6 Tips for Tackling Time Management

LNE Consulting shares a list of their favorite time management tips.

No matter what career you’re pursuing, chances are that you’ve struggled with time management at least once or twice. Billy Joel said it best in “Vienna,” “You’ve got so much to do and only so many hours in a day.” As with all skills, mastering time management is a process of determining the tactics that work best for you—and then practicing until you perfect them! That’s why the LNE Consulting team has put together a list of 6 of our favorite techniques for making the most out of the work day, try them out!

1. Get a good night’s sleep

The average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night. It’s impossible for your body to operate at peak performance when it isn’t getting the rest that it needs. Taking the time to recharge physically and mentally is essential before a busy day!

2. Avoid multitasking

While you may feel like you’re getting more done by juggling multiple tasks at once, the truth is that multitasking is most likely slowing you down. Try to focus on one thing at a time and devote your full attention to completing the task at hand before you begin another.

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3. Prioritize!

This may seem like an obvious one, but it can be tempting to try and to finish quick, menial assignments first in order to gain a sense of accomplishment. Completing the most important two or three items on your to-do list first will prevent you from feeling rushed or stressed as deadlines approach, and ensure that you have enough time to do them well.

4. Start your day early

While you may not love the idea of losing sleep, getting up just an hour early each day gives you 365 more hours each year to get work done! Just make sure that you’re going to bed an hour earlier too in order to still get those 7-8 hours of sleep each night

5. Set a time limit for each task

If perfectionism or extreme attention to detail is slowing you down, try setting a timer to increase your sense of urgency for the task. Try to finish the entire job in the allotted time, and then allow yourself to go back and make revisions after.

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6. Break down large projects

Sometimes the thought of starting a big project can seem daunting, and may even cause to procrastinate and put off getting to work on it. Try splitting up larger projects into a series of smaller tasks. Each time you complete a smaller task, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, giving you the motivation to finish the rest!

For more productivity tricks and similar content, be sure to check out our blog!

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How to Effectively Dress for Success [3 Easy Rules]

Here at LNE Consulting, one of our biggest keys to success is having high standards. This, in part, means dressing professionally and looking the part. They say that your appearance subconsciously dictates how you are perceived by others. So it only makes sense that dressing professionally boosts your reputation and can help you expand your network.

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That doesn’t mean you have to spend 4 digits on a suit or splurge on a pair of nice dress shoes. Looking professional can actually be boiled down into a few basic rules. You’ll come to find that it’s not as difficult as you think.

Rule #1: Be clean and crisp

It doesn’t matter what brand you wear or how much something costs. The truth is, if you take care of your clothes properly then you’re bound to look presentable. A $200 shirt can actually look worse than a $10 shirt if it’s not properly cleaned and pressed. What it comes down to is cleaning your clothes per that little label on the inside, hanging them on a hanger, and ironing them if need be. If you take care of your clothes, they’ll take care of you!


Rule #2: Find a color medium

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It’s hard to take someone seriously when they look like a bag of skittles. The way you dress is a testament to who you are, so feel free to give it a little flare, but keep it professional. Throw in one or two articles of clothing that make your outfit pop – but that still allow you to be taken seriously.


Rule #3: Dress for the occasion

Most people have an outfit or two that makes them feel invincible. Be sure to have a sharp suit and well-kept shoes on reserve so that you’re ready to look presentable if you’re invited to an event or a meeting with a client. Never underdress. It’s significantly harder to overdress than underdress, so play it safe by pulling yourself together!

It’s not about your style or how much money you spend on clothes. It’s how you present yourself with what you have. At LNE Consulting we know being professional is the name of the game, and dressing appropriately is a large component of that.

5 Fun Facts About Halloween

October is here and we know what that means! One of our favorite holidays at LNE Consulting, Halloween, is quickly approaching!

But how much do you really know about Halloween or Hallow’s Eve as it is sometimes called? Check out the list below of 5 fun facts about the holiday that you may never have heard before!

  1. Halloween is actually believed to have Irish origins. They have a holiday called “Samhain,” which is a festival of the dead. Dia de Los Muertos is also a popular day in the Hispanic culture which is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. 
  2. Trick-or-treating used to be much more involved. For instance, you used to have to dance for your candy, or actually beg. Also, it was very common for tricksters to play jokes on the people they were begging from — and some could be quite mean spirited!

