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Dr. Susan Fletcher to Offer Tips for Working in the Smart Zone
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:35 AM

According to Dr. Susan Fletcher, people in the Smart Zone use their emotional intelligence to get back on track. She says it’s important for people to know their weak spots for when they are about to get derailed so that they finish their day strong. Fletcher will share her insight and offer tips for working in the “Smart Zone” during her closing session at the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Marketing & Business Development Conference Oct. 1-3 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Can’t wait until October to learn a few tips from Dr. Fletcher? She offers these five smart moves to help you get more done this week:

  1. Sleep in your work-out clothes. It's so difficult to get out of a warm bed for morning exercise but a morning walk or jog will help you feel better the rest of the day.Eliminate the step that keeps many of us from getting out of bed by sleeping in your work-out clothes. Keep your shoes, your water bottle, and your keys by the front door for an added time saver.
  2. Clean off that desk. When I'm having trouble concentrating or getting things done it often helps to focus on a single mindless task. Your brain doesn't have to work so hard and you'll feel a relaxation response in the rest of your body. Plus, having a clear work space means you actually accomplish one thing that day!
  3. Don't try to make use of the time you save. Managing your time is really about managing your energy and attention. Resist the urge to cram in more "stuff" when you've found a way to save time. Instead use the extra time do something creative, read or just sit (it really is okay to just sit!).
  4. Stop obsessively checking your emails and text messages. Guilty! With three kids in three different schools and two businesses to run, I can get caught up in checking on everything. If you've read any books on productivity then you know that checking email at prescheduled times each day will help you get more done by not getting bogged down.
  5. Sit up straight and open the blinds. Be mindful of your posture and the light in the room. Bad posture causes your body to work harder to oxygenate your blood which makes you feel more tired. Poor lighting causes you to strain and causes "tired eyes."

To hear more insight from Dr. Fletcher, plan to attend Cornerstone’s Marketing & Business Development Conference. Online registration has opened, and please be sure and register by June 30 to secure the best conference rate.

If you have any questions about the Marketing & Business Development Conference, please contact Training & Events, at (469) 385-6630 or (800) 442-5762, ext. 6630.

Educational grants are available through the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. To learn more, please visit