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No matter how many times you hear this phrase, it never gets old!

 

It may sound very simple but it’s actually a very powerful affirmation that can improve our mindset for any given situation. Our beliefs become our thoughts, and if we constantly think positive thoughts, it becomes more real and can eventually manifest into positive action.

 

Focus on hope and have the confidence that you can overcome any obstacle in your path. Always do your best and have faith that good things will come your way. Do not dwell in the past but learn from it and look ahead into the future.

 

Here are some words of wisdom that can help you leave the bad vibes behind and develop a more optimistic outlook in life. 



“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars.”



Oscar Wilde



“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”


“Everything gets better in the end. If it's not better, it's not quite the end.”




Paulo Coelho



“When life brings you to your knees and shakes you to your core can be a time of profound growth where you develop strength you didn't think you had.”




Debbie Hampton



“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”



Helen Keller



“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”



Dalai Lama



“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.”




Zig Ziglar



“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.




Anne Frank



 

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Everyone’s ultimate dream is to find a job that relates to their passion and make this passion translate into their skillset. It has always been a hot topic especially among new graduates who are trying to get a foot in the door, but is it really possible for passion and career to align?

To establish your journey to career success, you need to have the right amount of passion and then let it develop as you go along. Envision the kind of life that you want to achieve. If you don’t know what it is yet, try your best to discern it. Sometimes the answer is not always obvious but when you dig deeper, you will uncover it one day. Click here to read more about discovering your true calling.

 

Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. 

Try to find a career path that you have a passion for.




Henry Samueli

 

Research shows that about 6 out of 10 employees are disengaged and disgruntled in the workplace, thus affecting their productivity and quality of work. One of the main reasons why this is happening is because they are not able to do what they’ve always wanted to do in life, thus, they feel bored, dread Mondays, and get the feeling that they’re “stuck in a rut”.

 

We have to start closing the gap between passion and work! The workplace is where we spend the most time on a daily basis so it has to be a conducive environment where we can enjoy doing what we do best. We need to develop not only a mindset focused on growth, but also on values formation. These values will then shape our mind, improve our behaviour and serve as an excellent guide in the way our thoughts, words, and actions are formed.

 

The path to achieving the ideal career is never simple and was never meant to be simple. But the best part is that whatever path you choose, the effort and hard work that you put into building a career will all be worth it because the hard-earned fruits of your labour will outweigh the difficulties and challenges you experience.

 

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.




Donovan Bailey


If you still haven’t realised what you’re cut out to do, perhaps you need to begin creating ideas wherever you’re planted and run with whatever tools you have at the moment. You don’t have to go anywhere; you can start where you are right now! It’s about time to align your work and passion. Financial security is important but you will feel a million times better if you get to do what makes you happy every day. Steve Jobs once said “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
 

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It’s okay to ask for help

If you’re stuck - ask for help! Try to talk with friends or family and they might be able to help you see the problem in a different way. According to the 2016 Wall Street Journal piece by Saint Louis University researchers, they looked at 414 college students, Those who asked their instructors for help during office hours were more likely to perform better. They call it "activist approach" - if they ever didn't understand something, they would ask teachers or classmates, or seek out other resources for guidance.

Set up your study corner

It’s important to create a suitable ‘study environment’. It must be comfortable, otherwise, it would be a lot harder to get your work done. You can set it up anywhere, but make sure there are fewer distractions.

Be active while studying

Let’s face it… reading whole chapters from a textbook can be pretty boring! Being active while studying means you recall, summarise, sketch and visualise.

Dream Big. Set Goals. Take Action!

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Whatever stage you are in life at the moment, it’s always best to keep in mind that what you do today will eventually shape your future. Create solid plans to ensure your viability and career sustainability. Focus on exponential growth while being realistic at the same time. The future is never certain but be excited about the possibilities!

Start by asking these questions:

  • What are my dreams, interests and goals?
  • What do I ultimately want to achieve in life?
  • What are my priorities?
  • How do I start?

Be inspired and learn from the wise words of those who have experience:

 

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own.”

 

― Mark Victor Hansen
Inspirational and Motivational Speaker,
Trainer and Author

 

 

Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is,
and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by
the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.



William Wordsworth, Poet



“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”


― Roy T. Bennett



“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”


― Malcolm X



“We cannot predict the future. But we can create it.
I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.”


― George Eliot



Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.


Arnold H. Glasow



The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future.


Margaret Atwood

 

 

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Are you working and also considering study?

If you enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs as a self-education expense.

With tax time just around the corner, and with 20% off* all course fees, right now is a great time to tackle your goals and enrol in a Nationally Recognised or Personal Development course.

What may be claimable?

computer consumables and equipment repairs

purchase of equipment or technical instruments costing less than $300

home office running costs

fares

stationery

textbooks

course fees

accommodation and meals (if away from home overnight)

interest

phone calls

student union fees

trade, professional, or academic journals

decline in value for depreciating assets (cost exceeds $300)

parking fees (only for work-related claims)

internet usage (excluding connection fees)

postage

student services and amenities fees

travel to-and-from place of education


How much can you save?

How much you will save depends on your taxation rate and the course cost.

Here’s a guide:

  • Our Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping course is pay-in-full $2320.00

  • After 20% off promotion, this is reduced to $1856.00

  • If you are taxed at an average rate of 32.5% your course is further reduced to $1252.80

That’s a total saving of $1067.20

To get ahead of your competition in the employment stakes, you need to demonstrate that you are prepared to continue your education, as often as possible. An education course is a great way of ensuring you keep up to speed with industry developments relating to your field, and with the added bonus of making you look motivated to any potential employers.

To help encourage employers and employees alike to undertake educational programs, there are a number of self-education tax deductions available, which include courses undertaken at educational institutions (whether leading to a formal qualification or not), attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

The expenses for self-education can be deducted provided there is a direct and provable link between the course undertaken, and how you derive your income.

You will need to satisfy any of the following tests to be entitled to a tax deduction:

The expense has a relevant connection to your current income earning activities (i.e. the course must be relevant or incidental to how you derive your assessable income).

The self-education program being undertaken enables you to maintain or improve the skills or knowledge necessary to carry out your income earning activities.

The self-education leads to or is likely to lead to, an increase in your income from your current income-earning activities in the future.

Are you eligible for this reduction?

  • You must be a student at Australian College and paying in full for your course fees to fully claim this financial year
  • You must be employed at the time of enrolment, and the course must be sufficiently related to this employment
  • The course must be 12 months or less to fully claim this financial year

* You may have to reduce the claim by $250

June 30th is approaching quickly, so enrol now, keep a copy of your receipt and save significantly! For more information on claiming self-education expenses visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

Claim your tax invoice, Enrol Now!

Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Self-education-expenses

 
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Have you ever considered to turn your favourite hobby into a real career? In this day and age, technology is much better, faster and cheaper so this allows us to make use of tools that can help us explore different ways of doing things that we love. A lot of people have generated income from their hobbies, perhaps you can try that too?

“A hobby you really enjoy can be an important part of choosing a career because your hobby is a window into what you love and value and do most naturally, which are all important components of a career where you’ll flourish.”


Phyllis Mufson, Career Coach

 

“The earlier we are able to observe our personal tastes as they show up in hobbies and outside activities, the more powerful a lead these things will provide in steering us to meaningful professional and career choices.”


Joyce K. Reynolds, Expert Business Coach

 

According to a survey we conducted, their number one stressor is work. It seems like career burnout is becoming more common these days and going on a holiday is not a solution. Click here to read more about career burnout. As the old saying goes “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This simply means when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, work won’t feel like a burden in your life and you will be happier and emotionally healthy.

Start in believing that you can succeed in doing something you enjoy and make sure it truly reflects who you are as an individual. Here are some ideas on how to make your hobby a career:

Writing

Do you write for fun? If you like expressing your thoughts into words, then you might be able to practice the art of shaping words and make use of your talent in writing and establish yourself as a Creative Writer, a Subject Matter Expert Content Writer, a Technical Writer, a Speech Writer or any type of writer you want to be!

Strengthen your skills by studying a Writing Course with Australian College. You will learn the tools of the trade to achieve your writing and publishing goals. Explore our Writing, Film and Television course online.

Reading

If you are a bookworm, you can turn your passion into a career by becoming a professional proofreader or editor. Editors and Proofreaders play a vital role in the publishing sector. Have a masterful grasp of the written word by studying a Journalism, Editing and Publishing Course online and you will be ready to enter into any number of positions involving writing, editing or journalism.

Design/Photography

Nurture your creativity and use your passion for art to make beautiful things. There are actually a lot of industries that are in need of artists and designers so start creating your portfolio to launch your career.

Decorate homes

Do you have the eye for interior design? If you enjoy decorating and arranging furniture in your own home and have earned praises for a job well done, then you might want to start monetising this hobby. Enrol in the Interior Design & Decorating online course to gain more knowledge required to design and decorate a space in a balanced and informed way.

Take photographs

Photography is probably one of the most popular hobbies in the world. If you can picture yourself doing this full-time, this is the right time for you to advance and nurture your creativity and practical knowledge to thrive in your chosen field. Our photography courses can help you jumpstart your new career.

Fitness

The Fitness industry is currently blooming as a lot of people want to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle. If you already go to the gym with your pre-planned workouts in your head or written down on your phone and great with your diet, you could do really well when you complete a Fitness qualification.

Consider studying to develop skills as more than just reading books, memorising words, and having good grades - it’s also gathering practical knowledge and wisdom that you can certainly benefit from in your daily life... Read more

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What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word education? Do you think about books, teachers, exams or being inside a classroom with other students? These things are all related to education, however, it actually goes a lot deeper than we realise.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

 – Nelson Mandela

 
Aside from basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, education has also become a necessity in life. From the moment you reach a certain age, it’s important for you to start your journey to getting an education.

You might recall when you were younger, adults around you would say “Education is a treasure that can never be taken away from anyone.” This statement is crystal clear, it means we have to prioritise and give value to education. Consider it as more than just reading books, memorising words, and having good grades - it’s also gathering practical knowledge and wisdom that you can certainly benefit from in your daily life.
 

“Education makes you less dependent upon others and opens doors to better jobs and career possibilities.

Solomon Ortiz

  
Why do we need education?

  • Encourages us to think deeper and makes us more innovative
  • Gives us the confidence to handle different types of situations and become effective at problem-solving
  • Helps us become leaders and to create leaders that make an impact by means of living a values-driven life
  • Enables us to close gaps, to eliminate inequality
  • Allows us to practice our passion
  • Improves our standard of living and quality of life
  • Lets us pursue our preferred career
  • Helps us create a sustainable planet
  • Promotes economic progress
  • Education is the foundation of peace

 

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

 


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There are probably a million things that you can do to build strong team rapport. Whenever you participate in and complete a team building activity, you will have a better understanding of your teammates’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses and learn the importance of teamwork. Aside from that, a great level of trust and accountability will be developed within your team that’s why it’s an integral part of establishing a more positive and conducive working environment.

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort

- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Henry Ford

 

“Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

 


Here are some team building ideas that can work as ice-breakers and help create a culture of teamwork in the workplace:

Charades
This is a simple and fun game suitable for all ages and encourages engagement and fosters healthy competition.

Team size:
4 players or more. 2 teams.

How to play: Choose interesting topics such as songs, movies, celebrities or long phrases to put on pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half and put in a container. A player from each team will draw a piece of paper and act out the words and let the other member of the team guess what’s being portrayed. The team who gets the most answers right wins.

Heads Up! (What’s my name?)
This is also another type of guessing game and the questions should only be answered by “Yes” or “No”.

Team size:
4 players or more.

How to play: Write a word or words on a sticky note and stick it to the player’s forehead. The player then asks the group yes or no questions in the attempt to figure out what’s written on the sticky note. Set a time limit to keep each round short and succinct.

Various Board Games
Nothing beats traditional board games! You can now enjoy the ones that were based on television shows such as Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, The Amazing Race, The Price is Right, Trivial Pursuit, Pandemic or Battleship.

