EMPLOYEE ENGAGMENT – WHY BOTHER?

Article by Jackie Richards 19.09.16

You’re a busy small business owner, running around trying to be everything to everyone to ensure your business thrives, but what about the staff you’ve left floundering back at the office? Do you think they will be motivated if they never get to see their boss, for help, reassurance and most importantly, a bit of praise now and then for all of the hours they’re putting in for you?!

 I have worked in all sectors during my 20+ years in HR and have seen many disengaged employees for usually similar reasons, the main ones being as follows:-

  • They have been in the same job doing the same thing for many years and lack motivation;
  • They are in the wrong role but too afraid to admit this and look elsewhere.
  • They have poor managers who do not care about what they are doing, so do not make the work interesting, or show an interest in their employees;
  • In some workplaces, people are being bullied by insecure managers but they don’t have the courage to speak up about it;
  • Lack of communication within organisations – the people at the top don’t communicate what they are doing and where the company is heading, so the staff don’t feel involved in the bigger picture.

And all of these factors result in reduced productivity and hence revenue – I’ve seen a lot of companies who are ‘surviving’ but could do so much better if they focused on the most important asset they have – their people. 
Some of the above might not apply to you, but I’m sure you can relate to one or two there? And putting it right does not have to cost the Earth. Here are some suggestions on how to motivate your people, so that they look forward to coming into work and want to do their very best for you and your company:-


1. Communication – In any business it’s important to ensure two way communication. Employees need to feel that their voice and concerns are heard and if needed, action is taken. You should tell them your plans for the business and listen to their opinions, as the more involved they feel, the more committed they will be to the company.

If possible, have monthly team meetings to give your employees updates on the company’s progress and ask for ideas for new products or services, or improvements that can be made to existing ones – this will encourage innovation and creativity within your team. You should view your team as a family working together to achieve a common goal and let them know that too.
 
2. Trust your staff – give them some autonomy and/or responsibility for their work. If they are doing a good job, this will be an inexpensive reward – recognition for their efforts and some people are motivated by status. Find out what motivates each employee, as it will be different in each case and then work with that to get the best out of them.

 
3. Training and support – don’t assume that once you’ve recruited someone they will ‘hit the ground running’ – find out exactly what they are capable and then fill in the gaps with some training and support. This doesn’t have to be by you, it could be by one of your employees with as much or more experience than you in the area required and support them by asking them how they are getting on and if they need any further help.

 
4. Recognition – give praise where praise is due and if it’s something exceptional, thank them publicly for their efforts and give them a small reward – it does not have to be anything excessive, but a token of your appreciation will go a long way! We are all human and need praise from time to time, so encourage a culture of employees congratulating co-workers for their achievements, so working relationships remain healthy.

George Dickson at Office Vibe has recently posted The 12 Things You Need For Successful Employee Recognition which provides even more tips on doing this for free, the link is below:-

https://www.officevibe.com/blog/12-things-successful-employee-recognition

 
5. Offer incentives to high performers – they don’t have to be expensive rewards, just a bottle of wine for your top performer of the month or a gift voucher, anything to show appreciation will incentivize them to keep performing at that level, or indeed higher, to beat the competition.

 
6. Constructive feedback – if someone has done something wrong, take them into a private office and discuss it with them. Try to start the meeting with a positive – “You’ve been producing some good work recently, but …..” Don’t chastise them, ask them why they did made the error and what they think they can do to put it right. Work together to find a solution and they will feel more motivated to ensure they don’t make that mistake again.

 
7. Employee wellbeing – in a start-up everyone has to ‘muck in’ and do what’s required to win business, but at what cost? Is an employee really going to be productive and sound motivated on the phone to your potential customers when they are exhausted and feeling unappreciated? Make sure you ask employees regularly how they are feeling to ascertain whether the long hours are affecting them, make sure they have breaks and take time off wherever possible in your quieter periods. As in my October blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/workplace-stress-things-ever-going-get-any-better-richards-mcipd?trk=mp-author-card workplace stress can lead to a number of ongoing mental health problems which will result in reduced productivity and absenteeism costs in the long run if you do not nip it in the bud!

