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Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job

Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.

Small business owners are especially bad at taking time away. According to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.


The fact that we don't use all of our vacation time isn’t all that surprising. After all, getting away for a few days or weeks can be overwhelming when it feels like stepping away from the office will create a painful backlog of work when you return.


But what if stepping away from the daily grind made you better at your job?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

We say we want more time off, but most of us don't use all of our vacation time. Life won't fall apart if you take two weeks off in fact your work might actually improve.

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Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, May 23, 9:26 AM

Today's virtual world that works makes it possible for anyone who wants to travel abroad making it a lifestyle...

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 23, 11:13 AM

That's what I'm talking about!

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 23, 10:32 PM

This is a good one! Nothing like a vacation, a week away from work, with your family or your co-workers. What matters is the change, change of atmosphere, the adventure activities, the star-studded sky above you, and the fresh air you breathe, enough to recharge your batteries, and yes inspire you with new ideas and thoughts!

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It's not as difficult as it may seem.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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23 Must See TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

23 Must See TED Talks for Entrepreneurs | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

I’m a big fan of motivational videos (which you probably already know if you read my post on my productive morning routine). Because of this, I’m hugely grateful to the TED Talks organization for putting out so much great material that inspires me and keeps me going on my toughest days.


If you’re new to TED Talks, finding great videos amongst the thousands that are out there can be challenging. That’s why I’ve put together the following list of my favorite 23 “must see” videos (note – I’ve added the run time beneath each video so that you can pick one to watch based on the amount of time you have available). Bookmark this page and then come back whenever you’re in the need for a little motivation!

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

If you’re new to TED Talks, finding great videos amongst the thousands that are out there can be challenging.

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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilising the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful, and healthy, lifestyle.That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people.


Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:40 PM

Admittedly, I only do 1 out of these 5 -- perhaps this is an opportunity for self-improvement.  Useful habits to strive for.

Lee Werrell's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:41 AM

Not strictly compliance, but definately corporate achievement.

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7 Secrets Of People Who Get Enough Sleep

7 Secrets Of People Who Get Enough Sleep | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

People look at sleeping like it’s flossing their teeth,” says Rubin Naiman, a sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. It’s a chore done of duty, a 7-9 hour requirement that’s somewhat like the human unhelpful in the modern world.


But some people have a different relationship with their nighttime selves. “When we fall in love with sleep, we make it a priority,” Naiman says. It’s no longer hard to leave the party, or power down the computer on time. Here are seven secrets of people who enjoy their sleep as much as they enjoy a good meal.


1. They embrace dreams.


In REM sleep, our brains knit together ideas in ways that should make our conscious minds humble. “Dreaming is really critical in the formation of memory and also critical for creativity,” Naiman says.

Good sleepers try to become aware of their dreams, and welcome them. No need to do armchair analyzing: “Even more important than knowing the meaning of the dream is knowing that dreaming is meaningful.”


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

You know sleep is important, and you know the usual rules for getting it: No coffee after noon, kick the TV out of the bedroom. But such a focus on dos and don’ts is a sad way to look at one of the most awesome things we do each day.

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7 Types Of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best

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“If you want a plant to grow, it needs the right amount of water and nutrients,” says Rock. “It’s obvious when you leave one of those out. With the brain, it’s a less obvious. The right dietary elements are only one part of this.… The basic balanced diet that you probably already know is a foundation, but there are other types of inputs that your brain needs that people tend to ignore. And these are essentially exercising different types of circuits in the brain, allowing other circuits to rest and recover.”

In an ideal day, you would experience each of these seven types:

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Just as you eat a balanced diet for health, you can create optimal brain function by offering your mind the right mix of experiences. Here are the seven you need.

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SBESSCPA's curator insight, January 16, 11:37 AM

Just a thought

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The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You probably already know that exercise is energizing. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that previously sedentary adults who started doing 20 minutes of low- to moderate intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks reported feeling less fatigued and more energized. The time of day doesn't matter; work out a little, feel a little better. Even five minutes of moderate exercise can create a mood-enhancement effect.

But one study took a different approach, focusing on the longer-term impact of exercise on mood.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Want tomorrow to be different? Want to be in a better mood the whole day? It's easy: Work out early, for about 20 minutes, before you start your day.

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Guido Bosbach's curator insight, January 9, 4:17 AM

Welche positiven Einflüsse "gesunde Führung" hat kann man auch in Studien der Uni St. Gallen nachlesen. Dabei ist es vergleichsweise einfach das körperliche Wohlbefinden zu erzeugen, dass auch Menschenführung leichter und besser macht.

MBA Admissions Coach's curator insight, January 9, 10:55 AM

As an RRCA-Certified Running Coach, in addition to an MBA Admissions Coach, I couldn't agree with this article more!

Sunil Bhaskaran's curator insight, January 11, 1:56 AM

Exercise releases some great chemicals including BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which acts like brain fertilizer to promote neurogenesis: the creation of more neurons.  Exercise obviously also decreases stress in most cases.  It just makes sense to exercise!