These types of games are not for everyone, so ask your team what they have in mind and be open to ideas. You can even try and organise physical activities such as sports games, wall climbing, hiking or fitness boot camp classes!

 


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Are you ready for the long weekend?

There are a lot of awesome activities to do and great places to go, but without careful planning, things might go out of hand and you may encounter common travel problems along the way such as overspending, missing flights, delayed or lost luggage, excess baggage, food poisoning, and many others.

 

Eliminate the stress and hassle by planning ahead of time and to fully enjoy your trip. Planning takes a lot of time and could also be a bit overwhelming but once you’ve done it, you’ll be thanking yourself later.

 

You can start organising months in advance by creating a rough itinerary with the use of tools such as journals and mobile apps where you can list down places you want to go, the activities you want to do and the food you want to eat. Know what’s the weather like and try to get an idea of the currency conversion rates and basic living costs so you can adjust your budget accordingly. This will be beneficial when you’re going to stay in one place for a long time.

 

When things don’t go exactly the way you might have hoped, you can also be flexible and spontaneous. Who knows, you might encounter some exciting adventures along the way!

 

Below is a simple checklist that you can use to prepare for your trip:

  • Put all your travel documents together.
  • Choose good quality luggage that is versatile and easy to carry.
  • A basic first aid kit will certainly come in handy. Include ointments, medicines for headache, stomachache, nausea, and allergies.
  • Pack your toiletry bag with the essentials such as toothbrush, toothpaste, facial or wet tissues, and other hygiene products.  
  • Always place a whistle and a small torch in your pocket for emergencies.
  • The weather can sometimes be unpredictable so bring an umbrella or raincoat just in case.
  • If you’re going overseas, bring international power adapters.
  • Make sure you carry mobile power banks to charge your phone and other mobile devices.
  • You might be too excited with all the preparations you’re doing but don’t forget to prepare your home! Unplug appliances, empty your fridge, ensure all taps and lights are off, store your valuables in a safe place and make sure all windows and doors are locked.

 

Leverage your passion for travel and commitment to helping other travellers make the most out of their holiday by turning it into a career.

There are certain skill sets that can help you gain formal knowledge of the industry.

 


 

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When you feel that you’ve already given your best and still have not seen the results that you’re after, don’t be discouraged! Self-improvement is a never-ending journey.

  

“Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.”

Periander

 

"Success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right the first time."

Tim Harford, Adapt: Why Success

Always Starts with Failure


Always be committed in delivering the highest level of excellence, even if no one is looking because everything you do everyday is practice, until it becomes your expertise.

Check out our other blogs about self-development!

Click here to read about some effective ways you can use to work smarter (not harder). You can level up your life bypracticing these high-performance habits.



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Do you think age is a factor when it comes to pursuing your dreams? Oftentimes age is used as an excuse and we always hear other people say they are too young or too old to do what they want to do. If you can relate to that, then it’s not too late for you to change your mind!

 

“There is not a right or predetermined age for success; only people who finally decide to succeed. Age is in your mind!”

― Mauricio Chaves Mesén,

12 Laws of Great Entrepreneurs


Here are some people who you can draw inspiration from:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing when he was 5.
  • Magnus Carlsen was only 13 when he became chess Grandmaster. He achieved the highest classical rating in history in 2014.
  • Missy Franklin was only 17 when she won five gold medals In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he launched Facebook in 2004.
  • Albert Einstein, the most influential physicist of the 20th century published four groundbreaking papers (one of them is the Theory of Relativity) at the age of 26.
  • Oprah Winfrey was already 32 when she officially debuted her show in 1986.

  • The Mona Lisa painting, the most well-known piece of artwork in the world was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci when he was 51.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders’ recipe was rejected more than a thousand times and after many years of failures and misfortunes, he finally hit it big at 61 when he started the KFC franchise.
  • Peter Roget invented the thesaurus at the age of 73.

 

“Age is an issue of mind over matter.

If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Mark Twain

 

On Career Transitions

 

Believe that you can live the life you want no matter how young or old you are! You have to be flexible and adaptable. These are two very important skills that employers value in a candidate. You might not have enough experience in the role that you want to apply for, but your attitude can make a difference. Have an agile mindset. Read more about our blog post Your Guide to a Successful Career Change.

 

“Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 



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It feels great whenever we hear compliments or good feedback from others. We know that our work is being noticed and appreciated and also gives us the green light to continue whatever we are doing. Constantly receiving praise and positive comments help build our self-confidence and self-esteem. But what if you know that you are doing quite well but still don’t get any approval or recognition you believe you deserve?


It’s so easy to give up and be disheartened due to lack of appreciation from the people around you especially when you know you make an extraordinary effort and always give your best in everything that you do. If you don’t get any form of validation at all, you worry more and feel unimportant. But don’t let this bring you down! Not everyone is wired to be naturally appreciative so it’s best to not expect too much. Try to avoid relying on others for confidence. Know that you are good enough, whether others approve of you or not.

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward.

If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

 

“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

― Tia Walkert

 

Practice positive self-affirmation. Do not base your self-worth on what authority figures tell you or think of you. Develop long-term positive thinking to reach your goals and back it up with positive action. Consider your strengths as a person or certain skills that you value and are meaningful to you. Then make it a daily habit to continue exploring your other talents and capabilities that you don't know about but other people do.

You may progress slowly but surely and once you’ve restructured your mindset, you can move beyond the issues then further into self-development. Do more things that you love and you know you can benefit from.

The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning "to make steady, strengthen." You will indeed find the strength to uncover your true potential from affirmation and it’s more effective if it starts with you.

Here are the lasting benefits of self-affirmation:

  • It motivates you on a different level
  • It increases your energy to perform daily tasks
  • You will establish mental clarity and become more self-aware
  • You work well even under stressful situations
  • Your cardiovascular health will improve
  • You will get a happier outlook on life



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Communication is an essential skill that plays an important role in any organisation and it’s something that has to be taken seriously.

“Communication - the human connection

- is the key to personal and career success.”

― Paul J. Meyer.


When there is lack of communication, a lot of things can go wrong. Like for instance, in a dynamic multicultural and multigenerational work environment where polarised opinions, office politics and ostracism are particularly common, there would certainly be a high chance of unclear or inadequate communication.

Conflicts continue to arise not only in the workplace but everywhere we go due to misalignment and miscommunication. Failure to acknowledge and fix this problem may cause mistrust, low morale and worst case scenario, broken relationships that seem too difficult to repair. Take a moment to really see what the issues are and examine more closely to gain full understanding of the situation. The sooner we know what the root of the problem is, the sooner we can fix it.

Aside from exchanging or passing of information through speaking and writing, another way to overcome communication barriers is by means of listening. By being an active listener, you are showing your respect to other people’s opinions and you are making an effort to see their point of view. Be attentive and let others talk and finish what they have to say. Show that you genuinely want to help resolve the dispute and do not make hasty judgements. When it’s your turn to share your thoughts, choose your words carefully to prevent further conflict.

Build bridges instead of walls! Break barriers and smash bottlenecks through effective communication. This doesn’t only build confidence but also lets you open yourself to new possibilities and all the extra time and effort you put into this will be well worth it.

 



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How is your workload? If you currently have a lot of things on your plate and your deadline is fast approaching, one of the practical solutions for this difficult situation is delegation.


The act of delegation, then, involves conferring (some of) your functions or powers on another so he or she can act on your behalf.

― thebalancesmb.com


If you are a part of a team and taking on the responsibility of a leader or perhaps a similar position of authority, delegation plays an important role in boosting your productivity.


Giving a level of autonomy definitely increases morale and promotes collaboration and innovation. When you delegate the right way, it doesn’t only help you become efficient but also give your team members a chance to develop their individual skills and look for other opportunities to grow.


"If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you've got to learn to delegate."

― Richard Branson.


“Are we limiting our success by not mastering the art of delegation? It’s simply a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

― Oprah Winfrey


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.”

Ronald Reagan


“The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”

― Vince Lombardi



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Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections


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If you think resolutions are so cliche, then perhaps you need to think again! When a year ends and a new one begins, your mind is drawn to preparation and planning. You feel optimistic that it’s going to be a fresh new year full of promises and hope. It certainly is the best time to make changes in various areas of your life.


The tradition of writing down all the things that we want to achieve for the rest of the year usually happens in the first week of January. Now that January has come and gone, the big question is, are you still upholding your resolutions? We start really strong and determined, however, when February comes, we start to fizzle… but why?

Most people fail to commit to their resolutions due to extreme pressure or lack of motivation and discipline. As the saying goes “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” - The intention to change wavers very quickly due to a form of resistance called inertia.

The law of inertia is Sir Isaac Newton’s first law and it states that "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force." As humans, we are also influenced by inertia - we continue to tread the same path throughout our lives unless other forces alter our course. Therefore, if we would like to change for the better, then we should find that “greater force” that will positively alter the direction of our life inertia.

Here are some of the things you can do to accelerate your success in 2019:


Tackle one resolution at a time

Don’t beat yourself up! Change requires time. Start slowly and work toward changing one thing at a time. It’s best to make small lifestyle changes every day until it already feels like it’s a natural part of your routine. Read more about Game-changing Habits to Supercharge Your Life.

Trust Yourself

Develop your self-confidence. Believe that you can make excellent decisions and you have the ability to improve no matter what your current circumstances are. Your thoughts will eventually manifest into actions so you have to guard your mind against negative thoughts. Click here to Learn how to solve the confidence gap.

Be Flexible and Adaptive

If your plan is not working, review and tweak it if necessary. Always be open to suggestions and embrace new ideas. You need to adjust yourself to meet the needs of your situation or current environment.

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

—  Jimmy Dean

 

Treat each day as another chance to start over.

 

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.

—  Robert Collier

 

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Grab a pen and paper, reflect and write down your thoughts, seal and open it at a future date. Your letter may contain words of validation, reassurance, and encouragement. Try to picture yourself a year, 2 years or 5 years from now and outline what you want to achieve in that timeframe. This could be a great way to make your dreams happen. Write a note to your future self today and you will be amazed to discover how much you’ve changed (or not) over the years.

Up Next: Do Regular Daily Reflections

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What is a workflow?


To put it simply, a workflow consists of the step by step process of how you do your work from start to finish. It’s composed of all the activities that happen in a sequence - all the things that you need to do in order to complete bigger tasks.

Implementing good quality workflows can certainly work wonders in any organisation especially when it comes to project management. It allows employers and managers to create clearly-established structures leaving them more time to focus on work that creates value. Employees can use this to gain a better understanding of their roles and how they relate to different departments and make team members more accountable for their work. It’s certainly is a modern solution for the workplace.

Workflows can also be implemented in real life and they don’t have to be complicated. You can create some basic workflows to help in process improvements and elimination of inefficiencies in your daily routine, therefore, increasing your output and productivity. Aside from that, it also leads to better communication as well as a quick and easy resolution to bottlenecks.

Visualising your workflow is a very important step. You can start by creating a diagram that can be used as a graphic representation of the steps needed in order for you to reach the goals you want to achieve. If you want to take your workflow diagrams to the next level, there are also many workflow management tools out there that you can use for free:

  • Create workflow diagrams/flowcharts
    • Simple or complex diagrams/flowcharts can be designed using draw.io, canva.com, smartdraw.com or diagrameditor.com
  • Use digital workflow management solutions
    • Work smarter not harder using cloud software such as zoho.com, trello.com, monday.com or cflowapps.com


This is a part of our
Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

 

Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections

 

Make A Difference In 2019!


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We conducted an online survey about stress and here are the results (as of 24 January 2019).