8. Employee benefits – if as an employer you can’t afford to pay high salaries or reward high performers by increasing their salary, there are some very inexpensive benefits schemes out there now for small businesses. Paybooster UK offer flexible health and wellbeing packages to employers costing as little as £52 per year per employee. For more information visit http://www.PayBosterUK.org

 
9. Have fun! – we are in work a long part of our day, so the workplace should not be all doom and gloom – introduce humour at times (appropriately, of course!) to liven things up, encourage brief chats about home to help staff relax and get to know each other better, or go out and buy staff cakes or icecream on a hot summer’s day – all these little things make a difference to making people happy and happy = productive.
 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog

 

Jackie Richards MCIPD

Owner/HR Consultant

JR-HR Solutions

T: 07807 166456

E: jackie@jr-hrsolutions.com

W: http://www.jr-hrsolutions.com
 

Thanks to Author and Thought Leader Vlatka Hlupic for the inspiration to write this blog

Thanks to DesignTec for the image

 

 

Daniel Browne’s Top Five Tips to Burn Away Anxiety

Article by Daniel Browne 08.08.16

As a hypnotherapist, one of my specialisms is in the area of anxiety. After experiencing crippling anxiety in the past, it’s now a mission of mine to help others to burn away their anxieties for good. With that in mind, here are my top five tips to help you burn away your anxiety.

1. Meditate rather than medicate. In my view, GPs hand out pills like they’re sweets and don’t do enough to help people overcome anxiety. Medication only masks anxiety; it doesn’t cure it. However, meditation is a great alternative that can genuinely help you to feel good on the inside. So give yourself the gift of ten minutes alone each morning and evening so you can sit down, close your eyes, breathe, allow yourself to relax, and feel the positive energy within you.

2. Tell yourself that feelings are not facts. This can be a hard one as negative beliefs are part of anxiety, but it’s important to challenge those beliefs. You may feel low self-worth or shame because of your anxiety, but it doesn’t mean you actually are any of those things that you think you are. So, my task for you is to look in the mirror each morning and say one nice thing to yourself out loud. Give yourself a compliment and tell yourself what you actually are. Negative thoughts always come before negative feelings, so start the day with a positive thought about yourself and let that shape how you feel for the rest of the day.

3. Attend a social event, even if you don’t want to. Are you going to let your anxiety win or are you going to tell it to do one? Being an introvert is ok, but it’s good to connect with other people socially. Your anxiety may be socially related, which could make this tip difficult for you, but you may find that you enjoy yourself once you’re out. If you have a friend who knows about your anxiety, tell them to force you to go out. It’s for your long term benefit.

4. Accept your anxiety. In order to overcome your anxiety, you need to accept it. This doesn’t mean that you give into it and fall deeper into the cloud of anxiety; it’s more about understanding the anxiety that is a part of your life and then working on a strategy to reduce or overcome it.

5. Know when to get help. If anxiety is having a detrimental impact on your life, it’s important to know when to ask for help. This could be speaking to a friend or family member, or it could be going to see a therapist. Either way, know that you are not alone and that there are people who can help you.

Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist with practices in Warwick and Evesham. Discover more at http://www.daniel-browne.co.uk.

“O Romeo Romeo…” – a review of Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

Artcile by Rachael Richardson-Bullock 27.07.16


If you’ve read my streaming theatre article, you’ll know I love Shakespeare! So when my best friend bought tickets for us to watch Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet streamed live from The Garrick in the Spa Centre, I could not say no! We were the youngest people in the cinema, but we didn’t care; plus the screen was packed, which made us happy.

Branagh is Shakespearean acting royalty, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company at aged just 23. On stage and screen he has played a number of roles including Hamlet, Henry V and Romeo. This time though, he is directing. Teaming up once again with Lilly James, Richard Madden and Derek Jacobi who Branagh also directed in 2015’s live action Cinderella.

Now, I have a confession to make. I didn’t like Cinderella, despite my huge excitement for it. Visually it was stunning, but unfortunately I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between James and Madden. Their romance seemed a bit forced, a bit too quiet, a bit unbelievable…yes I’m aware it’s a fairy tale! So I was a bit apprehensive. Perhaps without the restrictions of a children’s story and the U BBFC rating they could blossom together as actors, and that they did!

