Fidget spinners are everywhere. Have you seen one? If the answer is no, maybe you didn’t know what it was. It is the new craze with children and adults.
What is a Fidget spinner? According to Wikipedia below here is the definition of a Fidget Spinner:
A fidget spinner is a toy that consists of a ball-bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with little effort.
Fidget spinners became popular toys in April 2017, although similar devices had been invented as early as 1993. The popularity of the toy among children and teenagers has led some schools to ban use of the spinners in class for being a distraction, while other schools have allowed the toy to be used discreetly.
The toy has been advertised as helping people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting by relieving nervous energy or psychological stress. There are claims that a fidget spinner can be used to help calm people down who suffer from anxiety and other neurological disorders like ADHD and autism. However, as of May 2017, there is no scientific evidence that they are effective as a treatment for autism or ADHD. ~ Wikipedia
In this video below is a demonstration of a fidget spinner which Allen Blau a friend of mine made from an old skate board. He removed the bearings and glued them together so it would be balanced. Allen says it doesn’t spin like all the fancy ones, but the weight and size is perfect for him.
There is talk that the fidget spinner helps the brain focus and reduces stress. This produces a calming visual simulation and some even compare the fidget spinners to stress balls to relieve high intense stress levels in the workplace.
Recently schools have started to ban fidget spinners saying they are a distraction and disruption in the classrooms for the students and teachers.
What about the workplace? Are fidget spinners a distraction similar to having personal cell phones in the work area? I am all for reducing stress and burn-out in the workplace, however if it is a constant distraction and taking away from work performance then guidelines need to be established on what is acceptable and was is not.
Do I know for sure if fidget spinners really reduce stress and anxiety? No I do not, however some individuals say it does reduce their stress and anxiety. Scientific researchers are still gathering data on this subject. Will this craze end before the research is gathered? Only time will tell.
Here are my thoughts, if an individual benefits from a fidget spinner and it helps their brain focus and they are less stressed-out; what does taking a few minutes out of the day hurt? Now, we all know there are going to be people who abuse everything, that is their nature, however why should one person ruin it for everyone else. Accountability is the key, if you abuse something, it will be taken away; and boundaries need to be set and followed. Enjoy life with less stress, however don’t be the one, with lack of restraint and spoil it for others. ~ Patti
How do you achieve a balanced life? Some say it is not achievable, while others say you can. What is a balanced life really? There are going to be times in our lives where we think it can never be achievable. Life is just plain chaotic at times.
How do you stay balanced when you feel everything is crashing down around you?
Does this sound like you?
You’re working on a major project at work, while trying to balance your home life responsibilities, rushing around as a parent to all the children activities, desiring some quality time with your spouse, craving to eat healthy and wanting to get enough exercise.
Recently, I felt this way myself with a big project going on and nothing seemed to be going as planned. Every time I turned around there was another obstacle in the way. Feeling totally exhausted; mentally and physically drained for months working on this project. Having many other people’s viewpoints and personal agendas colliding. Tempers flaring and patience levels being pushed to their breaking point. That’s what happens when you are an “A” type personality and things aren’t going the way you planned. I let the project over-consume me.
Life is a balance of holding on and letting go……… ~ Unknown
From this experience, I learned that I forgot to take care of me. To walk away and enjoy the simple things in life. My diabetes glucose levels were way too high, which contributed to feeling very tired, irritable, and I definitely know better. I wasn’t listening to my own advice. Then going to the doctor and increasing my medicine and being told you need to relax more and exercise more. Going to the chiropractor for my back and neck pain, and telling me to do more meditation and stress release exercises. What a wake-up call!
Time to step back and say enough. Let it go and breathe. Reflect, reframe and refocus on what truly is important. Life is to be enjoyed, having some fun, and having lasting relationships.
I truly needed to go back to basics and work on these 5 steps for a balanced life.
Say No to Things You Don’t Want.
Build Positive Relationships.
Create Healthy Boundaries.
Journal to Resolve Feelings and Issues.
Enjoy the Best Life Now!
