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Want a Promotion? Here’s What To Do

1 Nov

Who doesn’t want to be promoted to the next level? Well, sometimes promotions are not handed over to you. You need to ask for them. However, requesting for a promotion can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it is not easy to put yourself out there in front of the higher management, particularly when the competition is tough. And, obviously, there always exists the fear of rejection. It can be really challenging to start the big conversation.

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Ready to take the challenge? Here’s what you need to know before you take that next step:

1. Stand out and make a difference

Actions speak louder than words! Show your passion through your work, implement changes for the betterment that will portray your skills and make your profile stand out.

2. Get involved

Participate actively in every task that manager has allotted to you. Seek for his help and ask for feedback about your work. Set targets and share your plan with him to accomplish those goals.

3. Keep records

Make a habit to list down all your allotted tasks. Once you begin the big talk, share your progress report with your boss. Highlight the tasks in which you’ve gone beyond the expectation level.

4. Multitasking

Don’t restrict yourself to a specific work domain. For instance, if you are involved in technical work then spare some time to go through the operations, sales, marketing, supply chain or customer service workflow. Be a multitasker!

5. Be innovative in your approach

Nowadays, you can get every information on the Internet with a single click. Incorporate new ideas and practices in your work. Share information on new technological developments with your co-workers. Be a team player.

6. Plan the Timing

While there is no ideal time to request for a promotion, it is good to discuss this issue on certain occasions such as during annual performance appraisal. It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with your boss how you have been performing and where your professional life is directed.

7. Don’t be aggressive!

Never ever threaten your boss that you will leave the job if you do not get what you deserve. Negotiate till things move rightly in your direction.

8. Request a meeting

 Once you are ready to ask for promotion, send your boss an e-mail asking for a meeting. Clearly mention that you would want to discuss your work performance and future prospects. The meeting could be a one-on-one discussion or you could even demonstrate your skills by delivering a presentation.

 9. Follow up

After you put forward your request for a promotion, it is important to follow up with your boss. Know your proposed salary figures and negotiate. Negotiation can make a huge difference. Be friendly with your boss and communicate well with full confidence.

 10. Adapt to new responsibilities

Once your message is clearly conveyed to the management, half of the task is done! It’s time to involve yourself in other departmental tasks to get familiar with the workflow. Promotion will bring a new set of responsibilities and tons of new problems so it is better to be well-prepared beforehand.

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Now that you know how to ask for a promotion, you are ready to go and knock at your manager’s door. Good luck!

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Skin Woes During Pregnancy? No More!

30 Oct

Pregnancy can be a very special time in your life. You start preparing for your new arrival- getting the nursery ready, researching baby names and registering for your baby shower. You are so excited and look forward to every new experience and change that pregnancy has to bring along, except for one: skin woes.

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During pregnancy, our body is transforming which includes your skin as well. While pregnancy can leave some lucky ladies looking gorgeous, stunning with luscious locks and clear complexion, for others, all that extra hormonal activity can have the opposite effect. You may end up suffering from a variety of pregnancy skin issues.

Here are some of the effectual ways to take care of your skin during pregnancy.

1. Oily skin with breakouts

Women face hormonal breakouts during pregnancy as your skin becomes oily because of all the hormonal changes. You mostly experience nastiest breakouts during the first trimester of pregnancy. Imagine having a pimpled face along with morning sickness, yuck!

Remedy

Use such products which contain acne-fighting elements in order to treat hormonal breakouts. Using clarifying cleanser is one perfect idea as it reduces bacteria from skin and helps to fight acne for hours. Apply this 1-2 times a week to get purified and pores free skin. You can also use products which contain glycolic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid, or witch hazel. Get in touch with your doctor before using any of these ingredients!

2. Dry patches

During pregnancy your body gets dehydrated due to which your skin becomes dry and you might start having dry patches and crumbling skin. To fight this challenge, you have to step up your water game.

Remedy

It is suggested to wash your skin with a soap-less rinse-off cleanser, so find such products which contain elements such as conditioners and botanical oils like Sunflower Oils and Avocado oils, and humectants. Use of such products will soothe and moisturize your skin immediately. It will repair your skin’s dryness and will give you a smooth skin.

3. Discoloration

When you are pregnant, the most important thing to protect your skin from, is harmful UV rays. It is possible that your skin becomes hyper-pigmented, as you are progressing through each trimester.

Remedy

To protect your skin from discoloration, apply antioxidants sunscreen products which contain at least SPF 30 and Vitamin C. It is better to use higher SPF sunscreen, if you are going in the midday sun or at the beach.

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There are a number of other issues as well. However, the above three are the most common troublemakers that can mar your pregnancy experience. Got anything to add? Please share with me!

5 Ways to Say NO without Feeling Bad

23 Oct

Do you often regret saying ‘yes’ when people come to you asking for a favor because you are too quick to say yes and too hesitant to say no? Well, it’s time to learn to say NO! Read on and master the art of refusing politely.

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As someone who is leading a professional life with a hectic schedule, you may already have your plate quite full of chores and which is why you need to think before you agree to any point thrown at you. There is a fine line between helping others and being exploited by others and you need to recognize that line, for your own progress.

To be an efficient professional, you sometimes need to take a step back and say “no”, even if the demand comes from someone superior to you in the workplace. Saying “yes” to every single prospect can be disrupting and demanding, particularly when your own timetable is already over-flooded with responsibilities and appointments. Addition of more tasks merely to gratify others can make you overwhelmed which will eventually make it hard for you to satisfy these requests in the end.

How can you say NO in a polite and professional way? Here are a few ways to help you practice the art:

1. Ask Time for Considering the Offer

If you think there is a slight chance you might regret saying yes, ask for more time. Say something like “Let me think a little about it”. Doing so helps you gain some time to consider and think things through before making your final decision.

2. Appreciate the Gesture

If someone tries to involve you in a project or take your help in executing an idea, do not blurt out a yes or no instantly. Appreciate them by being positive or by complimenting them slightly. Enhance their confidence by giving positive remarks about the idea and then ask for exemption from the project.

3. Express that You Already Have Commitments

If you consider that the offer is something which may be useful for you in the future, you can keep your way open by saying something like “I would love to assist you in the task but I have a few plans for now”. This helps in getting the offer again in the future, in case you would like to do a similar project in coming days.

4. Show Willingness

To be polite, you need to show the willingness to accept the offer, particularly if the offer comes from a superior. Highlight the demands of your current, busy schedule in a way that it does not seem like you are complaining about the workload and then say no.

5. Be Straightforward

If nothing works, just take a deep breath and deny in a straightforward manner. Start your sentence by saying “Sorry, but I can’t be of assistance”.

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Got any more ideas to say NO without sounding like a snob? Please share with me!

To detox or not to detox…

13 Mar

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Do you know your body is exposed to numerous poisonous substances called contaminants, artificial food constituents, and insecticides that harm our body? We are in continuous interaction with damaging viruses and contaminants. They are present in the water we drink, the food we consume, the air we inhale and so on. It is very tough to escape from them. These toxins are actually a source of numerous health problems that have been introduced in our systems over the years. Worry not! It is easy to get rid of these harmful toxins by a process called ‘Detox’.

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What exactly is a detox?

In simple words, detox is a procedure in which an individual incorporates changes in his or her lifestyle to clear the body of contaminants. These routine changes normally involve refraining from certain injurious things and improving body processes. Some modifications are transitory, for example; following a cleansing regimen while others are long-lasting.

Want to get rid of these toxins in an effective way? Here are a few tips:

1. Opt for Organic Foods

The best way to eliminate toxins from your body is to support the body’s natural cleansing process by reducing its burden and lessening the contaminants you put in the body. Opt for organic food products over junk and other treated foodstuffs.

2. Workout and Meditation

Workout and meditation aid in maintaining a fit body. Working out makes you perspire, and perspiration benefits by releasing contaminants through skin. Also, meditation frees your mind and decreases tension that can be as deadly to your well-being as chemicals.

3. Nutrition

Cleansing your body is not just restricted to what you elude, but is also concerned with what you ingest. Hence, it is important to consume a healthy nutrition. There are numerous foods that help in detoxification such as garlic, lemon, broccoli shoots, beans, and raw vegetables.

4. Enema Kits

The idea of using an enema kit may make you wince at first but it is actually an effective way to get rid of body toxins. It is a technique to flush waste products out of your colon. While there are multiple enema kits available in the market, coffee enemas are a popular choice to be used for the therapeutic treatment for multiple illnesses such as constipation, weariness and liver cleansing.

5. Cleanse the Air You Inhale

Another way to naturally detoxify the body is to breathe in clean air. While it is not possible to control the entire atmosphere, apparently you can control the environment in your house and work spaces. The most reliable way is to invest in an air purifier. However, if a good quality air purifier is a bit too heavy on your pocket then it is best to get a few house plants that act as natural air purifiers.

6. Cleanse Your System With Water

Want to know another cheap yet effective way to detox the body? Just watch out what you drink! Water is perhaps the most valued tool for cleansing your system. The body’s most elementary roles need water. Be it to produce saliva, aid with sweating, and eliminate waste. Drink plenty of water. Replace coffee, tea and sports drinks with a glass of clean water. If you find the taste too bland then add in a few drops of lemon juice or slices of cucumber to your water.

Have you performed a detox of any sort?  Share with me your experience!

Common Adult Skincare Issues & Remedies

3 Nov

Hey gorgeous! If you’ve been following my blog then you’d know how strongly I believe in setting up a proper skincare routine. No matter how expensive makeup you use, if the canvas is untidy, you can never paint a beautiful picture. Our skin is like a canvas so take care of it. Below are 5 common adult skincare issues that we all can relate to in one way or another. Have a look at it and also take note of the suggested remedies.

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I hope this post will be of great help. Take care of your skin and overall health. Love yourself. Eat right. Sleep well and exercise. I’ll see you soon with another cool post. Stay tuned!

XOXO