Beating the post-holiday blues

There’s nothing like 2 weeks relaxing in the Caribbean sunshine to re-charge the batteries and put a smile on your face.  Welcome back to reality Carrie… trying to get motivated on a very wet Bank Holiday Monday was proving a challenge for me and might be for you too.

Here are some ideas that might help us to get motivated and overcome the post-holiday blues:

Tackle the over-flowing email

Quickly sort through all those hundreds of emails that have built up – just click and drag them into three boxes – URGENT, FOR TOMORROW and LATER.  Hopefully you’ve now only got about 20 to action and won’t feel so overwhelmed.  Read More

Step away from the blackberry

What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you think of holidays? Sunshine, beaches, a cool glass of wine?

Emails? Probably not.

But despite this 59% of people say they check emails or take work calls while on holiday – and I suspect the actual figures are even higher. Gone are the days of switching on your out of office on the Friday evening and not checking in until you’re back two weeks later.

And this continual availability is not only damaging our health, but also our relationships with those around us.

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Graduation – What Next?

All across the country, gowns and mortar boards are about to be donned and proud parents, relatives and friends will wipe tears from their eyes as they watch their loved ones graduate from their chosen seat of learning.
For some graduates the path ahead is clearly set out; application forms sent, assessment centres completed and a job offer on the table. However this may not be the case for everyone. So if a graduate scheme has yet to be secured, what next?

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Tour de Yorkshire

I’m so over sport now… first the good old England Football team left us disappointed, then we were so hopeful for Murray at Wimbledon… what a shame! And now, here at Change Gear, we seem to have Tour De France fever happening.

Today, some of the team are off to Yorkshire to watch the start of the Tour… Am I missing something? I didn’t think Yorkshire was in France and I also thought Yorkshire was one of my kind? Oh well, what do I know? No doubt I’ll be catching the highlights from the CG office banter … Good luck Froomey anyway… remember to keep your gears changing up those mountains and bring home that Maillot jaune – I’ll be thinking of you from my basket…

Lola x

Game, set and match…

With the Wimbledon season upon us and Andy Murray blasting his way through his match against Kevin Anderson in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals yesterday, I found myself wondering were there any lessons we could learn about how to be successful in business from our tennis heroes. Here are some of my thoughts:

Train often and hard
Successful tennis players train hard and push themselves every day, hour after hour until they become masters of their game. With an ever-changing economy and globalised workforce this same mentality is essential. We need to be on top of our game in business to thrive against the competition. Never taking our eye off the ball.

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