Stress Scale

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

4.9%

3.7%

1.2%

2.4%

3.7%

4.9%

6.1%

28.1%

15.9

29.3%

 

Typical Stressors

 

Personal problems

Studies

Work

Other reasons

I'm not stressed

31.3%

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50%

12.5%

6.3%

 

Based on most recent data from the Stress Poll

 

Stress level

#1 Source

of Stress

50% are extremely stressed

Work


Your stress level matters a lot. If you are currently experiencing a lot of stress and you’re not doing anything about it, you probably need an intervention ASAP! When you ignore your current situation, it might lead to detrimental effects on your physical and mental health. It’s okay to start small then work on building momentum.

 

Here are the most common symptoms of stress:

  • Psychological signs are lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability or anger.
  • Physiological signs include headaches, chest pain, stomach upset and fatigue.
  • Changes in behaviour such as smoking or drinking too much, social withdrawal, not eating or overeating and angry outbursts.

Find your zen! Click here to find some healthy ways to manage stress effectively.

“If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope. There will always be dark days.Kris Carr

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.Hans Selye

The truth is that stress doesn't come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances. Andrew J. Bernstein

You can beat stress! Just have the right mindset and start regaining control over your mind and body.

This is a part of our Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

 

Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections

 

Make A Difference In 2019!


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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could study smarter (not harder), get good grades, and lead a balanced life? That’s why we thought of sharing you the best ways to learn more effectively. Also feel free to comment or message us on our social media channels or email us your study tips and we will feature them on our website and Facebook page.

Get in the zone

Create the ideal study space. This also a good way to get yourself in the mood to study. Also, limit distractions! leave your phone alone and stay off social media. You can also listen to music but we recommend to choose the ones without lyrics. In fact, music can help you memorise better! It can launch your mind into a flowing (optimised) and remembering mode.

Sleep well, exercise & take breaks

You absorb information better when you’re well-rested and well-fed – and even better after you’ve exercised! Consume nutritious foods to get your brain powered up. When it comes to food, choose nuts, berries, and yogurt instead of chips and other junk food! Stay hydrated and take a one minute break every 30 minutes to stretch and move in between your study sessions.

Make a study schedule

Create a time chart of activities and divide them into short chunks. Shorter study sessions help the synapses* in your brain process information much better than lots of information in long sessions. Avoid the last-minute, all-night, self-induced study session because it can impair your memory and concentration.


*A synapse is the tiny gap across which a nerve cell, or neuron, can send an impulse to another neuron. When all your synapses are firing, you're focused and your mind feels electric.

Use flash cards

You might be thinking that flashcards are a thing of the past… No, they’re not! Your brain stores information better when you’ve written something down so this means you’ll probably have to lose the highlighter and start writing the essentials on flash cards. Read more about the Leitner Flash Card System - it’s the implementation of the principle of spaced repetition at increasing intervals.

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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Every day you wake up, get up and go on with your usual routine. Is your mind geared toward self-improvement both professionally and personally? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a full self-assessment to determine whether you are evolving with the times, stagnating or going backward.

We have shared a blog post about simple yet high-performance habits that can significantly change your life and let greater opportunities come your way. Click here if you have not read it yet. You will surely find great tips to help you get to the next level and live life to the fullest.

As we approach the end of 2018, now is the perfect time to think about your plans for the year ahead. Make growth your number one priority. When you become growth-conscious across all areas of life, you focus more on your journey - your venture experience rather than just the destination or outcome of your goals.

While personal development and maturity vary with gender, age, race, and genes, what matters most is the chance you are given every waking day. You just have to start by making small, specific changes and you will eventually evolve into the person you want to be. You have 24 hours in a day and it’s up to you to make everything worthwhile and use each hour the best possible way.

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“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” Sidney Poitier

To build an extraordinary life of your dreams, you need to develop daily positive routines. Being positive and staying that way can be a real challenge especially when you experience difficulties, failures, and uncertainties but don’t let this stop you from achieving excellence and greatness.

It could take a great deal of motivation to get things done day in and day out. Working to become your best self should not be perceived as a burden but as a great opportunity. Rest if you feel tired but continue to fight the uphill battles. Don’t stop no matter what!

Get ready to level up your life by practicing these high-performance habits:

  • Start the day by getting a nice dose of negative ions, they create positive vibes and are actually great for your health! Try to recall what you have learned from your Chemistry class - negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin that helps alleviate depression and stress. You can get negative ions from moving air and water. Boost your mood and pump the positivity by getting a hot shower or go for a walk in the park.
  • Cultivate and maintain an attitude of gratitude. There are a lot of benefits that come with gratitude - it can shift your perception and change how you see the world. So from now on, start taking note of the things that you are grateful for.
  • Develop and enhance your soft skills to help you in your career as well as to successfully navigate through life. These are practical skills that characterise how you deal with other people, respond to challenges and manage emotions. Some examples include interpersonal and communication skills, strategic and problem-solving skills, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Never cut corners. This undesirable behaviour is characterised by skipping steps that are important to a task in order to complete it much quicker than normal. According to research, people who frequently do this are more impulsive, undisciplined, non-conforming and they tend to be morally compromised. Although there are people that have achieved good outcomes by making shortcuts, their actions may result in harsh consequences that’s why this is highly discouraged.
  • Always look on the bright side. Life can be tough but don’t lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you will eventually reap the rewards of your productivity and hard work. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, put your game face on and never give up!

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The most common factor of highly-successful people is they choose growth over comfort. They are passionate leaders and strong advocates that demonstrate commitment and always do their work with energy and enthusiasm. They are extremely resilient and unshakable amidst of all the chaos, bustle and noise around them.

Self-improvement doesn’t only lead to one’s success but can also help people to succeed. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also lonely to be the only one at the top so work on reaching your goals and at the same time, try to influence others around you to reach their full potential.

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience




If you want to know how you can truly become the best version of you, here are some useful tips to get you started:

 

Put yourself first

Aside from getting enough sleep, eating right, and constant exercise, you also need to look after your emotional well-being because it’s a part of your holistic health. Safeguard and strengthen it to be able to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Stop pleasing other people! Every time you try so hard to please others, you lose yourself. Learn how to say NO. If you constantly play the role of the doormat, you will always be taken advantage of and eventually feel your stress levels skyrocket and could experience an episode of burnout. Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.

Take care of your mind

Your thoughts can consciously or unconsciously influence your actions. If you’re constantly feeling down, you need to reprogram your thoughts in order to stay positive. Try to visualise and make your visions concrete by creating an action plan. This will serve as your guide and help you make more mindful decisions. Positive thoughts can also help you in choosing your words wisely so you can communicate with others a lot better.

Be Kind

Every person in this world is unique and every life is a unique journey. Be kind to others. Create a paradigm shift in how you treat them. Do not be quick to judge without knowing them first. Criticisms are only okay if they are constructive and not destructive because this can potentially damage another person’s self-worth and self-esteem. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!

Constantly develop your skills

Learn something new. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. A professional qualification can help you gain confidence, improve your career prospects and overall status in life. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels. Click here to discover online courses that can help you get your career in gear.

Surround yourself with stellar people

The circle of friends you choose to have in your life speaks volumes about who you are. Acquire wisdom from the proverb “You are the company you keep”. No matter how good you are as a person, bad company can still influence your good behaviour so it’s better to hang out with friends that will support and lift you up rather than drag you down.


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.”  Edmund Lee

Don’t fear success

This might sound strange to you but the fear of success actually hides in some people’s subconscious. They get too overwhelmed and simply can’t handle success when it comes faster than expected. There are also other different scenarios such as added responsibilities, high expectations and living a totally different life than before. Always remember, great leaders, visionaries and game-changers are always ready and willing to step out of their comfort zone. Do not fear change. Even if you fail, don’t think that all your efforts are wasted. Just keep moving forward and you will soon be drawn closer to what you want to achieve.

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We are all leaders. We have the ability to demonstrate leadership wherever we are and whatever we do. It’s not just about a specific title, position or status in life - we can step up and accept responsibility. We all have a level of accountability to right the wrongs around us and provide solutions to problems and stand behind the decisions that we make. To make a lasting impact as a leader, the perfect virtue to gain is by being proactive.

 

A proactive person has a lot of great qualities and habits. Being proactive means you are always able to take a step back, see the bigger picture and focus on long-term goals. You’re change-oriented and invariably thrive in any given situation, continually aspire to seek opportunities and willing to undergo self-improvement even during good times.

 

To develop a proactive personality, you have to start with taking control of your life. List down your goals and the activities that you need to do in order to achieve them. Create a mind map or a flowchart if you have to. When you plan things, having foresight will help you become aware of potential obstacles and risks that you might face instead of just instinctively reacting to stimuli. Be ever-ready by thinking of a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, so on and so forth. Consider visualising for alternatives. Accept that problems are part of the equation but also have a positive mindset and strong faith that there’s more than one solution to a problem.

 

Establish core values and standards as guidelines. Do not settle if something doesn’t feel right or you think it’s just semi-satisfying. Direct your own life instead of being pushed by external influences. A lot of things can go wrong if you let others decide for you. Control the flow, not go with the flow. Invest all your time and effort in making conscious and intelligent choices in life and do your best to follow-through because the most excellent preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

 

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” --Jim Rohn

 

What’s the next step? Take part! Be available to help others. True leaders beget great leaders. The example you show to others will inspire them to do the same and this positive flow of energy will also give you the motivation to do better than you do now.

 

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No two paths to success are alike. Each person’s journey is unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake, thus success is relative to the person who strives for it.


If you aim to be successful, the first and most important question that you must ask yourself is “What do I need to do to achieve what I want?”

Success is a mindset. It’s not about who you are, but about what you do. It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have the necessary tools and resources, the quality of your actions will lead you to reach the goals you desire and keep growing from there.

What is your current belief system? If you think you need to make big changes in your life, start by building a strong mental and emotional foundation. Here are some of the most impactful strategies to start with:

The happiness project



Don’t get caught up in the “What ifs”. Learn to be happy with your current state and develop a sense of contentment. If you’re feeling down and currently lack motivation that you need to move forward, here are some of the best inspirational and motivational quotes that you can use as a pick-me-up.

Read good books and learn new things

Develop a reading habit, challenge yourself to read something that interests you on a daily basis. Reading has a lot of hidden benefits, it can Improve your vocabulary, broaden your perspective and enrich your mind. Studying can also expand your horizons. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill.

"You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things." - Asa Hutchinson


Keep a journal

Set goals and keep them in a journal so you can keep track of your progress. It doesn’t matter if they are short-term or long-term. Goal-setting is an important part of success. It gives you more clarity. Jotting things down in a journal will give you a clear purpose of what you want to achieve in life.


Resilience is an essential skill

Be like bamboo. During a hurricane, the bamboo bends rather than break. Being resilient means you won’t allow yourself to become a victim of circumstance. Do not let negative thoughts drag you down. Resilience is a skill that can be cultivated. Make this your mission. Continue to work on reaching your goals despite setbacks, despite complications and you will always rise above the fray. Don’t give up!

Dig a hole and bury your bad habits

Throughout your life, you develop some habits that you’re not proud of. You may already be aware that these habits are toxic but you remain stuck in the same place for a long time. A common bad habit is procrastination. It’s a very unhealthy and futile behaviour pattern that is typical at home, in school and in the workplace. It could be hard to change as you age and old habits might seem too hard to break but if you want to be successful, start building good habits while you still can and consider shifting your paradigm.

Past is past

Your past doesn’t define your future so don't look back on life with regret!

“What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.” -- Dalai Lama

 

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The “paradigm” concept started in the early 1960’s by the philosopher Thomas Kuhn and since then, the term has been widely used in the world of Psychology, Politics, Sports, Medicine and Business. It helped Scientists create theoretical frameworks by providing clarity in terms of goal-setting and direction in their scientific research and other activities within a particular discipline. Some paradigm theories that we know are Newton’s theory of gravity, Darwin’s theory of evolution and Einstein’s theory of relativity.

According to macmillandictionary.com, the word paradigm means:

a set of ideas that are used for understanding or explaining something, especially in a particular subject.”

How can we relate this to our daily lives?

If we take a closer look at history, we would notice that there is certainly a strong connection between paradigm and progress. When personal computers, mobile phones, the internet and all sorts of communication tools were invented, our lives were suddenly transformed completely. Most of the changes we experienced during this digital paradigm shift are positive and working in our favour.


Nowadays, the paradigm shift concept is not only used in the philosophy of science but can also be linked to personality development.

It’s considered as a fundamental change of how an individual or society view things in the world - it’s all about the transformation of human systems dynamics, including patterns of complexity in learning, development, management, and supervision in diverse environments. This may sound very complicated, but in reality, it’s actually something that we deal with in daily life.

When we choose to undergo a paradigm shift, big changes happen. Our perspectives and mindset take a 180-degree turn. This can be compared to demolishing a house and building a new one rather than just renovating it.

“If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”

-Stephen Covey


“Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.”

-Leroy Hood


Your personal or professional life might not be the way you want it to be at the moment, but you can always do something about it. You have to start by throwing negative beliefs outside the window and stop thinking that you’re a victim of your circumstances, that your current situation limits you from achieving success. Replace negative thoughts by adapting the “anything is possible” paradigm. The challenges you face right now can be turned into opportunities for innovation. You can control your life and the results you want to achieve - make this your core value from now on.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

-Francis Bacon


“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

-Dale Carnegie


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One of the most popular quotes about productivity is “If not now, then when”, however, its essence is often missed. We are all guilty somehow of pushing things aside and doing them at a later time.

It’s so easy to walk away from impending tasks and tell yourself to finish them afterward. The longer these tasks are ignored, the more difficult it will be to finish them in the long run. The results could also be more drastic - if things do not go as planned, everything can end up in chaos, stress, disappointment, and frustration.

Another thing that you always keep in the back burner is your dreams. You could have so many reasons for trying not to pursue what you really want to do in life. What’s holding you back? Is it fear? Are you scared of making mistakes, of losing everything you have? Is uncertainty making you feel very uncomfortable? These negative feelings will only make you lose sight of getting started or not even wanting to try.

What are you waiting for? Is there really such thing as “the right time”? You have probably wasted too much time waiting for the right moment when you can start doing something right now. Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never’. If you decide to take action today, commit to it, be accountable, and put yourself to work every day.

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

– Paulo Coelho


Give it a shot. Never abandon your pursuit. We only get to live one life, so make it better. You owe it to yourself. Be bold, be brave... If not now, then when? Don’t give up! success is just around the corner.

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When you habitually avoid or intentionally delay starting or finishing a task that needs to be accomplished and let it linger on the to-do list for hours, days, or even weeks due to various reasons, you could be a victim of a mysterious and potentially dangerous force called procrastination. Pouring all your strength in completing a certain task is like trying to bring the same poles of a magnet together and no matter how hard you try, they only repel.

The procrastinator’s favourite words are “later” and “tomorrow”. Amidst of all the urgent assignments, tight deadlines and unfinished projects piling up, they are often being put off in favour of checking social media sites, playing video games, online shopping, binge-watching shows on tv or sometimes even prioritising trivial things. There are so many distractions everywhere that make it even more difficult to focus on what should be done.

This extremely bad habit has a lot of harmful effects on one’s life. Students often get poor grades or fail in school. Employees have unsatisfactory work performance. It’s simply inevitable. On a positive note, since procrastination is considered as a bad habit, there are possible be ways that can be done to get rid of this self-defeating behaviour pattern. For this to work, you have to be absolutely committed to moving forward. However, once you decide to nip it in the bud before it becomes a more serious issue, changes would only happen gradually and not overnight.

Here are common reasons why we procrastinate and some suggestions on how to tackle it:

  • Feeling lazy. We put off doing things simply because we don’t feel like it. One way to avoid laziness is to be reminded of the consequences when we don’t take action. The Pareto principle (also known as 80/20 rule) can help to overcome laziness. It states that “80% of the outputs come from 20% of the inputs.” Determine the most important task and focus on it. Then eliminate the other tasks in the to-do list afterward.
  • Feeling burned out. It’s very hard to focus when we feel physically and mentally exhausted. It seems like that are a million tasks on the to-do list, it’s easy to shut down.Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.
  • Fear. We are too scared to fail. Perhaps we are shy or afraid of rejection. Let’s learn how to overcome and conquer our fears. Nothing will happen if we do not have the courage to face them.
  • Perfectionism. Overly demanding standards keep us from even getting started. This is also related to fear of failure. Just think that we won’t be able to do things and improve our skills unless we practice. We can’t practice unless we implement. It doesn’t matter if we make mistakes because we can learn from them and move on.
  • Lack of self-confidence. We won’t do something if we don’t think we can do it. There are several factors why we feel like this but the main reason is usually self-doubt. If you need a skill upgrade, get one. This can help overcome fear and build up self-confidence to achieve success.Click here to learn how to solve the confidence gap.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

–Abraham Lincoln


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According to businessdictionary.com burnout means


Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, due to stress from working with people under difficult or demanding conditions. Burnout is followed by signs such as chronic fatigue, quickness to anger and suspicion, and susceptibility to colds, headaches, and fevers.

It seems like career burnout is becoming more common these days and the typical advice given to people is to go on a holiday to relax, unwind, clear the head and keep a safe distance from all the stressful responsibilities in the workplace. It’s a good suggestion, however, holidays do not cure chronic burnout. This is only a type of band-aid approach and doesn’t completely eliminate the root of the problem.

Burnouts can occur in any industry - financial, tech, retail, infrastructure, health, the list could go on and on… This is one of the top reasons why people take sick days or just quit their job. Sadly, employees are not the only ones who suffer because of this insidious epidemic. The whole company is affected too. Burnout leads to inefficiency and lower productivity, then eventually leads to a reduction in quality.

If you’ve become aware that you’re on the brink of burnout or perhaps already experiencing burnout, it’s time to do something before it takes its toll on you. Get to know some of the major causes and what you can do to stop it.

  • Limited resources and lack of support are major obstacles that make it more difficult for you to do your job. You constantly feel frustrated and exhausted because you are expected to perform well with fewer resources.
  • Time pressure is also a contributing factor. Extreme time constraints and unreasonable and highly aggressive deadlines can push you over the edge.
  • Trying hard to balance work-life can waste your time, effort and energy. Balance is good but integrating the two is a better option. Click here to read more about work-life integration.
  • Your job doesn’t fit your interests and skills. There seems to be some sort of mismatch between your personality and motivations with your current job situation. You might need a career change. Click here to read more about discovering your true calling.
  • Bullying in the workplace is also one of the most common causes of burnout. Perhaps you are being constantly criticised, discriminated, intimidated or harassed. The more anxious you become, the more you get targeted for abuse and therefore leads to depression and then burnout.

Some useful tips on how to recover from burnout:

  • Start by identifying the root cause of your burnout. There could be multiple causes but you need to address the main cause first and then move on to the next. Keep a journal and write down ways on how to manage your situation to eliminate sources of stress and unhappiness.
  • Focus on your physical and mental health. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Rest well and improve your sleeping habits. Always think positive. Click here if you need a motivation boost. Having a healthy mind and body enhances the quality of your life.
  • Reassess your long-term goals. As we get older, our needs and interests often change and this could trigger a domino effect of other related changes. If you have become aware of your real goals and aspirations and determined that you need to tread a different path, then get yourself ready for a career change. Overcome and Conquer Your Fears and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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Say goodbye to work-life balance and try integrating your work and life instead! Many people have struggled to achieve balance but failed miserably so it’s now considered a myth. Aside from being unrealistic, it’s also known to be too subjective because its definition depends on the individual’s personal feelings and circumstance. One’s priorities also extremely affect how balance is construed. Attempting to attain the so-called balance has become a debilitating chore when it was supposed to be a solution to all our problems.

The term work-life integration started to make waves in 2017. Integration is all about not separating work from your personal life but learning how to connect the two instead. It’s quite radical but it quickly became the new norm because it’s a trendier, more fitting and exciting alternative for those who aim to succeed in their careers and daily private life activities.

W-L integration: the 21st-century formula for success

The flexibility offered by the W-L integration concept is ideal and definitely feasible. It can work well for those who are juggling a lot of things at the same time such as kids, work, social life, education, and all other activities on the to-do list. Here are some suggestions on how to make it work for you:

  • Plan well. Know your priorities and list them down starting from the most important down to the least important.
  • Know your boundaries. Know when to unplug yourself from job responsibilities. You also need to recharge in order to be more efficient so you can work smarter, not harder.
  • Consider change. You don’t have to perfectly execute the W-L concept to make it work. If you see a bottleneck, consider making some changes, adjust as you go and be ready to rebound quickly!
  • Self-discipline. Distractions are everywhere and sometimes hard to avoid. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and be tempted to procrastinate but no matter what, try your best to control your desires and impulses and stay focused.
  • Self-care. Look after yourself. This should always be a part of your agenda. It’s not just about having bubble baths, getting an 8-hour sleep or spending a day at the spa. Self-care should also encompass overall health and mental well-being, good hygiene and responsible intake of food and medication.
  • Healthy attitude. Having a positive mindset is very important. If this is practiced every day, you will be able to create an excellent culture and environment where you can consistently thrive. Another benefit of having a bright attitude is that you can set a good example for the people around you and perhaps, you can share this concept with them as well.

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Why do people switch careers? There could be a hundred reasons why this happens but it’s just usually due to one thing - CHANGE. As the wise Greek philosopher, Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that Is constant is change.” We all face changes in different aspects of our daily life in some way and perhaps sometimes, we might not even see them clearly but these changes are occurring nonetheless. We get older, our needs and interests often change and this could trigger a domino effect of other related changes. It’s simply inevitable.

Focus on Building Career 2.0

You have seen the signs, and they are loud and clear. The fact that you’ve got the wrong job or the wrong field makes you constantly uninspired, unfulfilled and lacking enthusiasm. The stress you face at work makes you dread going into the office every day. You might also be taking sick days even when you’re not really sick. According to research, over 60% of working adults are unhappy with their career situation but the big problem is, they chose to settle. Don’t be one of them!

Here are practical tips for you to have a successful career change:
 
  • Start with an honest self-assessment. Have you truly discovered your true calling? Before you jump into a completely different career, make sure you have determined the type of work that you really want to do so you won’t regret your decisions.
  • Gain the necessary skills and additional qualifications by upskilling and/or retraining. Read more about upskilling or reskilling here. Professional qualifications matter - Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.
"Qualifications reveal much more about a person than just academic prowess. It's not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life: intellectual, social sporting, personal, artistic, ethical and so much more." - ANDREW MAIN

You can read more about this topic here.

  • Brush up on your interview skills. Click here to view the essential job interview checklist.
  • Career transitions are possible at any age. No matter how old you are, you have to be flexible and adaptable. These are two very important skills that employers value in a candidate. You might not have enough experience in the role that you want to apply for, but your attitude can make a difference. Have an agile mindset.
  • Craft a sustainable career for yourself. Job search and career management are constantly changing and they are typically due to shifts in the economy, technology, and other key events. “A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. Read more about it here.
Be aware of your real goals and aspirations to create a brand new professional life. Pursue what you truly love and be willing to start over. It’s the season of change - a time for a fresh start!

Building a new career is not easy. It could be very scary at first and you may also commit a lot of mistakes, but it’s not impossible to achieve! If you don’t do it now, you could be stuck in the same spot forever! Is self-doubt holding you back? Try to overcome and conquer your fears, break out of your comfort zone, and eventually, you will gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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“The hardest thing to do is leaving your comfort zone. But you have to let go of the life you’re familiar with and take the risk to live the life you dream about.” -T. Arigo

You might be thinking, “is staying in my comfort zone really such a bad thing?”

The answer is a big YES! It’s too dangerous that it could be something that can potentially destroy one’s future.

“A comfort zone is a place that is very secure and protected, but where nothing is able to flourish.”

Warning signs that you are stuck in your comfort zone:
  • You do not have career goals
  • You don’t like risks and only do what’s safe and easy
  • You’re afraid to experience new things
  • You feel bored with your current situation
  • You have a wishy-washy attitude
  • You always procrastinate
  • You find fault in everything around you
  • You do not like to meet new people
Complacency is the poison that slowly kills your desire to grow and succeed in life. When you are complacent, you do not have the eagerness or willingness to push the boundaries and take risks - absolutely zero urge to do better…

If you feel like you’re being too complacent, acknowledge the warning signs and find out ways to fight and break out of it. Do not allow yourself to be stagnant forever!

It’s okay to take baby steps, as long as you are aware that you need to do something. Accept changes, have the right mindset, commit to your goals and constantly challenge yourself. Click here to read more on how to conquer your fears.

Be willing to flourish… Plan. Act. Achieve!

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"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." --Alexander Graham Bell

“Fail to Plan and You Plan to Fail” --Benjamin Franklin

“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln

You might be in the middle of a job search and currently have interviews lined up. We all know very well that planning is a very crucial part of the process, however, all the careful planning that you do can fall apart once anxiety sets in. This may sound daunting especially if it’s your first time but don’t let the thought overwhelm you. Instead, use this feeling as a motivator - it can also drive you to perform better!

Here are some tips to help you out before, during and after the interview:

Before the interview
  • Do your homework. Look at the company website or blog to learn more about the company, what their key products and/or services are, which industries do they work in and how big they are in terms of employee size and revenue. It’s good to do a competitor research as well.
  • Thoroughly read the job ad again, take note of the main responsibilities and required skills and map it to your own skills, educational background, and job experiences. If you have questions, jot them down so you don’t forget.
  • At the beginning of an interview, candidates are usually asked “Can you walk me through your resume?” so it’s good to review your resume the day before. Print extra copies for your and the interviewer. Having spare copies shows initiative and preparation. These are strong qualities that the interviewer will take note of and appreciate.
  • Choose an appropriate outfit. Your clothing choice doesn’t necessarily have to be high-end, you just need to make an effort to look presentable. This is also a sign of respect for the company as well as the person interviewing you. So pay attention to your grooming to leave a good first impression.
  • Write all the details in your job interview journal if you have one. Take note of the company name, address, time of the interview and the name of the interviewer.

During the interview
  • Be sure to turn up at the right place and the right time. If you think you’re lost and will be running late, it is common decency and professional courtesy to apologise for your lateness. Call and let them know your ETA.
  • Make sure your phone and other electronic devices are on silent.
  • Sell yourself (up to a certain degree). Present yourself with confidence but not to the point that you already sound like you are the only qualified candidate and the answer to your all of your employer’s problems.
  • Choose your words wisely. You may encounter some common interview questions but try not to respond with empty clichés. Be unique, memorable, specific and keep it brief.
  • Take down notes if necessary so you don’t forget important details.
  • Show your personality for them to see if you will fit in with the company culture of their working environment.
  • Towards the end of the interview, Make sure you're clear about the next steps. Ask what the next process is and when and how you can expect to hear from them.

After the interview
  • Drop a line to the interviewer and let him/her know that you appreciate his/her time and the opportunity you were given. This will speak volumes about your commitment to the position. If you didn’t get the job, you can ask for constructive feedback. This can help you do better in your next round of interviews with other companies in the future.
Keep in mind that getting prepared is a job itself. Sharpen the axe, as Lincoln said. A checklist is very useful but ticking all the boxes on your list will not be enough for you to land the job you like, you have to do more than that. But don’t stress, just do your best… You’ve got this!

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Have you ever woken up one day and asked yourself “Why am I here? What’s my real purpose?”, this means that your mission in life is still unclear and you need to find your why. German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ Everyone has a why. This is something that inspires you and gives you a sense of fulfillment in whatever you do. Knowing your why is the first step and the most important if you want to find out your true calling.

Every person is different. We develop aspects of individuality from our experiences, philosophies, socio-economic environment and genetic constitution that’s why there’s no single pathway for discovering life’s purpose. There are some blogs out there that say “Find your true purpose in 10 easy steps”, but the truth is, this process is always evolving and certainly not easy at all. Oftentimes, there would be a lot of challenges along the way but you continue to step out of your comfort zone because you know it’s going to be worth it. It will be epic and definitely life-changing.

There are some essential keywords that can help you start your journey. Begin with clarity. Lack of clarity makes you feel that you’re trapped in an invisible prison and this is perhaps one of the most unpleasant human experiences to endure. An example is staying at a job for months or years for which you are completely unsuited. You will never achieve that inner desire to be great at your job. When you find clarity, you know you are going in the right direction and watch yourself reach greater heights. Sometimes you can find clarity from the people around you, especially those who are close to you. It’s amazing how much they know the real you and can clearly see what you should be doing when you cannot see it yourself.

Another keyword is vision. Always have a positive vision of the future. Let it be your guide. When you already know what you want, it’s time to take action. Visualisation is a powerful technique - great leaders and athletes use this to excel in their chosen field. Some of the things you can do is to write down your plans in detail or create a vision board in order to produce a picture of what your ideal life would look like. It’s also important to take note that you won’t get the life you want overnight but with consistent and persistent actions, you will eventually reach your goal.

It was mentioned earlier that each person’s journey is different and because of this, the processes and outcomes will also be different. Our past decisions have consequences that may put us in certain circumstances that we cannot control. When we get to this point, no matter how hard it is, we can always control our attitude, approach and response to make the situation better. This is when the keyword leverage comes in. The concept of leverage allows you to put yourself in a position to your best advantage. Use whatever you have. Your talent, your skills, your confidence, your wit - these are the effective tools that you have in you that you can always use to ignite your passion.

“If you organise your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.” –Blake Mycoskie

Determine what drives you, or what defines you and do the work you were meant to do! Click here to view motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey. You can also take the Career Quiz to discover what occupation you are suited to based on your personality, strengths, values, and interests.

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Motivation isn't one-size-fits-all. According to research, our brains are wired to have 2 types of motivation - internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic). Internal motivation is coming from within - our deep-rooted desires have the highest motivational power while external motivation is geared towards external rewards that a person can earn such as titles, recognition, bonuses, perks and many others.

There might be a huge difference between each type of motivation but the relationship is not entirely polarised. Although they are different, there could still be an intersection in between and this is called the motivational ecosystem.

Do you feel that you currently lack the motivation that you need in order to reach your goals? Try to tap into your bigger purpose. This gives a deeper meaning to the objective you seek. Visit this blog and social media channels for daily motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey.

You can also share our motivational quotes to spread positive vibes to others!

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Do you feel that you need a break from staring at your computer screens or mobile devices and switch to the old-fashioned way of reading and writing everything on paper or do you think this method is already obsolete and that digital consumption of information is way better?


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Based on the votes, the result is a tie between paper and digital platforms!

The debate on whether digital will completely take over paper is not going to end. For now, we can say that digital may be the way of the future but our relationship with physical paper is not over yet because of its emotional impact and numerous benefits. Digital also has its unique properties such as instantaneous access, environmentally friendly, and much more.

Rather than switching to all-digital, perhaps a combination of paper and the convenience and accessibility of digital will perform best.


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This question is commonly used as a writing prompt or as a job interview question by hiring managers to candidates. When you come across this question, who is the first person that comes to mind? Have you ever thought that perhaps you are one to someone else?

According to dictionary.com, the word ‘hero’ means a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character, someone who has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.

A person doesn’t need to have divine superpowers and also doesn’t have to be a police officer, a firefighter, a soldier, an athlete or a popular celebrity to be recognised as a hero. They could be regular, everyday people who influence you, inspire you and have an impact in your life in every small or big way.

Different people have different definitions of heroism, hence, would have various responses in terms of their choice of heroes and the reasons behind their choices. It’s important to give emphasis to “why” a certain person is chosen than the “who” the actual person is, or what he or she might represent.

Knowing who your heroes are say a lot of things about you. It actually determines what traits or qualities you value the most in others. Researchers have found that helping, altruism, advocacy, and other ways of standing up for what’s right are specific actions that are synonymous with valor and are usually admired and emulated.

Our world needs heroes - men and women who are relentless, have strong principles and willpower, are willing to commit to a life of service and to put others’ well-being above their own. Every one of us can be a hero when placed in the right circumstance and with the right tools, regardless of our age and our current situation in life. It’s time to take action!

“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” --Gerard Way

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” --Bob Riley

“Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.” --Wade Davis

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What are you afraid of? Here is a list of the types of fears that are commonly experienced in daily life:

  • Fear of speaking in public - Glossophobia or speech anxiety
  • Fear of crowds - Enochlophobia. This fear is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
  • Fear of the unknown - Xenophobia
  • Fear of making decisions - Decidophobia
  • Fear of failure - Atychiphobia
  • Fear of falling - Basiphobia
  • Fear of change - Metathesiophobia
  • Fear of small spaces - Claustrophobia
  • Fear of heights - Acrophobia
  • Fear of darkness - Nyctophobia
Does any of these fears apply to you? According to research, 99% of the fears are non-physical - It’s just a state of mind! No one is born with fears but they tend to develop in our heads as we get older. Our brains somehow formulated a perception that there is an imminent danger then we shift into ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ mode.

The great news is that fears can be unlearned and there are techniques that we can do to help us overcome and conquer our fears!

Think positive thoughts

Negative energies are draining so we need to integrate more positivity in our lives and thought process. Whenever you have the urge to think about your fears, fight that feeling and focus more on what makes you feel good.

Do breathing exercises

When you feel the fear is starting to creep in, do this for 1 minute - stop what you’re doing, take 10 slow, deep belly breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale even more slowly. Repeat the steps until you feel calmer.

Learn and apply The Law Of Reversibility

Applying the mental principle called The Law Of Reversibility. “If you think or feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with them.” This principle is reversible. Action and thoughts/feelings go together so we need to regulate our actions and develop the will to overcome our fears.

Be Active

There are a lot of things you can do to get your endorphins flowing - you can go for a walk, dance, swim or ride your bike! These activities can help you clear your mind and boost your energy.

Confront your fears

We can never run away from fear. The best way to deal with it is to not avoid it, but acknowledge that it exists. It can be pervasive but we have to take the risk and see what happens.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” -Judy Blume

Get Help

You need someone that can be your rock that can help get you through tough times especially when fears become too overwhelming.

Fear is a terrible emotion that’s constantly paralysing us in our daily lives. Let’s stop being reactive to these vulnerable and destructive thoughts and start living life to the fullest.

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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Goal Setting is an important part of success. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? If you look at the CEO's and creators of this world, they all have an end goal of what they want to accomplish. Amongst that end goal, they most likely had smaller short-term goals that led them to their success towards their final goal. Even then, they will continue to create more and more goals to help themselves achieve what they want in life.

Goals can help keep you on track and establish what you want to do in life in order to achieve the final goal. The final goal could be to "learn how to swim freestyle". The question now, is how? This is when you will establish smaller goals of how you are going to achieve the goal of learning how to swim. Smaller goals could be to "Go to the pool twice a week" or "Get private swimming instructor lessons". Creating a time or date of when you want to achieve that particular goal will also help you stay on track. Be specific.

What is something that you are wanting to achieve? Having short term, medium term and long term goals can help you focus on the thing you want most to improve or to achieve. It could be anything from health, your career, your education or family goals.

Just make sure when you are setting goals, keep them realistic. Ensure that you are able to achieve them your set time frame. Also, do not have too many goals because that can stir you from the main goals you are wanting to achieve.

To put it in steps:
  • What is your vision/dream/end goal?
  • What is it you want to achieve?
  • Write them both down.
  • How are you going to achieve that? Write down your short term and medium term goals that relate to what you want to achieve plus your vision.
  • Choose to share them with someone in relation to what you want to achieve. This will help keep you motivated.
  • Go over your goals often in order to help keep you on track and accountable.
  • Make it happen!
Here’s an example:
  • Vision/Dream/End Goal: "I want to finish writing my book"
  • How? "I will write for 3 hours every week"
  • Complete goal
  • Review goals as a reminder
  • Complete goal
  • Now that you know the steps on how to create goals, get goal setting and make your dreams happen!

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Major restructuring within a company is required when there are market shifts, new technologies, and intensified competition. This is crucial for business growth and to maintain the company’s global competitiveness.

Although future developments may sound very positive, transformation and restructuring plans could also have negative effects on the workers. Managers who are in charge of business development always think of strategic ways to drive productivity and improve quality levels but at the same time cut costs, however, this often results in destructive layoffs.

Some examples of companies that would have job cuts throughout the year are Australia’s big 4 banks and the retrenchment rate is 12%. There are also global companies in the Automotive, Telecommunications, Information Technology and Internet industries that will undergo massive workforce reduction in 2018.

The future is uncertain. Retrenchments happen and they can be heartbreaking. If you feel that there’s an axe hovering above your head, you need to be prepared to land on your feet. There are a lot of success stories of other people who were able to turn career crisis into opportunity. Here are some practical tips that you can use if you just experienced a layoff or if you are aware that you will be a part of a layoff. This could also be used as a future guideline to be able to thrive in case you experience a layoff at some point in your career.

Prepare Your Next Move

Sometimes companies give obvious signals that layoffs are on the way, but there are also the subtle types that just come out of nowhere. It will surely help if you stay vigilant and always keep an eye on the layoff indicators. The moment you see them, you can start preparing for your next move. Some of the things that you can do are to update your resume, dust off your interview skills, start assessing your cash situation or try to find out how to receive unemployment compensation.

Have the Right Attitude

Losing a job is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to any individual. Having a positive outlook will surely help you get through the feelings of grief, loss, and confusion. There are plenty of self-help methods and techniques that can help you improve your mood and eliminate your worries.

Network With Other Professionals

Studies have shown that the majority of people find jobs through networking. Think of the other people in your social circle that can introduce you to their friends who work in your industry. Linkedin is one of the tools that can help you in your networking efforts. It’s a great way to connect with other professionals in the same background. You can also try to seek help from some recruitment agencies.

Share Your Story

Do not be afraid to tell the people you trust about your layoff experience. Layoffs can be very tough. sharing your story could somehow empower you and help you get ready to face the new challenges that may come your way.

Learn Something New

Tapping into self-awareness to find out what your strengths are and leveraging them in your next career move will surely help. But aside from that, expanding opportunities by developing new skills can also help you bounce back and thrive.

Learn soft skills, look for professional development, training, certification, education courses to boost your resume and self-confidence.

Today’s economy is fluid, unpredictable and extremely challenging. The key is to move forward, be open to innovation and always be proactive in achieving your goals!

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Upskill is to teach someone additional skills.

 

The Up-skilling process enhances a worker’s abilities within the same job profile and therefore significantly amplifies the worker’s value within the company.

 

Reskill is to improve the collective skill set of workers.

 

The re-skilling process involves learning new technology or re-training in the skills needed by a particular company and be able to utilise these skills into an entirely different role within that company.

 

There are so many technological advancements and other changes in the modern world we live in that’s why companies continuously develop various strategies in reskilling and upskilling to find the talent they need and contribute socially responsible practices to the future of work.

 

As a part of the workforce, it’s also your duty to embrace these changes. You should constantly refresh the knowledge and skills that you already have so you don’t fall short when the need arises to use them. Taking necessary action could help you deal with the increasingly complex life and work environments.

 

Upskilling and reskilling are two entirely different approaches but both are absolutely beneficial and can help define your career path no matter what career aspirations you might have. Both can be achieved by getting a professional qualification. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.

 

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Sleep is a very important factor in our daily lives. Lack of sleep can take a toll on well-being and a lot of things can go wrong when you don’t get good sleep! Chronic sleep deprivation can drastically affect your performance because it impacts your brain's ability to function.

 

Lack of sleep may cause:

 

Parts of your brain can slow down

Brain function could be impaired and this negatively affects cognition, concentration, productivity and performance due to reduced blood flow to areas of the brain that control higher level thought process. A study found that the effect is similar to alcohol intoxication. Everything around you would seem to be in slow motion.

 

Poor athletic performance and recovery

Athletes undergo intense physical activity and multiple mechanisms of action. Tired athletes show weak coordination, low levels of energy and this could lead to a greater risk for injury.

 

Dangerous Accidents while driving

Drowsy driving is very dangerous and is known to be the major cause of road fatalities. Test how tired you are before you get behind the wheel!

 

Serious health problems

Less sleep can make your immune system weak and also prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke. It can also cause the release of insulin, which leads to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Mental health issues

Poor sleeping habits are strongly linked to mental health problems. It may cause or worsen anxiety, depression, paranoia, and hallucinations.

 

How much sleep do we need?

 

Every individual has different sleep requirements and varies with age, however, it’s also highly recommended to follow the sleep duration guide:

 

  • Above 65 years: 7–8 hours
  • 18–64 years: 7–9 hours
  • 4–17 years: 8–10 hours
  • 6–13 years: 9–11 hours
  • 3–5 years: 10–13 hours
  • 1–2 years: 11–14 hours
  • 4–11 months: 12–15 hours
  • 0–3 months: 14–17 hours
 

You will feel a million times better when you get enough sleep so if your goal is to have a healthier and more active life, it’s now time to pay serious attention to the improvement of your sleeping habits.

 

"Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." -Thomas Dekker

 

"Sleep is the best meditation." -Dalai Lama

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Success and confidence go hand in hand. However, a lot of people struggle with no confidence or very low levels of confidence. How can we overcome our fear and build up our self-confidence to achieve success? Learn how to solve the confidence gap.

Celebrate all your achievements

You might experience good and bad things in your daily life but don’t let the bad things pull you down. Believe that you can overcome obstacles and then celebrate your achievements no matter big or small. Find your silver lining!

Focus on exercise & fitness

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Studies show that there is a strong connection between your brain and your body. Movement can influence your brain in a very positive way - it improves the way you think and feel, gives you higher self-esteem, reduces stress, feelings of confusion, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Exercise more to improve your health and well-being.

Always be positive

One of the most important keys to success is positive thinking. In order for a positive mindset to yield great results, you also have to take positive action to ensure you achieve a good outcome even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. Effort and hard work are necessary.

Seek support

Ask your family and friends for help or join a support group. It’s great to be surrounded by people you trust and get the acknowledgment and affirmation that you need. They can help you gain courage and self-assurance.

Follow through

You gain respect from other people if you say you’re going to do something and you do it. Believe in yourself that you can do it and make it a habit and you won’t be afraid to do things in order to accomplish your goals.

Study & learn something new

"As long as you keep going, you'll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success." -Tamara Taylor

 

"Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence." -Michelle Obama

Keep your mind well nourished and active! Studying gives you a great advantage and can improve a lot of things in your life such as your communication skills, critical-thinking and problem-solving. It could boost your confidence in your own abilities and eventually opens doors of opportunities.

 

If you are looking to improve your career prospects or an exciting new career opportunity, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs. Find a course in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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"Qualifications reveal much more about a person than just academic prowess. It's not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life: intellectual, social sporting, personal, artistic, ethical and so much more." - ANDREW MAIN

When you apply for a job, you will notice that education background is still needed and considered important. Work experience can help further down the track - it increases opportunities and professional development but also having a professional qualification uplifts your resume. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.

Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. The desire to learn demonstrates drive and enthusiasm. These are the qualities that employers are attracted to.

If you are looking to improve your career prospects or an exciting new career opportunity, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs. Find a course in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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Education is a form of investment. it’s a type of asset that nothing or no one can take away from you. So if you want to have better career prospects and financial security in the future, there’s no better time to focus on learning - do it now!

One of the most popular modes of study nowadays is online learning. It promotes convenience and freedom especially if you have important obligations and you’re trying to juggle commitments with work and family. Integrating everything in life can be a tough job and certainly requires a lot of hard work and effort but you don’t have to worry about that when you study online.

Australian College gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of Nationally Recognised and Accredited courses as well as Personal Development courses. There are over 150 online courses to choose from. Once you enrol, you can start studying whenever you are ready, it’s your choice. Your course materials are available to access anytime, anywhere via our virtual campus, Creatine. The best part of this is that you have the option to learn at a pace that suits you. There is absolutely no pressure at all.

Click here to find out why students love Australian College and the positive impact online learning has made in their lives after completing their training.

Download a course brochure to learn more about your chosen online course. If you are undecided, you can also speak to a course advisor to help you identify a course or courses that suit your skills and preferences.

Enrol now to discover the hidden benefits and flexibility of studying online. Take 20% off* your course! *T&Cs Apply.

Some inspiring quotes to live by:

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
— B.B. King

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
— Chinese Proverb

"The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety."
— Josh Waitzkin


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In this digital age, Australian College focuses on innovation and progress. We are committed to delivering the best technology possible to our current and future students, that is why Creatine was developed. It’s basically our virtual campus! This makes it a lot easier for students to view course materials such as readings, lectures, practice worksheets and answers, quizzes, course calendars, forums, FAQs, current news, assessment materials and so much more.

It’s a cutting-edge approach to web-based education and a great way to carry out your learning wherever you have access to a computer and the internet. If you're living in a remote location or far from a campus, you will find this online platform extremely useful.
 
Explore our range of online courses. Enrol Now and have access to a nationally accredited, professional and personal development course without attending a traditional classroom setting and enjoy the flexibility of studying anytime and anywhere you like.

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Knowing what the growth industries are could increase your chances of getting your foot in the door and land a job you really like if you are currently in the process of making decisions about your future.

Based on data from an employment website, these are some industries that have experienced employment growth and are rising the fastest.

Services such as:
  • Childcare & Education Support
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Finance & Business
Sectors that will be the next hot spots of growth:
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Administration & Office Support
The economic and markets outlook in 2018 is very positive and these sectors definitely have massive growth potential over the next two decades. Full-time job employment is also on the rise and will stay that way until 2022.

Start building a strong career foundation. It’s best to develop a proactive approach by constantly improving your talents & seeking more knowledge to be an in-demand candidate for a job. If you are currently employed, consistent personal & professional improvement could give you a higher chance of job security.

Becoming relevant regardless of age and constantly seeking the skills needed to continuously thrive in this ever changing world will give you the greatest advantage over the ones who are not open to growth and development. Consider re-skilling to transfer your existing skills and gain the qualification you need in order to stay ahead of the pack.

This is the best time to start! Find a course to meet your needs in our extensive online course catalogue.

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Sports Journalism is certainly never boring. If you start a career in the sports communications field, there is no regular 9 to 5 work structure. It’s not a routine work so no two weeks are completely the same! You can be in the office today and in the field tomorrow. Traveling is also a big part of the job and constantly working outdoors in different weather conditions.

Here are a few tips to break into sports journalism:

  • Find your niche
    Focus on one sport that you are passionate about. Finding out your niche will make a huge difference in the competitive world of sports journalism.
  • Ask the experts
    There are a lot of sports journalists out there that you can reach out to. They have various career experiences that you can learn from and they can give you advice on what route to take.
  • Practice writing
    There are many ways to strengthen your writing skills. Start blogging about sports, contribute to community papers or publications or simply write on your journal. Read articles of your favourite sports writers and observe their writing style to help you develop your own.
  • Get qualified
    A Diploma of Journalism (Sports Journalism and Match Reporting) can surely open a lot of doors of opportunity if you still don’t have one. A qualification will give a competitive edge when applying for a job.
In order for you to develop an awareness of the different forms of sports and an understanding of the current practices and procedures in sports reporting, studying a related course such as Sports Journalism and Match Reporting SPJ can definitely help you succeed as a sports journalist. This course will teach you how to write structured articles, conduct interviews, prepare features, write match reviews and submit your work to editors.

