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What to Do When Compassion Fatigue Strikes

What to Do When Compassion Fatigue Strikes
As you've probably noticed, around the nation more and more people are protesting their local stay-at-home policies. At first glance, it may seem easy to some to criticize those who are protesting for being shortsighted, selfish and/or foolish. So why are people protesting? Why are people starting to venture out more in some areas? Understanding what might be going on will help you immensely! Before I go any further, this post is NOT about whether the protests are the right thing to do or not! While I understand the right and desire to protest, I am not endorsing that anyone violate any existing laws or regulations. That being said, enough people are arguing about this issue-we don't need to do the same here! I think many people are protesting because they're experiencing compassion fatigue, and are at the end of their proverbial rope. Think about it friends-we have been in coronavirus alert mode since about January; high alert mode since the end of February; and full blown crisis mode since mid-March.  What has happened since then? Approximately 45,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus (And counting) Over 22 million Americans (and counting) have lost their jobs. (Washington Post) Approximately 30% of Americans didn't pay rent (CNN) Oil prices have dropped to below 0. (CNN) The U.S. government has approved over $2 trillion in economic relief for the American people, companies and organizations (Heritage Foundation) A large percentage of the world's economy has shut down People hoarded years and years worth of toilet......
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How Lynda.com and a Treadmill Made Me a More Effective Leader

How Lynda.com and a Treadmill Made Me a More Effective Leader
My company recently implemented a Leadership Development program. The first part of the program involved taking a set of required courses from Lynda.com. I’ve been in a management position for 10+ years. I figure at this point, I know what I’m doing. What am I possibly going to get out of a handful of courses? Figure out my strengths and weaknesses? Done. I am really good at all of the tactical parts of my job and want to focus more on strategic items like innovation. Use a To-Do List? I am the Queen of To-Do lists! Ask me any time, and I can show you my To-Do list with work items on one side and personal ones on the other. Meet with my employees regularly to review projects and talk about goals? Done. I have weekly meetings with my direct reports. Make time to exercise and play in order to reduce stress and be more creative? Wait... what? In her Lynda.com course “Leadership Fundamentals,” Britt Andreatta talks about exercise and play as key components in a strategy of sustainability. Engaging in exercise as well as play time helps us manage our emotions, reduce stress and become more resilient. I hate to exercise. I like the thought of it, but in practice, not so much. I even have a Pinterest board for it with a lot of tips on exercises I can do in a hotel room since I travel frequently. But do I actually make time for it? No. I don’t want to exercise first thing in the mo......
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5 Tips for Less Stress This Budget Season

5 Tips for Less Stress This Budget Season
Do you cringe when you hear the words “budget season?” If so, you’re certainly not alone. Budget season is a busy time for multifamily professionals. With numbers to crunch and dollars to stretch, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and check out these 5 tips to help make this budget season a little less stressful in your office. 1. Stay OrganizedWalking in to the office each morning and being greeted by a messy, disorganized desk is a guaranteed way to start your day off on a stressful note. So, at the end of each day, take a few minutes to organize your desk so you can start the next day with your paperwork organized and easy to find.  2. Take a BreakStand up and stretch. Take 5 deep breaths. Take a quick walk around the block. Stepping away from your desk every now and then allows you to clear your head so you’re mentally prepared to take on your next task. 3. Ask for HelpYou don’t have to do everything yourself. Instead, delegate tasks to your team so you can all work together to ensure everything gets finished. 4. Make Your Health a PriorityDuring the busy budget season, it’s easy to put yourself last on your list of priorities. Don’t fall into that trap! Unhealthy habits like frequent trips to the vending machine and skimping on sleep can actually make you more stressed! Instead, make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular exercise and clocking enough sleep each night so you wake up feeling rejuvenat......
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