Chef, entrepreneur, Motivational, Uncategorized

Life as an African-American Female Pastry Chef

via We Are Chefs

In her 30 years experience as a chef , Kimberly Brock-Brown  takes us on her story of becoming a leading chef, she stated :

“Change does happen when effort is being made. And I have realized that the best change happens when you are at the table to give your insights and personal expertise”.onion-647525__340.jpg Continue reading “Life as an African-American Female Pastry Chef”

entrepreneur, Motivational, Productivity, Rest, Work

Keeping up our productivity without hurting our bodies

men-37538__340In today world that high productivity is not just the decisive factor to becoming  successful but is obligatory for continued growth and development , little attention is paid to the consequences of not observing the proportionate amount of rest after putting in  very long hours on the job to keep the body functioning optimally.

We all certainly not  just believe that hard work pays, but are constantly  encouraged to work long hours to achieve and even surpass our set goals to remain relevant and competitive in our various endeavors. We accept as true that resilience is when we work until there is no more strength left in us.

The brutal reality is that if we achieve all our goals without observing the needed balance to give  rest to our bodies , we are doing our self disservice to be unproductive as time goes on.

Whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, workplace employee or even a writer , you must set time to observe your rest and have proper amount of sleep to keep the body functioning properly.

According to Spiegel, “Chronic sleep debt is becoming increasingly common and affects millions of people in more-developed countries”.

This day, the full demand of our jobs makes many of us to deprive ourselves of sleep and enough rest in order to get more things done. Tiredness steel more from us because it impairs our attention. Added to the stress of our jobs is the fact that most of us spend a large chunk of our resting time to stay active on the social media.

According to Hans, “Even modest amounts of sleep loss lead to increased sleepiness on the job, during the commute, and at home – jeopardizing productivity, safety, and well-being. Individual differences in these effects are substantial”.

Therefore, rest is  necessary so that the brain and the  muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen  our bodies.

For us to be more productive and healthy, we have to ensure that our bodies and minds recover from the everyday obligations imposed by our demanding jobs

When we wake up in the morning after a good night sleep ,we tend to be more attentive, more happy and more willing to solve daunting problems.

For us to achieve  true recovery, we need to need not only to rest when we get home and lie down to sleep but also devise plans to give our brains some time to recuperate after activities that are strenuous during the day time.

We should ensure that we create time everyday for activities that will help us to relax like playing sports, dancing or playing our favorite music ; reading our favorite novels, watching comedies  or even meditation. All we need to do is to find interesting stuffs that we like that will completely take our minds off the stress of work at the duration we set for our selves

Therefore for us to continue to be productive , we  have to remember that we need to know when to stop  and  recharge our systems in order to recover and be able to face the next obligation with maximum concentration and  as a result achieve the right balance between productivity and rest and feel good about ourselves and our work.

Reference:

Spiegel K, Leproult R Van Coulter E

Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Hans P.A Van men-37538__340.png, PhD., Human Sleep and Cognition Laboratory

National Center for Biochemical Information

https://labs.wsu.edu/sprc/sleep-and-performance-research-labs/human-sleep-and-cognition-laboratory/

Uncategorized

Stuck in a Rut? You can find your way out!

enrepreneurThe free dictionary explained the idiom (stuck) in a rut as been kept in an established way of living or working that never changes (as when the wheels of a buggy travel in the ruts worn into the ground by other buggies making it easiest to go exactly the way all the other buggies have gone before).

Sometimes, we find ourselves in ruts when life become boring and we begin to live in our comfort zones and our growth in almost every aspects of our lives become stunted or even non-existent.If you are already in a rut, there are certain measures to take to find your way out into growth again. The first thing to do is to :

Get out of your comfort zone

To be able to do this, you have to get somebody or something to push you out of your comfort zone. You can get a mentor who is already achieving the results you are desirous of and who is ready to push you past your limits. Getting out of your comfort zone will enable you to start trying   new unlimited things which seem to be beyond your influence and will begin to inspire you to take on previously looks   risky and daunting to you. The same effect can be realized by reading great books that will both inspire and nudge you in the right direction to achieving your desired goals and teach you to absolutely hold yourself responsible for executing the goals. The latter is harder and requires more maturity to achieve. Once you were able to get out of your comfort zone, the next step is to seek to:

Create consistent Results

If you eventually start getting results, work to establish them by ensuring you set an ever-increasing standard to meet and surpass your old records in an incremental basis. Also ensure you stay always with positive people to reinforce your status. And stay away from people who de-enervate you. Nothing drains our energy like using them to placate negative people who will definitely still choose to remain negative. Deliberately hanging around positive people reinforces our positive outlook as the saying goes that iron sharpens iron. As you grow you become even better by:

Increase your confidence through Learning

According to Wikipedia, Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences which may lead to a potential change in synthesizing information, depth of the knowledge, attitude or behavior relative to the type and range of experience.

Increase in the knowledge and skills makes leaders out of ordinary people.  Informed individuals move confidently to solve problems that will previously put them in the ruts and become inventors and innovators that the world will begin to look for and respect.

Those that are truly learning are also actionable and neither makes excuses nor procrastinate. Learning encourages us not to allow our past to hold us back or dictate our future endeavors

Through continuous and validated learning, you absorb some of the important entrepreneurial qualities to:

Stay on top of you game

To stay on top of your game as successful entrepreneur and not sink back to the rut involves maintaining healthy work style that enhances your focus which is deliberate elimination of distractions to achieve your set goals.

To maintain enduring success, you have to dedicate yourself to working continuously with good concentration for certain amount of time at a stretch each day.

Focus on one goal at a time and avoid the dangerous lure of multitasking, which makes one to direct their efforts simultaneously at various tasks at same time and all the efforts suffers as a result of dangling from one task to another .  Focusing on one task at a time improves productivity and concentration and ensures error free jobs, thereby, limit the time spent on corrections.

Do not spend all your time on social media as it robs us of time intended to be used for quality jobs. Always visit social media sites during your spare time when you must achieve all your set goals.

To remain productive especially on the present mobile era, also ensure that you  use your phones well as they constitute diversions and causes us to lose grip each time they ring. So place the phone on silence when you are doing important jobs and dedicate a block of time to call back the callers later. Also let yours fellow workers and friends who may want free chat to know your busy time to avoid distractions and give them time when you will be free to chat them up.

References

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+a+rut

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning