dream job. You awoke everyday with purpose and passion about your job. However, now the tables have turned and that passion has been extinguished. What once ignited you no longer did. You are now looking for challenges and more rewarding work.

Sunday nights fill you with dread

You know that you have a problem when you are giddy to leave the office on Friday yet dread Monday mornings. It is reported that the majority of heart attacks occur Sunday night because people fear returning to a job that they hate. If you are feeling this way, don’t kill yourself, decide to pivot.

You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement

Work shouldn’t be like prison. You are not serving a 30-year sentence. You can move freely to another position. If your job has become an environment where you are literally counting down the days until you qualify for retirement. You would be more productive spending your life somewhere which you can flourish and contribute in a great environment.

You’re going nowhere

Careers are all about upward mobility. Although you are producing great work and are highly professional, you have noticed that you are being bypassed for promotions. It is subtle occurring over years. At first you’ve thought that it is because of the new boss or administration; however, after years of happening you’ve reached the conclusion that you’ve been shut out. In addition, you notice that you are being excluded from meetings and other highly visible events. You’ve plateaued. Once you’ve realized that you are not going to receive any more promotions, then it is time to go and look for a new job.

Everyone else is doing it

If your work environment is that toxic that everyone is jumping ship during the first time an opportunity is presented, then you need to reevaluate your staying. There are many reasons for people abandoning your company: it is in a dying industry; it is under investigation; it is a toxic work environment; or there is no chance of promotion. Your career is more than just one job and if the reasons that I’ve mentioned are reflected in your company, then it is time to move on to another position.

Look forward to the next installment (6-10) reasons to career pivoting.

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