Life is going to be chaotic, hectic and disappointing. How we react to it is what determines happiness. By remembering to put these 5 simple principles into practice and not forgetting to step back, breathe, and really enjoy your life, family, friends; and learning how to let go of what will not matter 5 years from now.
Call to Action:
Take the poll, put these 5 steps into your daily life and don’t let stress consume you. ~ Patti 🙂
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A while back, I was on a weekend camping trip with some friends. The trip was great. We were at Apache Lake, Arizona, and camped on the beach. The mountain views, sunsets, and beautiful night skies were amazing.
One evening, we were getting ready to play a card game, and my friend starting telling me about his thoughts regarding hard-working employees and narcissistic managers.
A Workplace Phenomenon:
The hard-working individuals who give their all at work are not recognized or promoted for all their efforts and good work performance.
Then, the narcissistic managers who get promoted, do not give their all, do minimal work, are aggressive, know it alls, braggers, and life pleasures seem to be handed to them quickly and easily. They charm the higher-ups and belittle the others around them with sarcastic and rude comments. Everything is about them, and however upper management has no clue about their lack of work performance, integrity, or inappropriate behavior. They are cunning and use others to do all their work. They act like they are working and tell everyone how busy they are, but they sit on the phone all day gossiping about others. They take credit for their employee’s work and boost about how wonderful they are.
What are the warning signs that someone in leadership is a Narcissistic Manager?
They lack empathy and compassion.
They are always right.
They have poor listening skills and only want to listen to what they want to hear.
They are all about titles and status.
They don’t believe in coaching or mentoring.
They control and dominate group meetings.
They are very competitive.
They get rid of employees who don’t agree with them or are independent thinkers. They want “yes” people in their inter-circle.
They are terrible at sustaining relationships.
As they move up the corporate ladder, these characteristics become more and more apparent.
Someday all the Narcissistic Leaders will eventually be found out it, however what about all the damage they cause along the way? With the Narcissistic Managers continually moving up the corporate ladder and the ongoing damage to the hard-working, loyal employees keep escalating. When will organizations wake up and realize why losing good employees and Narcissistic Managers are causing a huge negative impact on their bottom line? ~ Patti
What are your thoughts about this topic? Have you ever worked with a Narcissistic Manager as your leader? What impact did the Narcissistic Leader have on you and your career?
Does this resonate with you? If so, please share your comments below and/or take the poll.
Take this quick poll before reading the blog post. “Do You Share What You Do For A Living With Your Children”?
I am not sure how you answered the poll, however let’s talk about why there is value in sharing what you do with your children.
Developing a career path is a life long process, it usually starts in childhood and continues along with different choices, opportunities, on-going learning and achieving more and more experience. Most people decided on their careers when they were children. Parental engagement and involvement were key factors in influencing the child on pursuing their dream career, values and work ethic. Having positive and encouraging conversations with your children about your own career decisions is very valuable to them.
Talk with your children about your career story:
Start with your first job.
How you prepared or not prepared in high school and/or college with your career choices.
Talk about your networking connections, clubs, courses etc.
Discuss about the people who shaped you during your career; such as bosses, co-workers, mentors, coaches and etc.
Tell about your good choices and bad choices that influenced your career.
Discuss “What you would do differently”.
The amount of time you spend sharing and encouraging your children will open up their minds to think about what type of career they want and start working towards a plan of action to achieve it. It is important for children to discover their own strengths and interests. Have them try out as many different kinds of tasks and jobs to see what they like and don’t like. This will help them make a better decision on what career path to pursue.
As leaders and team members we all struggle with certain areas of our job. Take a few moments and self-reflect on which topics speak to you. Then select those particular items within the poll. The poll results will inspire future blog posts regarding these subjects which are important to you. All polls selections are anonymous. Participate in the poll by selecting your choices and click vote. Comments are always welcome and please share it with your colleagues and on your social networks!~ Patti
This is something I don’t usually post but a while back I was asked this question by someone at a Leadership event. I really didn’t know how to answer the question. It wasn’t something I personally experienced. The more I started thinking about this question, I thought I would ask all of you for your experiences, opinions and thoughts. What do you think?