Before I move onto them, let me first talk about the play itself. I have seen many adaptations so was intrigued to see how Branagh would put his stamp on it. Initially when the cinema attendant told us the play would be screened in black and white, I was disappointed. However, this quickly subsided as it became obvious what Branagh was offering us. This wasn’t Shakespeare, this was an Italian drama, punctuated with much beautifully spoken Italian by actors in 1950s attire and staged as if it was a film noir or silent film. These elements seem random, but when they were thrown together under Branagh’s direction the play truly shined; it was enticing, it was modern and stunning to look at, which is not always a given for Shakespeare.

Though Branagh had announced before the play started that Madden had an ankle injury and would try his best, there was no sign whatsoever of his discomfort or fragility. He was unbelievably relaxed and genuine; I have never seen a Romeo like him. The language rolled off his tongue as if it was all he had ever spoken, his comedic timing was faultless and his passion was heart breaking. I would go so far to say he’s the best Romeo I’ve seen…yes even ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio!

I was concerned about James at first, I’ll be honest. At the party where she meets Romeo, she came across as a little whiny. She is of course meant to be playing a 14 year old, but I’ve never liked the dumb teenager interpretation, for me it spoils the story. However, when she stepped onto the balcony, she was entirely different. She spoke maturely, even with some comedy thrown in, and the chemistry between herself and Madden was electric. As the play went on, became darker and more challenging for Juliet, James excelled. I was immensely impressed.

I sobbed at the end. Madden’s lonely death wasn’t overacted, it was emotional and raw. James’ too, a little rushed perhaps, but still well timed and executed. Branagh did not glamorise their deaths, bringing the tragedy to its rightful conclusion.

Branagh’s real achievement here, for me at least, was that he made this play real to me in a way I have never experienced before. It was new again and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Romeo and Juliet runs until the end of August at The Garrick in London. For information please click here. I’m tempted to go to London myself and see them in the flesh and in colour!

Rachael Richardson-Bullock is a novelist and blogger living in Leamington Spa.

Are you being Sun Safe??

Article by Helen Chidgey 25.05.16


We all know the links between sun exposure and the incidence of skin cancers so most of us have a bottle of suntan cream to hand but are we really sure of how to apply it properly and how to stay Sun Safe??

Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week (9th-15th May 2016).

The survey also found that 70 per cent of people fail to reapply sunscreen every two hours as recommended.

No surprise then that 72% of people admit to having been sunburnt in the last year.  A troubling statistic given the risk of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – more than doubles in people with a history of sunburn compared with people who have never been sunburned.

So what do I recommend to stay Sun Safe? Here are my 5 top tips!

1.BE AN UNDERCOVER  AGENT!

UVA/UVB rays can still reach your skin and cause damage, even when it’s cloudy or when you’re in the shade. So when you’re sipping cocktails under cover at the beach remember to apply your Sun Screen to help prevent a surprise sunburn, OUCH!

 2. APPLY THIS WAY

Make sure you apply your sunscreen half an hour before you go out and just before exposure too.  Pay extra attention to the areas most likely to catch the sun and the ones not exposed very often!


3. SHELF LIFE MATTERS

You know those sunscreens you have hiding in the back of your cupboard past their expiry date? Don’t worry, we all have them but it’s about time we threw them all away! That’s because you can’t rely on the SPF protection of products past their expiration date!

4. REAPPLY REGULARLY

Keep your sunscreen topped up by reapplying at least every 2 hours, to provide maximum coverage (but I’d recommend even more often, depending on your skin type). Always reapply after being in water, even with water resistant creams you will have lost some protection during your little paddle!

5. DON’T FORGET YOUR FACE!!

Body Sunscreen can be applied from head to toe, but if you’ve got a sunny date you want to look your best for, using makeup that includes a high SPF is an easy way to keep your skin protected and you looking gorgeous!

 

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Three Positive Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Article by Daniel Browne 06.04.16

April has arrived, which means we’re now well into spring and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about going outdoors more and exploring the world.

I’m a pretty outdoorsy type. I love long dog walks, exploring the countryside and being with nature. Maybe you are two. Or perhaps you’re not. Either way, there are huge benefits to spending time outdoors and here are my top three.

1. Being outdoors provides you with time to disconnect from life. Getting outside to do some kind of activity or even just to relax gives you time to switch off mentally. This in turn can help to reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. Being outdoors is good for a healthy mind.

2. Getting outdoors helps your creative side. Research has shown that being outdoors, even for something simple like a walk, can help to get your creative juices flowing. So if you’re struggling for new ideas or wondering how to solve a problem, put your shoes on and go for a walk. Being outside surrounded by nature is inspiring.

