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Tips for building a can-do attitude at work 

Positivity in the workplace offers many benefits, including increased job satisfaction and performance. While a positive attitude is contagious, it involves a lot more than forcing a smile when talking to your colleagues.  

Negativity can reduce motivation and cause tension in the workplace, but building a can-do attitude can boost productivity and improve collaboration.  

So, where do you begin when building a can-do attitude at work? Here are a few tips to get you started. 

Practice deep breathing 

Deep breathing exercises have been shown to offer benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving sleep and boosting energy levels. One of the most underrated benefits of deep breathing is that it can help you cultivate a can-do attitude in the workplace.  

Set personal goals 

Setting personal goals can be a great way to contribute to a can-do attitude. When you have specific goals in mind, you are more likely to take action and achieve them. Outlining your personal goals can help you feel more motivated and positive. 

Think before you speak 

It’s important to think before you speak in the workplace. While you may have the best intentions, poorly chosen words could hurt someone’s feelings or damage relationships. You could even say something that gets you in trouble with your boss or cost your company money.  

Manage your expectations 

Managing expectations is important in any situation, especially when working towards a common goal. If everyone involved has the same understanding of what can be accomplished, it helps maintain a can-do attitude and avoid disappointment or frustration. By setting realistic expectations from the beginning, you can work together more effectively and achieve more as a team. 

Focus on the positive 

It’s easy to get into a rut in the workplace, being weighed down by the pressure of deadlines and the stress of high workloads. Choosing to focus on the positive can shift your perspective and help maintain a can-do attitude. 

Clear your workspace 

When working on any task, it is important to maintain a positive attitude and keep a clear workspace, allowing for better focus and productivity. By clearing away any distractions or negative energy, you can devote your attention to the task at hand. This can be especially helpful when working on challenging or frustrating tasks. A clear workspace helps to create a positive environment, which can make all the difference in your success. 

Are you looking for a place to store the extra clutter in the office space? At Wigwam, we provide safe and secure business storage units to keep excess belongings, helping to create a positive attitude in the workspace.  

Contact our team online to find out more about our cost-effective storage solutions.  

What to ask a landlord when renting a new apartment

Moving into a new apartment comes with a variety of different emotions. Excitement at the fresh opportunity, the stress involved with the move, and perhaps sadness at leaving your previous home behind.  

Amid all of these emotions, it’s important to ask your landlord a few important questions, such as the following; 

What utilities and amenities are included in the rental agreement? 

While you may agree to a monthly rental payment, hidden costs or surprise amenities may be included. Ask the landlord which utilities are included in the rent and which you need to pay for yourself. It’s also important to find out more about the home’s utilities, such as gas or electrical.  

If the property includes amenities, these should also be mentioned in the agreement. For example, ask whether the apartment has parking and whether internet service is included. 

Can you make changes to the premises? 

When renting an apartment, it’s important to remember that you don’t own the property and need permission to change the premises.  

These changes don’t only include the likes of large renovations but also small updates such as painting the walls, hanging frames on the wall and making changes to the garden.  

Who is responsible for the maintenance of the property? 

Property needs to be maintained to keep its value, and normally the landlord is responsible. Ask the landlord about their maintenance schedule, including garden services and major or minor repairs. It’s best to get the process in writing. 

Are there any building rules and regulations? 

The apartment will most likely be a part of a larger corporation with a governing set of rules. Ask the landlord about the apartment building’s house rules and make sure that you follow them. Breaking these rules could lead to a fine or termination of the lease, so ask about the repercussions too. 

What security systems are in place? 

One of the benefits of a complex or apartment building is the security of having neighbours nearby. Question the security systems in place, what lock systems are used and how to get an extra set of keys if needed. 

Asking your landlord important questions can reduce friction down the line and make the moving process more streamlined. Another way to reduce stress is to organise a personal self storage unit to temporarily store your household belongings during the move.  

At Wigwam, we offer a cost-effective solution to keeping your household belongings safe. We also offer man and a van service in Chipping Norton and packaging supplies, making the moving process even easier.  

Interested in finding out more? Contact our friendly team at 01608 656 300. 

Wigwam and The Branch: Providing refuge and building a brighter future

Covering over 800 square miles and five counties, the Cotswolds is often thought of as a playground for the affluent and famous. However, beneath the charming surface, opportunities for children and young people are few and far between. In response to the growing need for assistance in the community came The Branch.

Introducing The Branch

The Branch Trust – led by a great team of trustees – works to break the cycle of poverty, isolation, violence, and disadvantage once and for all. Through their innovative response of nurture, training, connection and opportunity, The Branch has become a haven for those in need working with the underlying problems preventing people and families from reaching their potential.

At Wigwam, we are delighted to partner with this inspirational local charity as they come together and build a brighter future for the residents of Chipping Norton. 

