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Girls Knock Life’s Guide On How Women Can Have A Better Work Life Balance

Being a modern, working woman is never easy. You want to make sure that you are successful in your career, or running your business, but you also want to make sure you are happy and healthy.

Achieving a work life balance isn’t the easiest things to do. However, it isn’t impossible. So, what is the secret? How can you maintain the ideal balance between the two? Girls Knock Life have the answer!

Learn how to prioritize your time

If your time is stretched, then you need to learn how to work out what is urgent and what can wait. For some people, the easiest way to do this is to write down all the tasks that you need to do, both at home and at work. Then you can figure out when each one needs to be done and whether it needs to be a priority or not. This will give you a tangible list that you can then work through.

Work at times that suit you

Of course, this isn’t going to be possible if you are employed to work set hours, or your business needs to be open at certain times. However, if you can set your own hours, then do it! Some people find it easier to get up early and work for a few hours before the morning tasks need to be completed, others may be somewhat of a night owl and find it easier to work in the evening.

Don’t forget to take some me time

With a job or a business to consider, your family members to see, and maybe you have a family of your own, it can be hard to think about taking some time for yourself. However, this is incredibly important as otherwise you can end up burning out and this isn’t going to be good for anyone. It might just be a bath or a long shower, but sometimes just the smallest things can really help lift your mood.

Plan for the future

It can be all too easy to always think about the immediate rather than the long term. However, you are going to need to consider times when you are likely to be unable to work or will find it hard. Christmas, birthdays, school vacations, they can all take their toll on your “working time” so plan for these in advance and you will feel much calmer when they come around.

Be where you are

By this, we mean that you need to be focused on that particular part of your life when you are there. If it is time to work, then make sure that this is your focus. However, if you are spending time with your family, ignore the work that needs to be done. Otherwise you may miss out on quality time with those that mean the most to you.

It is possible to achieve a work life balance and even better than this, if you really put your mind to it you can become not only successful in your chosen career path, but also a fantastic and inspirational woman too!

Encouraging Leadership Over Management

Often the management of businesses and groups are based on a set of standards that evolve very slowly to cope with the ever-changing cultures, wants, ways of expression, technology and charisma of a race that is undergoing a relentless process of diversity.

The evolution from management to leadership triggers marginalized members to become team players to actively participate and be part of the company’s synergy.  True leadership sees meaning and significance to their “authentic” efforts to contribute and therefore blend in.  The obsolete concepts of management, on the other hand, are based on standards set by the principles or policies – standards that overly focus on stability rather than on the need to change and grow.

Leaders welcome change and so they do not adhere to rules, conditionings and policies. Leaders break away from rules and think outside the box, finding ways to improve systems and processes. Leaders have vision and direction. Managers have orders, rules, and a blueprint to follow.  Leaders create pathways because they believe that there is something better than the usual, existing, and sometimes obsolete.  Leaders think that disruptions are necessary for changes to happen for the better.  Encouraging creative conflicts through diverse demographics, thoughts and opinions. Creative frictions within the group results in better and more informed decision-making and innovative thinking. Unlike management, leadership is not about position or hierarchy. A leader believes that the team player has much to contribute and so he encourages communication and the contribution of ideas.  Thus, a leader creates able leaders and team players. Management depends more on the existing blueprint and hierarchy, following the system or process in place. Sometime this curtails the growth of subordinates and impedes the flow of new ideas from the ground up in an organization. In leadership context, the pattern is more circular than hierarchical, which means all ideas and concepts flow in circular motion to get all the inputs regardless of rank or position.

Can Managers become leaders and vice versa? Yes, they both can, because leadership can be harnessed and learned with an open mind and vision.  A manager knows how to lead, understands both his juniors as well as his seniors, balances the existing blueprint of the organization and injects new ideas and concepts. As we harness the qualities of leadership into management we are enabling managers to uphold the vision and mission of the company as well as nurture the growth and development of employees.

Agile Working:

Flexible working hours and at any location is the common concept of agile working. But this is just a two-dimensional description of the innovative working concept. In today’s technology and innovation-infused working environment, work can’t be defined at a two-dimensional level but rather at multi-dimensional levels – not limited to doing the same task or set of tasks in the same way at a no specific time or place. Working agile is not the manner, time or location but it is more results driven – how well do employees do it. It integrates time and place flexibility but also focuses on the manner/doing work differently that results in higher performance and better outcome. It is transformational.

Agile working changes the whole working culture and the mindset of management and employees. It considers 4 factors of work, time – when do people work?, location – where people work?, role – what are the sets of tasks?, and the source – who does the work/tasks?. And once all these factors come together into a working culture within a set of guidelines but without boundaries, they result in efficiency in achieving work, then agile working is achieved.

