We live in an instant society where “time is money” and no one has “time to spare”. In our frantic daily efforts to squeeze the most out of life, we often forget to actually live.
Professional Impressions invites you to stop and take a breather while reading about theABC of Impression Management
Attitude, Business Etiquette and Corporate Image
This month we look at:
Are you trying to be a Superhero?
- What is the Superhero Syndrome?
- Superpower Survival Strategies
- Top 10 Timesaving Tips
- Mind over Platter – Do's and Don'ts of Cocktail Buffet Functions
Are you trying to be a Superhero?
Do you find that you are constantly trying to juggle the demands of your career, home life and your relationships, not to mention the things you would like to do for yourself?
Time spent on yourself makes you feel selfish and guilty?
Are there just not enough hours in the day to accomplish all you have to do?
Do you find yourself constantly thinking that you wish you could run away from it all and go live on an island?
If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are suffering from
The Superhero Syndrome
It is impossible to enjoy a balanced and fulfilled existence while giving each area of your life a 100% of your attention simultaneously, everyday.
The Root of the Superhero Syndrome is a Swearword:You start to measure your self worth according to your productivity.
You feel the need to be in control all of the time.
The more in control you want to be, the more out of control you feel.
In fact, if you have the urge to be perfect, we suggest that you go and lie down until the feeling has subsided ...
“Power is the ability not to have to please”
– Elizabeth Janeway
Superpower Survival Strategies
Here are some tips to combat the cause and effect of this Syndrome.
When life becomes too much, taking precious time out to nurture yourself, is the best investment you can make to re–fuel your energy.
Schedule a 1hr appointment with yourself each day and write it in your diary. Write down exactly what you plan to do in that time, such as “play golf”, “get a manicure” or even “sleep in late”.
Having a regular head or body massage, is an excellent outlet for built up adrenaline as well as mental and muscular tension caused by stress.
Find a secluded place and relax. Now close your eyes and imagine each problem you are facing as a colourful balloon. Next, using an imaginary bow and arrow, shoot each balloon down from the sky.
Keep a Nurturing Journal. Start by asking yourself the following:
What can I do to make my life more stimulating? What can I do to make my work life less stressful? What can I do to increase my happiness?
Jot down ideas and answers to these questions as they come to you.
Make a note of any inspirational quotes and stories that you come across and refer to them often.
Top 10 Time Saving Tips
Are you always running around, searching for car keys and your cell phone? Do you get frustrated with having to waste precious time waiting to pick up kids or standing in queues?
“How well you manage your
time shows how much you value it”
Here are a few ways to use your time more productively ...
- Keep a “Busy Basket” near the front door
When you get home put your keys, diary and important items, that you need for work the next day, in this basket. This will ensure you never misplace keys or forget important documents at home.
- Master the Internet
Make use of facilities such as Internet banking and shopping to
avoid wasting time looking for parking and standing in queues.
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- Buy clothes wisely
Cut down on ironing and hand–washing time by investing in garments made from machine washable, drip–dry fabrics.
- E–mail or sms whenever possible
You can get to the point without being put on hold and you will avoid being distracted by idle conversation.
- Have a home answering service
Have you ever rushed to answer the telephone, only to find it is one of those “sales calls” or someone with whom you really don’t have time to talk to? This can be avoided byallowing an answering machine to screen calls at your home.
- Invest in a cordless telephone
You can then make and receive calls while washing the dishes, cooking the dinner or just about any other everyday task.
- Keep a hardcover notebook with you at all times
You’ll never have to search for loose scraps of paper or lost “post–it” stickers(that have found their way onto other documents) with important information and telephone numbers on them again.
- Place a calendar in a central area of the home
e.g. On the kitchen fridge, and insist that everyone in the family writes down their engagements on it.This will help to co–ordinate schedules and save countless hours looking for family members.
- The “Dirty Word” ... Delegate
Realize that there is simply not enough time and energy to do everything well yourself.Say to yourself, “I'm wasting valuable time doing this. Let me rather get Susan to do it.”
- Learn to say no to others and yes to you
“Achievers do less to do more”
– Bill Cole
Woman's Day is just around the corner and Professional Impressionshas fantastic, inspirational workshops that are ideal for motivational breakfasts, lunches and team building events.
The Superwoman Syndrome is for the woman who is trying to deal with her multi–faceted roles, whilst maintaining her sanity!
This inspirational and entertaining presentation will provide strategies for coping with today's harsh realities.
“Excellent! Just what every woman needs to hear to uplift themselves and move forward and feel GREAT!”
Secretary – Unilever
“This was the best training given to uplift one’s spirit as a woman”
A Work in Progress will encourage you to take a step back and re–evaluate your life. This presentation (both for men & women) will enable you to see yourself and others in a new way.
“You are so good, I have run out of words to compliment you. Thank you for bringing me back to reality.”
Next month we look at:
Abundant life – Live each day as if it were your last
Business Casual – A Sign of Changing Times? Deciphering the Dress Code Policy Workplace Warts
would like to credit the following for information used in this newsletter:
Learn to Power Think – Caterina Rando Pictures used in this newsletter: Photograph by Bebra Roets – O Magazine
Manage Your Time – Tim Handle
Balancing work and life – Robert Holden and Ben Renshaw
Cocktail Etiquette – Protocol Training Services
Business Etiquette for the 21st Century – Lynne Brennan
Harpers & Queen – June 2003
Diner – Edgars Club February 2004
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