The Link between Confidence and Posture

It may not be a question you often ask yourself, but do you ever wonder why confidence is important? We might go through our day-to-day life without needing to make major decisions that require much consideration, but every so often we will be in such a position where we have to. Such situations require confidence, or belief in yourself. The link between a person’s posture and their level of confidence can be directly correlated and work both ways in many cases. If someone is low on confidence, they may slouch, and likewise someone who slouches, may be low on confidence because of that.

It is important to understand that confidence and posture can influence each other, and these are discussed below.

Those with good posture appear more confident to others

Leaders and those in positions of power would likely not have reached their positions if they didn’t inspire and exude confidence. If you see many of the world leaders and top business persons for example, you may notice that many of them have great posture – standing up straight, with their shoulders back and chest puffed outward. You would not get in such a position of power without being confident and being able to influence those around you.

Sitting upright with correct posture during meetings will give the impression you are attentive and present. You would be more likely to command respect in doing so, as well as playing a part in inspiring confidence in others.

Good posture can make you feel more confident

Having good posture would be considered as being part of a healthy body. When you feel good about yourself physically, that will inevitably channel through into your mental wellbeing. Confidence, or belief in yourself, would benefit you in knowing your worth and realising that you are in a good place physically and mentally.

Often, those who want to improve their posture invest in doing so through exercise or clothing and equipment (for example, a posture corrector shirt or support pillow), as they understand the benefits of doing so.

It is backed by science

In a study by Ohio State University, the correlation between sitting upright on a chair and believing what they  had written when applying for a job found that those sitting correctly were more likely to believe what was written. In this case, when considering if they were qualified for a job, those sitting up believed that they were more qualified, compared to those who were slouching when reading it. This inspired confidence in the reader themselves, rather than those around them as discussed earlier.

It is undeniable that having good posture not only benefits you physically and mentally, but it rubs off on those around you. Bear this in mind the next time you catch yourself slouching, or needing to find ways to inspire those around you.

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Work

We live in a time now where we can get almost anything after a few clicks on our laptop or phone. From assembling a team of online workers to ordering bulk products directly from the manufacturer on the other side of the world, we may not even be required to get out of bed. For many, this has presented countless opportunities to start a business or expand on theirs. What has played a big role in this is the ability to outsource work easily and affordably. Websites such as Upwork and Fiverr have given freelancers a solid platform to acquire jobs through, as well as providing clients with a huge and competitive pool of talent to choose from.

Below, we shall have a look at the pros and cons of outsourcing work.

Pros

You get to focus on what you are good at

People often outsource work that they are not as skilled at and this gives them time to focus on what they know best. Sure, it might be beneficial to have a more well-rounded approach to your business, however, as in most cases, it is best if you hire someone who knows what they are doing. If you are for example, a creative designer, then you would most likely want to focus on that side of your business rather than dealing with accounting and IT issues. Outsourcing such work means you can have it dealt with professionally, giving you time to focus on what you know best. If you ever worry about meetings, there are more than enough project management tools such as Skype, Slack and Pronestor room scheduler to help smooth it out.

It can be cheaper than doing it yourself

You may wonder how can hiring someone else to do a job you can do, work out cheaper? The answer is what is your time worth to you? Are you making the most of your time by focusing on balancing the books when you could be focusing on developing your product or service? In this sense, hiring a professional to ease this burden could be more cost effective than spending your own time doing so. Think of it as an opportunity cost.

The internet has allowed us access to talent globally, and therefore pushed down the price of many types of work. You could find yourself hiring a virtual assistant for a fraction of your local minimum wage, giving you the time to do what you do best and not worry so much about the tasks that don’t interest you.

Delivery is sped up

If, for example, your team was based completely in-house and locally, you would also certainly have some downtime overnight while your business is closed. Outsourcing out to a pool of talent worldwide means that your work could continue in other timezones while you’re sleeping, with it ready for when you wake up. This could drastically improve your workflow process and cut lead times significantly thanks to reduced downtime.

Cons

Potential lack of continuity

If you aren’t hiring people full time then there is a chance that they may not be available next time you need them. This could result in work interruptions or differing qualities of work, especially if start hiring different people to work on one project. Communication is therefore key, as well as proper management from the client.