Key benefits of agile working:

  • It gives employees the freedom to work in the best location, making use of time and resources in the best way possible.
  • Saves on time travelling, and the inconvenience of having to return to the physical desk or place of work.
  • It optimizes the use of the latest technology such as virtual desktops and remote offices whilst connected through efficient collaboration tools.
  • Agile working allows for teams to work more flexibly and also improve on cross department collaborations.
  • It allows for the integration of work and lifestyle of employees.

Agile working brings together people, technology, processes, connectivity, time and place to determine the most efficient and effective way of working and carrying out tasks. The goal is to create a more responsive albeit effective and efficient organisation that improves business performance and increase customer satisfaction.

The main barriers in agile working are the same objectives that it wants to change, the work culture and mindset of management and employees. Buying new technologies and investing in new workspaces is not sufficient. The keys to effectively implementing agile working are to engage your workforce, empower them in a relationship of trust, accountability in their roles in a company.

5 Reasons To Hire a Web Designer for Your Business

Maybe you’ve just started a brand-new business or maybe you’ve been running one for years. Either way, if you don’t have a website, you’re making a huge mistake. In this day and age, your website is like a digital business card. Years ago, people who were looking for a specific service or product would have searched the phone book. Today, people pick up their smartphones and laptops and search the internet. If you’re missing from the net, you’re missing out on a huge customer base. Here are 5 reasons why you need a website—and why you need a professional to build one for you.

1) You’re Busy
Running a business is a full-time commitment. Often, it takes a lot of your time. All of your time, even. Building a website takes time too—and a large amount of time to do it right. Hiring a professional to design your website frees you up focus on the important things: your product and your customers.

2) Make your Website Standout
If your business is like most, you have a lot of competition. A website that looks like it was designed by an amateur will make your business look like it’s being run by an amateur. It’s worth hiring a professional designer to make your website really shine.

3) You Need the Right Tone
If you have a technology company, your website had better be sleek and beautiful. If your business caters to kids, bright colors and cartoonish imagery is appropriate. You have to think about your audience and know how to communicate to them. Website designers are masters at this.

4) Consistency Matters
Have you ever clicked through a website and noticed that as you move from one page to the next, the tone feels entirely different? You want your website to be consistent from the home page on through the entire site. The colors, font, imagery, and entire feel have to match your branding. A professional website designer understands that and can make it happen.

5. A Professional Knows the Tricks of the Trade
There are many do-it-yourself website templates that encourage people to build their own sites without the help of a professional. Although many of these have great functionality, an average user won’t understand how to get the most out of them. Someone who builds websites for a living will know the secrets behind SEO (search engine optimization, or helping people find your site when they search for specific topics though sites such as Google), how to add animations, and how to thoroughly connect your website to social media.

Sure—you’ll have to pay to hire someone who is really talented and experienced at website design. You may wonder how you can afford to do this. The real question, though, is how you can afford not to do it?

3 Tips to Dreaming Up Your Own Business

Nearly everyone dreams of working for themselves. In an ideal job, you’d be your own boss, doing something you love, and making lots of money while doing it. Many business ideas sound a little crazy when they first start out. Facebook probably seemed like an insane idea when Zuckerberg first started talking about it, but now we can’t imagine the world without it. When Maxine Clark first came up with the idea for Build-A-Bear Workshop, some folks likely thought she was a genius, while others probably thought she was doomed to fail.

All successful business ideas start with that little spark. You can start your own business, as well. Whether your star will shoot as high as a company like Facebook or will lead you on to something else depends on a combination of luck, skill, and determination. Here are a few tips to get you (and your business) started.

1. What Are You Really Passionate About?
If you’re starting a business, it isn’t going to be just another job. It’s going to be a career and possibly your entire life. Keeping this in mind, you want to choose something you’re really passionate about. What do you love? What do you know a lot about? What would you like to bring into the lives of others?

 2. Focus on Your Target Market
As you think of your business idea, imagine the ideal customer for your service or product. Are you trying to get the attention of working moms? Would your new gadget be perfect for people who are health-conscious? Are kids the demographic for the new game you’d like to sell? Keep your target market in mind as you move forward and remember that these are the people with which you need to communicate. Your language, message, and branding should all be carefully-crafted with them in mind.

 3. Don’t Let What-Ifs Consume You
An inspirational quote that’s often attributed to Mark Twain is this: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” It’s easy to get consumed by doubts and fears of failure, but if you let them drag you back, you’ll be unable to take any steps forward. Sure, things could go wrong. But things could also go very, very right. As trite as it sounds, you have to see failure as a learning experience and keep charging forward. That’s what all the greats have done—and they just kept doing it until they succeeded.

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