  3. Jack-o-lanterns, which were traditionally created to scare away the evil spirits, used to be made out of more than just pumpkins. People used to carve beets, potatoes, and radishes as well! Perhaps not quite as large or scary as a pumpkin, though!  
  4. Halloween is sometimes referred to as Hallow’s Eve because the next day, November 1st, is called “All Saints Day,” which is a day dedicated to the saints of the Catholic church. It is also, as previously mentioned, Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. 
  5. In Rome, they used to celebrate a festival called “Pomona,” which celebrated the goddess of the harvest. This festival was thrown around the same time as Halloween is celebrated now, and we have adopted some of their celebration activities, like bobbing for apples!

 

Can you see why Halloween is such a fun holiday? The holiday is a combination of so many different cultures and fun events. LNE Consulting’s favorite part is definitely the fun costumes. From all of us at LNE Consulting, we hope you have a fantastic Halloween and see lots of fun costumes. Follow us on Instagram to check out what we’re doing for Halloween.

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Here’s a picture from last Halloween!

 

When Will the Marlins Dethrone The Nationals?

LNE Consulting has waited patiently for the Marlins to start making the playoffs for years. But as of right now, the Nationals won’t allow that to happen.

The Washington Nationals have replaced the New York Mets as the powerhouse in the NL East. Bryce Harper and co. have gotten exponentially better over the last three seasons making it difficult for any other team in the division to clinch a playoff spot. The real question LNE Consulting has is when will the Marlins takeover?

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Well, the Marlins have a long way to go but they’re certainly moving in the right direction. Last year they finished a few games below .500 which is better than 20 games under like they finished in 2015.

The unfortunate part is that the Marlins don’t have a specific strength. They are the middle of the pack in hitting and are in the bottom half of the league in the major pitching statistics. The good news is there’s hope.

The Marlins have been using the last few drafts to beef up their pitching rotation. While most of these pitchers will spend some time in the minor leagues or finishing their collegiate careers, the Marlins will soon have a deep pitching rotation. Not to mention their most recent first round draft pick, Trevor Rogers. This kid can really sling it and he’s only 19. That’s called setting yourself up for your future.

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Let’s not forget a few of the other good things the Marlins have going for them.

Marcell Ozuna might be the most slept on player in the league right now. He’s led the entire team in home runs, batting average, hits, and RBI’s for most of the year. Most of the team has a decent batting average but Ozuna has separated himself from the rest. He’s in his mid 20’s and has a bright future ahead of him if he ends up staying with the Marlins.

The pieces will start coming together in due time but the Marlins can’t panic. Their core is strong, they just have to keep building one year at a time. Who knows, the Marlins could be a few years away from a World Series. You can bet LNE Consulting will be rooting for them.

6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us here at LNE Consulting have been known to enjoy one or two three or four cups of coffee throughout the day. And if you’re like us, you may even have gotten some flack over your impending addiction from your friends, family, or coworkers. But coffee lovers, rejoiceit turns out that indulging in a reasonable amount of coffee each day is actually pretty good for you! Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up a list of 6 of coffee’s best health benefits.

1. Increases your energy levels

You may have already noticed the little jolt of energy that comes when you drink a cup of coffee. This effect is because caffeine boosts your levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, providing you with that burst of energy.

2. Improves physical performance

Not only does caffeine increase your adrenaline levels, but it also causes fat tissue to release fatty acids, fueling your body and improving your physical performance—making it the perfect pre-workout beverage!

3. Contains important nutrients

One cup of coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. If that one cup turns into four, coffee can supply a surprising amount of your recommended daily nutrient intake.

4. Source of fiber

A cup of brewed coffee can contain up to 1.8 grams of fiber, approximately 6% of the 30 grams daily recommended for the average adult. Fiber helps normalize bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and can even help you achieve a healthy weight.

5. Full of antioxidants

Coffee contains large amounts of several important antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, coffee can fulfill a substantial portion of your daily antioxidant needs!

6. Lowers the risk of several diseases

Multiple studies have shown that people who regularly drink coffee have a much lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

So don’t be afraid to pour that second cup, just be sure to limit yourself to the recommended daily amount: about 4 cups of coffee for the average adult.

