You may think you need coffee to get you through your day, but it can make a busy day feel even more hectic, writes OPEN Forum contributor Bruna Martinuzzi:
Ingesting more than 500 mg of caffeine a day increases anxiety—the antonym of calm. On average, a cup of brewed coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. So if your daily routine includes drinking five or more cups of coffee, you may be brewing some trouble for yourself. This is an easy change to put in place on your road to a calmer disposition.
Read on for five more ways to remain calm and in control.
Medium is a publishing platform available to anyone with a Twitter account (which makes sense, considering two of the guys behind the microblogging site created it). Unlike Twitter, you can go beyond 140 characters to share your thoughts; journalists, experts and provocateurs are using the space to post essays and become thought leaders of sorts in their spaces.
It’s a great space for small business owners as well for five major reasons. Read more on OPEN Forum.
"Research done at the USC Center for Effective Organizations found that 82 percent of business leaders aren’t working at their ideal energy levels,” writes small-business consultant Rieva Lesonsky. “Sixty-one percent felt they were working below their best energy level, while 21 percent felt they were working above their ideal energy level.”
This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to manage your energy levels so you’re most effective is to leave well enough alone, Lesonsky writes:
Once you know your natural energy rhythms, try to honor them. If you experience a 3 p.m. slump every day, for example, trying to power through it will do more harm than good. You won’t be working efficiently, your results will be poor, and you’ll drain even more energy from your mind and body. Instead, during a slump time, try taking a quick walk, doing stretches in your office or even taking a power nap for 10 to 20 minutes.
Read on for six more ways to stay productive throughout your day.
If you’ve got a few bad habits you’d like to break—and want to inspire your employees to do the same—follow these 6 steps for personal success.
Step 1: Understand how habits form.
Step 2: Know exactly why the new way is superior to the old way.
Step 3: Expect that your body will not want to change.
Step 4: Set trigger goals.
Step 5: Set improvement goals.
Step 6: Script your setbacks.
Learn how to implement these habit-breaking steps on OPEN Forum.
Internet content isn’t all free, and not everything is yours for the taking just because you found it online. Get the legal facts about some common copyright myths:
Myth No. 1: It’s on the Internet, so anyone can use it.
Actually… ”This one is unwaveringly and unequivocally false,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Erika Napoletano. “Just because you find an image or blog post or article or video and you like it, you may not have permission to share it.”
Myth No. 2: There wasn’t a copyright notice on it, so it’s not copyrighted.
Actually… “By U.S. copyright law, copyright is granted to a content creator the moment an idea is fixed into any tangible form,” says Kandis Koustenis, an intellectual property attorney with Cloudigy Law.
Read on for three more commonly heard copyright myths and the truth behind them.
Being “on time” can mean something different for every person you meet, based on where they’re from to their own personal preference. If you’re not careful, that difference can hurt your business and client relations, writes Alexandra Levit:
… It’s important to be conscious of … the “scheduling style” of your business and the partner businesses with which you work. The first step here is attention, then assimilation: Watch how people operate, learn what scheduling styles make them most productive, then adapt your operations and expectations accordingly.
Read more on how to implement a time-sensitive culture on OPEN Forum.
If you’re only focusing on the numbers, it may be time to expand your thinking. Understanding psychology’s role in your business can give you a definite edge.
“Industrial and organizational psychology, or I-O psychology, applies psychological theories to an organization,” says Sandra Powers, a human resources manager at LawyerReviews.com. By studying I-O psychology, you may be able to help improve employee behavior and attitudes through training programs, management systems and employee feedback.
Read more on how I-O psychology can improve your business on OPEN Forum.