A lack of accountability

As easy as it is to hire someone, it is just as easy to fire them. While it isn’t so common, if a freelancer is unable to fully satisfy what is required of them, the repercussions on them would usually just be a reduction in pay and possibly a bad review. This would likely have a short-term negative impact on them, but could prove to be much more damaging to the business hiring them who may be working on a strict deadline. Accountability is definitely more lax when outsourcing work compared to if you were to hire someone in-house.

Privacy concerns

By outsourcing work you are having your ideas put out there, and it is harder to control or even know what someone is doing with the information you are allowing them access to, especially if they are on the other side of the world. Local laws may be difficult to enforce if you hire from abroad, so extra care and consideration must be taken before going through with this.

How to Quickly Adjust to a New Job

So you’re taking a leap and starting a new job – whether it’s similar to your old one or completely new, there is bound to be a transitional period where you are getting used to your new role, colleagues and the general environment. While we all react differently to such situations, there are a few things we can all do to help us adjust faster and become a vital member of your new team.

Give yourself a few days off before starting

It might be best to give yourself a few days off before starting your new job if you’re just coming off your previous job; this will give you ample time to mentally prepare and rest a bit before hitting the ground running. You don’t want to have your first day at work marred by being burnt out from your last job.

Embrace their culture

If you are moving to a more relaxed environment, try and get used to it as quickly as possible by following your colleagues. A survey of the workplace environment has shown that two-thirds of employees believe that in order to succeed in the workplace, an employee must be willing to adapt to and adopt the work culture.

One can assimilate themselves in the workplace culture by integrating quickly with colleagues. This could come from general conversation within the workplace, to agreeing to socialise with them outside of working hours.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Most of the time there is no such thing as a dumb question. In a new workplace you shouldn’t be afraid to ask even the simplest of questions, especially if it relates specifically to their workplace. The last thing you would want is to make an assumption, only for it to be completely wrong and damaging. If you don’t know how to use the new Pronestor conference room scheduling software then just ask, for example. It will save a lot of time in the long run.

Asking many questions can show you are eager to learn and are an open book. This is especially crucial during your first few weeks when you are still getting to know the place.

Keep notes on what you’ve learnt

No one is going to want to repeat stuff to you, so remember to take a note of what you’ve learnt, allowing you to revisit it later on. You never know, these notes may also come in useful next time there is another new person starting and you can help them out by giving them yours. Be sure to keep everything organized and easy to interpret, so as not to cause any confusion. Consider downloading a simple notebook app on your phone that can also be easily accessed from your computer.

Eat Clean to Get Lean

There is no diet or exercise that will do what healthy eating does. Are you constantly battling between your love of food and not wanting to get fat?

Starving yourself will only get you to eat more. Depriving yourself of food you like and following dietary restrictions would be of little help to fight that flab. Push those boundaries and let your imagination flow to create food that keeps you full, satisfies your taste buds while keeping your calories in check. Eat right not less to a slimmer you. Continue reading “Eat Clean to Get Lean”

Painless Ways towards a Slimmer You

Weight loss requires a lot of commitment, determination, control and discipline.

Some may view weight loss to be an uphill and laborious task. Did you know that some simple hacks could make your fat cry without making you cry? Healthy eating and lifestyle habits can make you look and feel better without being painful and troublesome. Continue reading “Painless Ways towards a Slimmer You”

How to spend less money on food – The Food Budget

Looking at your monthly income and your monthly fixed expenses, have you ever felt the pinch of having a meager or nil discretionary income?

But if you plan your money wisely, your money can really work for you. While cropping up a spending plan to budget your expenses, food can be the most contingent place to start with. Continue reading “How to spend less money on food – The Food Budget”

How to figure out daily calorie intake for weight loss?

How do I figure out daily calorie intake for weight loss?

Answer: Take your weight in pounds and multiply it by ten

This will give you a baseline. If you’re are active this will normally result in losing about a pound of fat per week. If you see less you can adjust by taking calories off and if you see more you can add calories. It is important that you take action to make sure you do not loose any muscle mass. This is simply done by doing strength training.

How to Make Money in Your Underwear

In the past, it may have seemed to be a distant dream to be able to work, earn for our needs and luxuries without having to attend a full-time office, put in fixed hours of working and following a mundane lifestyle. But in today’s dynamic world with ever-changing technology and internet at ease, it is manageable to make handsome money. It is possible with modern technology, talent, competency, capability and know-how. Continue reading “How to Make Money in Your Underwear”