3. You’ll get a top up of Vitamin D. That big yellow ball in the sky is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin D. Getting a top up of it will help maintain the health of your bones, and being out in the sunshine is simply nice anyway. Just remember to use sun cream.

  
Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist and wellbeing expert with practices in Warwick and Evesham. Please visit http://www.daniel-browne.co.uk to discover more about his work.

The 4 P’s for a perfect presentation. 

Article by Ernie Boxall 04.04.16


“People won’t remember what you say as much as remember what they see when you say it…”

 

I am always impressed by the workshop and seminar leaders I have seen give four or five hours of great content without any apparent notes.

 I am sure those people recognise that there are tips that can be passed on.

So, who is this facilitation for? The people who have a skill or a craft which will make an impact on people’s lives and lift them out of the rat race. People who rise at 5.30 am- 6 am, groom, scrape the ice off a car window and drive to a networking meeting. It’s fir people who happily stand at the coffee table for 15-20 minutes and talk to strangers about their business. Until they hear those fateful words:

It’s time for 60 Second Presentations…who will go first?

How many of us have suddenly looked away?

How many of us have checked watches, our phones, anything but not make eye contact?

 At least once a week we have the opportunity to inform the rest of the group, the rest of our sales team on the sector of business we want to identify, ask the right questions to get us an introduction to speak to a new client. It’s our opportunity but we all have to do the work.

Now as a newcomer to networking you can use the formula:

Who you are: Where you are: What you do and who you want to work with?

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness, we work in Leamington, Kenilworth and Coventry providing wellbeing with On Site massage. Today I want to connect with companies where computers are being used all day. I’m looking to work with (Be specific.)

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness. Together we can stop work killing you…

People now know who I am, where I am, what I do and who they might know to talk to.

Alternatively, if you have been at the group for some months you need to make more of an impact…

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness, when you look around your office do you know there is a thief in there stealing your wages. The thief is pressure and it may be sitting on the shoulders of the person next to you or yours. Working together we can defeat the thief and improve profit and productivity. Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness. I’m looking to work with companies using computers all day so that, with twenty minutes on site head, neck and shoulder massage we can improve profit and productivity.

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness…

So there you have two 60 Second Presentations from the same company, each with its own strength and impact.

Your 60 Second Presentation is your verbal Business Card… it says so much more about you than an ordinary business card… and in my case where I actually make physical contact with my clients…it is a vital part of my networking.

Would it be OK to ask how many of you write out your 60 Second Presentations, even your 30 minute seminars? You see this is the first ‘P’ in my “4 P’s of Perfect Presentations”

1. Preparation: Write it out: Edit it: Re-write it and then move on to the second, and probably most important ‘P’

2. Practice: Practice it line by line until you remember it: Record it on audio or video: Use only bullet points to remind you and then spend a few hours making sure you know it by heart and also where to put the emphasis on lines and strap lines.

How many of you practice your 60 Second Presentations until it is word perfect? I write it out…speak into an audio recorder, bullet point the speech and then practice it assiduously.

In my workbook The 4 P’s of Perfect Presentations I will go into more detail.

3. Posture: This begins way before you get to the meeting. It is in the washroom. It is our grooming, the clothes we wear, the make up for women and the after shave for men perhaps. Whether we comb our hair or not. It is in the walk to the podium…do you walk confidently to the roster? Do you wait until everyone is ready to listen to your presentation? Do you project your voice to the back of the room?

OR

Have you decided the group know what you do anyway so you don’t have to make an effort this time? Do you walk to the roster already giving your name and company with your back to people? Do you arrive at the roster and stick your hands in your pockets or stand with them clasped.

How many times have you seen these mistakes made?

How many times have you seen a business owner looking less than professional and thought “Yes that’s a business I want to be associated with?”

How many times has a speaker put their hands in their pockets and deliver a powerful speech?

Finally we have…

4. Presentation. The 4th ‘P’ and in itself this is the culmination of the 3 P’s above it. You have written the presentation… you have practiced it… and walked confidently to the podium… It is the delivery which makes the difference. Let’s face it what can a great presentation bring you, apart from more business…well it can get you a keynote speaking spot for a start. But also Leads, Referrals and Testimonials…because your presentation becomes

MEMORABLE.

