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Welcome 2015: 4 Easy Ways to Increase Productivity

Happy New Year from the entire Drum Cafe West team! This is the month where we all make a resolution and vow to stick to it. A key influencer in keeping a resolution is productivity. Why? If you can stay on top of your to-do list, then you'll have more time to e1151807_46818568mbrace your resolution and make changes in your life (whether it's personal or work related). Here are four simple ideas that can be used to increase productivity and make room for your positive lifestyle changes:

1. Get to places earlier. Respect your time, as well as the time of people around you. An early arrival gives you time to prepare and gather your thoughts. Rushing, or trying to do things at the last minute, will just add stress.

2. Write a "Stop Doing" list. We all know how to write a to-do list, but sometimes our growth and strength is dependent on what we choose to ignore, not on what we choose to do.

3. Don't wait for perfect conditions to start a project. Start now and give your idea time to grow. Immediate action will create a positive ripple effect that drives even more action. This will help you evolve projects in the long run, and avoid procrastination habits.

4. Stay in touch. Make time to catch up with your family, friends and work colleagues. Don't wait for a reason to say hello. Keep your relationships and networks front-and-center at all times. After all, people are what make the world go-round!

We hope that practicing these four simple ideas will gift you extra time to do the things you're most passionate about. Overtime, you will be able to adjust your expectations and sculpt your life to bring out your true potential.

Welcome 2015: 4 Easy Ways to Increase Productivity


Happy New Year from the entire Drum Cafe West team! This is the month where we all make a resolution and vow to stick to it. A key influencer in keeping a resolution is productivity. Why? If you can stay on top of your to-do list, then you’ll have more time to embrace your resolution […]

Coming Together Full Circle with San Jose State University


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The Most Unique Retreats: Why Personal Discovery Can Supercharge Your Career


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3 Benefits of Offering Professional Development Opportunities to Your Employees


Sharing ideas to grow is at the core of every successful business. Without new ideas and fresh perspectives, we remain stagnant and still. This is why it is critical that we dust off the cobwebs and learn something new each and every day. We recently did an event with Microsoft’s Content Services and International team […]

Having Fun with Hunter Industries


When was the last time you had a good old-fashioned laugh with your coworkers? Was it at the last holiday party? Is it something that happens daily? Would you consider your job fun? We recently did an incredible event with the sales and marketing professionals of Hunter Industries, which is a family-owned global company that […]

The 3 Things We Gain by Expressing Gratitude in the Workplace


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Do You Celebrate Your Team Enough? Lessons from Fantech


When was the last time your organization came together to celebrate? Did you pop open a bottle of champagne to toast to a successful product launch? Did you host a company retreat to bring your team together after hitting major sales goals? Maybe you simply congratulated a team member on a new promotion. No matter […]

4 Ways Drumming Can Kickstart New Initiatives with First Security Bank


Have you ever picked up a drum and started beating a rhythm with your hands? The excitement you feel with every vibration is something you can’t control. It is innate to the human experience. Drumming excites us at our deepest core, and it allows us to step directly into the present moment. Drumming is powerful—but […]

Drum Cafe West Energizes Conference Kickoff for “Healthcare of the Future”


Spring has sprung, and we’ve been attending a whirlwind of spring kickoff meetings around the western U.S. Most recently, we headed to Las Vegas to open a kickoff meeting for an organization that manages electronic medical records. The theme of the event was, “What’s Next: Healthcare of the Future,” and the goal of the gathering […]

AVID Event Recap: Teaching Teachers to be Brave & Brilliant


Last week we had the privilege of performing our interactive keynote program for AVID, an organization dedicated to the success and achievement of underprivileged students who are determined to not only be successful in school, but in all aspects of their lives. Introducing our new program to this team of 150 innovative educators and administrators […]