Charity of the Month – The Salvation Army

The charity of the month for October 2020 is The Salvation Army. I have heard a lot about this charity for many years now and I am glad to be in the position where I can spread the word about what the charity does. The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and an international charitable organisation founded in 1865 in East London, England. Their mission is based on everyone experiencing life in all its fullness. The charity is based in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

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We put our faith into action by offering practical help for people without discrimination, standing up for those who are vulnerable, fighting against injustice, and encouraging people to deepen their relationship with God. The services we offer are diverse and responsive to the realities of life in the communities we serve.

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Charity of the Month – The Salvation Army

There are over 700 Salvation Army churches and 1,000 full-time ministers all over the UK and ROI. They offer practical help to vulnerable people who need support and advice. One of the ways they support people is by helping find and stay in work. The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus service offers tailored support to help people become job-ready. Unemployment is on the rise in many parts of the country, so having a charity work on getting people employed is amazing.

Salvation Army helps the homeless in the communities by providing them with temporary accommodations, which is huge. Homelessness is a big issue in many parts of the UK. It breaks my heart every time I come across someone sleeping rough. It is great to see a charity making it their mission to break the cycle of homelessness.

You can find out more about The Salvation Army via this Youtube Video. To donate to the charity, click here.  To check out the charity for last month, click here.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead!

Freelance Life: Prioritising Tasks When Everything Looks Important!

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As more employees become accustomed to life as a freelancer or self-employed person, it becomes evident that prioritising tasks isn’t a strong point of most people! That’s not a dig because to rank jobs in terms of their importance is tough. Whether you’re based in a traditional workspace or a home office, figuring out the puzzle is a valuable asset for any employee or boss.

However, it’s not as if you can look at a Rubik’s cube and decipher the colours, not when you’ve never tackled one before. The same goes for figuring out which projects should be at the top of your to-do list and which ones are fine to complete later down the line.

It’s worth noting that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all policy here – whatever makes you feel comfortable is a success story. Still, if you have no idea where to begin, it’s vital to learn more about the common techniques that will enhance your ability to prioritise tasks as a freelancer or self-employed person.

The good news is, you don’t have to go far to find them as they are outlined underneath! Here are four of the most effective ways to ensure you’re categorising your jobs correctly.

Assign Values

The first step is to create a to-do list as far too many people like to wing it and think of the top of their heads. Unless you have an eidetic memory, there’s no way you’ll remember all of your jobs, never mind which ones need finishing as early as possible. So, grab a pen and paper and get scribbling!

Once the tasks are written down or on your computer screen, it’s time to assign values. A straightforward one-to-five scale will suffice – one being the least important and five the most – as there’s no reason to complicate matters. The key to determine the tasks that should take priority as it’s harder than it sounds.

If in doubt, remember a few of the following questions:

  • Which tasks are under the tightest deadline?
  • Are there any tasks that you can push back?
  • How much is the value of each task?

The last question is essential because it’s tempting to assign value to stuff that isn’t overly important, and vice versa. For example, spending all day sending emails doesn’t feel as productive as writing content or crafting marketing campaigns. However, corresponding with clients about future projects or chasing unpaid invoices are critical to the company’s cash flow.

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Break Tasks Into Chunks

When you look at specific projects, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed about the size of the job. Developing an ad strategy, for instance, is something that takes professional agencies weeks to do, and they have swarms of employees to lean on. Still, you can take a note from their book and split the biggest roles into smaller chunks.

By doing this, you achieve two things. Firstly, you’ll encourage yourself to procrastinate less and be more productive. Why? It’s because there will be fewer excuses to harm your motivation levels. Secondly, you should address the project in the most efficient way possible. Rather than spending all day focusing on a single element, seeing it as a multifaceted task will allow you to multitask.

Again, it’s easy to view marginal gains as too small and insignificant. In reality, it’s a doctrine that the most successful entrepreneurs use to tackle their workload and maintain a high level of output. After all, small improvements add up in the long-term.