 

But let’s look once more at the pitfalls:

1. “Due to the large number of members who have turned up, you only have 45 seconds.” You would have thought many people would say “Good”

But because they have only written the 60 second presentation down and not practiced it, they have not catered for 45 seconds and go past the red card…Unprofessional

OR They speed up to try and get 20 seconds information into 10 seconds and flood the audience…Unprofessional

 

2. You stand up and like a rabbit in the headlines you fix on the front row and speak to them only. Immediately the 25% of the audience behind you will switch off and 90% of the audience will not hear you…Wasted opportunity

 

3. Because the speech hasn’t been practiced each sentence begins with a verbal crutch… Err, Um. So…

I have seen and heard something like the following:

“I’m ‘Ernie Boxall’ of err Balance Business. I am a business mentor and err work in umm Warwick.” ERR I’m sorry you’ve lost me. I will not be calling on your services.

4. Command the stage… whether you stand still or Stride the boards…For main points of my presentations I will stand still but make eye contact all the time…with conversation points I walk the floor and connect more closely with the audience.

So having written out that 60 Second Presentation how many people have you seen remember it? How many people have you seen simply read what they have written off a piece of paper or off their phone? How many great presentations have you seen delivered in a monotone; delivered with hands in pockets; delivered with the speaker’s back to you?

How many of you are prepared to put the work in and become a memorable presenter. Done badly standing alone is a very lonely place. Done well, with the applause of business owners in front of you it is up there with the best feelings. Done very well and for £5k, £10k, £50K a speech it is life changing.

Are there any other ‘P’ you would add for “Perfect Presentations.” Add your comments to the site. I am just curious to see how many business owners feel that a One to One with me would encourage them to take those extra steps to become MEMORABLE.

Contact ernie_boxall@yahoo.co.uk

07962 216833

 

Healthy Habits for Homeworkers

Article by Michelle Abrahall 30.03.16

Working from home is the dream for many people – the flexibility, the convenience and of course being able to wear what you want. But as anyone who works from home (be it working for themselves or remote working) knows, it’s not all pajamas and lie-ins. Not having the stability and structure of an office environment can present a lot of challenges, and if you’re not careful you can slip into bad habits. Here’s how to avoid them and be a healthy homeworker:

Be like a rolling stone

‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’ as the saying goes, and it’s a positive thing! Many homeworkers unintentionally sit immobile for long periods staring at a computer screen. Without the routine and distractions of office life, it’s easy to become sedentary. Take regular breaks, stretch your legs, put the kettle on, whatever you need to do to avoid gathering dust (if not moss!)

Seek out human interaction

Working alone can be great for productivity – I find I get twice as much done in an hour now than I used to in my office job. But long periods of solitude are not great for your mental health, so take steps to avoid them. Arrange to meet a client face to face (always great for relationship building) or perhaps there’s a connection you’ve made on social media that would make for a good coffee date? Even going online and chatting to other freelancers and remote workers can make you feel part of a community, and there are loads of great groups and resources out there.

Avoid the pajama trap

Yes, it’s a wonderful novelty to not have to adhere to a dress code, but beware of spending days in slobby leisure wear. There is a proven link between patients in hospital who stay in their pajamas for long periods and the length of time they take to recover. This is also even more reason to arrange meetings during the week, for which you need to dress well.

Vitamin D for the win

As all Brits know, vitamin D in the form of sunshine can be a rare commodity for most of the year. And if you work from home and the weather’s crap, you might go days without venturing outside. I realise it’s a lot more appealing to go for a walk on a balmy summer’s afternoon than it is in the winter drizzle, but don’t let that put you off. Experts agree that even on cloudy days, you will still benefit from going outside in the fresh air, and if there’s an area of greenery near you, even better.

These points are all common sense, but even seasoned homeworkers will find they need to be reminded of them from time to time. Try to make them all part of your daily routine and before you know it they will become second nature.

  

 

Michelle x 

 

 

Mindfulness for Baby Swimming?

Article by Jo 22.02.16

Of course, there are always the obvious benefits of baby swimming that have always been there… 

Physical: strengthen heart/lungs

Social: learning to take turns, making friends.

Vital safety skills: turning to the side, back floating, rotations.

  
But has anyone thought of it having also having the most powerful notion of teaching parents to relax, live in the moment, and to have open hearts? 

