"Little by little, one travels far." - J.R.R. Tolkien
"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
"Move beyond the mind-set that the fulfillment of the organization's mission, vision, and strategic plan is only the work of leaders." - McLeod & Tetzlaff - The Employee Experience
Society values and demands achievement. No matter what role you serve in your organization, this underlying demand can be exhausting -- or, exciting and exhilarating.
Here in the very northern part of Michigan, April is welcomed as the month in which our piles of snow will finally disappear (or at least we hope and pray they do!). When our long winter has ended, I always come away with a feeling of accomplishment -- feeling like I really smashed a goal or mastered a major feat. In truth, all I really did was endure the many months of snow and cold.
For those who are familiar with our work, you know that we are big proponents of the CASE Method (Copy And Steal Everything!). In essence, we don't always have to be reinventing the wheel when we need a solution for a problem or an action plan for a goal. When using the CASE Method, we challenge those who are stealing best practices or ideas from elsewhere to also consider these questions:
Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.
At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The resulting book, “Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century,” is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime.
Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch.
It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found:
A link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects.The more stuff, the more stress women feel. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem bothered by mess, which accounts for tensions between tidy wives and their clutter bug hubbies.
Women associate a tidy home with a happy and successful family. The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the more anxious women feel.
Did you know that friendship is actually good for your health? Studies show that friendships can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on physical and emotional well-being. Researchers have found that strong social ties can be as important to one’s overall health as getting regular exercise, not drinking in excess and abstaining from smoking.
The claim that it takes 21 days to form a new habit . Instead of fixating on how many runs or hikes it’ll take for that new healthy habit to become routine try this: make a commitment to do that thing with a friend. There’s a better chance you’ll stick to your new plan if canceling means having to call or text your friend. Also, consider using social media to share your progress and get words of encouragement from your friends. If the only way you know how to be active is on the treadmill , think outside LLthe box- or at least outside the gym. Gt off the couch and play a game like ultimate Frisbee, soccer or beach volleyball. Your friends aren't into team sports? Many towns have pick up games or clubs that can be found on line. Or if games are not your thing, sign up for a local charity walk, run or race and get your friends to come along and allow your footsteps to leave a charitable footprint.