Everything from the growth of global brands in international markets to Britain’s cycling dominance in the Olympics is down to marginal gains. If it’s good enough for gold medalists and knights of the realm!

Study Project Management

In business, you’ll come across the notion that a lot of attributes are innate and can’t be taught. Usually, it’s a way for bosses to dismiss people who they perceive to be inferior, even if their numbers are strong and indicate otherwise. A prime example is leadership. According to conventional wisdom, leaders are born.

Unfortunately, this flawed logic prevents you from attempting to better yourself in less traditional areas, such as project management. Managing deadlines while dealing with different variables is a valuable skill that entrepreneurs require to be successful, so it makes sense that a graduate diploma in project management is a savvy move.

Once you learn about the ins and outs of the skill of managing people and clients, you’ll be more equipped to deal with issues that pop-up out of the blue. More importantly, you’ll cherish the organisation and prepare to succeed before the job starts. The trick is not to let peer pressure stop you from understanding contemporary theory, principles, and best practices.

You can learn it, and now is a suitable time to enroll since most people have extra free time to spare. Even if you don’t, an online course is less intensive and demanding.

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Delegate

Some bosses find it hard to delegate or outsource tasks to employees and third-parties. You may see it as a sign that you’re not management material as you should be able to deal with a heavy workload. The opposite is true – the best leaders know when to invest their time and when to pass it off to a colleague or external company.

You must do it, too. Not only does it allow you breathing space, giving you time to concentrate on the tasks that demand your attention, but it also empowers employees. Workers require a mix of responsibility and the freedom to make decisions as it gives them a sense of independence.

Delegating to the team highlights that you trust them with certain tasks, and won’t micromanage their workload, boosting morale. It’s a fantastic way to sharpen your communication skills, too.

If in doubt, you shouldn’t be afraid to pass off your tasks to other people. It’s not a cop-out – it’s a strategic move that’s best for your business.

How do you prioritise your tasks so that you have the best chance of success? What are your tricks of the trade? Do you enjoy the freelance life?

 

 

 

 

Top tips for getting a great night’s sleep

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Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good mental and physical health. When we don’t get enough high-quality sleep, we can feel grumpy and find it difficult to concentrate throughout the day. If you’re struggling to catch enough Z’s, check out our top tips below that will help you sleep soundly.

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Declutter your bedroom

Did you know – a messy bedroom can have a direct impact on your quality of sleep? According to an article by Good Housekeeping, a study has found that people with untidy, cluttered bedrooms “take longer to fall asleep than those with neat and tidy rooms – leading to increased tiredness”. So, if you want to get a great night’s sleep, give your bedroom a tidy, putting everything in its rightful place and popping as much as you can into storage. This will make your room a much more calm and restful space.

Stay away from screens before bed

It’s also worth reducing your screen time before bed, as this can also help you drop off to sleep easier. TVs, smartphones, and other devices emit light which can interfere with your body’s internal clock. The sleep foundation state that the artificial blue light “suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes it more difficult to fall asleep” and also “delays the onset of REM sleep”. For this reason, you should stay away from screens around an hour before bedtime to help improve your sleep.

Get the temperature and light right

Your ability to sleep is affected by the light and temperature of your bedroom. Our bodies recognise when it is time to sleep by the setting of the sun, so making your room is as dark and cool as possible will improve the quality of your sleep. If you have issues with light infiltration, invest in some blackout curtains to make your room darker. If you often find your room is too warm, then try opening a door or window to increase air circulation. You can also try improving your sleeping pattern by popping a light-based wake up alarm on your bedside tables – which slowly wakes you using natural-looking light.

Try relaxation techniques

There are a whole host of relaxation techniques that can help you to wind down before bed. It’s worth trialling a few different things to see what works best for you. For example, you could sink into a long, warm bubble bath before bed to relax the mind and body. You could also try yoga or meditation – there are plenty of videos to follow online as well as apps to aid meditation. Or, you could simply get lost in a great book, or listen to calming music.

Why not try these tips today and see how they may help you to get a great night’s sleep?

 

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