Pulse January / February 2018 - Page 49

Summer SmitH 1. Time for You. It’s so important to take the time to recharge and refresh yourself. All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. So, if you have trouble freeing up time to do the things you enjoy, write time regularly into your schedule to “meet with yourself” and stick to that commitment. If you won’t invest in yourself, who will? 6. Find a Mentor or Become One. According to a survey by the American Society for Training and Development, 75 percent of private sector executives said that mentoring was critical in helping them reach their current position. Mentoring relationships are proven to help both the mentor and mentee with career and industry devel- opment. 2. Digital Detox. “My personal and business resolution is to practice inter- mittent digital detox. I am taking the month of December off from Facebook and Twitter to reset my relationship with technology in a healthier way. FOMO (fear of missing out) when viewing people’s “fabulous lives,” was starting to take away my joy. Social media is a crucial marketing platform for my business, so I’m not swearing it off quite yet, but balance in all things.” — nancy griffin, contento marketing 4. Go Beyond Networking. “I hope to elevate my circle of influence by stepping outside of my comfort zone to meet new people and share ideas (networking events, friends of friends, trade shows, etc).” — Summer Smith, milk + honey spa 5. Become a Better Communicator. Many arguments and misunder- standings can be avoided with clear communication—this applies at work, with friends and even at home. By vowing to be open and consistent with all your communication, you’ll relieve a lot of stress for you and those around you. 7. The Triple S. “I have a plan I am calling the Triple S—cut down on sugar, salt, and soda.” — Shane bird, turning Stone resort 8. Delegate More. 9. Improve Your Digital Presence. While some If you have more work than you can handle, it’s time to stop wearing so many hats and start bringing in others to pick up the slack. The more you take on, the more stressed you’ll be, which isn’t good for your health or business. nancy griffin 3. Learn Something New. Learning feeds the soul, so whether you learn new things for business or pleasure, take the time this year to gain some knowledge. Set a timeline for each new thing you learn—like learning something new every week—or focus on one subject to study thoroughly throughout the year. SHane bird comminicate better of us may need a digital detox, others may need to up their digital game to stay relevant. If you fall under this January/February 2018 ■ PULSE 47