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Get rid of what kills your joy in your work life

Get rid of what kills your joy in your work life

EVENT: Alex Bratty  will hold “How to Increase Your Profitability by Leveraging Your Strengths” at 5:30 p.m. July 24 at The Coop,, 1925 Village Center Circle, Suite 150 in Las Vegas.  Tickets are free for members of The Coop and $20 for nonmembers, with the nonmember fee donated to  Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue.  

By Ruth Furman

Business owners and entrepreneurs who wear many different hats and try to do everything on their own may often find themselves overwhelmed and questioning why their business isn’t successful. As a control freak of sorts, I’ve been guilty of killing my joy many times in my work and have to check myself regularly. Here are a few tips to balance your work life:

Ruth Furman
  1. Make a list of routine, yet time-intensive, tasks that you can easily outsource. There is a lot of structured work in my business, like filling out forms for clients and vendors — often on short notice. After one too many times of doing this on vacation, I found a freelancer I started working with earlier this year who loves to post documents online and enjoys formatting  sheets and uploading images.  This conserves my time for strategy. She’s also a lot more patient with online research than I am.
  2. If there’s a better way, try it. Get out of your own way.  I was assembling contact lists using an old-school method.  A millennial I work with helped me figure out another way.
  3. Don’t be shy about utilizing your network and think about collaboration over competition.  I recently started working on projects with someone I met 30 years ago. 
  4. Take a lot of breaks, and do something mindlessly joyful! Being at my desk too long kills my joy.  I like to read or listen to motivational books and podcasts during my off hours.  But when I take a break during the day after completing a major task, it’s something mindless, like reading a little fiction (most recently my favorite Nancy Drew books from childhood), listening to music,  watching a 30-minute TV show or dancing around my office to 1980s music.  My bucket list purchase is a Peloton bike. 

My friend Alex Bratty  has solutions for focusing on work in areas in which you are strong, and I can’t wait to hear them.  She will bring the ideas behind that mindset to a workshop entitled “How to Increase Your Profitability by Leveraging Your Strengths” at 5:30 p.m. July 24 at The Coop,, 1925 Village Center Circle, Suite 150 in Las Vegas.  To get the most out of the event, Bratty suggests attendees take the scientific survey about strengths found at https://www.viacharacter.org/pro/happinessatworknow/accou… and bring the results to the workshop.

Tickets are free for members of The Coop and $20 for nonmembers, with the nonmember fee donated to  Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue.  
To get tickets for the event, visit https://www.thecoopcowork.com/events/.

Ruth Furman is a Las Vegas-based communication specialist and a regular contributor to HolistcVegas.com

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