How to Land a Promotion Now

Are you having dreams about receiving that much-deserved promotion for the same job you’ve been working in for years?  It’s time to make a play for the position you want and deserve.  Here’s how:

Step One: Create Work Objectives

Ask your boss for concrete goals that you should accomplish.  Create an outlined plan of expected tasks, along with a timeline to keep progress in check.  Establishing mutually understood objectives with your boss puts you on the frontline for promotions.  Go above and beyond what’s expected.

Step Two: Participate in Noticeable Assignments

Volunteer to work on difficult assignments and join company community-service projects.  You will be perceived as a team leader, a necessary trait in almost any business environment.

Step Three: Fess Up

Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone takes responsibility for them.  Be honest about mistakes, and help find the best solution for correcting them and preventing them in the future.

Step Four: Keep track of your achievements.

Always carefully track and document anything noteworthy you do at work.  It’s important information to help you update your portfolio and resume and what you’ll need to prove your value when it comes time for promotions or raises.  If you can come up with solid facts and figures (percentage of improvement in sales or something comparable), that’s even better.

Step Five: Be likable and flexible.

A Harvard Study showed most people would prefer to work with the likable fool over the competent jerk or in simpler terms someone they like over someone competent. Ideally, you’ll be both amiable and capable, but it’s important to remember how important emotional intelligence is in the workplace.

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Energy Savings Tips for Cool Comfort

If you want to keep your home comfortably cool while saving energy dollars during the warm months, here’s an idea: don’t add extra heat in your home.  In practical terms, that means:

  • Use your microwave or counter-top appliances for cooking chores instead of your oven or stove.  Better yet, grill some burgers outdoors.
  • Run your dryer and dishwasher at night instead of the day.  Or let your clothes and dishes air dry.  Also, wash only full loads.
  • Keep out heat from the sun by keeping drapes, blinds and shades closed during the hottest parts of the day.
  • After a shower or bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity.  Better to take short showers instead of baths.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible.  Each degree above 78 can save 6-7 percent off cooling costs.  Also, don’t try to cool faster by setting a thermostat colder than normal.  It won’t help and could result in added energy expenses and/or cause stress to the unit.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save energy while you’re away and comfortable while home.
  • Ceiling fans will create a cool breeze and keep air circulating in the home and, the Department of Energy says, will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without reducing comfort.
  • Replacing an aging central air conditioning with a new Energy Star qualified model can reduce cooling costs by 20 percent.

To see how much you can save check out this Energy Savings Calculator.  It will show you the difference between an old lower efficiency model versus a new higher efficiency heating and cooling system.

Glitter Polka-Dotted Easter Eggs

 

With Easter right around the corner I thought I’d do a post on one of my favorite childhood holiday crafts…Easter Eggs!!!  I discovered this unique way to decorate Easter eggs while moseying through pinterest.  All you need is some hardboiled eggs, glue spots (you can find them at Hobby Lobby) and, of course, glitter!

Check out A Pumpkin and a Princess blog for the whole tutorial.