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5 Podcasts That Will Get You Excited For Your Morning Commute [LIST]

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we know how unpredictable traffic can be, especially if you have a long commute to work. The radio can be repetitive and frustrating at times, especially when you’re aiming to prepare your brain for a productive day of work. Podcasts are revolutionizing the daily commute – offering compelling stories and hours of intelligent and informative entertainment. The best part? They are free and available right on your smartphone!

Here are 5 captivating podcasts recommended by LNE Consulting that will make your drive to work more enjoyable!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.56.28 AM1. S-Town is an enthralling 7 part series that focuses on the life of an antique clock restorer named John B. Macklemore. Sounds boring, right? Well, he turns out to be one of the most intriguing and intelligent people on the planet — with secrets, conflict, and twists galore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.01.40 PM2. For those who are intrigued by the supernatural, The Black Tapes is the best thing going! An open-minded reporter, Alex Reagan, investigates ghosts, apparitions, and spirits while exploring the evidence of hauntings around the world. The Co-star, Dr. Richard Strand, is a nonbeliever who relies solely on science and tangible, proven evidence – almost always dismissing supernatural experiences as a hoax. Unlike S-Town, The Black Tapes is fictional; however, that opens up a lot of room for a gripping and tremendously spooky story. This podcast will make traffic breeze by, whether you’re on your way to LNE Consulting or running errands!

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3. Crimetown takes you to 70’s and 80’s Providence, Rhode Island, where crime and corruption were all the norm in the political system. The studio is planning on working on a new area, new crime, and new story every season – but so far, season one is the only collection that has been published. Season one is a fascinating look into the political career of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the mayor of Providence from 1974-1984. The story documents his infamous political career, as well as his connection to the mafia, with real interviews from ex-mob members and people in Buddy’s circle.
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4. The Nerdist Podcast, hosted by the geeky, charming, and well-spoken Chris Hardwick, is a wonderful way to hear the thoughts and opinions of famous and successful people in an informal setting. Essentially, each episode is an hour or so long interview with a stirring guest. However, like most interviews, it does not sound like a press release. The guests are completely open and engaged, answering brilliant, yet casual questions from Chris. It’s like sitting in on a conversation between two buddies! His guests have included Jake Gyllenhaal, J.J. Abrams, Keanu Reeves, and even Bill Gates!
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5. History buffs unite! Check out Hardcore History. Hey, even if you have no prior knowledge of ancient civilizations and traditional academic history, you will love this podcast if you are looking to learn – and we sure do love to learn here at LNE Consulting. Dan Carlin has an unorthodox way of making history enjoyable while blending journalism and drama to create a stimulating learning experience. It is a great podcast to wake your brain up and provide you with some new information to share with your coworkers!

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3 Quotes From Football Stars to Pump You Up

The wait is over! Pre-season is finally here. All of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are thrilled to have our beloved Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays back. Football is for friends, family, food, and entertainment — perfect for decompressing after work and right before Monday. In honor of football’s long-awaited return, here are 3 quotes from some well-known, hard-working, and successful football stars.
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“I don’t care about three years ago… I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only things I care about is this week.” – Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the 5 Time Superbowl Champion, lives, breathes and plays with an urgent sense of hard work. He maintains an immaculate diet, practices as much as possible, and has shattered records throughout his career. Champions do not dwell on the past – it is a powerful mindset that is a prerequisite for success and one that we promote here at LNE Consulting.
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“You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport” – Jerry Rice

The NFL Hall of Famer holds multiple records in the NFL while being selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times and named All-Pro 12 times. Rice’s 20 years in the NFL were impressive ones; however one of the reasons that he was so successful was because he was attentive and in the moment. It is not intelligent to dwell on the past, but it also important to remember to stay in the moment and not worry about the future. Always give 100% in the moment and the future will be taken care of.

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 “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased – and rent is due every day.” – JJ Watt

JJ Watt, who is a defensive weapon for the Houston Texans, is a powerhouse player who has set NFL records and played through injuries to prove doubters wrong. He understands that success is not a one-time deal that is over and done with – that’s why you need to stay consistent and work hard every single day. We operate on that belief daily here at LNE Consulting.

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