Quote of the Week

“As you start and end your day, say ‘thank you’ for every little things in your life. And you will come to realize how blessed you truly are.” – Unknown 

It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of July, and the summer is quickly winding down and coming to a close.  Time is flying by and it’s important to remember to take a moment to step back, and be thankful for what we have.  Life if short, so we should all take our best to take a moment and enjoy every minute of it!

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My Three Rules to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

In an age where we are readily able to access our work 24/7 many people are putting in extra hours, and using their smartphones to continue to be “on-call” outside of traditional work hours. I’m guilty as charged and often reach for my phone and answer work emails early in the morning and late at night before getting out of bed. I’ve found a few ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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Here are three ways which have helped me find a little more daily balance within my routine:

Rule 1: Learn to Unplug

Because we are so plugged in and connected it can be a challenge to step away and leave work behind. When I take my vacation days I now unplug and turn off my alerts completely. I leave my team my personal email and cell phone, and they’ll find me if it’s urgent, but by unplugging and not reading emails & listening to voicemails has helped me to enjoy my paid time off.

As long as your clients and vendors are informed of your plans in advance (i.e. through previous correspondence, voicemail or out-of-office messaging) they typically respect your privacy and need to disconnect.
Rule 2: Use Your Vacation Time

While we are on the topic of taking time off and unplugging, it’s important to schedule vacations and personal days to step away from work and relax. Vacations allow us to re-energize and return to our job well rested, and too often we don’t use our time off!

Americans throw away $52.4 billion every year because we won’t take time off from work. (Source: Oxford Economics) Click to Tweet.

Overall, Americans are taking less vacation than they did a decade ago. In 2013, the average worker took 16 vacation days, down from 20.9 in 2000, according to an analysis by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off, an initiative to encourage more workplace vacation.

It’s important to schedule time off, and use your vacation time.  I’ll admit sometimes I take a “mental health” day and do nothing but lay in bed and relax, and for me, it makes such a difference. However you use your time off is your decision, a lot of people prefer “staycations” but whatever you do, use your time off, don’t throw away hard earned time off, use it and enjoy!

Rule 3: Communicate with Family, Friends, and Coworkers

Having an open line of communication with family, friends, and coworkers can help play a part with your overall happiness and balance. I always let my husband know key events and projects i’m working on so he understands when I’m going to be busy at my office. We’ve synched up our google calendars, and anything important and dates I need to be in early or stay late goes into the calendar. Since we’ve had the baby our time management skills have become thoroughly more efficient as we’ve had to make our days more productive to get home and pick our son up at daycare. We both typically bring home work, but after a certain time try to cut it off and be together as a family and enjoy dinner and a little downtime.

When we have big events at work I try to communicate to my co-workers to ensure all hands are on deck to help ease the workload and understand when longer hours are going to be expected. Ive found that many times issues arise in my work-life balance when I’m not properly communicating. Finding the methods and communication tactics that work best for you will help increase your productivity and overall well-being.

I hope these three tips have helped, what rules do you use to maintain a healthy work-life balance? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @MarissaPick.

Results, Not Excuses

This week at the gym I saw a man dancing in between his sets.  Dancing maybe an understatement, he was rocking out to his routine and having the time of his life doing so.  People started at him, and he was unfazed, in the zone, enjoying every minute of his workout, breaking a sweat, and enjoying himself.  I was able to work out out until the week before I delivered my baby, and found it kept me feeling like myself despite the growing belly I was carrying.  Now three months post postpartum I’m enjoying the challenge of getting back in shape, and regaining my body.  Getting back in shape is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and I’m enjoying the mental challenge of pushing myself and proving to myself that I can. It’s a challenge to find the time to workout, and to stay motivated to keep going, but as the title of this post says, “Results, not Excuses”. It’s printed on my husband’s high school baseball tee shirt I’ve slept in since our college years, and a saying which translates both in our personal and professional lives.

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As I’m getting my groove back I tried something new with my girlfriend Anna, we headed to Swerve Fitness in NYC. It’s different from any other cycle class I’ve ever been too as it’s setup to be a team inspired cycling studio. Riders are divided into three teams that compete against each other.  The studio uses tracking technology which displays your personal score, however only the team average and top riders each sprint or hill are displayed.   You receive points based on how hard you push yourself, they use the phrase, motivation without intimidation.   My stats are displayed below, I pushed myself as hard as I could, and I think for my first time cycling post baby, the results were pretty good! Once I got the hang of it, and figured out that the more I pushed myself the more points I got, the more I challenged myself.  As a college athlete, I’m an overly competitive person, and seeing my bike number on the screen as “winning” numerous sprints the second half of the class really motivated and pushed me to work harder.

FullSizeRender (5)I loved the class and the social aspect of receiving my stats is an added bonus.  Now that I’ve got the ability to track my performance over time, I can’t wait to come back and work harder to reach my personal best! If anyone is interested in trying it out let me know, the studio does a great referral program where we’ll both receive $50 credit towards future classes, I’ll gladly send you the link, just email me.

Whether you are dancing around at the gym or cycling and singing out-loud to the beat always remember to have fun and commit yourself.  To get inspired you need to remind yourself of the end results of your labor, whether it be working out, or achieving another goal in your career, and to do so you must change your thoughts to change your world.

Results, Not Excuses Folks…

Welcome to the World Lucas Emet Pick

39 days ago on October 6, 2014 our little boy Lucas Emet Pick joined the world at 7:04 A.M. At that moment our entire world changed, it was no longer about us, everything now was about Lucas, and the love we felt was deeper than anything my husband and I have ever experienced before.

It’s been an amazing five weeks with Lucas, and I’ve enjoyed unplugging from the digital world (as much as humanly possible) and enjoying every second with my baby.  Every day he’s growing, changing, cooing, smiling, and soon hopefully he’ll be sleeping!

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I’ll be back and blogging shortly, but wanted to share this very important update with my followers 🙂

#RIPJoanRivers

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” -Joan Rivers

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The world lost a legendary comic today, remember to always speak your mind and live life to the fullest! Rest in Peace Joan Rivers, Fashion Police, and the question “What are You Wearing” will never be the same!

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive. Things are happening.