The study mode is completely online so you don’t have to worry about leaving the comfort of your own home or anywhere you choose. Enrol now and take 20% off* your Sports Journalism and Match Reporting course.

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"I think there are more good sportswriters doing more good sportswriting than ever before. But I also believe that the one thing that's largely gone out is what made sport such fertile literary territory - the characters, the tales, the humour, the pain, what Hollywood calls the arc." -Frank Deford
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Guiding children with different levels of development and backgrounds can be challenging because there are a lot of factors to keep in mind when working in the education sector. To be able to foster children’s learning and development in the best possible way is not only a profession but a noble service and can be incredibly rewarding especially when you see the positive impact of your work and the difference you make in the lives of young people.

Childhood educators have the responsibility and commitment to help children be equipped with skills and tools to build a solid foundation for learning and succeed as they get older while creating meaningful relationships with these children in a diverse community setting at the same time.

Being able to establish the ability to effectively work and communicate is crucial and should be done in a way that is respectful and positive. Assistance is also needed in the midst of encountering difficulties such as barriers to learning to those with disabilities and special needs. Ensuring the health, safety, and welfare is important to have a more conducive learning space that allows you and your team to effectively perform tasks knowing that they are in a risk-free environment.

Take part in the development of young minds! The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is the entry-level course that allows you to work in a childcare centre, as well as having other opportunities such as a becoming a qualified Nanny, working at a family day care and outside school care.

If you aim to have a role that allows you to supervise and develop the curriculum of an early childhood education and care service, the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course can teach you the necessary skills to do that.

If you are interested in working with older children, we also offer CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.

“Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.” -Madeline Hunter

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” -Maria Montessori

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Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be an Interior Designer and Decorator in the real world! There isn’t actually a ‘typical’ day because projects are unique and handled in different ways, however, there are also noticeable patterns that commonly occur on a daily basis.

We have gathered information from different sources and here is a list of the activities that are usually done per project:

  • Design Brief
    The brief is basically the written summary of all the requirements and specifications of the project. This must be defined based on the client’s style preference. The information gathered from the face-to-face meeting with the client would also determine the budget and the time it will take to do the project.
  • Research
    Get ideas from existing designs, current trends and suitable materials that can be used for the project.
  • Collaboration
    When you work in a team environment, collaboration is always an important process. Working as a team enables everyone to pitch in their creative ideas to help each other provide the best result to clients. Weekly staff meetings are needed to get updates regarding ongoing projects.
  • Design mock-up
    This is an important step for the client to understand and visualise the outcome of the project. Design mock-ups could be in the form of 2D or 3D graphics or it can also be shown through traditional perspective sketches/drawings or floor plans.
  • Client Presentation
    This is the time when the boards, mock-ups or drawings are shown to the client in order to get some feedback. Once everything is approved and signed off, the project will move to the development stage.
  • Execution
    This is the phase when construction begins and see ideas come to life! Regular site visits should be done in order to liaise with architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and clients. Tasks and deliverables are closely monitored to make sure the site is in compliance and the whole project is on track.
  • Completion
    When the final set-up is done, a walk-through is needed to see if there are small issues that may need attention.
Aside from that, there are also a lot of things happening in between especially when designers are handling a number of projects at the same time and each project has various stages that need to be monitored a few times a week. Time is also spent on admin work such as making phone calls, answering emails and organising appointments.

Working in this industry is definitely fun and rewarding so if you are interested in becoming an Interior Designer and Decorator, gain the skills that you need to get started. Apply now or click here to learn more about Interior Design and Decorating INTD. To take up a broad selection of advanced modules that will further enhance your knowledge in Interior Design, have a look at the course Advanced Interior Design and Decorating INTA.

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New technologies are now reshaping the Accounting & Finance sector. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are important to know especially if you are pursuing a career in that industry.

Customer Service Optimisation

The relationship between organisations and their customers are now ever-present and open-ended. More agile methodologies are being introduced, and as a result, the pace of change is faster than ever. There will be customer journey mapping and the data gathered will be used to provide insight. This starts with asking questions like what the customers are thinking and feeling. Digital innovation is implemented together with physical organisational changes and is facilitated by enablers of the business in order to be sustainable and to deliver seamless and more effective customer service.

Automation and Cognification

More organisations and businesses will now be using artificial intelligence fuelled by software advancement to service their clients. This technology minimises or eliminates the need of high-volume manual data entry and other redundant tasks therefore, decreases financial risk, saves a lot of time and lowers production costs making it easier for business owners to expand to new locations.

Cyber Security Awareness

Due to an increase in privacy and security breaches all over the world, cyber attacks were found to be the biggest concern in 2018. Data is considered to be a valuable financial asset and therefore organisations should increase awareness and make data protection a number one priority to prevent financial losses and damage to reputation.

The Rise of Millennials

There will be an increase in Millennial tax-payers in 2018 and they expect to get strategic insight and more customised service from their accountants. These younger generation entrepreneurs have a significant share in the SME sector and are more focused on growth and digital platforms. Their working habits are entirely different from their predecessors. They crave for freedom and flexibility so they prefer to use online portals that simplify workflows and enhances productivity. To be able to help them succeed in their business, accountants need to diversify services and use the proper technology to gain competitive advantage.

2018 is actually a great time for you to study Accounting & Finance because it’s a great industry to tap into. The economy is getting better and jobs continue to grow strongly in the next 5 years.

Click here to get started today, or contact us for a complimentary consultation with a course advisor.

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You know that you love to explore the world and seek your own adventures but have you ever noticed how different your travel patterns are compared to others?

What type of traveler are you? Do you like planning things months before your trip or do you do everything the last minute? Are you always on a budget, or do you splurge? Do you enjoy the trip with a group of friends or do you prefer to go solo? Do you take road trips, or would you rather be on a plane or a cruise ship? Are you the type who packs only the essentials or do you take heaps of luggage with you?

Where you go and what you do determines your “travel personality”. Knowing what your motivations, expectations, limitations, and preferences are will make a massive difference. This can potentially help you plan future trips a lot easier because you already know the type of travel buddies you are more compatible with and the places best suited to your interests.

Travel is a life-changing event and has always been an important part of people’s lives. It’s the time when people try to unwind, escape from daily routine and stressors in life, get to learn new things, engage in new activities and meet new friends. It gives significant life lessons that will make you look at the world in a different view.
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When you come home, you share your unforgettable holiday experience with others by telling stories, showing photos, giving away food and souvenirs for them to also experience the places you’ve been.

Your vast knowledge of travel can make you the go-to person for valuable tips and recommendations. Tell others how you discovered your travel personality so they can discover theirs too. Leverage your passion for travel and commitment to helping other travelers make the most out of their holiday by turning it into a career.

There are certain skill sets that can help you gain formal knowledge of the industry.
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Customer Support can be a very rewarding profession with a wide range of career options. There are a lot of leadership opportunities to explore. You can move up the corporate ladder from being an entry-level customer support professional to becoming a team leader and eventually manager of the support team. You can even work towards securing a directorship.

If a people leadership role is not your cup of tea, then consider domain leadership. You can still achieve career growth without managing people by means of becoming a subject-matter expert or specialist (SME) and play a vital role in other areas of the business. This is, in fact, a very practical way to move up a notch. Horizontal growth is also a great option. There’s a possibility to advance into other roles such as development, sales, QA and many others.

To establish a career path in Customer Support, the Certificate II in Customer Engagement will serve as your stepping stone then the Certificate III in Customer Engagement can help you develop the ability to handle a range of complex customer service scenarios and be qualified to apply for higher industry roles.

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A lot of companies and organisations are already innovating and embracing agile methods of working so it’s very important to always learn and develop new skills, processes and also a positive attitude that will see challenges and issues not as roadblocks but as an opportunity to improve.

Start designing your Customer Support career roadmap. What do you see yourself doing? What is your ideal working environment? Determine what you really want to pursue and which direction you want to grow in by listing down all the things that interest you and you will soon get there.

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Bullet Journaling 101 Are you the type of person who stays organised by writing your daily activities and reminders on paper?

Say goodbye to the plain old boring planners and journals and explore your creative side by starting a Bullet Journal! If you are not yet familiar with bullet journaling, you might be surprised to discover that it can seriously transform the way you organise your life!

A bullet journal a.k.a. “BuJo” is a trendy productivity system, schedule organiser, progress checker, deadline tracker, meal planner, study journal and sketchbook all rolled into one! It’s so flexible that it can be what you need it to be.

If you’re a student or planning to study, a BuJo can be the ultimate game changer. It can help sort out all your random thoughts, ideas, and goals so you can free up your brain space. Jot down lectures, flowcharts, formulas, study techniques and even doodles and other visual aids. It can also be used to track grades and log study times.

Starting a Bullet Journal is so easy. The first thing you need to do is find yourself a good plain page notebook with marker ribbons. This serves as your blank canvas that gives you the freedom to write or draw whatever you like. When it comes to writing supplies, choose the ones that do not smudge, feather or bleed. Gather other essentials such as crayons, markers, brush pens, stamps, stencils, clips and colourful tapes. These items can certainly help you level-up your Bullet Journal.

Having one is not only practical but also therapeutic - definitely a positive addition to anyone’s life! Do you want to get more ideas on how to start your Bullet Journal? Look up #bulletjournal or #BuJo on Instagram or Pinterest and prepare to be blown away by hundreds of design ideas that you can use as inspiration to create your own version.

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Job search and career management are constantly changing and they are typically due to shifts in the economy, technology, and other key events. Many people welcome change, thus making transitions successful, but not all the time. Even though change is widely accepted, there would always be resistance and negative impacts of unexpected consequences. Setbacks happen even in the presence of change management and coping strategies because sometimes they are not implemented well and there is a lack of necessary tools needed for this to become effective.

It could be difficult to deal with complex changes and make them sustainable especially when they are career-related. However, this is something that we need to face and we have to start with ourselves first. When our roles, perspectives, and priorities change and everything is not what it used to be, we must focus on the new opportunities these changes create. Leverage what we have as best as we can to generate value. We need to give maximum effort to create and manage a sustainable career.

According to an article by Monique Valcour on Harvard Business Review:

“A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. The keys to crafting a sustainable career are knowing yourself — what interests you, what you do best and not so well, what energizes you — and being acutely attuned to the fields and companies you’re interested in so that you can identify places where you can add value. The “follow your passion” self-help industry tends to under-emphasise this key point: all of the self-awareness in the world is of little use if you can’t pitch your passion to a buyer. A sustainable career is built upon the ability to show that you can fill a need that someone is willing to pay for. This holds not only when you’re starting a business or looking for a new job; it’s also an important springboard for refining your current job and your career trajectory to make it more ideal.”

Based on this statement made about sustainable career management framework, these are the positive steps to take:

  • Deepen your self-awareness and self-directedness. Be aware of the values that drive your decisions. Make a list of the things that you can do and what you are good at. Keep track of your progress and accomplishments. Then reflect and put this all together to understand yourself better and to know what career direction best suits you.
  • Do not focus on a single occupation. Consider having an alternate career path, something that would eventually evolve to reflect growth and accept that this is a dynamic and continuous process.
  • Always be updated to the developments in the industry you relate to.
  • Be proactive and have a contributing role in society - work not only for yourself but also to make a better world!
  • Maintain a positive relationship with others who can give you access to new opportunities.
  • Surround yourself with people who have the same mindset as you so you will continue to be energised and inspired.
  • Have a long-term vision. Anticipate for the future.
  • Be curious, read, listen, learn new things and always be engaged. Lifelong learning is a necessity to be able to adapt to change.

Be committed and accountable. You have the power to craft your own career. You are totally in charge! No one cares about your success more than you do. Start by taking action and believing that a rewarding and sustainable career is definitely achievable. This may take some time and work but it will all be worth it.


