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Snooze, You Lose? Maybe Not!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 4, 2014 8:21:00 AM

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented. But did you know that taking regular breaks during the day – including naps – can make you more productive?

Science proves what moms have always known: the power of a good night’s sleep.

Having a bad day? Mom says, “Things will look better in the morning.”

Need to make a big decision? Mom says, “Sleep on it.”

So, as a busy adult with career, family, and school commitments who is always looking for more time in the day, it probably stresses you out when you read about yet another reason you should be getting more sleep.

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Topics: Productivity

Seeking Better Work-Family Balance? Exercise

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 16, 2014 7:56:00 AM

Adding exercise to a busy schedule can actually help you better balance work, family and school.

When it comes to attitudes toward exercise, there’s little ambivalence.

There’s the stance of cartoonist Paul Terry – creator of Superman’s anthropomorphic equivalent, Mighty Mouse – who said, “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”

Then there’s the approach of one of America’s most famous authors, Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Current research conducted by faculty from Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business and led by Dr. Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management, supports the latter: Exercise increases your ability to manage, balance and integrate your personal and professional lives.

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Topics: Productivity

How To Make Decisions

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 5, 2013 6:11:00 AM

In honor of National Fight Procrastination Day tomorrow, here are some thoughts about something we all put off at times: making decisions.

Forrest Gump might have thought that life was like a box of chocolates, but there are those of us who think it's more like a yo-yo.

You’re up. You’re down.

There are times when the string gets tangled.

And then there are occasions (hopefully rare) when everything is just one tight knot that takes incredible effort and patience to undo.

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Topics: Productivity

Want To Get More Done?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 15, 2013 7:44:00 AM

As a busy adult juggling countless tasks and responsibilities every day, how do you get it all done – including completing your online degree program?

You don’t consider yourself a procrastinator. Not really. In fact, you’re generally pretty organized.

It’s just that things happen.

Your aging golden retriever gets sick during the night, and it’s all over your living room carpet.

Now you have to work a trip to the vet into a day already packed with meetings, your mother-in-law’s birthday dinner, and several discussion posts to write for your online psychology course.

Last week you reached into the fridge (the day after you went grocery shopping) to find it suspiciously warm.

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Topics: Productivity

Keep Your Batteries Charged

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 13, 2013 6:57:00 AM

Words of wisdom on keeping balance in life while working on your online degree. 

Remember those Southwest Airline commercials a few years back that featured people in awkward and embarrassing moments?

There was one where a rapper on stage in a concert says, “Thank you, Detroit!”

The crowd goes silent, and a fellow band member says, “Detroit was last night.”

And then there’s the punch line, “Wanna Get Away?”

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

9 Ways To Simplify Your Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 4, 2013 7:39:00 AM

With so many important things to do every day, how can you clear the clutter so you can focus on what really matters?

Ever wonder why time flies by so quickly? You blink and it's the end of another week. Blink again and your kids are another year older.

It's because our days are so full of things to do. Working. Taking care of a family. Pursuing an online degree.

We rush from one activity to the next — from the office, to a soccer game, to a committee meeting — with barely a breath in between.

It’s a huge source of stress for many people, and constant stress puts your health at risk.

So how can we simplify our days?

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

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