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  • December 11, 2014

lightsThere are plenty of things to distract us from work the is time of year – holiday gatherings, office parties, traveling, etc. Luckily, Kory Kogan, a global productivity practice leader for Franklin Covey, spoke with Fast Company about how to focus on what you need to be successful this holiday season.

  • Be Intentional – Kogan recommends the 30-10 promise to stay focused during this hectic season. Before the week starts, spend 30 minutes thinking about what needs to be done and prioritize that list. At the end of each day, reconcile your list.
  • Take a Break – Research shows that even a 10-minute break during the day can increase productivity.
  • Say No – Don’t be afraid to say “no” to festive events. The key to managing holiday invites is being intentional. Decide what’s important for you at the moment and ask yourself whether each invitation is going to help you achieve that goal.
  • Set Expectations – Be realistic about how much you can do and handle. Let others know what they can expect from you to help ease your anxiety over full voice mailbox or a cluttered inbox.

You can see even more tips on staying productive during the holidays here.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Rodas Coaching, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • August 8, 2014

to do listAccording to Forbes, 40% of adults say they lie in bed awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day. Do you fall into that 40%? It’s hard not to, as the average business professional has an average of 31 to 100 projects on their plate and is interrupted seven times an hour at work!

So, how can you maintain a steady focus throughout the day and still have energy left over after work? Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist, offers the following strategies to manage stress at work.

  • Take a Deep Breath – It sounds easy enough, but do you put this exercise to use? If you’re feeling overwhelmed or need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance. Try inhaling for five seconds, holding and exhaling in equal counts through the nose.
  • Eat Right and Sleep Well – Getting enough sleep is critical for the body to recover. If racing thoughts keep you up at night, try this simple breathing trick from Melnick: Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.
  • Identify Self-Imposed Stress: I f you’re too caught up in others’ perceptions of you, which you can’t control, you become stressed out by the minutia.
  • Prioritize Your Priorities: With competing deadlines and fast-changing priorities, it’s crucial to understand your role in the organization, the company’s priorities, and your personal goals and strengths. Focus on the projects that will have the most impact and are best aligned with your goals.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by work stress? Contact me for a free consultation on how I can help you achieve your career goals.

Posted in Career Coaching, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • August 6, 2014

Believe it or not, stress isn’t the enemy. In fact, changing how you think about stress can make you healthier. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress.

Typically we interpret feelings of stress (heart pounding, fast breathing, breaking into a sweat) as anxiety but what if we viewed them as signs that our body is energizing and preparing to meet a challenge?

Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, shared a new study that found if you think of your stress response as helpful (your pounding heart is preparing you for action; breathing faster is getting more oxygen to your brain), you will not only be less stressed but also less anxious and more confident.

This one change could make a huge difference in your everyday life. The next time you feel your body responding to stress think to yourself ,“This is my body helping me rise to this challenge.”

You can see Ms. McGonigal’s full TED Talk on how to make stress your friend below.

Posted in stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • April 25, 2014

balanceWork/life balance is something that many people desire but few are able to achieve. There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all balance you should be striving to achieve. A successful work/life balance isn’t about completely separating your work life and your home life, but finding ways to integrate the two. Based on that notion, the founders of CEO Real Talk have offered actionable ways to improve your work/life balance today.

  • Recognize the role of work – Work plays an important part in life – it keeps the lights on, pays them mortgage and funds vacations. Adopting the right mindset allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • Learn to breathe – Work can be so demanding that you experience anxiety or become overwhelmed, causing you to literally or figuratively hold your breath. Relax. Release. Breathe. Slowing down and breathing gives you the opportunity to regroup and assess where you are.
  • Be present and consistent – Being present requires you to be attentive at home at work and during free time. The quality of being present makes a significant positive impact on your surroundings. Being consistent requires you to realize that what you do every day matters and where you spend your time and energy has a direct connection to how successful you are in achieving work/life balance.

Posted in Career Coaching, Life Coaching, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • June 7, 2011

How many times have you decided to try something and everything you do to attain a goal just doesn’t seem to be working, whether it is a new career, relationship or something about money?  Why is it that some people can keep going and others just give up?

It’s all about Mindset!  That’s right, MINDSET! Do you wake up every day saying, Good God it’s Morning or Good Morning God!!!!  The latter seems to produce something in people which keeps them going and moving forward to obtaining their goals.

This idea of Mindset, can also be used in the job search.  Jen Weigel, in an article in the Chicago Tribune writes that  “98 percent of employers thought it was more likely that a person with the right mindset could develop the right skill set instead of the other way around.”  So just think, if you are job searching, and you begin to shift your mindset to being more positive, you may be able to land that next job.

This week, ask yourself, “what Mindset do I want to have?”  and go out into the world to practice any new mindset that you choose. Pay attention to how life changes with your new mindset.

This week, e-mail me for a 30 minute consultation coaching call!!

Deborah@rodascoaching.com

Enjoy your week!!!

Posted in stress management, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • June 3, 2011

Here are 5 steps you can begin to use today to create your amazing life:

 

  1. Weed out the things you don’t want in your life
  2. Write your dreams down on paper and look at them every day
  3. Be Thankful
  4. Speak your dreams and desires out loud on a regular basis
  5. Take Action toward your dreams every single day

 

Enjoy the rest of your week

Posted in health, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • April 11, 2011

Now that we have entered spring time, it seems as though there are even more things on our plates to get done every day.  Stress Management is a term that is widely used and everyone has advice on how to deal with stress.  If you are feeling stressed this week, I challenge you to think about Control, and how much Control do you really have over your stress level.  The simple realization that we are in control of our life is the foundation of stress management

At times it seems as though there’s nothing we can do about our stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all of our errands, and our career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But each one of us has a lot more control than we might think.

It’s time to take charge of your life.  Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Creating a balance life is the ultimate goal, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

Here are 5 top ways you can distress your life this week:

  • Practice saying “no” – Know your limits and stick to them.
  • Avoid people who bring stress to your life – If someone consistently causes stress, attempt to turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
  • Control your environment – Create a place of calm and peace in your home, and step away from being connected 24 hours/7 days a week.
  • Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list.
  • Pare down your to-do list – If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

 

 

Posted in career, health, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.