Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why It’s Important to Create SMART Goals for All Areas of Your Life

Have you created SMART Goals?

Have you created SMART Goals?

We’re huge advocates of goal setting here at Buffini & Company. We not only advise setting goals for your business; we also endorse setting goals for all areas of your life. After all, living the good life includes all parts of your life—family, financial, personal, spiritual and business. Here are three reasons why it’s important to create SMART goals in your life. Continue reading

3 Ways to Rid Yourself of Fear and Achieve Your Goals

Don't hide from your fears; face them and achieve greatness!

Don’t hide from your fears; face them and achieve greatness!

Are your fears keeping you from succeeding? For many of us, the fear of failure (or even success) prevents us from reaching our goals. We become too paralyzed to act when we encounter an obstacle along our paths. Negative thoughts take over our minds and we begin to believe the horrible things we tell ourselves. We start to think that our goals are impossible, that we’ll never succeed, that we’re destined to fail—and before long we give up. After all, if we can’t believe in ourselves, who will? But, it is possible to defeat these negative thoughts and face our fears head-on. Continue reading

Get Motivated with These 10 Inspiring Quotes

Losing steam this week? Get motivated with these quotes.

Losing steam this week? Get motivated with these quotes.

Need a quick dose of motivation? Here are ten quotes, guaranteed to put a fire under you. Continue reading

Why Taking Breaks Makes You More Productive

Boost your productivity with a quick break.

Boost your productivity with a quick break.

The studies prove it: People who take breaks and take time off are more productive than workaholics. Specifically, a study out of Stanford University found that productivity maxes out at 50 hours per week and drops off dramatically afterwards. People who work 70 hours a week get the same amount done as people who work much less. So, while you may think that you’ll reach success sooner the more hours you put in each week with your nose to the grindstone, in reality, you’re wasting your time if you work more than 50 hours.

1. Breaks energize the mind and body. The most successful people understand that breaks are essential to energize their bodies, rest their brains and work most effectively and efficiently. Breaks allow them to approach challenges with a fresh perspective and tackle their regular lead generating tasks with renewed vigor.

2. Breaks allow time to reflect on challenges. How many times have you faced a challenge and felt frustrated because you couldn’t find a way to work around it or overcome it. This frustration often stems from not stepping back to ruminate on the problem for a bit. While you’re resting, running or focusing your attention on something else, your brain is busy working out solutions to the obstacle or problem. When you turn your attention back to it, you’ll do so with a fresh perspective and more energy.

3. Breaks allow you to prioritize your time. Prioritizing is essential to attaining success. It allows you to focus only on the tasks that drive your business, while also helping you spend time with the people and activities that mean the most to you. Many people who are overworked complain that they don’t see their families enough or they don’t have time for the hobbies they used to enjoy. Taking breaks and prioritizing your day allow you to reach your goals without sacrificing the time you’d like to devote to your loved ones and friends and the activities that renew and refresh you.

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How Improving Your Health Helps Your Business Thrive

Grab a partner and go for a walk, run or take a fitness class.

Grab a partner and go for a walk, run or take a fitness class.

If you’re like most people, you set goals for your health in January. Maybe you set a goal to drop a couple of pants sizes or to run a half marathon or to improve your diet. You may think that these goals will only impact your health; however, in reality, they’ll have an impact on all areas of your life and may even help you to improve your business. Here’s how: Continue reading

4 Types of Breaks That Are Critical to Your Business

Pour a cup of coffee or tea and take a 15 minute break to clear your head and refocus.

Pour a cup of coffee or tea and take a 15 minute break to clear your head and refocus.

All work and no play turns most people into cranky, burned out shells of themselves. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, studies show that not taking breaks throughout your day can negatively impact your productivity as well as your overall health and well-being.  If you’ve ever felt burned out or tired or frustrated from working all the time, it’s time to take a break. Here are four types of breaks to plan for in your schedule. Continue reading

Get Inspired to Achieve Greatness with These Quotes

A little motivation for your Wednesday.

A little motivation for your Wednesday.

Every morning we wake up a set out on a journey toward success. We set goals and plug away tirelessly doing the activities that help us achieve what we want to accomplish. However, along the way, it’s normal to lose sight of our goals and our desire to achieve success. At those times, it’s important to remember why we want to succeed. These quotes about success and the path to achieving it will give you the boost of motivation you need to continue your journey. Continue reading

5 Ways to Provide Value to Your Clients This Summer

A personal note is a great way to provide value to your clients and let them know that you're thinking of them.

A personal note is a great way to provide value to your clients and let them know that you’re thinking of them.

Providing value is an important component of Working by Referral. When you provide value to your clients, you offer them another level of service and reinforce your role as their trusted advisor. Show your expertise and appreciation with these five ways to provide value to your clients this summer. Continue reading

The Essential Client Party Checklist

Planning a summer client party? Here's a list of things to do.

Planning a summer client party? Here’s a list of things to do.

Whether you’re planning your first client party or your tenth, it’s helpful to have a checklist to follow to ensure that you haven’t missed a thing. Here’s a short checklist of tasks to complete while you’re planning your client party (as well a few things to do afterwards): Continue reading