At KMG Consultants, we are driven to outperform for our clients and provide our people the best resources and development. We also know that our people are our best resource and by helping them reach their full potential, they help our firm become best in the nation. Last month, KMG Consultants brought on Bailey Lund as a full time Summer intern while on break from the University of Minnesota. When she joined the team, Bailey took the training provided and has since become a top performer.
Bailey, who is from Moorhead, MN, is currently a Junior at University of Minnesota and is studying economics. She is involved in Colleges Against Cancer, Women in Business, the Economic Student Organization, and she volunteers with the YMCA mentoring program. She choose to work with KMG Consultants for her internship because she enjoyed the laid back yet serious atmosphere. She also liked that she and the team had fun and got along really well. In the office, she is known as the Keurig queen. Her passions include shopping and volleyball.
Bailey plans to keep outperforming for our firm and learning as much as possible while she continues her internship. She is starting to learn how to talent scout and on-board new team members along with learning how to train. She aims to personally train and develop at least one new team member before her internship ends. She aims to continue gaining her degree in Economics and achieve a 4.0.
If you are looking for ways to motivate yourself, try adding these 3 things to your daily routine that KMG Consultants uses every day. They will help you to increase your productivity, motivation, and will ultimately lead to a healthier you—both physically and mentally.
Become an early riser and early sleeper.
As the saying goes, “early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Getting enough sleep is incredibly important for maintaining physical and mental health, and going to bed early helps ensure that you are getting enough rest.
Starting your day off earlier also has a large number of benefits. First, it will provide you with adequate time in the morning to prepare for work and the rest of your day. Don’t skip your breakfast, shower, morning coffee, or other essential things in your morning routine because you stayed up late! Additionally, waking up early will give you time to fully wake up and get your mind working at peak efficiency. At KMG Consultants, we believe an early riser always gets the worm!
Start every day with meditation or focused thought.
Does your mind tend to wander during the day? Meditation or other focusing exercises can help clear your mind of distractions and fill it instead with motivation and purpose. This is a great way to start your day, and it can also be an effective tool to use during the middle of your workday if you start to lose focus.
Make time for regular physical activity.
Exercising regularly is important to maintaining personal health. You don’t have to exercise every single day, but you should try to add exercise to your normal schedule to ensure that you are getting active enough. If your schedule is jam packed, consider simply adding in a brisk 15-30 minute walk during your lunch hour or break.
On top of the obvious physical benefits of physical activity and exercise, there are mental benefits as well. For starters, exercise releases endorphins in your body, which trigger positive emotions.
Getting your blood flowing can also be an excellent way to release physical and emotional stress—making you more prepared to take each day head on. Regularly scheduled exercise time provides an opportunity for solace and introspection while improving physical health at the same time.
What essential things do you make time for everyday?
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Improving time management is one of the easiest and most often overlooked ways to increase productivity in the workplace. When you know how to spend your time wisely, your productivity will increase and you will benefit from being able to get more work done in a shorter amount of time.
A good first step is to perform an audit on the ways you are currently spending your time and compare that with what you are accomplishing, and what you ought to be accomplishing. This auditing process is useful because it can help you determine how you can improve your schedule to maximize your time.
Next, consider creating to-do lists. Efficient organization and planning are essential to creating a useful plan for your time. To that end, making a to-do list is a great way to invest time from the present into your productivity in the future. You can create a to-do list at the beginning of your day to help determine what you should complete during the day, allowing you to strategically tackle your tasks in a reasonable way. Additionally, if you are left with a few minutes at the end of the day with nothing to do, try making a to-do list for the next day so that once you get into the office, you know where to begin.
Rank everything on your to-do lists in order of importance and when it needs to be completed. In addition, estimate how long each activity will take to complete. Not only will having an amount of time make it easier to plan out your day, but it can also motivate you to complete each task in a given amount of time.
Once you have a routine of tasks you regularly complete, you can try creating a regular schedule (weekly or monthly, for example) and sticking to that schedule. The importance of your schedule is that it is a guideline for spending your time in the most efficient way possible. While it might take a considerable amount of time to perfect your schedule, the rewards will be immense once you get into the groove.
Always find something to do. When you aren’t taking a break, try to keep constantly work, doing your best to ignore unnecessary interruptions or distractions. This method of work will keep you focused, as well as keeping up your momentum and thereby increasing your productivity. Of course, don’t forget to take breaks when necessary and appropriate – recharge time is also an incredibly valuable thing!