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Amazing Facts About The Aurora

  • At the South and North Magnetic Poles of Earth, you can see the sky light up, flash and shine - this is called the Aurora. In the North Pole, it's known as the Aurora borealis or the ‘Northern Lights.’ In the South Pole, it’s called Aurora Australis or the ‘Southern Lights.’
  • The Aurora Borealis is named after a Roman goddess of the dawn -Aurora, and a Greek term for ‘wind of the north,’ Boreas. This term was coined by Galileo in 1619.
  • The Aurora Australis has features that are almost identical to the Aurora Borealis and is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia.

If you have a strong passion for Travel & Tourism and would like to create amazing travel experiences and guide people on their dream holiday to see beautiful sights such as the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis, you could turn your passion into a career! Study a Tourism & Travel Course online and Take 30% off your course!*

Learn how to take amazing photos of this spectacular and mystical phenomenon! Study a photography course to enhance your artistic and technical skills and make the leap from hobbyist to professional.

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Studying with a friend, when done right can have numerous advantages compared to studying alone. Working with someone else provides a safe place to ask questions and admit confusion. These are the amazing benefits when you study together:
  • More support and motivation
  • Increases learning & knowledge retention
  • Open discussions can enhance thinking skills
  • Develop new perspectives that can help in generating new ideas and solving problems
  • Gain workplace skills
  • Discover new methods of taking notes
  • Make learning more fun!
  • Develop a stronger bond with your friend.
You and your friend may have different interests so we give both of you an option to enrol in two different courses. Take a look at our extensive course catalogue - there are over 120 nationally accredited and personal development online courses that will help meet your educational and career needs.



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  • Data Entry Skills
    Know how to keep up with technology and being able to add data in an accurate and timely manner. This is going to benefit you greatly.
  • Communication Skills
    Being able to communicate with everyone easily and effectively will make your job and the people you work with a lot easier.
  • Know Bookkeeping Principles
    Understand accounting language and have the skills and education to undertake your role.
  • Strong Organisation Skills
    Being able to organise and maintain financial records is very important.
  • Attention to Detail
    A simple mistake in one area can cause bigger issues down the track so great attention to detail is needed to ensure you perform well in your role.
These are things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about becoming a bookkeeper.

The FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course is designed so that you will be able to practice the knowledge and skills you have learned. As you progress, you will gain valuable insights into the world of finance so that you are ready to provide your clients with quality services.


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Are you a people person? It's about time to leverage the skills you already have and consider a career in Customer Engagement.

Every interaction with a customer is an opportunity to deeply connect with them by going above and beyond, fulfilling their needs, and creating excellent service experiences. This does not only improve customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty but also help make the business succeed.

Learn to deliver legendary customer service! The BSB20215 Certificate II in Customer Engagement course can increase your employability skills through effective communication and the ability to be remarkably organised at work. Suggested pathway for further study after completion of this qualification is BSB30215 Certificate III in Customer Engagement.

This course provides you with the necessary skills to mediate complex customer interactions under supervision with some authority to delegate. It has been developed against national requirements and is nationally recognised.

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Finding your photography niche is beneficial to you and the growth of your photography career. You don't have to master it all. A niche allows you to focus on just one discipline, which is great because you are being empowered to direct your creative energies on a single niche, and then own it!
 
Specialisation will happen naturally if you feel passionate about a particular subject. At first, you might need to experiment a bit to find out what you love shooting best. Try to shoot everything. Be a generalist, then narrow it down. That's also a great way to learn. Do not rush yourself to master one niche. Mastery is a process that requires patience and comes with a lot of practice.
 
The Professional Photography for Beginners course will teach you the aspects of good photography. You will be exploring different styles or genres to help establish your niche and strengthen your technical skills. You will also get feedback from our experienced professional tutors.
 
If you have decided that Wedding Photography is your niche and would like to enhance your skills, be more confident and prepared for a wedding shoot, check out the Wedding Photography course. This will guide you and give you the necessary tools to start your own wedding photography business.


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Mental Stimulation

When reading, you are keeping it charge, exercised and readily active. It also can help increase your imagination and creativity. It is said that reading enhances mental stimulation, which can prevent or even slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Relax

Reading can also be a good way to wind down and slip into a new world of the book you are actively reading. Reading is an escape for some people and it is nice to escape to a different place sometimes. Reading before bed instead of playing on your phone is a good idea as the brain is able to wind down with focused attention. If you are studying, it could be a good idea to read your study noted before bed as you will be able to retain and absorb the information while you are sleeping.

Increases Your Knowledge and Intelligence

When you read a fiction or non-fiction book, your knowledge and intelligence increases. The more you read, the more you know. Your confidence will benefit and with the increased amount of information you know, the confidence you gain will positively affect every aspect of your life. 

Vocabulary Expansion

You will have a rich vocabulary growth when it comes to reading. The more you read, the more words you know and the more you will be able to articulate what you want to communicate to others, whether it be writing or speaking. Being able to communicate thoroughly and easily is an admired skill for anyone in any profession, scenario or situation in life. Once you realise that you are able to communicate this effectively, it can boost your self esteem and self confidence which is very important for self growth and development.

Memory Retention, Focus and Concentration

When you read a book, your focus is on one thing, the story. As you read along with the book, you need to remember what happened in the story, the key details and be able to follow it along. Every new memory that you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short term memory recall as well as stabilising moods. Reading gives your brain a good work just like a good run gives your body great circulation.

Stronger Analytical Skills

When reading, watching a movie or even observing a situation, you are able to think fast on your feet as well as being able to resolve, perhaps, a situation faster than you would if you weren’t actively reading. You will be able to analyse things objectively and improve your critical thinking. This is important when trying to problem solve as well.

Better Writing Skills

Again, communication is a big factor and this plays largely in writing skills. You need writing skills in everyday life. Higher vocabulary also equals a wider increased range of words to express yourself in the right context. When reading, you will be able to analyse, observe and view the writing styles of other projects.

An Increase In Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Reading fiction can help become more empathetic and also increase your emotional intelligence by being aware of what the characters in the book go through and how they deal with their situations. Reading a book can also open your mind to a lot of different worlds and situations that can help make you become more accepting to things in life. 

Self Development

You become a well rounded person through learning about different people, places and situations where you are able to look at different perspectives, as well as being more interesting to talk to. Depending on what you read, reading will help you learn how others worked towards their success such as reading inspirational stories.

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References

http://capcana.com/news/10-benefits-of-reading-why-you-should-read-every-day/

https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/benefits-of-reading-real-books

https://www.rd.com/culture/benefits-of-reading

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/health-benefits-of-reading/slide/6

https://www.beautyglitch.com/18-great-benefits-of-reading-books/

https://selfhelpfix.com/benefits-of-reading.php

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Do you already go to the gym with your pre-planned workouts in your head or written down on your phone? Are you great with your diet? Do you already have a base knowledge about nutrition and have correct form when doing exercise?  You are almost there. You just need to get certified. Even if you’re none of the above and just want to educate yourself in fitness in general, that’s awesome too! No one should say no to learning something new! Enough talking from me, here are 5 awesome reasons to start a career in fitness.

You are passionate about fitness and you absolutely love to work out!

You’re probably already at the gym 4+ times a week and plan out your workouts in advance. This is what makes you feel good. With exercise goals in mind and unstoppable motivation, you are already inspiring to those around you. Imagine doing the above AND getting paid for it. Make your passion your career so it never feels like work. An even bigger plus is that you also get to spend the majority of your time at the gym so you can go and do some reps after you finish with clients. Great right?!

The fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries currently out there.

There is no doubt that the industry is growing. Everybody wants to be fit and healthy and who better to help them do that than with a qualified personal trainer? Fitness Australia reported (on page 44) on their Fitness Industry Workforce Report predicted that demand will surpass supply in 2020. People are now changing their lifestyles and are more concerned about their health. As the generations get older, fitness will be one of the first things on their mind. 

You are your own business 

With being your own business, you can choose to work with high flexibility whenever and wherever you like. You are free to do other things when you don’t have clients such as making time for family and friends, run errands or planning your next sessions.

Make a difference in people’s lives

One of the best things about the fitness industry is that you can make a positive difference in people's lives. The evidence is physical so you and your client are able to visibly see the difference and that makes a big impact on both you and especially the client. Being in the fitness industry is very rewarding. You are helping someone enhance their health and educating them about correct nutrition and correct exercise guidance.

The opportunity to work with people from all walks of life

The good thing about having different clients is that you get to meet all sorts of different and interesting people. One day you might have a client who is a doctor and on another day, someone who works in the food industry. This is great to give your social skills some working out as well! If you’re friendly and a great trainer, your clients will start talking to their friends and their friends will tell their friends to go to you if they need a personal trainer.

Start a career in fitness today! Find out more here.

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Everyone knows that it takes at least a little bit of effort to stay focused so we’ve come up with a few tips to help keep you focused.


1. Take Frequent Breaks
This is a good tactic to help train your brain to stay focused for longer. Start with 15 minutes of focusing on the work you are trying to do and take 5-10 minute breaks. You can use a timer for this. Once you’ve realised that you can focus for 15 minutes, increase that focus time and just keep testing yourself. You’d be surprised as to how long you are able to focus. Once you’ve got this down, you won’t need a timer anymore and your focusing skills will be super!


2. Exercise
Did you know that exercise helps keep your focus? A study has shown that “performing aerobic exercise 4 hours after learning improved associate memory but exercise performed immediately after l earning had no effect on memory retention. Exercise could have potential as a memory intervention”1Even so, exercise is an integral part of staying healthy and fit.


3. Organise
Organising is such an important part of staying focused. Organisation could include writing a list of what you are going to do or timing what you are going to do in a day. This can include organising your brain. Leave everything that you’re thinking or worrying about at the time and open your brain to everything that you want to focus on. Prioritise your tasks.

 
4. Get Rid of Distractions

Yes, this includes your phone, internet, tv and anything that distracts you from what you are or wanting to focus on. It also helps if you are in a comfortable working area.


5. Food!
Make sure you have enough water and food nearby in case you get a little hungry. Most of the time, having snacks within an arm’s reach can help you stay focused. Food can lift your mood while studying which creates a positive impact with memory retention. You will also enjoy it a lot more!

  

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1. Physical Exercise Performed Four Hours after Learning Improves Memory Retention and Increases Hippocampal Pattern Similarity during Retrieval

van Dongen, Eelco V. et al.

Current Biology , Volume 26 , Issue 13 , 1722 - 1727

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Finding it hard to get organised? These apps will help get you back on track! 


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Evernote

Never lose another idea! This app helps you keep everything in one place. Your ideas, checklists, drawings, draft assignments and even voice messages. There’s also a function where you can capture handwritten notes and save pictures. It’s a sure fire way to keep everything in order. Definitely an app for the avid or enthusiastic organiser.

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Dropbox

Share your files with Dropbox! Dropbox is a great way to store files and access them anywhere you like on the internet – you can access your files on your smart phone, on your laptop or computer and anywhere else you can access internet. Dropbox is also great for people who want to share files with others through a shared folder or with a link. It is such a simple way of storing your files without using your computers local data.

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Dragon Dictation

Speak now or forever hold your peace. Dragon Diction is an app that types as fast as you speak. It can dictate with great accuracy so you can speak your notes into your phone and won’t have to type them up. It’s also great for sending tweets, facebook updates, sending sms’s as well as writing (speaking) emails.

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Spendee 

Keep control of what you spend. Spendee is a great way for tracking what you spend on everything. You can set your budget and add your expenses and the app will calculate and visualise what you spend. It’s an amazing app for organising your expenses and great for those who want to keep track of their expenses, especially if you’re on holidays.

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Remember the Milk

Always remember. Remember the Milk is a great to do list app. You can add things to do on your checklist for certain days, just like a calendar. It super simple to use and great for people who are busy or for people who just love to create lists!


I hope you find these apps helpful and help you get organised to the max! If we missed any that you use yourself, let us know in the comment section below!
Happy Organising!

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