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Tips for Setting Professional Goals

Monday, July 27, 2015
Whether you’re a fresh grad entering the workforce or you’ve been with your company for 20 years, there’s never a bad time to set professional goals for yourself. Having goals enables you to envision where you want to be in X weeks, months or years, and helps pave a path so you can get to where you want to be. The next time you’re setting professional goals, keep these tips in mind!

Take Time to Think
Before you define your goals, take the time to think things out. Rushing to put goals in place starts you off on the wrong foot, so stop and think before making any quick decisions. If you’re not sure where to start, here are examples of a few questions to ask yourself:

  • If you had your dream job, what would your title and duties be?
  • Where would you like to be professionally in 5, 10 and 15 years?
  • What does career success mean to you?

Answer Your Own Questions
Next, answer the questions you just asked yourself. It can be hard looking 15 years down the road, but thinking ahead now will help you envision your professional future. Once you have the answers to these questions, you may find an overall theme that helps you define your goals and steps you’re going to take to achieve them.

Always Remind Yourself
Once your goals are defined, it’s important that you don’t let yourself forget about them. Whether you read them out loud before work, write them in your planner or put them on sticky notes around your desk, keep your goals top of mind so you’re always working towards them.

Adapt As Needed
There are many reasons why you may need to change up your goals. People change, you may hit a roadblock, or maybe you are going through major life events. Regardless of why you need to adapt your goals, the important thing is that your goals remain realistic, in sight and you don’t give up on them.

Do you have more tips for setting and reaching your professional goals? Share them with us in a comment or on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.


Vacation Workouts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Vacations are the perfect time to kick back and relax, but at the same time you don’t want all of your hard work exercising to go down the drain! Knowing you’re going to be working out on vacation before you get there is the best way to avoid getting off track. With direction and a workout schedule, it’s much easier stay on track while you’re away from home. Below are vacation workout ideas for nearly any destination that keep you up and moving.

More buildings and less green space should never be an excuse for skipping out on vigorous, outdoor activity. If you’re planning on sight-seeing, add a morning run to the tour schedule and explore the city on foot. If you stop for traffic or to soak in the city skyline, do some standing stretches, squats or leg lifts. Track your urban training with a fitness app like MapMyFitness or MyFitnessPal.

Hotel Room
Hopefully bad weather won’t confine you to a hotel room during your vacation, but if it does there are plenty of options! Here are a few equipment-free exercises perfect for any hotel:

  • Floor Core Training: Strengthen your core with alternating sets of crunches, sit-ups, side bends and leg lifting. Add 30 second to one minute planks in between for extra abdominal training.
  • Stairs Cardio: Skip the elevator and find some uncrowded stairwells. Start on the first floor and jog to the second, making your way back down immediately after reaching the top. Repeat this adding an extra floor each time, similar to a ladder. If needed, short 20-60 second breaks can be taken at the “top” of each stair ladder interval.
  • Bring Your Own Workout: If you stick to a workout DVD, there’s no reason you can’t bring it with you when you travel. They don’t take up much space in your suitcase, plus many hotel rooms have DVD players so it’s a win-win!

Running on sand gives your quads and hamstrings an extra intense workout. Give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes each morning for scenic beach run. Try alternating between a light to moderate jog on the softer, looser sand and a faster sprint on the hard-packed sand near the water. If running isn’t your style, try one of these three beach HIIT workouts from Huffington Post Healthy Living.

Take advantage of the ocean, lake or pool with a few laps to get your heart pumping and muscles in gear. If you need a break, you can mix up your strokes or tread water. Remember to be aware of your surroundings and stay close to shore if you’re swimming somewhere with a strong current.

Take a power hike and enjoy the scenery while engaging your body. Pick trails that have a variety of inclines, declines and plateaus, adding in intervals of jogging. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try your hand at a rock climbing expedition or mountain bike ride to engage a wider variety of muscle groups.

Staying active on vacation not only keeps you in shape, but makes jumping back into your normal workout routine an easier transition once your trip is over. Make a workout plan for your next getaway and enjoy your time knowing you aren’t losing muscle and gaining pounds. Don’t forget to pack a few of your favorite 5-hour ENERGY® shots for an extra energy boost!

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Time Saving Tips for Smooth Sailing Work Days

Friday, July 10, 2015
How many times have you caught yourself thinking that there aren’t enough hours in the day? We can’t make days last longer than 24 hours, but we can give you some great tips to how to save time so they’re more productive! Check out our tips for making your work days more efficient.

At Home
Pack Lunch Night Before – If you’re not an early bird, an easy way to save time in the mornings is to prepare what you can the night before. Instead of scrounging for food to pack 10 minutes before leaving for work, make up your lunch the night before so you have a scrumptious lunch instead of junk food.

Sleep in Your Workout Clothes – If you exercise in the morning, you can easily save time by swapping your pajamas for your workout clothes the night before. Not only are they just as comfortable as your PJs, but seeing your workout clothes first thing in the morning is a friendly reminder to stick to your fitness plan. Need more than workout clothes to spark your early morning workout? Set a 5-hour ENERGY® shot by your alarm clock the night before and take it before you work out!

Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier – What better way to save time in the mornings than by waking up a little earlier? Getting up earlier might be the last thing you want to do, but if you’re the type of person who is constantly running late, giving yourself more time right off the bat is a wise decision.

At Work
Always Be Organized – A big time swamp at work can be looking for things, whether it is a file, to-do list, a print out or specific sticky note reminders. To save yourself time moving forward, take the time today to organize your workspace and computer files. Get more tips in one of our recent Blog posts on how to get organized at work!

Delegate What You Can – When you have a hundred tasks on your to do list, it’s inevitable that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Instead of stressing yourself out and putting in extra hours, delegate the simple things that don’t require your expertise to complete.

Make To Do List For Tomorrow – Before you head home for the night, take 5 or 10 minutes to jot down a prioritized list of what you need to do the next day. Instead of coming into the work in the morning and having to organize notes and thoughts from the day before, you’ll already have a list of what you need to tackle first.

Do you have other time-saving tips that make your days more efficient? Share them with us!