Prioritizing to be more productive in the workplace

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January 8, 2015 9:07 AM

The Regional Business Accelerator (RBA) is kicking off the new year with a seminar on balancing work and life and how to manage stress on Jan. 22 at the RBA Entrepreneur Centre.

“It’s called Trying To Do It All, and we have a guest speaker coming in. She is a life coach,” RBA event co-ordinator Janet Paul said.

“A life coach is somebody who can help people look at their life and then she can go through with tips and techniques to help you deal with multiple priorities. If you have a high stress level, a life coach is somebody that is trained to help you prioritize and deal with your stress level. How to keep everything simple and keep it together.”

The speaker will be professionally trained life coach Daleen Pinder. According to the RBA, Pinder specializes in personal empowerment and business coaching.

Paul says that while life coaching is a newer form of motivational counselling, more people are becoming aware of it and turning to life counsellors to keep up with the rapid pace of modern life.

“It’s not something that’s just coming about, but it’s becoming more known as I would say people are realizing, with cellphones and electronics, that work can be all the time. You don’t just leave it at work,” she said. “Now with their smart phone they can access everything at home so this workshop will focus on strategies on how to manage your time and stress.”

Although this advice can apply to anyone, the RBA caters mostly to businesses.

“We’re focusing on business owners, managers, supervisors and employees and then of course anyone wishing to find solutions for managing their work-life balance,” Paul said. “At the RBA, we help small businesses, but this seminar is for anybody who wants to attend.”

Paul says the seminar has drawn a lot of interest.

“Lots of managers send their employees because, of course, if employees can create that balance between work and life, they’re more productive in their workplace,” she said.

“It starts at 11:30 a.m., it’s an hour and a half, it’s a kind of a brown bag, bring your lunch and learn some strategies to help decrease your stress level.”

The cost for attending the seminar is $10 for RBA members, $20 for general admission.

The RBA will be holding its next seminar in February. The presentation will focus on office productivity and address issues like procrastination and other inefficient behaviour in the workplace.

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