At the heart of the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce service to its members and the Yuba Sutter Community is the government affairs and political advocacy work it does on behalf of the business.
The mission of our Chamber, through its government affairs activities and political advocacy, is to represent and protect the interests of our business community. To this end, the Chamber monitors the issues and activities of local, state, and federal government and, when appropriate, take positions of support or opposition on behalf of the business.
At times, this can feel a little like moving mountains, but being the voice for our business community is where the magic happens. The Chamber received a call from a local business owner who was concerned about a discussion of a new Sutter County ordinance at the Sutter County Board of Supervisors meeting. The business owner expressed their frustration with not having the opportunity in advance to weigh in on the potential impacts to their business and to get a better understanding of what this ordinance could mean for their business. We called Sutter County to inquire about the details of the ordinance and expressed concern over the matter. Sutter County removed the discussion from the agenda and agreed to meet with the business owners, who will be impacted by this ordinance. The Chamber will facilitate the meeting.
The Chamber was delighted by Sutter County's response and their willingness and desire to hear from our local businesses on the matter. Sutter County's interest, like the Chamber, is to represent the Yuba-Sutter community in a way that supports and encourages a business-friendly environment. Their response displayed this, and we are eager to meet with them to discuss the matter in more detail.
The Chamber is here to help the Yuba-Sutter business community. We are the voice for business and encourage businesses to share their concerns when it comes to running their business with the Chamber. We cannot promise that we can move those mountains, but we do guarantee we will go to bat for you when it is in the best interest of your business and the community.
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According to the American Institute of Stress (yes, that’s a thing) and its Attitudes in the American Workplace VII Report, 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help handling that stress. If you’re one of those nearly 50%, we have a few productivity hacks that may help you tame an otherwise stressful situation.
These hacks will assist you in prioritizing workload and streamlining processes. But there are some jobs that are just inherently stressful like bartending on payday or selling Cabbage Patch Dolls in the early 80s.
But for the rest of you, these things should help.
Faster First or Frogs First
This hack is a personal preference and something you should learn about yourself quickly. You are either a list checker or a frog eater. Let me explain. I make to do lists and I love to check things off. Doing so provides momentum and energy for me. I prefer to organize my to do list with a couple of small quick wins early on. I do a couple of small tasks first that I know I can knock out fast. I feel good about that and am energized by my sense of accomplishment.
On the other hand, if I start a large dreaded project that takes me the better part of the day, by 4 I feel unproductive. Even if I know when I finish I can knock the other pieces out quickly, I spend most of my day feeling completely unaccomplished and drained.
But that’s me. And you, if you’re a fast list checker.
Believers in the two minute rule (if it takes two minutes or less, tackle it right away) agree with me but not everyone does.
If you’re a “frog eater,” on the other hand, you believe in tackling your most dreaded task first while you’re fresh. The term comes from Mark Twain who allegedly said, eat a live frog in the morning and you can go through the rest of your day knowing the worst is behind you. People who like to do this say that they’re sharpest in the morning and they want to use that against their toughest task.
Figure out which one you are and organize your day accordingly.
Create Six To-do Lists (but not all at once)
Speaking of which, spend Sunday night (or whatever day starts your week) creating a weekly to-do list. Lay it all out on a calendar so you’re not just seeing your current day’s to-dos but the whole week. This allows you to move things around if necessary and helps to see where you can steal time from, if needed.
Next, create a to-do list for the next day. You’ll do this every day, Sunday-Thursday assuming you work Monday through Friday. Every night, create and examine your next day’s to-do list as well as what remains on your week’s to-do list. Are you on target for completing tasks? What needs to change? If your day is light, you know you can go back to your weekly to-do list and pull something off of tomorrow to work on.
Select a Preferred Media
When it comes to to-do lists, find a format or media that pleases you. Some people like electronic formats with a reward component. Some apps like Asana present bonus graphics when you check something off. Those types of rewards provide people with a quick release of dopamine that not only feels good but energizes the task performer.
I like a white erase board. There’s something about erasing (and not just checking off) that feels very cathartic to me. Maybe that will work for you or maybe you’ll want to try using sticky notes or other removable messaging functionality to track tasks.
It’s up to you which you use but find something you get a kick out of. It goes a long way to keeping you engaged and working away.
Co-workers are great but they are a large distraction with questions about lunch and what happened on the Bachelor last night. If you want to get more done, work virtually. Maybe that’s not possible every day but if you have a deadline looming see if you can do so temporarily.
Keep a Swipe File
Where do you do your best thinking? In the shower? On your drive into work? Don’t let those brilliant ideas escape you. Keep track of them in a notebook, on DropBox, through Google Keep, or recording your ideas on your phone. Any of these formats work fine. Just select the one you know you will use and never worry about losing your best ideas again.
Use Your TV Time
You’ve likely seen some version of this image quote on the internet:
My friend the fitness instructor says this to me all the time. And let me assure you, I am very skilled at finding an excuse because in the realm of things I find important, sleep outranks exercise any day. But that excuse is a decision. And I know this.
If you spend any time at all in front of the TV at night, you have time to do something else. The importance of your television watching outranks whatever you should be doing (like that to-do list I suggested).
I get that you’re exhausted and you just want to unwind, but then stop complaining about not having the time. You’re in charge of television time and you’re making it more important than other activities. I’m not saying that’s wrong but it’s your choice. Recognize the power behind that and you’ll regain some productivity.
Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and WritersWeekly.