Weekend Words of Wisdom | Gratitude | Gratefulness Brings Happiness | #12

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp
This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Weekend Words of Wisdom

Weekend Words of Wisdom | #12

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero

If you cannot feel gratitude, then how can you be anything else at all?

To be gracious and experience gratitude to all in life means that you realize, appreciate, and love. If you lack gratitude, then how can you feel, be, and know anything else? Since life is neither lived in the past nor in the future but only in the present, one must experience the feeling and sense of gratitude before anything else can follow.

 

 

Be grateful and all other virtues will follow.

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Never Schedule a Meeting 30 Minutes Prior to Lunch

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp
This entry is part of 1 in the series All About Business

Meetings are a staple in every business, they are unavoidable in business, but there are certain times during the day that work better for a meeting than other times. One of the worst times of day to schedule a meeting is 30 minutes prior to lunch. The 4 reasons being the following:

    1. Distracted. People are not entirely focused on the task at hand – and there is nothing wrong with that – it’s just the internal distraction of a grumbling stomach causing a lack of focus amongst individuals as they think about what’s for lunch or that delicious meal awaiting them in there lunch box – maybe some leftovers from the gourmet dinner the night before.
    2. Hangry. Have you ever been hangry – hungry and angry? I am sure there are many people that fall victim to this, but as you sit in a meeting that meanders closer and closer to lunch-time observe how people’s demeanor and attitude changes, even slightly. They go from agreeable to a little edgy. This is hangry, and this is not productive in business. Let them eat and then have that important meeting.
    3. Off-Topic. Rather than focusing on the topic at hand, discussions begin circling around what is for lunch. Clearly, any off-topic conversation during a meeting is not productive – so this would be best avoided by not scheduling meetings right before lunch.
    4. Time Matters. As lunch begins creeping closer, people begin watching the clock and counting down until they can eat their lunch. They start focusing more on the clock and less on the tasks at hand. Imagine if the meeting needed some extra-attention – many people would be frustrated to have to stay late in a meeting during their lunchtime and brash decisions may be made (scheduled or not, our body’s know when it’s time to eat). It’s better to become aware that the meeting needs some extra time and maybe tackle it later on, especially if a major decision is to be made than make a decision that has not been fully thought through.


What can you take away from this?

It’s best to schedule meetings to not be 30 minutes prior to lunch and not 30 minutes after lunch. Imagine that everyone has an hour-long lunch break – well, add another hour (30 minutes before and 30 minutes after) that is completely blocked off from scheduling to allow for a more efficient and productive meeting.

By allowing for 30 minutes after lunch, you’re taking into account both differing return times for employees lunch hours, as well as the sluggishness that is often felt right after a meal.

So, when is the best time to schedule a meeting?

According to a study conducted by Quartz – the absolute best time to schedule a meeting is at 2:30 pm on Tuesday. Not only are the majority of people available during this time-period, but they are also more in-tuned in the business as it’s mid-day and mid-week. So if you need to schedule an important or critical meeting – aim to do so on Tuesday at 2:30 pm.

Even if a Tuesday doesn’t work well for you, then you may want to consider Wednesday or Thursday, as well, seeing as these are also mid-week.

Weekend Words of Wisdom | Gratitude | Gratefulness Brings Happiness | #11

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp
This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Weekend Words of Wisdom

Weekend Words of Wisdom | #11

“It is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy.” — Unknown —

Being grateful brings about happiness, but happiness does not bring about gratitude – why is this?

This is because the feeling of gratitude allows you the opportunity to count your blessings and allow you the chance to look at your life from an outward perspective. By doing this, you realize simply how happy you are with the people, gifts, and things that you have been granted in this lifetime.

 

 

What will your attitude be – attempt happiness before gratitude or gratitude followed by happiness?