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With 2015 already off to a busy start, are you looking to be an inspiring leader in your team and community? If the answer is yes a good place to begin is to look towards the advice of the inspirational leaders of our past. Here are 5 quotes to bring you back on track with your aspirational goals.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
What has been holding you back in your career? By identifying your fears you can make efforts to leave them behind in 2015. Remember, the things you are most afraid of are often the things most worth undertaking.
“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Life hacks have been around for ages and this one provides key insights into our former President’s productivity. Before you embark on any new project make sure that your skills are honed towards success.
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“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is the marriage between ambition and hard work. If you have the courage to dream big and the tenacity to work hard then you’ll be able to make your dreams a reality.
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach
Speaking of hard work, going the extra mile is the best way to achieve your goals. No one has ever made it big without going above and beyond those of their peers.
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher
Slow days should be avoided not looked forward to. The most successful amongst us thrive when things get hectic in the office. If you constantly strive to challenge yourself to be better then eventually you will be recognized as the best.
It’s often said that discipline and self-control are natural behaviors that some have and some don’t. This is simply not true. While we all have tendencies that differ among us, self-discipline is a learned behavior that we can all obtain with just a little effort on our part.
What is self-discipline and how do we benefit from it? Disciplining ourselves means controlling our impulses enough to ensure more long-term satisfaction, happiness, and success in life. In other words, we know what we want, but we get in the way of having it by choosing immediate pleasures over more beneficial long-term decisions. For example, no matter how much we want to lose weight, it’s sometimes difficult to resist a cookie that’s right in front of us. We know we shouldn’t eat it, but it’s so difficult to resist! One cookie won’t be a deal breaker, but if we eat a cookie every time we crave one, it can add up fast.
This is where discipline comes in. It’s about overcoming that temptation to do what we know is right for ourselves. Giving in to every impulse will never satisfy us completely, and only leave us wanting more, never fulfilled. Instead, the things we truly desire often require discipline. Looking our best, having money, and living a long, healthy life are typical desires that can be achieved with discipline.
So how do you get there? Learning discipline is not easy, but it’s also not as difficult as you might think. It’s just a matter of training yourself and being patient. Here’s how:
Begin small, trying to make some new good decisions each day. If you get an urge to do something you know you shouldn’t, tell yourself two things: Number one, it’s just an urge, and nothing else. And two, it will pass. It’s very important to first realize that these impulses are purely in our mind. Our previous behavior is directing our choices, and our minds convince us that changing the behavior is too difficult. But it’s not.
Ask an ex-smoker how they quit and you’ll get a variety of responses. Some were able to quit cold turkey, and some used nicotine patches or gum. Either way, they simply convinced their brains that smoking is part of the past, and that new thoughts will be replacing those old thoughts, and new desires will replace the old urges to smoke. This is how discipline works, and anyone can do it.
Start ignoring the thoughts that lead to giving in. Remember your desired outcome, and think of each temptation as an opportunity to ignore it, and get closer to that outcome. Many, many people have overcome great challenges to become very successful. But they had to start small. And remember, if you slip up once or twice, it’s not the end of the world. Sometimes you really do need that cookie—just monitor yourself to make sure that you don’t make a habit of it.
So take that first step. Remember your ultimate goal, and overpower your impulses with thoughts of control. With this discipline, there’s no stopping what you can achieve.
In the sales industry, people naturally strive to want to say that they are on the top and are the best at what they do. However, once in a while, people may sway off the course and start to get unmotivated. Follow these tips to stay focused and end 2013 the right way!
-If you’re leading a sales team, create some sort of incentive that your team members would want to attain. Create a program that not only rewards those who do the best, but is also accessible to those who may not do as well to keep them from giving up. Don’t think of it as bribing; see it more as rewarding those who work the hardest, and motivating others to want the same.
-Leave work at the office when you go home but work harder while you are there. One of the biggest mistakes you can do in sales your work on your mind even when you’re not working. Enjoy your time not at the office, and then work even harder when you get back. This way, you’ll be refreshed when you start working again while also being more relaxed when you’re not working.
-Avoid those who are negative about work. You’ll probably run into people who love to complain about how much they dislike sales. Don’t let it get to you or you’re just going to want to join in. Sure, sometimes work can be tough or not be going the way you hoped, but that should be an even more driving force to strive for it to get better
-Don’t get distracted. Stay off of social media as much as you can when you’re at work. It’s nothing more than a time waster, and can get you unfocused on whatever you’re working.
-Build strong personal goals. Give yourself consequences and rewards. Tell everyone you know about the goals so you can be accountable for not reaching it. It will make the goal even more real and not something you can push back. This is the perfect way to stay determined.