I know we aren’t really getting any snow here in Tahoe, but the hiking has been great. The rain we got the other night was fantastic as well, and this is what I got to see across the street the next morning. Unfortunately I only caught the last few seconds of it happening. The whole forest had been doing it moments before. It was so amazing watch all the trees in the forest with that evaporation. It only lasted about two minutes in total. Gotta love the Tahoe rain.
by Travis Rougier
Blogging for Tahoe Regional Young Professionals
As you may or may not know I am a member of a local organization called TRYP. Not only am I a member but I am also on the marketing committee, and just recently took on the role of being in charge of their blog! So now I will have some accountability with blogging and the plan is to be getting some more writing done on here as well.
I wrote a piece for them about staying motivated during the holiday season and I think it works for my main blog too. If you want to see it on TRYP’s site you can find it here: TRYP Staying Motivated During the Holidays. Otherwise it is below:
Staying Motivated During the Holidays
Wow. December has been busy! There have been Christmas parties galore, cookie making, shopping, threats from the “Storm of the Decade”, cookie eating, decorating, and more cookie eating. None of this has anything to do with work, but for me this is somehow an incredibly productive time of year, even though my work and my career aren’t my main focus.
I wish I was eating one right now…
Holidays are the time of year we like to spend with family, or to simply not be at work anymore. Many of us are burnt out. I understand, and feel very much the same way. There are some ways I have found to remain successful though:
- Take some time off, get away, and get yourself into a place where you are relaxed and able to make sound decisions. Often our family and business life can suffer when we are stressed and making hasty choices. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home often. If it is at all possible I highly recommend it, especially at this time of year.
- Once you have relaxed and shed the daily stress, it is time to evaluate. Look at your workload (without stressing!) and prioritize it. What has to be done by when? Once you’ve finished doing that for your job, do one for your personal life as well.
- Now that you have a prioritized list you can address them in the correct order and stay focused on them until they are done. Make a schedule that is realistic and leaves you plenty of time to spend with family or doing what you WANT to do at this time of year. Try not to multitask. Multitasking kills your creativity, causes stress, and in the long run actually lowers your productivity. Get your work done, get some personal goals met, and stick to that schedule.
- Here’s something you may not know: I love cookies. Chances are your coworkers do too. Sharing food with workmates is a great way to take a break, relieve holiday anxiety, and create trust. Recent studies have suggested that 57% of employees said that food-based perks make them feel more valued and appreciated. 50% said that food-perks would make them feel more satisfied with their employers. Never underestimate the power of a cookie again.
I wish I was also eating these right now…
Before you know it you’ll have crossed off most of your list. You’ll be a bit more relaxed and you’ll have potentially cultivated better work relationships. Now when it is time to actually get back to the grind after the holidays you will already be set up for success. In fact, now would probably be a good idea to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions…
by Travis Rougier
Home Ownership Drop
Apparently there are fewer homeowners in the US today than there were last year. Thanks Obama. (That’s a joke by the way.) It is at a new 20-year low, and the article can be found here: .
Sorry, only Baby Boomers and Generation Y own these homes now.
So Generation X is having some home ownership issues. From some other sources I was reading the employment factor is actually pretty huge. There are more Baby Boomers still working than ever projected previously, and when you have highly skilled and experienced labor in the workforce, it makes it much harder for Generation X to break into those positions.
Not much we can do about it at this point, but hopefully we can start creating more jobs so it is less of an issue for Generation Y.
by Travis Rougier
Whew, it has been a crazy summer. Things are beginning to settle down and I can find room to breathe and start sharing real estate information, ideas, and tips again. Stay tuned for those and I’m sure you noticed the giant infographic above.
I know for myself that outdoor living space and an open floor plan are HUGE. What about you? What do you fall in love with when you are viewing a home? Let me know below!