In today’s busy world, baby swimming could have an ever greater role to play in teaching our water parents to ‘live in the moment and to really connect’ with their baby. Facilitating strong, powerful bonds between parent and baby.

  
Due to our busy lives, one where we are constantly bombarded with images and words via the Internet. We are becoming so connected to the tech world that we have forgotten to connect to the people around us.
We have become a society that creates ‘to do lists’, planning and thinking about the future and sometimes we get caught up in comparing our lives with others. Do we have a true sense of identity or have we lost who we are as we are surrounded by what others are doing? Our minds are preoccupied with taking photos or writing the moment for others, that we actually forget to live and enjoy the moment our self. How many of us check in daily with our heart and soul? Feel the sun, smell the aromas around us, listen or feel our breath?
We often miss the beauty around us. Opening our hearts and minds and offering compassion and love.

Children are so much better than us, living in the moment… But as they grow and adapt their environment …

Perhaps baby swimming can facilitate mindful practises for both parent and child?

Can we help increase our awareness of our senses, which in turn might help reduce anxieties and fears? 
  
How can baby swimming help promote a mindful presence?

*We can ask our swimming parents to check in. Are they participating in the classes or just going through the motions?

* We can offer a couple of moments at the start of the class to have ‘an open awareness’. To take a deep breath in and to release any tensions. 

* To start in a wide stance on the pool floor … To feel safe and grounded. allowing gentle movements to flow naturally.

You don’t have to go into full ‘yogic detail’ but just a few kind words, to create a sense of calm at the start of the class… A gentle reminder to watch our babies cues, ensuring they are happy throughout all of our swimming practises. And by ending the class with a lovely swim together, where parent and child can connect and enjoy the moment….

Reminding our selves to tune into their laughter, smiles, playful nature that the water brings. Creating a non-competitive environment through our swimming practises, where our swimming parents feel nurtured, safe our babies feel protected.

An environment where we are NOT teaching our babies to swim…. As that will just happen over time with patience…

But one that creates a powerful environment where we can truly relax, enjoy the water ….

One where we can escape just for 1/2 hour with our babies and dream and grow together. 

  

Rediscover Your Mojo

Article by Daniel Browne 17.02.15

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your mojo? I’m sure we’ve all had that thought at some point and wondered where the hell it ran off to. You know, that feeling when you wake up in the morning and simply cannot be bothered to do anything. It’s not a nice way to feel, but it only needs to be a temporary issue as there are a number of ways to rediscover your lost mojo.

Losing your mojo isn’t simply having an off day. Every single one of us will have had an off day from time to time, but found that it soon passes and we feel good again. Unfortunately, losing your mojo can be the start of a downward spiral, during which you lose all motivation and feel overwhelmed by life. If you identify with this, read on for my top tips for rediscovering your mojo. After all, you have a life to enjoy.

1. Take some time out. When was the last time you had some ‘me time’? When did you last take the time to recharge? If you can’t remember, or it’s been longer than a couple of months, it has been too long. Taking a little bit of time out for yourself can do wonders, so be sure to commit to doing that. Make sure it’s on a regular basis too. That will reduce the risk of losing your mojo again in the future. Taking time out for yourself isn’t selfish; it’s an essential part of your wellbeing.

2. Be strict with yourself. If you have a huge to do list but haven’t been very productive for a period of more than half an hour, have a break. Go and do something else and then come back to your to do list with a commitment to work through it. Switch off all distractions, including Facebook. You’ll thank yourself for it.

3. Have a look at your environment and take notice of how it makes you feel. Does the space you are in inspire you? If not, have a clear-out or make some changes. The trick here is to create a space that inspires and empowers you. An uninspiring space isn’t good for your mojo.

4. If you have a huge to do list, allocate a set amount of time for each task. Getting on with stuff in that way doesn’t leave room for procrastination. By giving yourself an allocated time for each task, you may discover just how productive you can be.

5. Reward yourself when you have done something that you needed to do. That feeling of knowing you have something nice to look forward to at the end of something should inspire you to simply crack on. So go on, you deserve it.

You can apply these tips to any area of your life; whether it’s personal or professional, and by following these tips you will soon rediscover your mojo and never lose it again.

Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist who can help you to find your mojo. See http://www.daniel-browne.co.uk to discover more.