Nathan Crutchfield and I were the recipients of the Georgia Department of Labor Earl Everett Distinguished Service Award last week at our yearly Georgia Safety Conference.

This was a true honor for both of us to be recognized by our peers at the conference.  This award was presented by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor,  Mark Butler.

The award stated the following:  “ In recognition and appreciation of outstanding leadership an success in building partnerships to achiever excellence in Georgia’s Workforce”

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Packt Publishing celebrates 10 years of delivering effective learning and information services to IT professionals. To celebrate this huge milestone Packt is offering all of its eBooks and Videos at just $10 each for 10 days until July 5th.

 

Check out their webpage for more information.

Good Reading and Happy 4th of July.

This is a great day in history

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Happy 4th to every and in particulars our Veterans who serve our country. 

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I spend my years in the Air Force back in the 60’s and have some great memories!

In my opinion, as safety professionals, in many cases we are storytellers.   We help employees, by telling stories, with hope that they will remember why they should report hazards and/or help reduce injuries.  On the other side, when we are talking to our leadership team we are usually telling a story about how an injury occurred and the corrective actions that will be implemented to resolve the issue.

With that news_crew_1600_wht_5861said, I would like to introduce a FREE online class entitled "The Future Of Storytelling" to my email group.  I am taking this class to understand the history of storytelling.  This is a very good class and I would encourage everyone to at least listen to the 1st class to gauge your interest.

 

What intrigued me about this class is a statement on their website “Are you interested in the mechanics of current fiction formats? Do you want to know how stories are told? Do you want to analyze, understand, contextualize and create stories and narratives?”   To check this class out or enroll in the class click here.

As always I would be interested in your input.

There are some good points that can be made time for management,work habits, productivity, etc.   I recently conducted several presentations on How to Use Internet Tools To Increase Productivity.  I am firm believer in being more productive.

 

The following is a guest post by Ryan Rivera.  Ryan touches on 8 of those areas. I want to thank Ryan for his thoughts.

Time is gold; therefore, you need to spend it wisely. It is such an overused statement but is totally true. As much as possible, make every minute worthwhile because once it’s gone, there is no going back.

But there are days that are beyond regular and busy. Sometimes you get swamped with tasks. You are so close to the deadlines, yet you are not even halfway through what needs to be done.

You have probably been told to manage your time. But just like the rest of us, the negative side to being busy kicks in. Instead of doing it right away, we tend to procrastinate. And for all we know, no time is left. So what do we do? We cram and deliver poor work. 

business_team_cut_here_1600_clr_12450If you value your job and the work you do, it’s time to reassess your work habits.

If you are struggling and becoming stressed at managing your time better, here are some tips to help you get started?

  1. Make a To-Do list. This list keeps you on your toes. It makes you more focused on the job ahead. It reminds you of what needs to be done and what are the priorities for the day.
  2. Start with the most important and work your way down. When you get on with the list immediately, you’ll have fun in ticking off one item to the next. The feeling of having accomplished so much in a day is ego boosting, especially if you want to impress your boss or you just want to be better at handling your workload.
  3. As mentioned, you have to start with the most important or the most urgent things to get to. Attend to them first as they need more attention, time and effort. When these are done, the rest of the day should go through smoothly.
  4. A good way to manage time is to set a limit. Have a more or less period for every activity. This way the other tasks get your full attention as well and do not need to take a fall back.
  5. Set a certain time to check and respond to emails and make phone calls. These take a lot of time. In a phone call, for example, one topic can lead to another topic. So only do it whenever you need to, if not, put it at the bottom of your To Dos?
  6. Cut back on chit-chat. Talking to your co-workers on issues that are not work related should be spent during breaks only.
  7. Work time means no social media time. A lot of employees are reprimanded because they get caught using social media during work hours. The reprimands usually start verbally, but if you neglect the warning the first time, you can be suspended for days. What kind of work ethic is that? Do you want your employer to regret hiring you?
  8. Learn to say no. You do not have superhero skills. There are only 24 hours in a day. If you think you could no longer put your 100 percent in it, it is better that it be assigned to someone who can. Explain that you are doing something at the moment and that it is as important. This shouldn’t be taken against you.
  9. Delegate if need be. If you have the capacity to delegate work, do so. It is not a matter of not having enough confidence in your own skills. It is a matter of trust and knowing how to achieve your goals. A good leader knows how to make use of his resources wisely.

These tips may seem typical, but they do work. Give it a try and see how you do. The improvement need not be overnight. Just stick to your goal, and eventually, you will observe the progress yourself.

Ryan Rivera is the founder of Calm Clinic, a website intended to spread information about depression, fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety and stress, etc. It is the aim of Ryan to inform anxiety sufferers that there are other ways to alleviate their condition without having to depend on habit-forming drugs.Butmembranecreate

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