Can you imagine spending months in a refuge or escaping domestic abuse with no place to turn? The bravery and courage it takes to pack up one’s life into a few suitcases, leaving behind treasured possessions, friends, and their home is extraordinary and not without struggle. This is where The Branch – and Wigwam – step in.

How it works

When you are in need, The Branch will receive a call from Social Services and arrive within hours to offer support. From practical help to emotional support, and through the wide range of practical courses they offer, The Branch team works to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference in the community.

To help smooth the process, Wigwam provides a safe and secure space to store donations and helps collect and deliver them around town through the use of our van and helpful staff.

From beds and washing machines to furniture and curtains, we are here to ensure that the donations are ready at a moment’s notice. 

The Branch is a source of life and support without barriers or stigma. We at Wigwam are proud to be part of this incredible initiative as they continue to build relationships and resilience and provide the community with the skills to build a legacy that will transform generations to come. 

If you would like to find out more about The Branch, get involved or require assistance, you can visit their website, Instagram page or Facebook page

A helpful guide to moving with pets

There’s a lot of planning involved with relocating, such as packing up boxes and clearing away clutter. If you have pets, then you also need to consider how your furry friends will be affected by the moving process.  

A little bit of planning can save a lot of stress, especially when you have pets to consider. We’ve put together a few tips to help make the process as smooth as possible.  

Familiarise your pets with packaging supplies 

Pets are curious by nature, and when they see something new in their environment, they will naturally want to investigate. This can be a problem when you have packaging supplies lying around, as your pet may mistake them for their new toy. Start packing early to familiarise your pets with the packaging supplies from the get-go. 

Keep a routine 

Moving can be a stressful experience for your pets too. While your schedule may change during the moving process, it’s important to keep your routine with your pets. Feed them at the usual time, take them for walks, and give them a little bit of extra love! 

Secure your pet during the moving process 

There’s a good chance that you’ll leave doors open while settling furniture and belongings into your new home. Make sure that your pet is safe and secure so that they don’t run outside and get lost. For example, place their dog bed in a secure room with an open window and make sure that they are comfortable. 

Pack an emergency moving bag 

Keep a bag with a few essentials for your loveable pet. Include a water bowl, food, treats, kitty litter and their favourite toy to make them feel at home. Not only will these essential items make your pet feel at home, but they are useful in the case of an emergency.  

Pet-proof your new home before arrival 

Take the time to make sure that your new home is safe and comfortable for your pets. Be aware of some of any potential dangers such as electrical cords, poisonous plants or gaps in the boundary wall, and make sure that they are secured before moving day.  

Do you need a little bit of extra help during the move? At Wigwam, we offer expert moving services, packaging supplies and personal storage solutions to make the moving process easy and stress free. Give us a call at 01608 656 300 to find out more, or contact us online

Meditation for beginners

Practising self-care is an important part of maintaining a healthy well-being, and there are various ways to practice self-care, including exercise, healthy eating and regular meditation. 

Meditation, in particular, offers many benefits, such as reduced stress, increased self-awareness and improved relationships.  

While there are many different types of meditation, the basic principle is always the same, and that is to focus your attention on one thing and to keep your mind from wandering. 

The most important part of meditating is to find a method that works for you. Meditation can be done sitting, lying down, walking, or even standing. You can meditate with your eyes open or closed. Some people prefer to focus on their breath, while others choose to repeat a word or phrase over and over. 

If you’re new to meditation, then you may be wondering where to begin. We’ve put together a few tips to get you started. 

Assign a time to meditate 

If you want to make meditation a regular practice, you need to include it in your daily schedule. Pick a time of day that best suits you, such as the early morning or before bed in the evening.  

Clear a quiet space 

Find a quiet place where you can sit comfortably. You may want to sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, or you may want to sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor. Make sure that the area is free of clutter and distractions so that you can focus on your breath. 

Focus on your breath 

One of the easiest ways to meditate is to focus on your breath. Start with a few deep breaths to calm the body. Pay attention to your breath as it goes in and out. If you find that your mind starts to wander, gently bring your attention back to your breath.  

Be kind to yourself 

Go into your meditation practice without expectations, and realise that it may be more difficult to focus on some days than others. With time and practice, you’ll find it easier to let go of your thoughts and stay present in the moment. Be patient with yourself because meditation takes time and effort to master. 

Try guided meditation apps 

The popularity of meditation apps has been growing over the last few years. These apps have taken off because they make it easier for people to meditate. In some cases, guided meditation can be more personalised than traditional forms of meditation. 

Do you need a little bit of extra space to meditate in the home? Clear away the clutter in a sunny spot in the bedroom or set up a corner in your home office, using our cost-effective self storage units as an extension of your home. 

At Wigwam, we offer safe and secure storage units, available from as small as 25 sq ft or as large as 200 sq ft. Contact us at 01608 656 300 to chat with our friendly team, or contact us online